Ula Cafe is launching Ula After Dark, a series of after-hours events and gatherings throughout the month of February. The series will feature music, comedy, art, food and beverage after hours, and is being launched to provide more to do during this dark and cold time of the year. “We’re so excited for Ula After Dark,” said Beth Santos, Ula’s co-owner. “Ula has been such an important part of our family and community, and I know our customers have been asking for more events for a long time. I hope this can be just the beginning of the amazing collaborations we can offer at Ula for years to come.”
Events are open to the public and happen from 5-8 pm on Thursdays in February.
Ula Cafe staff and customers stood up for an Ula Cafe staff member who was verbally assaulted by an individual in a transphobic tirade. "[On November 8] one of our employees was the target of transphobic hate when an individual entered our establishment and proceeded to verbally assault and berate her in front of an audience of astonished customers and staff," said an Ula Cafe email newsletter. Co-owners Marvin Mathelier and Beth Santos said the incident was upsetting, especially because they view the cafe as a second home to many of their customers and staff. "We want you to come to Ula and feel that you belong and are celebrated here. The only intolerance we have is for people who fail to respect the experiences, needs, pronouns, and boundaries of our extended Ula family and community," said the email.
Special meals, special beers, cookies, pies, locally made chocolates, and flowers -- just a few ways to celebrate Valentine's Day. Here are several deals to celebrate Valentine's Day in Jamaica Plain! Monumental Market is selling four special dessert selections: heart-shaped cookies, chocolate mousse cups, conversation cakes, or a dozen heart-shaped sugar cookies. Order online or in-store for a pickup Thursday through Sunday. The conversation cakes are 4-inch cakes with your choice of vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet with a customer messages (or baker's choice).
The new owners of Ula Cafe know one of the main tenets of Jamaica Plain -- giving back to others. With that in mind they created their own Pay It Forward wall, and it's been a huge success. Last month Kelly Fernandes, Marvin Mathelier, and Beth Santos took over as co-owners of the popular neighborhood cafe. On Ula's Facebook page, they explained the wall. "Here's the concept: If you have extra cash, buy something for a neighbor and we'll post it on the Pay It Forward wall.
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.
ENTRANCE is on GREEN St. Look for banners marked "SJHPC." Come for the food and the door prizes... Stay for the conversation and community! More than a one-day event, SAGE Table is an opportunity to build intergenerational connections that can sustain us all as we age.
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."
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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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.
One of the neighborhood's best-established cafes is looking for community support to add beer and wine to their offerings. Ula Cafe has two public meetings this week to clear the red tape needed for the change. The 284 Amory St. spot appears before a JP Neighborhood Council committee on Tuesday and is scheduled to go before the Licensing Board on Wednesday. The cafe recently Tweeted this message in hopes of spurring community support:
It's true, we are applying for a Beer&Wine License!