First Holiday Market on Birch Street a success, thanks to our volunteers, sponsors, and supporters.

Thank you to all our volunteers, business owners, and community for making the Holiday Market on Birch Street a success!

We had a great time last Thursday at the inaugural Roslindale Holiday Market on Birch Street, made possible by our dedicated volunteers, and by the local businesses and neighbors who braved bitterly cold temperatures and strong winds to eat, drink, shop and celebrate!  

The Holiday Market was a collaboration between Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) and local business owners to bring the community together around food, live music, and the chance to shop for the holidays in our neighborhood. While we originally envisioned an outdoor European-style market, the last-minute change to move some activities indoors kept everyone safe and vendors and visitors still enjoyed a festive shopping experience inside both Emerald Society and the vacant storefront at 22 Birch St. The surrounding shops and restaurants were busy, and the courtyard made for a cozy outdoor gathering space, with Exodus Bagels, Apex Orchards, and the much-anticipated raclette from Boston Cheese Cellar

Thank you to our Co-Sponsors of the event: our neighborhood banks The Cooperative Bank and Meetinghouse Bank.

Thanks to the local businesses who helped conceive and plan this event starting back in the summer and fall: Adam Shutes from Boston Cheese Cellar, Karen Kirchoff of Karen Kirchoff Acupuncture & Herbs, Elizabeth Swanson from Birch St. House & Garden, Deb Debenedictis from Tony’s Market, and Joanne Rossman, Purveyor of the unnecessary and the irresistible

Thank you also to the local businesses that came up with holiday cocktails and wine tastings: Solera, a Shrine to Wine, and Sophia’s Grotto, Birch Street Bistro.

Thanks to the RVMS Board of Directors and Committee volunteers who helped with everything from booking vendors to cleaning up garland at the end of the night: Erin Doherty, Tom Donahue, Sue Forti, Anthony Giordano, Liz Graham-Meredith, Karen Kirchoff, Andrea Miller, Rob Orthman, Nina Pralour, Silvana Ragusa, and Hilary Sullivan

Also thanks to our community members who volunteered, Marlo Pedroso, and student volunteers from Northeastern University’s Civic Engagement Program

Live music from Balkan Mind Meld rounded out a great night, and Glenn Williams, our emcee, took care of all the sound and music for the event. Additionally, the Pop Up Opera paid the Holiday Market a visit thanks to Tony’s Market. 

Thank you to PS Gourmet for donating delicious hot chocolate!

Thank you to A Plus Realty for donating an amazing face-painter!

Thank you to Meetinghouse Bank for donating an incredible balloonist!

Thank you to Nift, for handing out holiday Nift cards to the public!

Thank you to the Emerald Society for a great space and bartender.

Thank you to Doris Charry-Frantzis for letting us use 22 Birch Street as a warm space for additional vendors, when we had to move the event inside.

Thanks to all the local businesses and vendors for participating in the Holiday Market and for bringing beautiful jewelry, imported scarves and toys, chocolate, pottery, art, books, thrift store finds, and even gift certificates! Thank you to 

Thank you to everyone who supported our community and local businesses by helping with or attending the Holiday Market! We would love to hear your feedback! Please take a minute to take this brief survey and share your thoughts

And don’t forget, if you’d like to see more events in your community, from everything to the farmers market, annual egg hunt, to pop-up shops and holiday events, please consider donating to RVMS to ensure more opportunities to enjoy your neighborhood in 2017. 

Winter Solstice Luminaria

Winter Solstice Luminaria

Roslindale marks the winter solstice by lighting up the Square and Adams Park at the Annual Luminaria

Come stroll with your neighbors through Roslindale Square and Adams Park, enjoying the beautiful glow from hundreds of candle-lit lumieres and join us in the park to sing this Wednesday, December 21st, at 6:30 pm (rain date is Friday, December 22nd). If attending, please bring a small flashlight! 

This event is organized by Karen Kirchoff, owner of Karen Kirchoff Acupuncture & Herbs, and Roslindale resident Richard Chalfin. 

There are still opportunities to volunteer for this annual community event! If you have a large car, please contact Karen at 617-522-3990 to help transport lumieres to Adams Park on Wednesday, sometime between 3:00 – 4:00 pm. You can also volunteer to help set up lumieres in the Park before the event. Join their Facebook event for more information!


Holiday Market & Letter of Giving

Dear friends,

We are so excited for our Holiday Market on Birch Street tomorrow from 4:00 to 8:00pm. The evening will truly be a unique Rozzie holiday shopping and community celebration, and we plan on seeing you there!

Our plan is to celebrate the holiday season as well as wintertime in New England, but it also looks quite windy tomorrow. To protect our vendors and our tents, their macarons, delicate ornaments, and letterpress prints, we are moving all gift-y vendors into two warm areas along Birch Street: 22 Birch Street (we are activating the vacant storefront where Kitchen Central used to be) and inside the Emerald Society. We are also excited that the courtyard space where Sophia’s Grotto is located (they have heaters!) will be cozier, protected from the wind, and filled with more pizazz including Exodus Bagels selling bagels and spreads under a heated pergola, the Boston Cheese Cellar will be offering a gooey cheesy raclette experience from their stoop, Apothekers chocolate and marshmallows and Apex Orchards will complete the Courtyard with Christmas trees, apples, and honey.  We are happy to use the courtyard space that is unique to our neighborhood, activate a storefront that has been vacant and filling it with holiday vendors, bring in live music of all kinds, and support our local businesses and restaurants along the way. It’s a win-win-win for everyone, and we hope you enjoy the night away with us!

If you’d like to see more of these pop-up events that support our local business district by bringing people out to shop, eat, and play, consider supporting Roslindale Village Main Street before the end of the year. We believe in bringing people together in order to make a positive impact in our neighborhood. Supporting your local businesses and your local Main Street Program is part of that. The RVMS table will have a really great raffle inside the Emerald Society tomorrow – with 8 prizes to choose from with your ticket. We encourage you to join us tomorrow by not only winning a great raffle prize and shopping locally, but also to sign up for our newsletter, buy a warm ROS beanie or one of our NEW pint glasses or buttons, give us a hug or high five, and learn how to get involved.

Bundle-up, and see you all tomorrow!

Alia Hamada Forrest

Executive Director, Roslindale Village Main Street



The Substation Approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals

The Roslindale Substation project has been approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals after last Tuesday’s hearing, October 22nd, at Boston City Hall! Read the full article about the hearing here.

The Official Boston City TV YouTube Channel also posted a video about the substation development in which attendees from Saturday’s Historic Boston Inc. dedication ceremony and community photograph were interviewed. Watch it here

Community Photograph on October 19th

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, representatives from Roslindale Village Main Street, Historic Boston Inc., Peregrine Group LLC, and Roslindale residents celebrated the Substation’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places last Saturday. The photograph was taken at 11:00 AM and attendees were given the chance to walk inside the Substation.  

Click here to see more pictures of the dedication ceremony from Historic Boston Inc.

Mayor Menino to Celebrate the Listing of Substation on National Register of Historic Places on October 19th

Mayor Menino, Roslindale Village Main Street, Historic Boston Inc., and Peregrine Group LLC invite you to attend a community-wide photograph and an open house at the Roslindale Substation on Saturday, October 19th to celebrate the listing of the Roslindale Substation on the National Register of Historic Places.

People will meet at the Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers’ Market at 10:30 AM and the photograph will be taken in front of the Substation at 11:00 AM after Mayor Menino unveils a plaque commemorating the listing. The Substation will be open for tours until noon.

These two community photos were taken in front of historic renovation projects in Boston developed by Historic Boston Inc.

To learn more about the Substation project, please click here.

Substation Development

In the course of our work to rehabilitate the Roslindale Substation, we learned that the F.J. Higgins Funeral Home property next door would be put up for sale. The business intends to operate at a new location.

Graciously, the Higgins family has granted Roslindale Village Main Street and our nonprofit development partner, Historic Boston Incorporated, an opportunity to purchase their property so that we can advance our vision of bringing the Substation – and this stretch of Washington Street – to life.

If put up for sale on the open real estate market, the site of the funeral home could very likely attract the interest of a developer who does not share our vision of creating a walkable, pedestrian-friendly business district, someone who might try to install a drive-thru business on Washington Street, or a parking lot for some other business. Because of the community’s vocal reaction to the Domino’s Pizza that was proposed on the same block, we feel duty-bound to try to bring about an outcome that will add more value to our business district.

Working with the Peregrine Group, a development company with a terrific track record in urban infill projects of this scale, and Historic Boston Incorporated, a nonprofit with decades of experience revitalizing and preserving historic buildings in Boston, our plan is to convert the vacant Substation to 7,500 square feet of retail space, including a restaurant and coffee bar and a market for fresh produce. This is a natural choice for Roslindale. It builds upon our highly successful Farmers’ Market, a weekly event that attracts thousands of customers to our district to patronize at our many small businesses. As part of this project, we intend to propose a new building for the site of the funeral home that would hold 40 units of housing, with parking underneath for up to 40 cars. Six of the units would be affordable. The height of the building would be slightly lower than the Substation.

All along, our plan has been to identify a new use for the Substation that 1) preserves the building’s historic character, 2) makes the building accessible to the public to use and enjoy, and 3) is financially self-supporting on an operational basis after construction work is completed.

This project is consistent with what residents agreed to with the final master plan and updated zoning code in 2008, which focused on new construction and future population growth towards Roslindale Square, encouraging ongoing pedestrian-oriented revitalization through mixed use residential/commercial zoning and by relaxing parking requirements to facilitate transit-oriented development.

What do you think of this idea? Is this a risk worth taking? We are eager to hear your feedback and intend to hold a community meeting in mid January to share more details. Before the community meeting, RVMS will be hosting smaller and less formal gatherings with our volunteer Substation committee members at our office at 2 Corinth Street to discuss the proposal, answer your questions and gather your ideas. Drop-in “office hours” will be held on December 20th, January 8th and 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and on January 5th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. As more formal plans become available the Boston Redevelopment Authority will be looking to the community for its consideration in the permitting process.

We believe that a successful project, done well, would really revitalize this central block of Washington Street in Roslindale. As a demonstration of the level of interest in Roslindale as a place to live, please review the article on our development concept in today’s Boston Globe (Click here).

These are some renderings of the proposed substation redevelopment made by The Peregrine Group, Inc:

Countdown to the Holiday Market on Birch Street: TODAY!

Countdown to the Holiday Market on Birch Street: TODAY!

Join us tonight!

As we count down the days to our first-ever Holiday Market on Birch Street next Thursday, December 15th, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, each day we’ll highlight exciting features and vendors that will be at the market!film Despicable Me 3

The wait is over: tonight is the Holiday Market on Birch Street, bringing together your favorite local businesses, artists, musicians, and community groups to create an outdoor winter market for friends, neighbors, and families. There will be shopping, food and wine samples, activities for all ages, a raffle, and more!

Share the event on Facebook, grab your friends and neighbors, and come say hi!

Get all the details, plus a map, at our event webpage.

Countdown to the Holiday Market on Birch Street: 1 day!

Countdown to the Holiday Market on Birch Street: 1 day!

Exodus Bagels

As we count down the days to our first-ever Holiday Market on Birch Street next Thursday, December 15th, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, each day we’ll highlight exciting features and vendors that will be at the market!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Today is Bagel Wednesday at Exodus Bagels! If you missed out (or just can’t get enough of their amazing bagels), come to the Holiday Market on Birch Street tomorrow and get a bagel and spread or a bagel sandwich at their set-up in the courtyard!

Check out our Facebook event or event webpage for more information and exciting updates!

Countdown to the Holiday Market on Birch Street: 2 days!

Countdown to the Holiday Market on Birch Street: 2 days!

Live Music

As we count down the days to our first-ever Holiday Market on Birch Street next Thursday, December 15th, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, each day we’ll highlight exciting features and vendors that will be at the market!

There will be a lot of live music in Roslindale that night: at the Holiday Market, Balkan Mind Meld will play from 5:30 – 7:00 pm inside the Emerald Society building. JP Honk Band will arrive around 5:30 pm and start at the commuter rail parking lot, then parade around the streets of the Village, playing music and gathering people for the market.

Several local shops and restaurants will have live music as well:

AurorA.2A Popup Art Gallery at 2A Corinth St: musiConnects Sumner Quartet, performing holiday classics from 6:00 – 8:00 pm: musiConnects Sumner Quartet, performing holiday classics

The Thrift Shop of Boston: Jonnee Earthquake Band and Old Wave at 6:00 pm.

Birch St Bistro: live music at 8:30 pm

Check out our Facebook event or event webpage for more information and exciting updates!