Substation Update: Spaceus is coming!

Substation Update: Spaceus is coming!

RVMS is thrilled that our efforts around pop-ups have helped bring another exciting temporary tenant to the Roslindale Substation. This summer, we welcome Spaceus as the Substation’s next pop-up tenant! Spaceus will be transforming the incredible Roslindale Substation into a shared creative workspace and public gallery for the months of July, August, and September. The space will be both an active studio for artist members and a gallery and store open to the public. Over the course of the three-month activation, Spaceus will also host a series of arts and community events, lectures, and exhibitions for artists and neighbors alike. Spaceus will be moving in over the next couple weeks and anticipate being fully open to the public Saturday, July 14th.

RVMS, along with our partners Historic Boston, Inc. and Peregrine Group, LLC, see the Spaceus pop-up as a unique interim use of this well-loved space as we continue our efforts to find a long-term tenant. Currently, we are in advanced discussions with a potential long-term tenant that we are certain will fit in with the mix of vibrant businesses in Roslindale Village. Stay tuned!

Artists interested in joining the Spaceus community may apply here:!

If you have an idea for an event, lecture, or exhibition that should be held at the space, please let Spaceus know at

To stay up to date on what Spaceus has planned, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

About Spaceus

Spaceus was created by Stephanie Lee and Ellen Shakespear, two MIT graduate students who were frustrated by the prevalence of vacant storefronts along Boston’s major commercial corridors and decided to transform these highly visible sites into spaces for art, culture, and community. Guided by a mission to keep cities creative, Spaceus identifies, designs, and programs vacant spaces for artists to create in the heart of the city.

Sokiri Sin and The Ink Gallery

Business News: The Ink Gallery 

Last week, RVMS was able to attend a community meeting introducing one of Roslindale’s newest upcoming businesses, the Ink Gallery, a premiere tattoo studio that is in the process of going through the licensing and permitting requirements of the City of Boston. The Ink Gallery will be owned and operated by tattoo artist Sokiri Sin, and the shop would be located above Romano’s Taqueria & Pizzeria on the second floor of 4249 Corinth Street. Sokiri is known for his intricate black and gray shading, and in the past, he has worked at Skin Art Studio in Cambridge and Timeless Ink in Everett. You can view Sokiri’s work on his Instagram page.  Currently, he is booked through August and he hopes to open his own shop in Rozzie by the end of 2018.

Farewell to Redd’s in Rozzie

Farewell to Redd’s in Rozzie

We thank Redd‘s in Rozzie for 7 years of great food and service to the Roslindale community and will miss them when they close on July 15th. We will miss the Mo-Mo’s, the records spinning, the laughs, the pulled pork sandwiches in the Substation, the brunch punch. We’ll miss the #ROSlove Charlie Redd brought to his business and to the community.

For the next month, go visit and enjoy Redd’s in Rozzie — watch a summer movie on the patio, cartoons at the bar. Support this local business as we say goodbye — and many best wishes to the Redd’s in Rozzie crew. 

Redd’s in Rozzie
4257 Washington Street
Roslindale, MA 02131

Business Profile: Boston Clinical Trials

Business Profile: Boston Clinical Trials 

A Look Inside Clinical Research 

We met with Irene Axelrod, CEO of Boston Clinical Trials and learned the story of Boston Clinical Trials (BCT), a company that works with the pharmaceutical industry delivering data to pharmaceutical companies for drug approval. Boston Clinical Trials moved to Roslindale in 2012 and is located right next to the Roslindale Post Office. Irene loves being a part of Roslindale —  where people are kind-hearted, caring, and invested in the community.


Irene: One of the best business decisions I made in my life was to move my company to Roslindale. We moved to Rozzie from Brighton in 2012 and immediately felt at home. I remember one day during a horrible snow storm, most of us were outside shoveling and several people stopped by to chat with us and even offered to help.  We could tell this is a warm and welcoming community with residents that stick around and care about each other.

Tess: So, what does BCT do?

IA: You see, most of us have taken medication to treat headache, insomnia, pain, but do not realize that it had to go through years of testing before it was approved by the FDA, so your doctor, one day, could prescribe it to you. Boston Clinical Trials has tested popular medications currently prescribed commonly for these conditions among many others. BCT works with community of volunteers who come to try new medicines and provide very valuable information on effectiveness. Our programs attract people from as far as New York, Maine, and all over Massachusetts. We are now very happy to be in Roslindale, so local people can take advantage of us being just around the block.

TM: Why do you think people participate in clinical trials?

IA: People participate in studies for various reasons. The first and most obvious is getting potentially effective treatments years before they are available by prescription.  One of the patients during her recent office visit told me: “Please keep doing what you are doing; thanks to your medication, my daughter will be graduating from High School this year, I am so happy I found your place.” We had a couple who recently moved to Boston from California, both suffered from Migraine. One day they came for appointment with their newborn baby. “She is the main reason I am here, said her father. Migraine runs in our family, I want to make sure she has effective medications to treat her migraine when she grows up”

TM: Do volunteers get paid for study participation?

IA: Yes, everyone gets paid a stipend between $50-$100 for each completed visit depending on the study. BCT also has a patient referral bonus program not to mention small extras like lunches, gift cards, Uber rides to and from appointments.

TM: What is special about your company?

IA: BCT has a big heart. We consider our patients part of the family. It is obvious from the moment you walk in and speak with the receptionist. At BCT we take pride providing every study volunteer with attention and care they often do not receive in a regular medical office. We welcome our neighbors to just walk in and meet with us.

To learn more about Boston Clinical Trials and their current studies, visit their website: and follow them on Facebook for information about upcoming events and new studies.

Boston Clinical Trials

26 Cummins Highway

Roslindale, MA 02131

(617) 477-4868