Damaris Pimentel, owner of Ultra Beauty Salon, colors Rose Moorachian's hair. November 2014. Credit: Esther Ro
Running a small business is no easy task. Just ask longtime Jamaica Plain entrepreneurs Damaris Pimentel and Patria Valenzuela. The two business pioneers face the challenge of thriving in the midst of a gentrifying neighborhood.
Hello neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for all things Jamaica Plain for Friday, Aug. 29. RIP, Ángel Alberto Amy Moreno: Jamaica Plain lost a cultural giant last week as Ángel Alberto Amy Moreno, 69, died of cancer. Amy's photography, writing and scholarship celebrated his Puerto Rican and Spanish roots.
Domino's Pizza can sell two pies for $10. A neighborhood shop like Il Panino Cafe & Grill can't match that economy of scale. "Small business is always under attack," said Lakis Vlahoulis, owner of the 268 Centre St. restaurant known for its calzones and thin-crust pizza. "We can't compete."
One of Jamaica Plain's business success stories of the last few years has been Tremendous Maid, the Jackson Square-based cleaning service that also does commercial spaces. Here's co-founder Victoria Amador talking about their growth during an event with Mayor Marty Walsh on Tuesday at Il Panino, another Jackson Square business that has seen recent success.