“To give back to organization and the community who I believe has been very helpful to my business” – Terry on why you should support RVMS

Donate by June 30, 2017 to contribute to our Spring Appeal

With resident contributions like yours, RVMS can continue the work of making Roslindale Village a unique and vibrant neighborhood business district where visitors, friends, and neighbors shop, eat, play, and collaborate.  

During our Spring Appeal, we’ll be sharing stories of volunteers, residents, and business owners about what being a part of RVMS and the Roslindale community means to them. 

Terry Fitzgerald is on the RVMS Board and the owner of Centre Cuts Salon and Spa, and here’s what she had to say:

Why did you join RVMS: 

“To give back to the organization and the community who I believe has been very helpful to my business and my quality of life as a resident in Roslindale.”

What’s your favorite thing about Roslindale Village?

“It is walkable! The ability to trade with a good variety stores on foot is great!”

What do you want RVMS donors to know?

“That their on going contributions are needed year after year to sustain a strong program and presence and help contribute and continue to build and better the community. We need volunteers, come to the office and sign on to work on a project. Do you have a free 2-3 hours?”

How has RVMS helped your business?

“Creating events to draw people to the area has given our business district great exposure. I also took advantage of the storefront improvement grant, which was most helpful. Also, marketing support.”

How has RVMS supported your way of life?

“By creating a strong sense of community where people care about each other, has helped redo Roslindale, and help make Roslindale a destination and a great place to live and trade. “

“I adore the farmers market, to meet and greet neighbors, to buy fresh produce by foot, and get inspired” – Mandana on why you should support RVMS

Donate by June 30, 2017 to contribute to our Spring Appeal

With resident contributions like yours, RVMS can continue the work of making Roslindale Village a unique and vibrant neighborhood business district where visitors, friends, and neighbors shop, eat, play, and collaborate.  

During our Spring Appeal, we’ll be sharing stories of volunteers, residents, and business owners about what being a part of RVMS and the Roslindale community means to them. 

Mandana Moshtaghi is a Roslindale resident and on the RVMS Board, and here’s what she had to say:

Why did you join RVMS: 

“Because I care about the sustainability and growth of our community, and in particular Roslindale Village.”

What’s your favorite thing about Roslindale Village?

“I like the layout, it provides great potentials. The fact that it is indeed a neighborhood square, that it includes Adams park which lends itself to many community events. That it consists of narrower streets such as Birch, Poplar, and South which provide access to small businesses shopping and neighborhood wandering. “

What do you want RVMS donors to know?

“That their donations would bring further vitality and increased quality of life for people living and working in Roslindale, and others who pass by.”

How has RVMS supported your way of life?

“I adore the farmers market, to meet and greet neighbors, to buy fresh produce by foot, and get inspired by what it offers each Saturday for weekly meals that follow after each trip.”

“Keep the neighborhood fresh with new ideas, and directly impact the health of the heart of Roslindale” – Anthony on why you should support RVMS

Donate by June 30, 2017 to contribute to our Spring Appeal

With resident contributions like yours, RVMS can continue the work of making Roslindale Village a unique and vibrant neighborhood business district where visitors, friends, and neighbors shop, eat, play, and collaborate.  

During our Spring Appeal, we’ll be sharing stories of volunteers, residents, and business owners about what being a part of RVMS and the Roslindale community means to them. 

Anthony Giordano grew up in Roslindale, and is a new property owner and the RVMS Board President, and here’s what he had to say:

Why did you join RVMS: 

“To directly contribute to the betterment of our community.”

What’s your favorite thing about Roslindale Village?

“The mix of the old Roslindale and the new residents and businesses.”

What do you want RVMS donors to know?

“That their contributions are applied to events and activities that keep the neighborhood fresh with new ideas, and directly impact the health of the heart of Roslindale.”

How has RVMS supported your way of life?

“By helping to foster an ecosystem for businesses and residents that make me want to spend more and more time (and money) here.”

“Help us continue to strive to make Roslindale a fun place to live, work and play!” – Liz on why you should support RVMS

Donate by June 30, 2017 to contribute to our Spring Appeal

With resident contributions like yours, RVMS can continue the work of making Roslindale Village a unique and vibrant neighborhood business district where visitors, friends, and neighbors shop, eat, play, and collaborate.  

During our Spring Appeal, we’ll be sharing stories of volunteers, residents, and business owners about what being a part of RVMS and the Roslindale community means to them. 

Liz Graham-Meredith is a Roslindale resident, on the RVMS Board and Co-Chair of the Farmers Market Committee, and here’s what she had to say:

Why did you join RVMS: 

“To contribute to the amazing work the Board puts forth in the ongoing effort to make Roslindale an incredible place to own a business, live and visit!

What’s your favorite thing about Roslindale Village?

“I love that whenever I am walking through the Village, be it shopping, dining out or just enjoying a walk through the neighborhood, that I run into people I have come to know! I did not grow up in Rozzie and yet every day, thanks to the friendly faces I have been blessed to develop relationships with, I feel like this is the place I was always meant to live. We have the best of two worlds- living in a thriving big city with all the niceties of living in a small town!”

What do you want RVMS donors to know?

“We can’t put on all the amazing events (like the farmers market or the egg hunt) that you have come to know and love without your support! The more help we receive financially, the more exciting work we can do to help the community: everything from helping a building owner fill a vacancy with a business the Village is in need of, to activating spaces in the neighborhood with a fun pop-ups, to a new event we haven’t even dreamed up yet! Help us continue to strive to make Roslindale a fun place to live, work and play!”

How has RVMS supported your way of life?

“RVMS epitomizes values I consider to be most important in my neighborhood: promoting development without displacement, protecting the diversity that makes this neighborhood so amazing, and injecting fun into every aspect of community support.”

“I believe in the power of community, and I love being a part of an organization that does as well” – Hilary on why you should support RVMS

Donate by June 30, 2017 to contribute to our Spring Appeal

With resident contributions like yours, RVMS can continue the work of making Roslindale Village a unique and vibrant neighborhood business district where visitors, friends, and neighbors shop, eat, play, and collaborate.  

During our Spring Appeal, we’ll be sharing stories of volunteers, residents, and business owners about what being a part of RVMS and the Roslindale community means to them. 

Hilary Sullivan is a Roslindale resident and the RVMS Board Clerk, and here’s what she had to say:

Why did you join RVMS: 

“After college, I made the decision to join AmeriCorps – often referred to as ‘the domestic Peace Corps’ because I wanted the chance to learn and contribute to communities across the United States with a goal of better understanding my own country. AmeriCorps set me up to be an active and engaged citizen and helped me understand how it is essential for everyday citizens to take local action to improve communities. After living in Boston for several years, and finding the unique neighborhood of Roslindale, I knew I wanted to use my energy and passion to continue building Roslindale as a vibrant and unique community.”

What’s your favorite thing about Roslindale Village?

“I like the geographic layout of Roslindale Village. I love being at Adams Park in the summer and feeling like I am in the Center of our bustling community.”

What do you want RVMS donors to know?

“RVMS is run by a talented and hard-working staff and many dedicated volunteers. With many successes over the years that demonstrate our commitment to the community, RVMS is truly an agent for change trying to make Roslindale a great place to eat, shop and live.”

How has RVMS supported your way of life?

“I believe in the power of community, and I love being a part of an organization that does as well. I think RVMS has helped shape Roslindale in to the accepting, close-knit and welcoming community that it is. After growing up in a small town in W Mass, I wasn’t sure I would find my community in Boston, but it is without a doubt in Roslindale.”

Celebrate our Business District by Supporting Roslindale Village Main Street

Maximizing the #ROSLove

RVMS and engaged residents like you have created profound positive change in Roslindale Village since 1985, when we were established as one of the nation’s first urban Main Street Programs. You’ve helped establish and grow important neighborhood anchors like the Village Market (which celebrates 20 years this year) and the Substation Building, which is well on its way to housing Chris Douglass’s new restaurant Third Rail. You’ve also helped us run free family-oriented events like the RVMS Farmers Market, Annual Egg Hunt, and even a Pop-Up Build Zone in a vacant storefront. Your support has also allowed us to provide design and marketing assistance to local businesses, and develop special elements like neighborhood lighting initiatives and stylish signage that communicate Roslindale Village is truly a one-of-a-kind destination in the City of Boston.

This past year alone, with your support, RVMS organized with local businesses, the City of Boston, and local community groups to build a quirky bike corral alongside Fornax Bread Company. We were also able to celebrate the winter season with Roslindale’s first ever Holiday Market on Birch Street, filling a vacancy with European-inspired gift vendors and activating the Courtyard with bushels of apples, holiday trees, and Boston Cheese Cellar serving up raclette in the chilly air. We do all of this to create a sense of community and to bring business owners and residents together.

Celebrate our business district by supporting Roslindale Village Main Street!

With resident contributions like yours, RVMS can continue the work of making Roslindale Village a unique and vibrant neighborhood business district where visitors, friends, and neighbors shop, eat, play, and collaborate.

Donate by June 30, 2017 to contribute to upcoming efforts including:

  • Locally designed lamppost banners showcasing neighborhood pride
  • New and improved holiday decorations
  • Expanded farmers market programming
  • An even brighter and beautiful Holiday Market on Birch Street
  • Technical assistance workshops for small business owners
  • More Pop-Up events in vacant storefronts like this year’s Pop-Up Build Zone

We can continue to grow this community together as invested citizens and shop owners. Whether it’s bringing life to vacant storefronts and street corners or bringing neighbors together to discuss and plan for the future of our neighborhood, RVMS works to make your vision for Roslindale a reality. When people come together: that is the magic of the Main Street program — and we cannot do it without you.

Sincerely and thanks,

Alia Hamada Forrest

Executive Director

Annual Egg Hunt a Success, Thanks to Community and Volunteers

Thanks to our local businesses and volunteers who helped make the Egg Hunt a fun community event!

The Roslindale Village Main Street’s 23rd Annual Egg Hunt was held at Fallon Field on Saturday, April 15th. We were lucky to have a beautiful, sunny spring day! Approximately 1,000 people from in and around Roslindale came to share in the fun of this annual event to welcome spring, hunt for 6,000 treat-filled eggs, visit with the Bunny, and play games.

So many volunteers and local businesses donated time and activities to make the Egg Hunt a fun community event:

  • Thanks to District 5 City Councilor Tim McCarthy for attending the event and leading a countdown to the start of the hunt!
  • Thanks to RVMS volunteer Tom Donahue for helping plan the egg hunt for the past 20 years! 
  • Thanks to RVMS board and committee members for volunteering at the event: Silvana Ragusa, Liz Graham-Meredith, Kate Schlegel, Kelly Ransom, Hilary Sullivan, Meg Vulliez, Erin Doherty, and Anthony Giordano.
  • Thanks to Glenn Williams, “Voice of Roslindale,” for loaning his equipment, acting as emcee, and ensuring a fun, smooth event overall!
  • Thanks to Cathy Slade for her role in making the Egg Hunt such a fun event for the kids!
  • Thanks to Josh Wyatt and the group of volunteers from Charles River Church Boston for helping with the event from start to finish, and bringing games and goodies.
  • Thanks to our student volunteers from Sacred Heart School LIT group and Northeastern University. 
  • Thanks to the City of Boston Parks & Recreation Department for helping provide us with a power source and cleaning up the field in advance of the event.
  • Thanks to our event financial supporters: Sacred Heart School and Tremont Credit Union
  • We were excited to have local businesses at the event, bringing treats and fun activities: thanks to A Plus Realty Group for donating an amazing face painter, The Leggett Group for donating fresh coffee for the adults, The Village Market for donating drinks, ice and other supplies, The Astro Diner, a pop-up by Seven Star for bringing their green alien mascot, face painting, and more! Local organization, WalkUp Roslindale, lead a fun sidewalk chalk art project! 
  • Thanks to all the local businesses around Roslindale Village that had eggs in their shops, to encourage shopping and dining at our many local shops and restaurants. 

RVMS’s Official Photographer, Bruce Spero, was on-hand to capture wonderful photos from the event. You can view the full gallery here

We look forward to seeing you all next year! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on new projects and our other community events

Seven Star’s Chris Lin Stops by RVMS Economic Development Committee

Conversations with Roslindale Business Owners: Chris Lin, Seven Star Street Bistro

Seven Star Street Bistro owner, Chris Lin, joined the April RVMS Economic Development Committee meeting to share updates about his business and his experience as a small business owner in Roslindale. As a business at the entrance to Roslindale Village with an innovative approach to their menu and space, we were excited to talk more with Chris. 

Chris and his wife, Michelle, opened Seven Star Street Bistro six years ago and recently adopted a creative three-in-one pop-up style concept. Chris said they are getting a lot of good feedback about the new model, which includes Astro Diner and Rozzie Ramen. Rozzie Ramen in particular has taken off, based on word of mouth marketing alone. “I’m a ramen junkie and used to drive all over to find good ramen,” said Chris.

Seven Star continues to grow, and recently hired one of their long-time part-time staff as a full-time event, catering and pop-up manager. They are excited to cater and host more events in their space, like rehearsal dinners and graduation parties. And with the big news that they got Boston’s first BYOB restaurant license, Chris said the BYOB is a selling point because it brings event costs down.

BYOB opens up a lot of possibilities for Seven star and Chris is looking at collaborating with Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale and Solera, a Shrine to Wine. He said he’s excited about the opportunity to “integrate so many things at once…when you go out to eat and get a glass of wine, that’s one thing, but with BYOB, you get to touch four or five businesses.” He’s even interested in partnerships with places in JP and West Roxbury to draw people from neighboring areas to Roslindale.

Chris’s pride for Roslindale was evident during our discussion. In developing signage for upcoming catering and other events, he made sure the materials very clearly said “Roslindale,” and he sees these events as a way to get a “Roslindale product out there.”

When we talked about what it’s been like for him and his family to own a business here, he said, “Roslindale is an unbelievable community; once you have word of mouth and support of the community, it is undying.” And to be in business long-term, “you need a light at the end of the tunnel and be willing to put in blood, sweat and tears at the beginning. You will always get to a point where you question, ‘should we stop or continue?’ and to continue always comes with risks.” We talked about resources businesses like his need, and RVMS and the Economic Development Committee will continue that discussion moving forward.

Follow Seven Star Street Bistro, Rozzie Ramen, and Astro Diner for updates about BYOB, collaborations and pairings, and events like a pop-up at Trilium Brewing in June. They’ll also be attending the RVMS Annual Egg Hunt April 15th.

Murals in Roslindale Village

Murals in Roslindale Village beautify and celebrate our neighborhood, and in 2017, we hope to add a couple more. 

In late February, RVMS walked around Roslindale Village with Heidi Schork, Director of the Mayor’s Mural Crew – City of Boston (pictured right with RVMS Executive Director, Alia Hamada Forrest), scoping out potential new mural sites and identifying murals that need updates. Together we decided to start with the mural on Birch Street and devote the Mayor’s Mural Crew’s time and talents to updating a faded mural on a highly visible street. The new mural will celebrate the natural beauty of the nearby Arboretum and green spaces, and include birch trees in honor of Birch Street. The building owner and businesses on Birch Street were consulted and, as of April, the wall has been primed (except for a certain moose from the previous mural: can you spot it?), and the plan is to begin painting this spring/summer, as soon as the weather is warm enough.

Another idea for a wall in the future: A mural that celebrates the cultural diversity of Roslindale around our history of bread-making and the many bakeries that have been and are present in Roslindale. We will continue to update this blog post with updates about the Birch Street mural, as well as any additional new murals that come to our neighborhood. 

While walking around Roslindale, we were reminded of how many vibrant, diverse murals we are fortunate to have, from the “Reversed the Curse/Red Sox Champions 2006” baseball mural at 4545 Washington Street, to the Green Dragon mural on Basile Street at the entrance of YMAA Boston, to the “Shop Local” mural on Murray Hill Road.

About the Mayor’s Mural Crew: Every summer, young Boston artists work alongside professional mural painters to conceptualize, design, and paint large-scale murals throughout the city.  Over the years, the Mayor’s Mural Crew (MMC) has given hundreds of Boston’s youth the chance to be active participants in the creation of public art.  A collaborative effort by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events and the Boston Youth Fund, the MMC assists these apprentices in improving their skills, gaining professional experience, and contributing to the overall vitality of the city. The MMC serves as a model for innovative youth programming- linking art and community.