Our Services

Our organization offers a wealth of services to keep the economic corridor of Centre and South Streets thriving in Jamaica Plain. We can help you navigate the path of starting your own business, managing and sustaining, and then growing bigger. We also act as a resource for services that the City of Boston offers to businesses.

Polka Dog Bakery: Before and After our storefront improvement grant

Within the Jamaica Plain community, we offer:

  • Grants for storefront improvements;
  • Design assistance for signage and storefronts;
  • Consultants for small businesses such as retail visioning and industry assistance;
  • Permitting and licensing assistance;
  • Assistance with finding a commercial space within our district;
  • Finding resources for legal concerns, such as commercial leases;
  • Clean-up days, such as JP Shines;
  • Holiday decorations and events for the district.

To find out more about any of these services, please contact the Executive Director.

South Street Mall and Courts renovation completed in September 2010. Photo courtesy of Ray Dunetz.

Our roster of services needs your support to grow. JP Centre/South Main Streets can provide even more opportunities to our district, such as workshops for residents and businesses, regular networking prospects, and events that advocate for our community and our businesses.

StriveOn Mobile App for Jamaica Plain

JP Centre/South Main Streets uses an app called StriveOn for our First Thursdays ArtWalk. This app is available for both Apple and Android. It’s a far more fun and interactive way to get involved with the business district and community events.

What is StriveOn?
StriveOn is a location-based mobile app that engages the user in their community in more fun and innovative ways. These days events have to engage people in a way that’s familiar and fun for them. Because so many of us rely on our smartphones and social media now, this app will allow us to bring our First Thursday event to that level.

How do you use it?
It’s so easy. Users can download the app for Apple or Android (Google Play), and it will automatically know where they are and what’s around them. They can use their app to scroll through a listing of businesses and organizations in the area. Or they can choose to receive notifications, so their phone will “ding” every time they walk past a special event or offering.

Will it share my personal information?
The app allows users to choose how much information that they would like to share, meaning they can maintain their privacy if they choose, or they can tell us more about themselves, such as where they live and where they are coming from. In any case, JP Centre/South Main Streets and the participating businesses will NOT have any access to personal information that is not shared by the user.

How can I add my business to the listings?
Just click here and we’ll do all the rest! Try to include pictures, video, and audio, if you can, as that will make your listing more inviting.

How much will it cost?
There is NO cost. Thanks to a generous grant from the Boston Main Streets Foundation, this program is free to both users and businesses.

Boston Main Streets Foundation Logo

 

What if I don’t have a smartphone?
That’s ok! The First Thursday ArtWalk map will still be printed. Copies will be available at the JP Branch Library and City Feed & Supply.

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