Latina Entrepreneurs Aim to Thrive as Hyde Square Changes

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.

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Ángel Alberto Amy Moreno

Ángel Alberto Amy Moreno, 69: Photographer and Professor

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.

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Lakis Vlahoulis of il Panino Cafe and Grill, right, gestures to Victoria Amador of Tremendous Maid, Rosana Rivera of Latino Beauty Salon and Mayor Marty Walsh.

Mayor Touts Small Biz Programs at il Panino in Jackson Square

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."

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