City Feed to replace mural

August 14, 2008
By

JOHN RUCH

JP CENTER—The new City Feed and Supply convenience store and café at 672 Centre St., which opened this week, features a glitzy renovated storefront, including window seating.

But the improvements came at a price: painting over a large outdoor mural that was voted the best of its kind in Jamaica Plain last year by Gazette readers.

“We’re going to put our mural back,” co-owner David Warner told the Gazette this week. And he means “we.” Kristine Cortese, Warner’s wife and City Feed’s co-owner, is a professional painter of murals and theatrical scenery.

In fact, she previously painted a mural on the side of Cortese Feed and Supply—a New Mexican livestock store, run by one of her cousins, that inspired the name of City Feed.

The original JP mural, painted by a youth crew years ago on the building’s Seaverns Avenue wall, depicted a sleeping person dreaming of flying doves.

“We had to do so much patching of that wall” that the mural could not be saved, Warner said. It was painted over in solid blue like the rest of the storefront.

He said no design ideas have been discussed yet.

The Centre Street shop is the second location and new headquarters for City Feed. Its popular first store at 66 Boylston St. opened eight years ago.

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