Hyde Jackson Monthly February 27, 2017

We are learning about the neighborhood and we want to share what we have learned so far. Read below to learn about interesting tidbits in our Real Estate and Business Study and learn more about what our community believes to be our strong points. There are lots of opportunities to learn, get involved, and come together to help Hyde & Jackson Squares prosper.

Understanding Our Businesses

Commercial Real Estate and Business Study
We are excited to have just released our Commercial Real Estate and Business Profile document created by Peg Barringer of FinePoint Associates in collaboration with our Economic Development Committee with funding support from the City of Boston's Boston Main Streets. This document is an important component of our Community Assets Mapping Project which aims to better understand our Main Street community from a strengths-based perspective.


We'll use this document to showcase our neighborhood and to recruit complementary businesses to our district that add value to existing businesses as well as promoting shoppers to support them.

The study details the strengths in our commercial business district that stretches along Centre Street from Jackson Square to Canary Square. Some nuggets of information include: 
  • A proliferation of businesses catering to the Latino market (products, food, services)
  • Anchor food stores at either end (Whole Foods and Stop and Shop)
  • Great transit access: Jackson Square and Stony Brook Orange Line stations, Heath Street Green Line station, 39 bus (from Forest Hills to Back Bay via S.Huntington/Huntington Avenue), 41 bus (from Monument in JP to UMass Boston via Centre Street, Dudley Street, and Columbia Road)
  • Two-thirds (2/3) of store-front businesses are locally- and independently-owned
  • National and regional chains and ample parking at Jackson Square
  • Thirty-four (34) retail establishments
  • Unique and important specialty stores such  as Centre Street Meatland butcher, Revolution Bicycles, and Fat Ram's Pumpkin Tattoo
  • Twenty-four (24) eating and drinking places
  • Well known and respected, diverse eateries that bring people from outside the neighborhood such as El Oriental de Cuba, The Haven, Blue Nile, and Alex's Chimi's
  •  Fifty-seven (57) service businesses
  • Complementary market segment business clusters such as businesses catering to family party supplies and accessories--Del Valle's Children's Gift Shop, Gondres Bakery, La Casa de los Regalos, City Mart, Centre Fashion)
We also have some great opportunities here for entrepreneurs interested in locating in this great neighborhood. Available ground floor spaces range from 770 square feet to 3,100 square feet and have a variety of amenities. If you are interested in a space or in locating here, or if you'd like to receive a copy of the study please email us at info@hydejacksonsquare. 

Understanding Our Assets

Preliminary Findings on Tuesday, February 28 at
6:30 pm

Over the last several months, we have been having conversations with people who were shopping and strolling along Centre Street and with people integral to the fabric of this vibrant community. To let you know what we have found,  we will present some data and anecdotes as to what people see as our strongest businesses, public spaces, buildings, community celebrations, and more. 

Our Design Committee team observing one of our community's assets. 
Come to an information presentation on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 pm at The Old Havana Restaurant, located at 349 Centre Street. We'll have some light food for you and a short presentation and we'll take your questions. This is free and open to the public. And if you haven't done so, take our brief Assets Mapping Survey.

Help Us With Our Work

We are Recruiting for Committee and Board Positions

Are you interested in getting involved with a small and nimble community organization?

Do you want to work on projects that support Centre Street and the small businesses?

If so, then we might be right for you.

Board Photo 3.8.16
Our Board of Directors at our 2016 Annual Meeting. Come join us!

We have plenty of opportunities for you:
  • The Promotions Committee works to bring positive publicity to the commercial business district and encourages people to come to the neighborhood to shop, eat, and meet one another. Past activities have included planning and implementing our holiday business promotional specials, sidewalk sales, Theater in the Park, developing our bi-annual newsletter, and planning for the Annual Meeting.
  • The Design Committee works to enhance the physical appearance of Centre Street so that it is pleasant and comfortable to enjoy. Past activities have included facade and storefront design guidance, designing and installing artistic bike racks, working with the police on safety, community cleanups, and defining our visual assets.
  • The Economic Development Committee works to strengthen the economic base of the commercial district by assisting businesses with technical assistance and attracting new businesses. Past activities have included developing business resource fairs, connecting businesses with development assistance, bringing energy efficiency and incentive programs to businesses, and  performing economic analysis of existing businesses.
  • Our Organization Committee works to build the capacity of the organization by increasing resources (human and financial), leading our vision, and developing strong policies.

We also have openings on our Board of Directors which requires a broad vision to steer us forward. If interested in any of these roles or have ideas on other ones, please call 617-522-3694 or email us at info@hydejacksonsquare.org so that we can talk to you.

Business Corner
Immigrant Learning Center's Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards

The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) is now accepting nominations for its sixth annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards to be held on May 4, 2017, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. The Awards honor immigrants who founded businesses in Massachusetts in four categories: Business Growth, Neighborhood Business, High-Tech Business, and Life Science Business. This event is an opportunity for Massachusetts' business leaders and innovators to publicly recognize the significant contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs in the Commonwealth. Deadline for nominations is March 10. Preview more information about the awards and the nomination process on their webpage.
Hyde Jackson Square Main Street's  
Merchant Alliance Program (MAP)
Networking and Small Business Resources

Meet your fellow business owners and learn about programs and resources to help you grow your small business in Hyde & Jackson Squares. We'll have some light food as you mingle and learn about different offerings.


Wednesday, March 21 @ 5:00 p m - 6:00 pm 
The Frogmore Restaurant   
365 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain   

City of Boston's Office of Economic Development (OED) & Egleston Square Main Street

Turning Facebook Posts Into Profits

Learn Facebook tips on: 
  • Growing your customer base and marketing your small business brand 
  • Creating successful posts that integrate photos and videos to your page 
  • Turning your posts into profit by connecting with new customers and engaging your current customers
There will be a Spanish interpreter available for attendees.

Tuesday, February 28, 8:30 am - 10:30 am 
YMCA, 3134 Washington Street, Roxbury 

Hispanic American Institute & Chelsea Chamber of Commerce

Grow Your Business

Learn about new opportunities for small business owners and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. Lawrence Andrews, President of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, will be the featured speaker. 

Tuesday, February 28, 7:30 am - 10:00 am 
Hilton Garden Inn, Logan Airport, 100 Boardman Street, East Boston

RSVP to executivedirector@chelseachamber.org 
SBA Trainings and Resources
SBA Online Trainings   

SBA  has many free online trainings that can help you in your business. Click here for a complete list of trainings.   

SCORE Trainings

Social Media Marketing 
The Internet can be an amazing resource for attracting customers, but how do you sort through the seemingly endless options to find the best ones to market your business? And how do you keep social media marketing from taking up every spare moment of your time? Register here.     
Wednesday, March 15 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton    
SCORE Online Workshops 
The Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) has many online workshops and services. Click here for a list of online workshops.  

Other Business Training Resources
For additional small business resources in the Hyde Jackson Square Main Street district, please contact us at info@hydejacksonsqure.org.  

If you would like to receive further information specific to the business community (workshops, meetings, etc.), please register/re-register here by typing your email address and clicking "Go". Instructions will be send to you to change your profile. Or you can send us an email to info@hydejackonsquare to change your profile. 
In This Month's Issue
Undertanding Our Businesses
Understanding Our Assets
Help Us With Our Work
Business Corner

Main Street Activities

Understanding Our Assets
Tuesday, February 28
6:30 pm
The Old Havana Restaurant
349 Centre Street

Merchant Alliance Program -
Networking with Small Business Resources    
Tuesday, March 21   
5:00 pm 
The Frogmore Restaurant
365 Centre Street


Hyde & Jackson Squares
Business Map & Directory


Business Map _ Directory

Last spring at our Annual Sidewalk Sale, we re-introduced our neighborhood Business Map and Directory. This colorful, updated directory is based upon a design done in the early 2000s. We will continue to revise this regularly so that all of our businesses and neighborhood features are up-to-date.

You can find this map at many of your favorite merchants. However if you would like us to provide you with one or more, please contact us and we'd be happy to do so.

Do you have neighborhood news that you'd like others to know about or information about a meeting, activity, or event that you'd like to post?  


Send listings or ideas to info@hydejacksonsquare.org or call 617-522-3694.
























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