Roslindale Village Main Streets Prepares for an Exciting Summer Season

Roslindale Village Main Streets (RVMS) is excited to present a number of new initiatives to bring the local community together this spring and summer.

This month, RVMS is offering free Social Media & Marketing workshops for Roslindale business owners. Find out more on their Facebook page.

June 1 will celebrate the return of the thriving RVMS Summer Farmers Market at Adams Park from 9a.m. to 1:30pm. There will be live music, entertainment for children and of course all your favorite vendors. Visit the Farmers Market every Saturday through November.

RVMS depends on the passion and dedication of its local volunteers. As such, RVMS will be offering orientations for new volunteers on July 22 and again in the fall. Sign up for one of the trainings online.

Roslindale is also celebrating the opening of its first permanent brewery, Distraction Brewing, this summer. And JP’s popular Turtle Swamp Brewing seeks to turn its temporary beer garden in Roslindale into a permanent community fixture.

Also recently opened is Square Root Café, which features live music and stand-up comedy nearly every night. Check out their events calendar on their website.

Ongoing initiatives include Rozzi Bucks, a local currency that can be used at any of the twenty-two participating businesses in the village. Rozzi Bucks encourage local shopping and can be purchased at the RVMS office or at the Farmers Market on Saturdays. A full list of participating businesses can be found on the RVMS website.

Also on the RVMS website is a wealth of information for residents, business owners and aspiring business owners alike. The site features a map of vacant properties for those wishing to open a business, a community calendar where residents can find fun and interesting activities every day of the week, a directory of all businesses within the village, and a number of resources for small business owners.

RVMS is an independent non-profit that seeks to strengthen the appeal, economy and local character in Roslindale Village by connecting members of the community. Based on the fundamental values of National Main Street Center, RVMS aims to promote a shared vision for the future of the neighborhood by bridging the gap between local residents and business owners.

Founded in the mid-eighties, RVMS was one of the country’s first urban main street programs, established with the assistance of former Mayor Thomas Menino, who at the time was a City Councilor. It is now one of twenty Main Street Districts in the City of Boston. In 2006, in recognition of its successful revitalization efforts, RVMS was the recipient of a National Main Streets Urban Pioneer Award.

RVMS Executive Director Alia Hamada Forrest was exposed to the hospitality industry as a child through an events manager mother and an executive chef father. She lives with her family in Roslindale and enjoys engaging people in their community.

The work of RVMS depends upon the donations of several major sponsors, including Boston Main Streets, MassDevelopment, Boston Main Streets Foundation and The Cooperative Bank.

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