Kicking off the Summer Season Local First Fair to Showcase Local Services and Art

Special to the Gazette

    Nearly 40 independent, locally-owned businesses and nonprofits will exhibit at the Jamaica Plain “Local First Fair” on Thursday, June 20, 3:30 p.m.-dusk at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, JP. (The rain date is Thursday, June 27, 3:30 p.m.-dusk at the same location.)

    Jamaica Plain is known for its eclectic mix of locally-owned, community-oriented retail stores, restaurants, and cafes, but it’s also the home of many “hidden gems” that residents don’t usually see. The Local First Fair will feature businesses that offer a wide range of personal and professional services, including coaching, financial services, holistic health, legal, marketing, personal training, photography, and printing.

JP’s many arts-related nonprofits and businesses, where residents can learn and practice fine arts, crafts, dance, music, theatre, and more, will also be represented at the Fair, along with some popular JP retail stores and restaurants.

Local musicians will perform at the fair this year,  and food trucks Melt, Bon Me and Bartleby’s are also lined up. In addition to the face painters and other children’s activities that The Loring Greenough House includes in its Thursdays on the Lawn series, there will also be a bounce house.

The fair is sponsored by Eastern Bank and by JP Local First, a network of local and independently owned businesses based in Jamaica Plain and surrounding neighborhoods. For more information, visit The mission of JP Local First is to support, promote, and celebrate a “Local Economy Community” by educating the public and government about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of a strong local economy.

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