VIDEO: What JP Businesses Do You Miss Most?

At least seven JP businesses closed in 2011. Many residents will miss Bon Savor and many more still miss Jamaicaway Books, which closed last year. In our unscientific sample, no one said they missed Hi-Lo Foods.

Every year brings business closings and openings in our dynamic neighborhood. Correspondent Meghan Foley asked JP residents which businesses that closed this year they'll miss the most.

In this admittedly small sample, Bon Savor kept coming up. Perhaps it was because the interviews were done shortly after the French-South American bistro shut down for good.

Interestingly, no one mentioned the closing of Hi Lo Foods, which sparked Jamaica Plain's story of the year — Hi Lo's closing and the arrival of Whole Foods.

Some of the notable businesses that closed this year include:

Later this month we'll do a post about the businesses that opened in JP in 2011.

Karen Wepsic December 16, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Although it was many years ago, I miss Woolworths! It was the go to place for everything! Karen Wepsic
Drew December 16, 2011 at 03:02 PM
I still miss the burgers at Zon's...
gretchen van ness December 16, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Village Fish had a brief but brilliant Centre St. run years ago, too. I'd love to have them back!
Sarah Lydon December 16, 2011 at 04:57 PM
I miss Cafe D--such good food and a nice range of options/ prices (nice being able to have Morroccan lamb shanks OR fish tacos--and they had a great burger!
Amy S December 16, 2011 at 06:41 PM
I'll second that. Zon's was one of my favorite JP restaurants.
Nia December 16, 2011 at 11:18 PM
In this order: Videosmith (note: pre: West Coast Video purchase) Brueger's Bagels Woolworths Pulp ( Juice Bar) Today's Bread
nancy campbell December 16, 2011 at 11:41 PM
i miss julias hair salon,a long time center st business,it was operated by ms ellie a long time resident of j.p..the door was always opened for a visit ,a hair cut,perm ellie was always glad to see you.she became a friend. thank you ms ellie. settledinn@msn.com
Bill December 16, 2011 at 11:56 PM
No one missed Hi-Lo? Why even make that comment? It only underscores the fact that the Patch doesn't reach the diverse audience that is Jamaica Plain.
Drew December 17, 2011 at 03:17 AM
I suspect the comment was made because a whole lot of controversy was manufactured over WF filling an empty storefront, and because all of that noise was purportedly over the natural demise of a rather unremarkable business. As for the "reach" of the Patch, can you expound on this?
David Hannon December 17, 2011 at 02:07 PM
All the old shops: Hailer's Drugstore; Kennedy Butter and Eggs; Woolworths; Brighams; Today's Bread; Jamaica Cycle. A reminder that the the only thing constant in a city is change!
Jerry O'Connor December 17, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Good memories, neighbors. I miss the bran muffins at Today's Bread. I wish I had the recipe. And I miss Amy's Fruits and Vegetables in what was the vacant lot across from it. I hope it doesn't start a nuclear war to admits that I do kind of miss the Hi-Lo. You could go there for every ingredient you needed to make red beans and rice or brown stew chicken. Plus my daughter used to get a bizarre kick out of the chicken feet and pig ears. All of the new places in those locations are welcome improvements but it's still fun to reminisce.
Amy BB December 18, 2011 at 11:23 AM
A place that closed a while ago: Triple D's. The Alchemist was a fine replacement, but for a dive bar that catered to locals - well, I miss Triple D's. I've not been to Canary Wharf, yet.
John McLoughlin December 18, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Today's Bread and Kennedy (with Kennedy, it was more that I really enjoyed talking with the proprietor)
Dev Luthra December 18, 2011 at 01:50 PM
This is going way back but I have missed Food for Thought and Today's Bread for years. The first was a combo cafe/bookstore, the second, the best bakery/cafe JP has had.
Janell Fiarman December 18, 2011 at 09:32 PM
I miss the Chinese food at the Great Wall, the clean and pleasant Latino (maybe Ecuadorean?) place on the corner of Sheridan, and the convenience and good bargains on limes, oranges, and avocados at Hi-Lo,
Maura December 19, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Woolworths. To this day I miss that store. It had everything, including parakeets. I always figured if a bird could survive living at Woolworth's it was of hardy stock. I also miss Food for Thought. It was the kind of place you could go to every day.
Eric Portnoy December 19, 2011 at 01:27 AM
Hi-Fi Records on Centre St! I miss Deb (now in Brooklyn), the in-store concerts by emerging bands, being turned on to new (and old) music, and just hanging out there. At least I still have my Hi-Fi mug for coffee every day.


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