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JP Shopping Spree / JP Compra Aquí Spotlights Jamaica Plain Food Vendors

Responding directly and creatively to the closure of the Hi-Lo grocery store, 25 local markets and bodegas team up with local business organizations to offer incentives and a free raffle to consumers who visit just six of the 25.

This Saturday Jamaica Plain's food merchants, self-described "markets, bodegas, and grocery stores," in collaboration with a group under the name BuylocalJP.com will sponsor their first . Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the businesses will participate in a JP-wide food market open house, a kind of meet and greet to introduce residents to all the local purveyors. They are offering a free raffle as incentive to reward customers who visit at least six of the 25 featured markets.   

The idea, said Betsy Cowan, executive director of Egleston Square Main Streets, was partly inspired by the current controversy swirling around food options in the local marketplace. Some people have been looking for other places to shop since the and BuylocalJP.com wants people to know all of their options.  

According to Cowan, BuylocalJP.com is a group of organizations and businesses including the City of Boston's:  Egleston Square Main Street, and , as well as , and former South End grocer Jamey Lionette.

Furthermore, Cowan said, no matter how many markets shoppers visit, they can make suggestions to the shopkeepers about what they'd like to buy or what services they'd appreciate, either directly to the shopkeepers or via the Passport.

Passports, which list and are available at all the participating markets, are free of charge and can also be downloaded in advance. When a Passport is stamped by six participating merchants, it makes the bearer eligible for the raffle. You can drop off your completed "passport" at any participating store.

In addition to providing prizes for the raffle, each market will feature special offers and incentives as well as some recipes and cooking demonstrations.  Visit specific merchants for individual details.

Although the Shopping Spree begins at 10 a.m., there will be a noontime kickoff event at at 278 Centre St.  featuring speakers and introductory remarks. It is timed to coincide with the end of the JP Regan Youth League's opening day festivities.

gretchen van ness April 15, 2011 at 04:34 PM
This great comment from JP For All captures the spirit of the event: "Tomorrow! Often stuck in our routines we usually stop by the same places to pick up a cup of coffee or a few things we need to put dinner together at the end of a long day. This a great opportunity to try something new and visit a store/bodega/shop that maybe you have never been to before or don't really know anything about! It's a two-fer: JP Shopping Spree and Try Something New Day!" www.jpforall.org

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