Random Act of Kindness: Keys Fall in Drain, Stranger Rescued Them

Alyssa Rubin's keys fell down an 8-foot deep drain in the Ula Cafe parking lot, and after asking for recommendations on Facebook on how to fetch them, a random stranger retrieved them -- posting a photo of the rescued keys on her post! On Veterans Day, Rubin posted on the Everything Free JP Facebook page: "ISO of fishing line and hook..or some other mechanism to get my keys out of the 8ft drain in the Ula parking lot...got any ideas?" People made lots of good suggestions -- contact the city, call 311, get a super strong magnet, and someone said they were nearby and offered fishing line. Todd Consentino had a better idea. Consentino said he had a strong magnet and he'd be there soon.

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The patio outside Ula Cafe

Ula Cafe to Start Serving Beer on Tuesday

As of Tuesday, Ula Cafe will begin serving beer, according to the popular spot's newsletter. Back in January, the coffee shop and bakery won city approval to serve beer and wine while Tres Gatos upgraded to a full liquor license, according to Future Boston. Ula's owner, Korinn Koslofsky, previously told Jamaica Plain News the license will help support their open mic nights. "We are very excited to have this opportunity to finally be able to provide beer and wine to our very loyal guests who have been asking for it for years," she wrote in an email to Jamaica Plain News, "and we can't express how grateful we are for all of their support during this process. We would not have been granted this license if it hadn't been for all of the signatures and letters of support we were able to collect over the past few months."

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Left: The patio at Ula Cafe. Right: The patio at Tres Gatos.

Ula Cafe, Tres Gatos Win Alcohol Licenses

Ula Cafe won city approval to serve beer and wine while Tres Gatos upgraded to a full liquor license, according to Future Boston. Ula, a busy bakery in The Brewery, said the license will help support their open mic nights. Co-owner Korinn Koslofsky said she was thrilled. "We are very excited to have this opportunity to finally be able to provide beer and wine to our very loyal guests who have been asking for it for years," she wrote in an email to Jamaica Plain News, "and we can't express how grateful we are for all of their support during this process. We would not have been granted this license if it hadn't been for all of the signatures and letters of support we were able to collect over the past few months."

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What’s Open in Jamaica Plain?

We're # OPEN! A photo posted by Aurum Restaurant (@aurumrestaurant) on Jan 27, 2015 at 6:41am PST

While authorities are urging people to hunker down in their apartments and homes, we keep getting requests for what's actually open during the blizzard. Here's what we know so far. We'll update this list as we learn of other openings. This kind of information can change fast, so I do recommend calling before you head over.

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