Saturday, November 10, 2012
The brightly-lit studio occupied ample space on the third floor above City Feed. It is one of the few area studios to offer hot yoga.
The afternoon before JP Centre Yoga Studio opened, JP Patch took a tour and had a talk with cofounders Sejal Shah and Daniel Max. The new studio occupies a well-lit space on the third floor above City Feed on Centre Street. JP Patch: JP has quite an ecosystem of yoga classes and studios. Why did you decide to join it? Daniel Max: It combines my two passions: yoga and JP. Sejal Shah: [JP] feels like a home, like it has everything I need....there's defintely enough demand for everyone. It's just a new option for people in the area. What trends are you seeing in yoga? Max: It's evolving. It's speaking to a lot of different people in a lot of different ways. Shah: "I have the perspective of someone sitting at a computer for eight hours a …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The South Street shop's owner Julia Culkin talks about the love behind the treats at Polka Dog Bakery.
Rows and rows of dog treats wrap around the center counter of Polka Dog Bakery—from elk antlers and venison sticks to peanut butter medley treats and buffalo taffy; it’s like a penny candy store for dogs. The South Street shop has been serving up healthy canine confections for three years (and its South End predecessor for more than a decade), including homemade signature treats bearing the face of the store’s one-eyed boxer mascot, Pearl. Rescued as a stray outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, she inspired her owners to bake her gourmet treats and ultimately open the shop. In addition to baked goods, the store also carries grooming products, toys, supplements, and clothing. Local felines shouldn’t feel left out. Percy, Polka Dog’s rather portly…
Monday, August 20, 2012
What business would you like to see in the former Got Sole 1981 space?
The sneaker shop Got Sole 1981 has shut down its retail operation at 617 Centre St. What business would you like to see in the space? It's a storefront in a recently rebuilt block that had been severely damaged by arson. Here's a link to the city information on the property, but note that this data includes not just the storefront under discussion here, but also the adjoining properties owned by the Stamatos family. As you can see from the attached photos, the space inside is not large, though I don't have an exact figure. If you'd like to rent the space, Pondside Realty says they are accepting applications.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The owner said high rents and lower traffic than expected forced him to close.
The entrepreneur behind GotSole 1981, an apparel and skateboard shop on Centre Street, has closed his JP retail space. "We love JP with everything in us, we just couldn't afford to stay there due to the rent being so high," said Joel Harper in an email to Patch. Harper said the clothing store, which specialized in hip urban wear including sneakers, might open a storefront in Egleston Square in early 2013. Meanwhile, the business continues online at http://www.gotsole1981.com/. Harper said he thanked JP and the community for their support. The 617 Centre St. space now stands vacant.
Monday, July 30, 2012
As Fresh Hair founder and JP native Joy Silverstein celebrates 30 years in business, she recounts the history of South Street.
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Monday, July 30, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Spanking new Wrapmi introduces JP to a new concept in take-out: Asian Burritos.
Super Fusion Express, we hardly knew ye. The local sushi franchise, with successful locations in Cambridge, Watertown and Brookline, opened a spot on Centre Street last spring and subsequently closed its doors a year later. Many speculated that its mere one-block distance from JP Seafood—a restaurant regarded as one of the city’s top spots for sushi—was likely Super Fusion’s undoing. But this past spring the owners regrouped, revamped their concept and reopened last month as Wrapmi, a tiny take-out shop showcasing a brief menu of wrap-like Asian rolls. “It’s Asian fast food,” explains Sam Ho, part-owner of the Super Fusion chain of restaurants and Wrapmi’s shop manager. “But it’s nutritious and organic too, not just convenient. We tell …
Monday, July 2, 2012
"It couldn't have happened a better way," said one employee, noting that the driver of a car that smashed into the restaurant was unhurt and the restaurant suffered minor damage.
Grass Fed, the popular new burger bar on Centre Street, hopes to reopen by 5 p.m. Monday after a car careened into the restaurant's front door this weekend. A sedan smashed into the front of the 605 Centre St. restaurant early Sunday morning. The incident happened about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a Tweet by Eiffeil Designs. The accident could have been much worse, said Grass Fed's Colin Adair. "It couldn't have happened a better way," he said, noting that the driver was unhurt and the damage to the building was not major. Adair said city inspectors have cleared the restaurant to reopen. The burger place hopes to open by 5 p.m. after painting and clean-up are done.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
A sedan crashed into the door area of Jamaica Plain's new burger bar, Grass Fed.
UPDATE, Monday, 4:45 p.m. — The restaurant aims to reopen by 5 p.m. Here is an updated post. ~~~~~ UPDATE, Sunday, 1:15 p.m. — The restaurant is closed, with yellow caution tape over the doors, as of 1:15 p.m. ~~~~~ A car crashed into the front of Grass Fed early Sunday morning. The incident happened about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a Tweet by Eiffeil Designs. Patch has a call in to the burger bar to get more details on the incident.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Fiore's Bakery would change its identity after 7 p.m. each night, transforming into a casual Italian restaurant, under plans by owner Charlie Fiore.
Charlie Fiore hopes to add a little more nightlife to South Street by turning his popular bakery into an Italian restaurant during the evenings. Fiore's is well known for their vegan baked goods and coffee. Recently, they have been turning over their space in the evenings to Whisk, a pop-up restaurant. The bakery's owner has started the process to obtain a beer and wine license and patio seating license to launch a casual Italian restaurant. The dishes would be less expensive than at Whisk. Fiore described the potential menu as five-six entrees of Italian "comfort food." The bakery would shut down at 6 each night for one hour, then reopen at 7 p.m. in its Italian restaurant configuration. Fiore also hopes to add patio seating during the …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Despite Grass Fed’s dependence on its namesake beef burgers, with its emphasis on local, organic and healthy ingredients, the casual yet quality eatery earnestly and deliciously accommodates non-carnivores.
It’s been more than two decades since a hamburger has passed my lips but I can’t say that I’ve been denied anything at all. Thanks to veggieburger makers like Morningstar Farms, Dr. Praeger’s and Trader Joe’s, I’ve been able to enjoy the all-American sandwich as well as any red-blooded citizen. Although I had heard in advance that Grass Fed offers meatless options, as I approached the Centre Street eatery last Friday, I still felt a little like I was going to the Outback for a salad. In order to avoid the crowds that have reportedly packed the restaurant since it began business little more than a week before; I had arranged to meet a friend at the eatery not long after it opened at 11 a.m. Even at that early hour, the new burger bar …