Hyde Jackson Monthly
November 20, 2018

Hyde Jackson Square Main Street, like other Main Streets organizations in Boston and 1,100 similar ones across the country, strive to make our business district colorful, active, participatory, and economically strong by harnessing the power and commitment of volunteers in our community. No other organization does what we do in Hyde & Jackson Squares to improve our economy this way.

Being our strongest assets in the business district, locally-owned small businesses are important to our community because:

1) Money spent in local businesses circulate locally and do so many more times than money spent in national and online retailers.

2) Merchants and their employees are the caretakers of the sidewalk space in front of, and near to, their businesses. They are critical eyes and ears of our community.

3) Small store-front businesses are a great source of jobs for people in the community.

5) Knowing our merchants and merchants knowing us foster relationships and strengthen the fabric of our community that lead to success and resiliency.

6) Locally owned retailers and restaurants make our community unique from other ones.

7) Shopping in a local store is better for the environment than traveling to another location or receiving personalized delivery.

8) Purchasing goods in local businesses is a great investment in our community and in entrepreneurship.

Imagine the void in Hyde & Jackson Squares without our store-front, micro-enterprises along Centre Street. Although you may be able to find products cheaper by shopping online, do these businesses contribute to your community the way that our local businesses do?

Celebrate our local businesses on November 24, meet a merchant, strike up a conversation, and continue to support them throughout the year. We hope that you have a safe, fun, and relaxing Thanksgiving.

Inside This Newsletter


MainStreetActivitiesMain Street Activities 

Small Business Saturday on November 24 
This Saturday, November 24 is Small Business Saturday which is a national day to support small retailers and restaurants in our communities. We hope that you support the small businesses in Hyde & Jackson Squares that fortify our community and keep it vibrant.  
Celebrate Small Business Saturday with us by making at least one purchase in a local business this day and bring your receipt to us at our information table to enter a drawing for additional shopping certificates in the neighborhood. We will have a table on the sidewalk along Centre Street between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm in Hyde & Jackson Squares and drawings will occur every hour. Visit our social media pages to find out where we are or just stroll Centre Street to find us.  
Light Up Hyde Jackson at Vecina Beauty Supply
Join us on Friday, December 7 at 6:00 pm at Light Up Hyde Jackson as we celebrate the holiday season at Vecina Beauty Supply at 364 Centre Street and kick-off colorful, merchant window displays in Hyde & Jackson Squares.  Enjoy your community, good conversations, tasty food, and good cheer.   
Window contest, stroll, and scavenger hunt 
Our annual Centre Street Stroll, Window Judging, and Scavenger Hunt will occur on Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm. Walk with us along the street, vote on your favorite window displays, and locate items in windows redeemable for prizes. We'll also have warm treats and hot chocolate for you. Meeting location to be determined so please check back for more details. 
Stroll attendees will select the finalists for community judging to begin December 14 and end December 22 at 11:59 pm via online balloting, phoning or texting 617-522-3694, or emailing info@hydejacksonsquare.org.  


Another successful Centre Street Beautification  
A week from last Saturday on November 10, thirteen volunteers worked side by side to dig holes for 600 daffodil bulbs across from Jackson Square station and at Mozart Park, plant shrubs at Mozart Park, and shovel dirt and mulch in planting beds in these locations and in street tree pits. It was a great effort by all and considering there was a bit of rain in the morning we had a strong turnout.
As weather permits this fall and winter, we will be sanding, scraping, priming, and painting tired-looking metal bollards in tree pits along the street. If you would like to help in this effort, please email us at info@hydejacksonsquare.org.

CommuntiyCalendarCommunity Calendar  

Activities to enjoy in Hyde & Jackson Squares 
Main Street Activities  
Small Business Saturday 
Saturday, November 24   
Support local merchants and enter raffles for gift certificates to local businesses.
Light Up Hyde Jackson
Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm 
Vecina Beauty Supply 
Party to kick-off holiday window decorating in last year's contest store winner. 

Thursday, December 13, 6:30 pm 
Meet up location to be determined 
Enjoy hot treats while strolling the street, viewing windows, and looking for clues.  
Other Community Activities 
Mayor's Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting  
Saturday, December 1, 1:00 pm 
Hyde Square Rotary   

  MerchantResourcesMerchant Resources  
Free and low-cost workshops & resources for merchants 
How Can I Fund My Start-Up Business 
Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury   
Implementing a Small Business Growth Strategy: A Panel Discussion   
Thursday, November 29, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard Ed Portal, 225 Western Avenue, Cambridge



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