Main Streets businesses and volunteers honored

July 22, 2016
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Several Jamaica Plain volunteers and businesses were chosen as business and volunteer of the year at the 20th annual Boston Main Streets awards ceremony last month, according to a press release.

Karen Sama of Egleston Square Main Street and Arno Puskar of Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street were celebrated as volunteers of the year, and Anique Nicole Hair Salon of Egleston Square Main Street and Tails of Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street were chosen as businesses of the year.

“Boston Main Streets has had tremendous success in helping to revitalize our community and highlight the role our small businesses play in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Walsh at the ceremony, according to the press release. “I want to congratulate all of this year’s volunteers and businesses of the year, who represent some of the best and brightest leaders who have gone out of their way to help not only their organization thrive, but their entire commercial district and city thrive as well.”

From the hundreds of Main Streets volunteers who gave more than 26,000 hours of time in 2015, each district has chosen one volunteer to honor as “Volunteer of the Year.” Since the start of the program in 1995, volunteers have contributed over 375,000 hours to Main Street efforts.

This year’s volunteers of the year are:

Allston Village Main Streets – Rebecca Corso

Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets – Paulo DeBarros

Brighton Main Streets – Danita Jo Talbot

Chinatown Main Street – Shi Lan Liang

Dudley Square Main Streets – Settenah Wright

East Boston Main Streets – Veronica Robles

Egleston Square Main Street – Karen Sama

Fields Corner Main Street – Lee Adelson

Four Corners Main Street – Michelle Merrit

Greater Ashmont Main Street – Erica Mattison

Greater Grove Hall Main Streets – Andre Barbour

Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street – Arno Puskar

Hyde Park Main Streets – Cathy Horn

Mattapan Square Main Streets – Cynthia Lewis

Mission Hill Main Streets – Alison Pultinas

Roslindale Village Main Street – Marna Persechini

Upham’s Corner Main Street – Nicole Chandler

Washington Gateway Main Street – Kristin Phelan

West Roxbury Main Streets – Dominic Rebelo

In addition to the volunteers, each Main Streets district also has chosen one business to honor as Business of the Year. In 2015, over 2,100 businesses have received business assistance through their local Main Streets organizations. In his remarks to the awardees, Mayor Walsh referred to Boston’s small businesses as “economic engines for their district,” providing products and services to the people who live and work in the neighborhoods.

This year’s Businesses of the Year include:

Allston Village Main Streets – Whole Heart Provisions – Rebecca Arnold & James DiSabatino

Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets – Bobby Fish Market – Maria Ramos & Omar Lawren

Brighton Main Streets – The Green Briar – The Briar Group

Chinatown Main Street – Jook Sing Cafe – Jadine Soo Hoo & Hing Soo Hoo

Dudley Square Main Streets – Dudley Cafe – Solomon & Royeka Chowdhury

East Boston Main Streets – Dough East Boston – Kevin Curley and Michael Sanchez

Egleston Square Main Street – Anique Nicole Hair Salon – Anique Nicole

Fields Corner Main Street – Antonio’s Pizza – Brian Chavez

Four Corners Main Street – Sustainability Guild – Jhana Senxian

Greater Ashmont Main Street – The Modern Dog Boston – Charles Maneikis

Greater Grove Hall Main Streets – Covenant Creations Salon – Lakeisha Gillard

Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street – Tails – Yessy Feliz

Hyde Park Main Streets – Ron’s Gourmet Ice Cream – Ron Covitz

Mattapan Square Main Streets – Auto Service & Tire – Ward & Chris McKeen

Mission Hill Main Streets – The Puddingstone Tavern – Harry Walsh

Roslindale Village Main Street – Boston Cheese Cellar – Adam Shutes

Upham’s Corner Main Street – Boston Pizza and Grill – Aycan  “John” Gencoglu

Washington Gateway Main Street – Anita Kurl Salon – Kandace Cummings

West Roxbury Main Streets – B & M Auto – Mark Karafotias & Bruce Lovely

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