JP and Me Blog

Telling the stories of Jamaica Plain

JP and Mindy Fried & Marie Ghitman

Did you know that JP Porchfest drew over 10,000 attendees to Jamaica Plain this year? JP Porchfest is held on porches throughout JP and builds community through music and other art forms. Today, we are chatting with Mindy Fried and Marie Ghitman, the producers of JP Porchfest, about helping other neighborhoods start their Porchfests, how JP Porchfest has [...]

By | 2017-08-17T10:53:47+00:00 August 17th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Mindy Fried & Marie Ghitman

JP and Carol Downs

Did you know Bella Luna Restaurant, in the JPNDC Brewery Small Business Complex, is turning 25 years old next year? Today, we are chatting with one of the owners, Carol Downs, about changes the restaurant has gone through over time, the creative crowdfunding approach taken to open Bella Luna, and why it is important for hospitality to [...]

By | 2017-08-01T09:39:57+00:00 July 27th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Carol Downs

JP and Maria Finkelmeier

Did you know 92 percussionists with 650 instruments took over the Arboretum to perform John Luther Adams' "Inuksuit" in 2016? This performance was made possible by Jamaica Plain percussionist Maria Finkelmeier and Kadence Arts. This summer, Maria will be leading workshops at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as part of the Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series.  Today, we are chatting [...]

By | 2017-07-12T14:25:19+00:00 July 20th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Maria Finkelmeier

JP and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

Did you know that energy created at the Mass Energy Consumer Alliance offices (here in the JPNDC Brewery Small Business Complex) supports wind turbines all across Massachusetts? Today, we are chatting with Erin Taylor from Mass Energy about how the organization was founded, what it's like running a small business in The Brewery, and how they [...]

By | 2017-07-14T08:24:33+00:00 July 13th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

JP and Chuck Collins

You probably know that income and wealth inequality in the US is growing. Did you know that JP’s own Chuck Collins is in the forefront of people working to reverse that trend? Chuck has been working on the inequality issue for more than 20 years, often on the unique front of trying to change the [...]

By | 2017-07-06T08:46:32+00:00 July 6th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Chuck Collins

JP and Keshet

Did you know that Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, calls the JPNDC Small Business Complex 'home'? They have had their national headquarters at The Brewery for almost a decade! Today we are chatting with Keshet's Senior Director, Catherine Bell, about how Keshet was founded, the [...]

By | 2017-06-29T09:05:40+00:00 June 29th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Keshet

A Report from JPNDC Executive Director Richard Thal

This week JP & Me features something a little different—a report from JPNDC Executive Director Richard Thal that connects our work here at home with what’s happening in Washington, DC and the rest of our country.   Dear JPNDC friends, As we get ready for JPNDC’s 40th anniversary “Bash” on June 17, I want to [...]

By | 2017-06-07T08:58:43+00:00 June 8th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on A Report from JPNDC Executive Director Richard Thal

JP and Tara Rousseau

JPNDC is proud to have community members on our Board of Directors who have backgrounds in activism and grassroots organizing. Today we are talking with board member Tara Rousseau about her lifetime of volunteerism, how she learned about JPNDC, and why small businesses make JP so unique. K: Where are you from originally? Where do you live [...]

By | 2017-06-01T10:06:44+00:00 June 1st, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and Tara Rousseau

JP and City Councilor Michelle Wu

Did you know that one of the Boston City Councilors used to own a tea house? Today we are chatting with the President of the City Council, Michelle Wu, about her experience as a small business owner, the importance of local businesses being able to host acoustic live music and how easy it can be [...]

By | 2017-07-11T10:57:19+00:00 May 25th, 2017|JP and Me|Comments Off on JP and City Councilor Michelle Wu