Business

Whole Foods meets with JPNC

September 9, 2011
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Whole Foods Market officials met with members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council on Sept. 7, according to the grocer. It is unclear what was discussed or whether the JPNC presented its proposed community benefits agreement to Whole Foods. Whole Foods and JPNC chair Andrea Howley did not immediately respond to Gazette questions. “We...

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DJ spins records, whites and darks

September 9, 2011
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One half of Jam’n 94.5’s “The Ramiro & Pebbles Morning Show” has an unusual connection to Jamaica Plain: a laundromat. Ramiro Torres, a local and national radio DJ, bought Clean Getaway Laundry, at 546 Centre St., just over a year ago. “Why not own a laundromat?” he asked. “Everyone needs something on the side…You...

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3 businesses coming to 270 Centre St.

August 26, 2011
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JACKSON SQ.—Seafood, body waxing and laundry machines are coming to three ground-floor retail spaces in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s recently completed mixed-use residential/commercial building at 270 Centre St. Restaurant Themistocles Vlahoulis plans to open a restaurant he is tentatively calling Boston Roast Beef and Seafood in October. He told the Gazette that...

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Beer, wine store coming to Centre St.

August 26, 2011
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CENTRAL JP—A new wine and beer store that will focus on smaller producers is being planned for 488 Centre St. Although the lease has not yet been signed, Streetcar Wine and Beer is slated to open in late October, said Michael Dupuy, the owner. “I wanted to start by talking to as many people...

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Shop to offer cutting-edge furnishings

August 12, 2011
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SOUTH ST.—Room 68, a furniture shop coming soon to 68 South St., will feature cutting-edge designs in a gallery atmosphere. “It’s going to impress people,” said owner Brent Refsland, who also runs the Hallway Gallery two doors down. “It’s nice to bring this quality of design to the neighborhood and kind of shock the...

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Revolutionary food package liner comes to Co-op

August 12, 2011
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It sounds like the stuff of late-night infomercials: A “revolutionary” new organic product, made from ancient Indian herbs that inventor Kavita Shukla discovered on a visit to her grandmother, promises to significantly reduce food spoilage. But, according to Harvest Food Co-op spokesperson Chris Durkin, Fenugreen is for real.  Harvest is now selling a Fenugreen...

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New life for bridesmaid dresses

July 22, 2011
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Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a huge honor. It’s also a huge pain in the wallet. Looking to make the process a little less draining, Hyde Square resident Kathryn House founded Bridesmaid Trade, an online bridesmaid’s dress consignment shop. It brings former bridesmaids and their never-to-be-worn-again garments with soon-to-be-bridesmaids and their need...

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Ex-food truck puts down stakes in JP

July 22, 2011
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Fill Belly’s—formerly a food truck—reopened as a brick-and-mortar restaurant June 6 at 3381 Washington St. Restaurant proprietor Boswell “Chef Bos” Scott said the small, six-table restaurant is allowing him to expand on what he described as his “funky…urban cultural cuisine”—experimental variations and mixes from different culinary traditions. He serves a variety of “Bosolitos”—Latin American...

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‘Comfort shoes’ store opens

July 22, 2011
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A new shoe store off Centre Street wants to put a new pep in JP’s step. Millipede Shoes, at 7 Pond St., is offering “comfort shoes,” like clogs, in owner’s Rio Tutcik’s first small business venture. It was slated to have a “soft opening” by sometime this week. “Hopefully we can provide comfort shoes...

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Dame closes its doors

July 22, 2011
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On July 31, vintage clothing store Dame, at 68 South St., will close its Jamaica Plain doors. While the storefront is going away, Dame will return to open-air markets and other venues, owner Dany Pearson said on the store’s blog. “The current economic climate just has not been friendly enough to us to maintain...

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