Jamaica Plain’s Holiday Decorations a Success!

The Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA) is celebrating a very successful holiday season in the Centre/South business district recently.  More than 83 businesses and property owners decorated and were considered for cash prizes awarded by JP BAPA based on artistry, festivity and appeal to customers.

 
Many people supplemented JP BAPA’s decorations budget with donations totaling more than $1,700 to help pay for installation of 136 living wreaths with berries on light poles from Canary Square to Arboretum Place in Forest Hills, as well as fund the decorations awards.  JP BAPA would like to thank Arborview Realty, Classic Cleaners, Fire Opal, Carlos Icaza, Josh Muncey, Mount Washington Bank, Michael Reiskind, Simpli Bar and Bites/WCI, Sandra Storey and Streetcar Wine and Beer for their generous contributions.

The wreathes, which were purchased from Still Life Farm, a sister to Stillman’s Farm, were installed by Jeffrey Ferris of Ferris Wheels Bicycle Shop and his crew with the assistance of Carlos Icaza.

 

Winner of first prize of $50 for store decorations was Caramelo Clothing Company at 606 Centre St. (Caramelo won the City’s Deck the Windows contest for best decorations Boston as well.)  Blue Frog Bakery at 3 Green Street took second place and $30. Runners-up Boing! JP’s Toy Shop, Boomerangs, Cobwebs, Ferris Wheels, JP Knit and Stitch, McCormack and Scanlan, New Leaf Flores, Optical Designs, Polka Dog Bakery, Salmaguni and Stephanie Cave Design Studio each won $20.
As always, we especially want to thank all JP residents and workers who shopped, used services and dined locally this past holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in our businesses through this New Year.

Brad Brown
President
Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JPBAPA.org)

Help Decorate Jamaica Plain’s Business District!

Business District Holiday Decorations Need You!

             The Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA) has big plans for holiday decorations in 2013.

Wreaths on Light Poles

            Living balsam wreathes with berries will be hung near the end of November on the light poles from Arboretum Place in Forest Hills through Canary Square, including small commercial areas on Pond, Green, Harris and at the Monument.

 Prizes for Business Decorations

            JP BAPA will give 13 prizes for holiday decorations on and in front of buildings from Arboretum Place in Forest Hills through Canary Square this year. Here’s what business people need to do to enter:

            • Decorate your building and/or a pole or other structure already in front of your building by Dec. 6, the day before the tree lighting at the Soldier’s Monument and the holiday stroll.

            • Try to make decorations that are pleasing in the day as well as night.

            • Try to use white lights for the trim of the building, roofline or window. Put colored lights, if you want them, and other decorations elsewhere.

            • If you decorate a pole or other structure outside your space, make sure your plan does not make a permanent change and does not interfere with anything or anyone. If you have a question about what you can do with city property, call or e-mail JP Coordinator Jullieanne Doherty at the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services:Jullieanne.Doherty@cityofboston.gov or 617-635-4855.

            • Judging will be done between Dec. 7 and  Dec. 13 by a judging committee whose members award points for various attributes, including the above. Prizes: First place: $50, second place: $30 PLUS 11 more prizes of $20 each. We are offering these prizes as a way to help defray costs of decorations and reward good decorations for the district. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the BAPAholiday party on December 18. (More details coming.)

 Please Donate!

            Some businesses have already offered to donate to help pay for these decorations and prizes. Everyone is being asked to please do so—before Thanksgiving if at all possible.Mail check made out to JP BAPA to JP BAPA, PO Box 301221, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0011.

Questions? Contact Brad Brown, president of JP BAPA,bluefrogbakery@aol.com or 617-983-3765. Sandee Storey,sandeestorey@fastmail.fm or 617-524-4873. Michael Reiskind, jpmichael@rcn.com, or 617-522-1150.

 Note: The JP BAPA decorations contest is in addition to any decorations contest the City of Boston and/or Centre/South Main Streets may hold.

JP Shines – Jamaica Plain’s new anti-litter campaign

In May, JP BAPA launched an anti-litter campaign that brings together business, citizen and government interests to keep JP streets clean.  Our initiative, called JP Shines, asks:

  • Businesses to pledge to keep their sidewalks and gutters clean of litter by cleaning them daily and by asking their employees not to litter during work breaks;
  • Citizens to avoid littering and to participate in clean-up campaigns scheduled throughout the summer and fall, and
  • The City of Boston to replace current trash barrels with larger barrels that better contain litter.

We believe that having a clean business district is a good investment because it promotes business and better customer relations.  A clean shopping district is also what the residents of JP want.  Look for the JP Shines decal on stores that are supporting JP Shines.

If you would like to participate in JP Shines, please let us know by contacting Carlos Icaza at cb.icaza@comcast.net.

JP Business District Holiday Decorations Contest Winners!

The Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association had a successful Business District Holiday Decorations Contest during the 2012 holiday season.

The judging was done by five judges on Saturday, December 8, the same day as the visit by Santa at the Jamaica Plain Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting that took place at the Soldier’s Monument.

85 businesses in the Centre and South street district were seen to have decorations and awarded points in five categories: most artistic, most festive, most inviting to most representative of the business, and most representative of Jamaica Plain. The points for each business were added – and the winners are:

$50.00 winner for first prize – Boing! JP’s Toy Shop (667 Centre Street)
$30.00 winner for second prize – JP Knit & Stitch (461 Centre Street)

$20.00 winners -

New Leaf Flores (601 Centre Street)
Ferris Wheels Bike Shop (66 South Street)
Miss Laura’s/Cla-Mar Salon (45 South Street)
The Goodwill Store (578 Centre Street)
Salmagundi (765 Centre Street)
Boomerangs (716 Centre Street)
Cobwebs (703 Centre Street)
Quisqueya Bakery (462 Centre Street)
On Centre (636 Centre Street)
Polka Dog Bakery (42 South Street)
McCormack & Scanlan (68 South Street)

JP BAPA Business of the Month – On Centre

On Centre Jamaica Plain

JP BAPA is proud to announce its business of the month for January – On Centre!

On Centre is JP’s colorful, eclectic gift store.  Open since 2006, it sells jewelry, bags, T-shirts and lots more stuff you didn’t know you needed.  Stop in to the shop on Centre Street near Green Street and say hello to the owner, Phil Celeste.

On Centre
636 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-2255
oncentre@verizon.net
www.philipceleste.com

Open every day – from noon to 6pm on Monday & Tuesday, longer most other days.
Mon – Tue: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

JP BAPA’s Annual Holiday Party

JP BAPA had its annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 19th at the Taylor House.  It was great to see so many local business owners together for a fun night.  Happy New Year, everyone!

Business District Holiday Decorations Need You!

          The Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA) plans to give lots of prizes for holiday decorations on and in front of buildings on Centre and South Streets from Forest Hills to Moraine Street this year.
 
Here’s what you need to do:
 
• Decorate your building and/or windows plus a pole or other structure already in front of your building by Dec. 7, the day before the tree lighting at the Soldier’s Monument and the holiday stroll.
 
• Try to make decorations that are pleasing in the day as well as night.
 
• Try to use white lights for the trim of the building, roofline or window. Put colored lights, if you want them, and other decorations elsewhere.
 
• If you decorate a pole or other structure outside your space, make sure your plan does not make a permanent change and does not interfere with anything or anyone. If you have a question about what you can do with city property, call or e-mail JP Coordinator Jullieanne Doherty at the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services: Jullieanne.Doherty@cityofboston.gov or 617-635-4855.
 
• Judging will be done on Sat., Dec. 8 by five judges. Prizes: First place: $50, second place: $30 PLUS 11 more prizes of $20 each. We are offering these prizes as a way to help defray costs of decorations and reward good decorations for the district. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the BAPA holiday party on Dec. 19. (More details coming.)
 
Questions? Want to make sure we know that you are decorating?

Contact Brad Brown, president of JP BAPA, at bluefrogbakery@aol.com or 617-983-3765
or Sandee Storey, chair of the holiday decorations committee, at sandeestorey@fastmail.fm or617-524-4873 (unavailable Nov. 17-Nov. 28).
 
Note: The JP BAPA decorating contest is in addition to any decorations contest the City of Boston and/or Centre/South Main Streets may hold.
 

 Happy Holidays!

Welcome!

The Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (JP BAPA), in existence for almost 50 years, focuses on the promotion, improvement and growth of business in the thriving Centre Street/South Street commercial district of Jamaica Plain, Members come from retail, service and even home-based businesses from this area and, sometimes elsewhere, in Jamaica Plain.

BAPA discusses marketing, appearance, traffic and parking issues and other activities in the business area.