Friday, October 26, 2012
A Forest Hills pizza shop is under new management.
My Big Fat Greek Pizza has changed not just its name, but its ownership. The Forest Hills pizza and sub shop recently became "Big Bites." I spoke briefly with the new owners the other day, who say the food will be better than at their predecessor's. If you frequent that section of Forest Hills, you may have noticed the evolution of the signage. Before their new sign arrived, the new owners had removed "My," "Fat" and "Greek" to leave "Big Pizza." Hat tip to Universal Hub, which pointed out the changes to a business I pass nearly every day! The UHub thread had some speculation that the trademark police might have been at work (though does anyone remember that movie?). It looks now like it was simply a change of ownership and name. [Editor'…
Monday, October 15, 2012
City Councilor Felix Arroyo hosts a celebration of Latino Heritage on Monday at City Hall, complete with live music and food.
As Latino Heritage Month draws to a close, the son of Boston's first Latino city councilor is hosting a celebration at City Hall. Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident and at-large city councilor, invites everyone to this year's celebration. It will be held on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the council chambers, which are on the fifth floor of City Hall. There will be live music and free food. This year, the city's burgeoning Latino business sector takes center stage. The following small business owners will be recognized. Of course, many of them are from Jamaica Plain:
Thursday, April 19, 2012
A JP business group is strategizing how to encourage more visitors to the Arboretum's Lilac Sunday to come to JP's business districts.
Local business owners aim to capitalize better on one of the neighborhood's signature events, encouraging visitors to Lilac Sunday to come spend money in JP. Business owners discussed the idea Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the JP Business and Professional Association. Brad Brown, owner of Blue Frog Bakery, put it this way, "If we were a small town in the middle of America [with an event like Lilac Sunday], you better believe we'd have a festival, a parade." Lilac Sunday draws thousands of people to the Arnold Arboretum each year. Brown said ideas about getting more of them to come to JP's business district included having "ambassadors" work the crowd, handing out maps to JP attractions. There could also be sidewalk paint with …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A weekly series lets Patch readers determine the best of everything in Jamaica Plain.
Starting on Monday, you'll see a new feature on Jamaica Plain Patch, where you, the reader, can tell us who makes the best smoothie, where to find the best park, or what the best destination is for a night out. Patch's "Best Of" series highlights a different segment of the business community each week, striving to help Jamaica Plain residents get the best service, find the biggest bargains or choose the tastiest cup of coffee. Each Monday morning, a new topic will be available to vote on. Tell us your pick in the poll, and also defend your choice in the comments section, letting fellow readers know why your choice is the best. You can also click through to our business listings to leave a review. We'll collect the votes and comments …
Every week, Video Underground shares its most popular rentals. Plus, owner Josiah Simmons shares a "Pick of the Week" from the store's extensive holdings.
Here are the week's top rentals from Video Underground in Hyde Square. The number in parenthesis is the movie's position in last week's list. 1. Drive  2. The Rum Diary 3. The Help 4. The Ides of March  5. Midnight in Paris 6. Contagion  7. Moneyball  8. Our Idiot Brother  9. Bridesmaids 10. Crazy Stupid Love Josiah's Pick of the Week Each week Video Underground owner Josiah Simmons highlights a "Pick of the Week" from the store's deep catalog. The trailer for this week's pick is attached to this post. “Take Shelter” dir. Jeff Nichols, 2011 Where to find it: New Release/Thriller Curtis, a husband and father, begins having strange dreams and hallucinations foreshadowing a coming storm. He takes up interest in the old …
The Globe explores why the owners of Bon Savor weren't allowed back into the U.S. and had to shut their business.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A listing for your business is already on our site. But we want your help to make it better.
When JP Patch launched in October 2010, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses in order to collect information for our directory. Now, 15 months later, Patch Places is a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods, and much more for spots around town. All users can add events taking place at local spots, can rate the business on a scale of one to five stars, and can add a review. But owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing. Owners or managers should search for their business listing and select "claim you listing" in order to make updates to the page. A form will pop up asking for your name, contact information, and proof of ownership. Within a few days, someone from …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Egleston Square Main Street, an organization that promotes the economic health of Egleston, has a new, Flash-free Web site.
JP's Susanne Young has a passion for baking and keeps the ideas fresh at her Washington Street shop.
Beware upon walking into Canto 6. Your olfactory senses are bound to go into overload. Savory and sweet bursts of goodness—at any given moment a delicate blend of chocolate, butter, pear, and myriad other ingredients—waft through the air. Look at the treats on display and you’d be hard pressed not to find something to make your mouth water: chocolate chip cookies adorned with visible sea salt crystals, scones plump with figs and almonds, and of course the chocolate croissants many have deemed the best in the city. Cramped quarters don’t deter the steady stream of customers, coming for everything from cappuccino to sandwiches to pie. After working as a pastry chef for a catering company, Susanne Young wanted to get back to being more part …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Each Monday Video Underground shares their most popular rentals (plus a staff recommendation).
Here are the top ten rentals of the past two weeks from Video Underground in Hyde Square. Numbers in parenthesis are rankings from last week: 1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2. The Hangover Part II (1) 3. Super 8 (2) 4. Bridesmaids 5. Horrible Bosses 6. The Debt  (4) 7. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 8. Beginners 9. Cowboys & Aliens (9) 10. Our Idiot Brother (8) Josiah's Pick of the Week “Christmas Evil” dir Lewis Jackson, 1980 Where to find it: Holiday/Horror/Cult "Christmas Evil" is by far one of the oddest attempts at Christmas horror I've ever encountered but it was satisfying in its ability to create a real character in Harry Stadling, a deranged toy maker obsessed with Christmas and wanting desperately to …