33rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting a Success

Thanks to our community volunteers and local businesses for making this year’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting a success! It was a gorgeous day, and we had a huge turnout of people who came to decorate the tree, welcome the Mayor, Santa, and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy community with friends and neighbors. 

A special thank you to long-time volunteer Tom Donahue for all his work to ensure this event happens every year. Thank you to Silvana Ragusa, also a long-time volunteer, for helping make this event possible. Thank you to RVMS Board and Committee members and community members who volunteered day-of to hand out Small Business Saturday bags, cookies, and more: Amy Gitlin, Anthony Giordano, Cathy Slade, David McFerrin, Erin Doherty, Jill Domenici, Liz Graham-Meredith, Mary Ellen Gambon, Meg Vulliez, and Robert Orthman. Thank you to our Santa and Mrs. Claus as well!

Thank you to Elaine Tutein and the Sacred Heart School Parent Ambassadors for bringing ornament-making supplies and helping families make ornaments to decorate the tree. 

Thank you to the local organizations and businesses that provided treats: Diane’s Bakery and Fornax Bread Company for the cookies, the local Elks and PS Gourmet for the hot cocoa, Dunkin Donuts for the munchkins, and RCN for the coffee and muffins.

We enjoyed the musical performances from Sacred Heart School’s choir and band, Aashka Dance, and Making Music Matters. Thanks, of course, to our co-emcees, Glenn Williams and Kelly Ransom. Thank you to Lisa from The Pet Cabaret and all our contestants for opening the event with a Reindog costume contest! 

Thank you to Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City of Boston and elected officials for joining us to celebrate not only the Holiday Tree Lighting, but also Small Business Saturday and shopping locally to support our small businesses in the Village: City Councilors Michelle Wu, Tim McCarthy, Annissa Essaibi George, Stephen Gilman, Abby Furey, and Dan Murphy.

Thank you to our talented photographer, Bruce Spero, for capturing the event! See a full gallery of photos from the event here.

Finally, thank you to everyone that attended the event, supported RVMS, and visited the local shops, salons, and restaurants on Small Business Saturday!

Summer Farmers Market Thank You

To the Roslindale Community,

What an amazing RVMS Summer Farmers Market season we’ve had here in Roslindale! Each year it’s a gift and joy to see the evolution of one of the oldest farmers markets in Boston. This year we got to see our market jump back up from 20 vendors to 30 on average every Saturday. We got to see beloved vendors return, and new faces arise in the Square. Every Saturday was a chance to connect with neighbors and learn about where your food comes from. This community event takes a huge amount of commitment and work to put on, and we would like to give our thanks to the following people:

To Paul and Steve, who’s dedication to set-up, clean-up, and Saturday logistics has helped the market run so smoothly all summer.

To Kristen, Lise, and Michelle who booked the children’s, music, and wellness series.

To Glenn, the music master himself, who is a staple at the market, and never ending supporter of RVMS.

To Liz and Richard, the hardest working Farmers Market Committee Co-Chairs in the world. Their commitment to this community event is why it is one of the most successful markets in Boston.

Thank you to Diamond Supporter Boston Building Resources for making our Music Series for our Summer Farmers Market possible!

Thank you to  Platinum Supporters Balanced Rock Investment AdvisorsCentre Cuts Salon & Spa, and Tremont Credit Union for making the Children’s Entertainment for our Summer Farmers Market possible.

Thank you to Gold Supporters Trethewey Brothers, Inc. and The Leggett Group for making the Wellness Series for our Summer Farmers Market possible.

Thank you too District 5 City Councilor Tim McCarthy and the Parks Department for working with us to make an even better RVMS Farmers Market next year!

And to the RVMS Farmers Market Committee, all our vendors, and everyone who came and enjoyed our market this season, thank you for making our market what it is.

– Emmy Smela, RVMS Farmers Market Manager

Roslindale Village Main Street Welcomes Trillium Garden at the Substation 

Roslindale Village Main Street Welcomes Trillium Garden at the Substation 

With great excitement Roslindale Village Main Street announces that Trillium Brewing Company plans to open an indoor winter beer garden in the historic Roslindale Substation Building before the end of the year. Trillium, a national star among New England’s flourishing micro-breweries, will reformulate the highly successful beer garden it operated on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in an indoor venue in the iconic Substation, located at 4228 Washington Street, across from Adams Park.

Trillium’s winter tenancy caps RVMS’s 16-year effort to reactivate the long-vacant main floor of the Substation, which is notable for its grand open space and historic, industrial aesthetic. The Substation underwent a $4.8 million renovation conceived and undertaken by Roslindale Village Main Street, Historic Boston Inc., and Peregrine Group, LLC of Rumford, RI. Trillium will join Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale, a retail craft brew business, that opened earlier this year on the ground floor.

RVMS identified and sought out Trillium because of its national reputation, loyal following, and successful track record of working in partnership with food, arts, and cultural pop-up events in non-traditional spaces. “Beer aficionados will have the unique opportunity to drink Trillium’s award-winning beer in the Substation’s awe-inspiring space, with its 34 foot ceilings, 18-foot copper clad doors, 250-ton capacity gantry crane, and six two-story windows,” said Alia Hamada Forrest, RVMS’s Executive Director. “Where Trillium goes, its fans follow. I’m eager to welcome the newcomers that will discover Roslindale’s existing mix of vibrant restaurants and retail options, and hope that these types of creative partnerships continue to spark across all of Boston Main Street districts. We know when you visit — you will want to return.”

Trillium Garden at the Substation is scheduled to operate five days a week, starting in late November/early December 2017 and running through March 2018. RVMS and other local organizations plan to operate arts and cultural pop-ups, including local music, art, and restaurant collaborations on days Trillium will be closed and, when complementary, during times the beer garden is open.    

RVMS, along with the rest of the development team, continues to look for a long-term tenant.

Built in 1911, the Substation functioned as part of the Boston Elevated Railway Company’s then revolutionary alternating electric current power system. Designed by architect Robert Peabody of Peabody and Stearns with Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation, the Substation is one of six nearly identical converter substations built in and around Boston at that time. It has been vacant since the 1970s. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge was the architect for the renovation.


New Business Profile: Welcome, Studio M!

New Business Profile:
Welcome, Studio M!

Meet Roslindale Village’s newest business owner, Mel Ramirez of Studio M. Mel brings 16 years of salon experience to Rozzie, and is formerly of We Are Hair and Fresh Hair in Jamaica Plain. Another fun fact? Mel is from Roslindale! 

“I grew up in Roslindale and my family still lives here. I went to the Irving Middle School and St. Clare’s. Never have I imagined that I’d be opening a business here and serving my own community. It’s been exciting to see Roslindale grow from what it was before to what it is now — and I am excited to be part of that growth.”
To learn more about Studio M’s offerings, check out their new website www.studiomroslindale.com or give them a call at 617-477-9267. They offer ongoing specials, including Blow-out and Go-Out Thursdays (5:00pm to close). Make your appointment today!
Studio M
4182 Washington Street
Roslindale, MA 02131