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What’s Happening on Main Streets

February 5, 2016


Marina Ortega, director of the Boston Celtics dance team, led a group of Mission Hill seniors during a dance class at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham. The Jan. 25 event, which promoted healthy living, was sponsored by New England Baptist Hospital and the Boston Celtics.  Courtesy Photo by Steve Babineau

At the monthly Main Streets board meeting, I started getting flashbacks of my college geology class. Our guest speaker started describing geological drumlins formed by the glacier that covered the Boston area during the ice age. Of course the drumlin, or teardrop shaped hill with two sides, carved out by the glacier he was describing is our very own Mission Hill.

The smoothly abraded slope of the hill is referred to by scientists as the “stoss” side and the other roughly plucked rocky side of the hill is called the “lee” which resulted from the direction in which the overriding glacier impinged. (By now, I’m sure you are thinking, “what the heck am I talking about?”)

The point of this is that this presenter was Matt Pian, a Northeastern grad who fell in love with Mission Hill. He wishes to open a restaurant at the street level of the new Tremont Street apartment complex at 1486 Tremont St. and name it “Stoss & Lee.” Matt and his three business partners—Tom Colleran, Timothy Duggan, and Benjamin Newman—are all restaurant professionals who are pursuing their dream of opening an upscale restaurant at the former Clutch Works site.


Marina Ortega, director of the Boston Celtics dance team, led a group of Mission Hill seniors during a dance class at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham.  The January 25th event, which promoted healthy living, was sponsored by New England Baptist Hospital and the Boston Celtics.
Courtesy Photo by Steve Babineau

They appear to have put as much extensive research into their concept as they have in coming up with such a clever name for their enterprise. A wood-burning bakers oven and wood-burning grill will allow them to offer exciting new tastes to Mission Hill with locally sourced meats, produce, and cheeses.

Sixteen different draft beers along with special local brews with a house label to honor our neighborhood’s historic brewing tradition along with bottled imports and a well-curated whiskey and wine program will take place in an L-shaped bar. This will be in the center of the dining room, which will be flanked by an open kitchen showcasing the smoldering ovens.

Six full-time and six-plus part-time jobs will be created. These partners wish to feature monthly charitable initiatives aimed at assisting local charities as part of their operating model. This group got a favorable reception at the Community Alliance of Mission Hill meeting the week before and our Main Streets group appeared very excited about this new addition to the neighborhood business mix.

Can I be stone-cold boulder (sic) to suggest that geology might be boring, or perhaps you find yourself in a “rocky” relationship? Since Stoss & Lee has yet to open, may I suggest that you not be “flinty” and visit any of Mission Hill’s great establishments in February. In addition to the Puddingstone, nearly every eating place will be offering some sort of rock solid Valentine’s month special. Dine locally.

On January 30, our community laid to rest one of its stalwart supporters. Although a number of serious health concerns over the years challenged the 52-year-old Gloria Murray, this neighborhood gem never lacked the drive to strive to improve the lives of those in her beloved Mission Hill community. Gloria’s Mission Main neighbors and friends gathered to mourn her untimely passing at the Greater Love Tabernacle Church.

My friend Carmen Pola visited me last week raving about the fantastic program she just attended with a group of 54 Mission Hill seniors at the Celtics Practice facility in Waltham. The Jan. 25 event is part of a program sponsored by New England Baptist Hospital and the Boston Celtics. The day focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and included a group dance class led by Celtics legend Ton “Satch” Sanders, the Celtics dancers and team mascot Lucky the Leprechaun.

The group from Alice Taylor, Mission Main, Roxbury Tenants of Harvard, and the Maria Sanchez House enjoyed a healthy dinner afterward and a day full of laughs and memories. This is just another example of the smart community engagement that NEBH does so well. Bravo.

Our local state Reps. Jeffrey Sanchez and Liz Malia, along with District 5 City Councilor Tim McCarthy, are sponsoring an overdose prevention training class on Thursday Feb. 11 at the Roslindale Branch Library. Run by the City Health Commission’s Bureau of Addictions Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Support Services, they will be instructing folks on how to identify signs of overdose and how to administer the Narcan nasal spray to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Everyone is welcome to attend and you could be the person to save the life of someone you love who struggles with the curse of addiction.

People who love Mission Hill do so for wide variety of reasons. Mine is mostly due to the many wonderful friends I’ve made here over the years, and continue to do. However, not one day goes by that I don’t online casino stop to recall the most fortuitous event to have occurred to me in my lifetime. It happened right here in Mission Hill some forty years ago this week. That afternoon, I was blessed to meet the girl I would marry and who has made my life an absolute joy. Meeting my Susan is, without question, the best thing that ever happened to “altar”(sic) my life, and I’m still madly in love with her. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

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Mission Hill Main Streets (MHMS) is a non-profit organization that works with local businesses, residents, and community organizations to revitalize our local Mission Hill business district (along Tremont Street from Roxbury Crossing to Brigham Circle, along Huntington Avenue from Longwood Avenue to South Huntington, and along parts of Terrace Street and Parker Street) and to strengthen our community. With the City of Boston and the National Main Street Center, we are part of a citywide and nationwide movement to revitalize local businesses and shopping districts.

Richard Rouse’s ‘What’s Happening on Main Streets’ in Mission Hill Gazette: August 14, 2015

August 17, 2015

What’s Happening on Main Streets

August 14, 2015
  By Richard Rouse, Executive Director, Mission Hill Main Streets
Like the returning swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano or those migrating emperor penguins to their Antarctic breeding grounds, the anticipated academic arrival that occurs every Sept. 1 in Mission Hill provokes excitement and expectancy in our local business owners. Many owners are preparing welcoming specials to entice newcomers to their shops, and also attempting to reschedule deliveries and other incidentals so as to not interfere with the increased traffic, rental trucks and other disruptions associated with the moving-in. The colleges, community leaders and City authorities have been meeting to try to make the process occur with minimal disruption and to head off any problems beforehand. The Crossing Bar (formerly Curtin’s) will be renamed Puddingstone under new owners—John Casey and Harry Walsh—who are giving the place a facelift and should be reopened before Labor Day. This dependable watering hole will definitely maintain its local charm at the hands of these seasoned publicans. Harry, the consummate gentleman, is co-owner of the Mission Bar. John lived for years on Mission Hill with his stunning better half, former Community Alliance President Jessica Casey. The neighborhood anxiously anticipates the reopening of this Mission Hill mainstay… ‘Nuff said! Directly opposite the Mission Church entrance, the ornate brick McCarthy Building at 1536 Tremont St. stands as a landmark neighborhood property since 1899. A year ago, a fortune teller opened shop on the ground floor trying to make a go of it. Even without a crystal ball, this humble scribe predicted that such a venture was doomed to failure at that location. On a least a dozen occasions, the proprietress asked to read my palm. Upon each encounter, I politely demurred, but it always made me wonder that if this lady could truly divine the future…why would she waste her breath on me? Now, an up-and-coming apparel supply company has chosen to open shop at this attractive address to sell hats, t-shirts, jackets and hoodies that have been a hot item in the hip-hop community.  Dorchester born and Cambridge raised, Michael Pires is a Northeastern University grad with an eye for design and a nose for business. Pires and his artist friend Rich Gomez have been extremely successful selling their fashions at public events and online over the past few years. Along with friends Marcus Johnson-Smith and Matt Whormes, this savvy crew of young entrepreneurs developed their Kush Groove Clothing brand into a “look” seen at happening venues across the region. When mainstream rappers like A$AP Rocky wear Kush Groove apparel at concerts, the demand for Kush Groove designs go viral. Michael and his friends have been firing on all cylinders preparing to get the storefront up and operating by move-in day. Good luck! Earlier today, I made a point to thank Public Works Department Commissioner Michael Dennehy for assigning a “hokey man” to our business district and saying what a positive improvement it has made to the neighborhood this summer. What’s a “hokey man?” That’s the public works guy with the broom and bucket making his way up and down the street removing litter. He hits our streets once or twice a week. When you see him, please give him thumbs up! When his work is “picking up”, the entire community improves. While I’m on the topic of nice looking streetscapes, the flowers planted in front of the Mission Church look spectacular and the 1575 Tremont Street’s landscaping is over-the-top this year. The Stoneman Centennial Park entry to Brigham and Women’s Hospital is so handsome it classes up Brigham Circle and reminds you of those grand monuments in Washington, D.C. Brigham and Women’s Hospital Environmental Services Department deserves a tip of the cap not only for the look of the park, but also because it diligently takes it upon itself to maintain the veterans memorial plaza in Brigham Circle, year in and year out. Thanks. That little park is also the site of our Thursday Farmers Market, which we operate with the Mission Hill Health Movement. The market takes EBT, WIC, Farmers Market coupons and senior coupons, which also qualifies for a $10 gift certificate, compliments of the employees of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). The BIDMC employees have made the Mission Hill farmers market their charity by providing needy individuals with fresh fruit and vegetables from our Massachusetts farms. Barry Twomey tells me that next month BIDMC will be partnering with our longtime farmers Gary’s Too Farm from Townsend and MacArthurs Farm from Holliston to provide discount coupons for our senior citizens. A new addition to our market is The Ancient Bakers who bake heart healthy and diabetic friendly pastries from ancient grains that are deeeelicious. Tonya Johnson and Alex Diaz are the local bakers who each prepare their own special recipes and Tonya’s son Ben, a John D. O’Bryant High School student, helps with the sales. Everything at the market is healthy, fresh and in-season. For years, the Mission Hill Health Movement has operated out of a plain, nondescript, one-story brick building sandwiched between two of the prettiest structures on Tremont Street. Jim Farrow, Ivis Ayuso, Betty Comerford, Angel Pizarro, Barry Twomey and the rest of the Health Movement gang often mourned the plain-Jane countenance of their headquarters. Mission Hill Main Streets was recently awarded a grant from the Boston Main Street Foundation to transform the building facade with a colorful trompe l’oeil mural of an old-fashioned storefront. We contracted with Best Dressed Signs out of Jamaica Plain and its husband and wife team of Josh Luke and Meredith Kasabian produced an eye-catching head turner. Their distinctive artistry has received kudos throughout the neighborhood and looks like it’s been with us for years. - See more at: http://missionhillgazette.com/2015/08/14/whats-happening-on-main-streets-35/#sthash.rlI6t4GM.dpuf

No $2/bag fresh produce distribution on Wednesday, July 8th

July 8, 2015
Because Fair Foods is taking a well-deserved holiday break beginning with July 4th, there will be $2/bag fresh produce distribution at the Tobin Community Center on Wednesday, July 8th. However, the Saturday distribution will continue at the Mosque, and the $2/bag fresh produce distribution will resume on Wednesday, July 15th. http://www.FairFoods.org

Weekly $2/bag fresh produce distribution on Wednesdays (4-6 pm) and Saturdays (1-3 pm)

April 30, 2015
Weekly $2/bag fresh produce distribution on Wednesdays (4-6 pm) and Saturdays (1-3 pm) cosponsored with Fair Foods of Dorchester (http://www.FairFoods.org other sites around Greater Boston – check http://www.FairFoods.org/dollarbag.html) The site for Wednesday's event (the Tobin Community Center) is organized and managed by Mission Hill Health Movement (www.MHHM.org) - 617-427-6919 Residents pay $2 for the bag.

Welcome to the New Face of Mission Hill

November 1, 2014
Our brand new website is up! Feel free to explore the businesses of the Mission Hill area here. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.