Rozzie Zoom Backgrounds

Support RVMS and show your Rozzie Pride on Zoom!

Support our 2020 Spring Appeal! Download these Roslindale-themed Zoom backgrounds and making a donation to RVMS at roslindale.net/become-a-supporter.  Show your Rozzie pride in your Zoom meetings with these videos and images from around the Square while supporting our work to help Roslindale Village businesses when they need it the most.

Step 1. Make a $5, $10 or $20 donation to RVMS or donate a custom amount – no donation is too small.

Step 2. Then, click the links below and drag & drop each image to your desktop!

Step 3. Upload your cool new Roslindale Zoom background to your Zoom account to show your Rozzie pride during meetings.

Click here to view a Folder filled with downloadable Zoom Rozzie Video Backgrounds.

Click here to download Zoom background of the view of the Square from Alexander the Great Park.
Click here to download a Zoom background of the kiosk on Poplar Street and Wallpaper City.
Click here to download a Zoom background of Roslindale’s Shop Local mural photographed by Rozzie’s own Chris Lang.
Click here to download a Zoom background of the top of Rozzie’s traffic sculpture which is located at the intersection of Belgrade Avenue, Corinth Street, and Roberts Street.

Guest Blog Post: 40-Year Old Roslindale Resident Greg Dumas Working the Front Lines at BIDMC

SERVICE IN SCIENCE:
40-Year Roslindale Resident Greg Dumas Working the Front Lines at BIDMC

By RVMS Guest Blogger Jonathan Pappas

Greg Dumas, a long-time Roslindale resident, takes the commuter rail each day from Roslindale Village to his job as Clinical Pharmacist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), just as he has for the last 42 years. 

Dumas spends 50% of his time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the other 50% in the main pharmacy at BIDMC. These days, working in the NICU, comes with elevated stress, as Coronavirus concerns continue to impact daily life.   

“It’s a full day every day, and your mind is always focused on keeping all patients safe,” says the 62-year-old Dumas.  “We’ve had several COVID-19 positive mothers in one of our adult medical ICUs so far.  Fortunately, each of their babies tested negative and are all in good health.”

Dumas explained how the first COVID-19 positive mother who was treated in the adult medical ICU kept testing positive.  It was not until 30 days after delivery before she saw her baby for the first time. 

“The nurses arranged for them to meet the mother in the driveway of the hospital so she could see her baby from her car window.  It was pretty emotional for everyone.”

16 years ago, Dumas became the first pharmacist dedicated to working directly within the BIDMC Neonatal unit as a team member.  He, along with a team of neonatologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists and a dietician, oversee a busy NICU and special care nursery with 62 beds.  It is the pharmacist’s job to ensure that each mother and newborn receives the correct medication and the right dosage (adjusted for their gestational age and weight) at the right time. 

“I have outstanding co-workers, ready to do anything to make sure our patients receive the best care possible,” says Dumas.  “Dr. DeWayne Pursley, our Chief of Neonatology, has always been an outspoken advocate for building a multi-disciplinary team.  This strong sense of “team” is one of the main reasons I look forward to going to work each day, even under these more stressful circumstances. We support and encourage each other to give it our all.”

Dumas is a humble hero, like many of our frontline workers. 

When the HIV outbreak occurred in the 1980s, Dumas was named the Research Pharmacist for the AIDS clinical trial group at Deaconess Hospital.  At the time, there were very few studies being done for treatment.  Many of the early AIDS patients came to his research pharmacy to receive their clinical trial medicines. He was among a small group of pharmacists throughout the country who were the first to manage the medication for AIDS clinical trials. 

In 2002, Dumas became one of the first recipients of the Douglas K. Richardson “How Can I Help You” Award, which is given annually to BIDMC employees who go “above and beyond” their basic responsibilities to provide support benefitting the clinical, teaching, research, and/or community service missions of the Department of Neonatology.

The award honors Doug Richardson’s lifetime achievement in neonatology and as an investigator who made substantive contributions to child health. He died tragically in a bicycling accident in 2002, at the age of 51.

“This recognition continues to be especially meaningful to me because Doug Richardson was an exceptional human being and neonatologist,” says Dumas.  “He was an early mentor of mine.”

Dumas has given lectures about neonatal pharmacy at local universities like Northeastern and Mass College of Pharmacy where he was an adjunct professor for several years. While he has led an inspiring career as a pharmacist, he didn’t know this was going to be his calling when he was growing up in Alfred, Maine. 

Dumas recalls that in 8th grade his father gave him a two-sided piece of paper with the top 50 jobs/industries listed and asked him to look it over and decide what he wanted to do for a career.

Nothing stood out.

In high school, his ski instructor at Sugarloaf Mountain told him stories about his brother who was a pharmacist in North Conway, NH.  This discussion, and potential profession, stayed with him until he went for an informational interview at Mass College of Pharmacy during his senior year of high school.  When the college recruiters mentioned it would be a 5-year commitment, “it scared me away,” said Dumas. 

He and his high school best friend, Ken Chick, decided on the University of Maine, and roomed together Freshman year where they both did well in sports and academics.  After Chick was diagnosed with leukemia later that year and went to Boston to be treated at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dumas reconsidered his career choices and transferred to Mass College of Pharmacy in 1976. 

The 40-year Roslindale resident hadn’t heard of Rozzie until his MCP class took a field trip to the Arboretum that year.  After meeting and marrying his first wife Lynn in 1980, they bought a triple-decker on Stellman Road where they raised their three children – Lance, Cameron and Carolyn – until they moved to Robert Street in 1985, where Dumas and his second wife Janice currently live. 

“I’ve seen Roslindale really evolve over the years,” says Dumas.  “Back in 1980, there wasn’t much to do.  We didn’t have all the shops and restaurants that we do now.  When Main Streets came (in 1985), that’s when we really started seeing improvements to the neighborhood.  We loved having The Village Market within walking distance (and still do), but when Delfino’s, Birch Street Bistro, and Sofia’s Grotto opened up in the early 2000s, it really brought a new dynamic to the neighborhood.”

“Greg and I love being able to walk to the Village for dinner,” says Janice.  “I enjoy the shopping at Joanne Rossman’s, Birch Street House and Garden and, of course, Solera!”

When he was not working at BIDMC, Dumas spent a lot of time at the Parkway Little League Complex in West Roxbury, where his two sons played baseball from 1982-96.  He helped build the refreshment stand during its rehabilitation and was also team manager of his sons’ Lance and Cameron’s Parkway Club Teams.

“My sons and I still reminisce. That’s one thing we always liked and appreciated about Roslindale and West Roxbury – the baseball fields.  It was a big part of our lives for many years.  The Parkway Little League Parade that starts at Fallon Field was one event I looked forward to every season, and I still do. My 7-year-old grandson is now playing Little League and his younger brother will be right behind him. They love baseball, too.”

These days, Greg and Janice continue to support their favorite local Roslindale businesses as much as possible. Even during the quarantine, the couple has made an effort to make purchases or order takeout from each establishment. 

“We want these businesses to succeed; the Village just wouldn’t be the same without them,” Dumas adds.  The couple also enjoy the more recent additions to the neighborhood, including Shanti, Effie’s Kitchen, Distraction Brewery, the Turtle Swamp beer hall in the old Substation, Green T Cafe, and Square Root.  “And of course, the Farmer’s Market.”

“There are a lot of first-time challenges this year for all of us,” says Dumas.  “But at the same time, there will be many bright lights that come out of this pandemic.  Just like the new mothers we treat at BIDMC who continue to amaze me with their courage and resilience, I know that we will bounce back like never before.”

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: DavisKelly CPAs

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: Nancy E. Kelly of DavisKelly CPAs

Written interviews with local business owners have been organized and written by members of the RVMS Marketing Committee. We will continue to share these interviews frequently as part of a series to share how best to support local businesses in Roslindale during this challenging time.

Many businesses and nonprofits are trying to figure out how their operations will survive during and after the COVID-19 outbreak.  Nancy E. Kelly, co-managing partner of DavisKelly CPAs had a teleconference with 40 of her clients April 2 to reassure them.

“I just wanted to make sure that they know that we are here to help them in any way,” Kelly said.   

DavisKelly is a full-service public accounting and business consulting firm with offices in Roslindale Square on 4238 Washington Street and in New York City.  It is also a woman and minority-owned business that has catered to the nonprofit community for 25 years. Some of their clients include On The Rise, Paige Academy, and the Social Innovation Forum.

Kelly told her teleconference attendees that her firm was offering discounted services to all clients. The company provides support for applying for loans and government funding. It also has expertise as a fiscal first responder. Kelly provided disaster relief support for businesses after September 11 and Hurricane Sandy in New York. Prior to becoming a CPA, Kelly was an operating room nurse for ten years, which gives her a unique perspective on the current health crisis. 

“So, I understand first-hand the many complex issues facing organizations right now,” Kelly said.

DavisKelly is one of the few businesses in Roslindale still open during normal business hours because it provides essential financial services.   However, Kelly would prefer that people call or email the office first to make an appointment so they can speak to the right person for their immediate needs. If you would like to meet with any of them, they can set up a video conference or a conference call to conduct business. 

“We’re here and available,” Kelly said.  “People are struggling right now, but we can help people out here.”

More info: website: daviskellycpas.com, phone: 617-390-5734; email: info@daviskellycpas.com 

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: Solera, a Shrine to Wine

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: Maria Cecilia Valencia of Solera, Shrine to Wine

Written interviews with local business owners have been organized and written by members of the RVMS Marketing Committee. We will continue to share these interviews frequently as part of a series to share how best to support local businesses in Roslindale during this challenging time.

Solera – A Shrine To Wine, whose tagline is “Where Good Wines and Craft Beers Meet Expertise” first opened on Corinth Street back in 2000. Owner Maria Cecilia Valencia, originally from Colombia, South America, having recently purchased a home in the neighborhood, saw the revitalization of Roslindale Village as an opportunity to launch her dream to, in her words, “create a place for wine lovers where they could come in, feel comfortable browsing around and asking questions, and give people the opportunity to purchase quality wines without breaking the bank”. After operating for 11 years on Corinth Street, Solera moved around the corner to its current location at 16 Birch Street.

Winner of several awards, including Boston Magazine’s 2016 “Best of Boston” distinction and the Boston Phoenix’s 2001  “Best Mini-Wine Boutique in Boston”, Solera boasts nearly 500 selections of wine from all over the world along with a smaller selection of local craft beers. Maria prides herself on the high level of expertise, wine education, and personalized customer service which has earned her staff accolades from the presses and the designation of “well versed grape talkers”.

Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Solera finds itself at a crossroads.  Maria has not escaped the devastation that COVID-19 has wrought on small businesses everywhere. While Solera is exempt from the mandated State closure of “non-essential” businesses, Maria has been forced to cut back on her hours and limit the number of people allowed inside the store in order to observe “social distancing” requirements. However, the dramatic drop off in foot traffic from the closure of neighboring businesses and the stay-at-home advisories issued by the City and State has resulted in a drop of more than 25% of the shrine’s revenue. Fortunately, Solera has been able to stay afloat during this crisis thanks to their small base of loyal customers, but Maria fears that they will not be able to sustain the business in the event of a prolonged general economic shutdown. 

Given that protecting the health and safety of her staff and customers is her top priority, Maria is considering a temporary closure of Solera after Easter Sunday until the COVID-19 crisis eases and financial relief from the stimulus program is received. Without an immediate and substantial infusion of funds, Solera will have a difficult time ordering inventory, paying the staff, and meeting their monthly operating expenses.

Maria noted that even without COVID-19, operating a small wine business is extremely difficult. “People want convenience,” she noted. “It’s much easier to drive to a big supermarket with a liquor license where they have plenty of parking, long hours, and one-stop shopping where you can get beer and wine along with your groceries and everything else.” 

While Roslindale is noted for its superb restaurants, they must order their liquor from authorized distributors, which means that Solera cannot realize the economic benefits of partnering with the local restaurants for their beer and wine needs.

However, Maria is going all out to fulfill customers’ needs for the upcoming holiday. Solera offers a “First of the Month” discount where shoppers can get 10% off orders of a case of 6-11 wine bottles and 15% off a case of 12 or more.  Shoppers can take advantage of this discount between the hours of 2-6 p.m. this Friday 4/3 and Saturday 4/4. In addition, Maria is pleased to announce that Solera will be extending this promotion to next Friday (4/10) and Saturday (4/11) between the hours of 1-6 p.m. for Easter. Please call the store or check Solera’s web site https://solerashrinetowine.com or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Solera-A-Shrine-to-Wine-165848490121168/  for any possible changes to this schedule. Solera will be closed Sunday (4/5) through Thursday (4/9).

While walk-ins are welcome, please note that only two customers will be allowed inside the store at a time due to the health emergency. So please call ahead of time, and be sure to check Solera’s web site to confirm their hours of operation for Easter weekend.

You can call in your order to 617-469-4005 or e-mail your request to solerawines@verizon.net.  Maria’s staff will get your order ready with as little as a half hour notice for you to pick up during Solera’s posted hours.

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: The Arredondo Family Foundation

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: Mélida Arredondo of The Arredondo Family Foundation

Written interviews with local business owners have been organized and written by members of the RVMS Marketing Committee. We will continue to share these interviews frequently as part of a series to share how best to support local businesses in Roslindale during this challenging time.

Along with our local businesses, Roslindale’s many non-profit organizations are suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the prolonged restrictions it has imposed on public life. One of those organizations is the Arredondo Family Foundation, located on the second floor of 4258 Washington Street in the Parkway Building. 

Founded in 2015 by Roslindale residents Carlos and Mélida Arredondo following the Boston Marathon bombings, the Foundation’s mission, as stated on their web site is, “to empower the Veterans’ community including military families and friends in the prevention of military related suicides and to provide support through education and services. The Foundation also provides suicide prevention training to the community at large and has recently started providing suicide prevention and support services to Spanish-speaking communities.”

In addition to organizing community suicide prevention training programs and personalized youth mental health first aid, the Foundation’s work includes funding the Arredondo Brothers Memorial Scholarships for military siblings, procuring and delivering groceries to shut-in veterans and military families, holding an annual 300+ turkey giveaway at Thanksgiving, beautifying Adams Park with flags and posters from local schools every Memorial Day, volunteering with the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Division, and many other philanthropic initiatives.

Co-founder Mélida Arredondo said that the postponement of the Boston Marathon due to the health emergency is having a devastating effect on the Foundation’s ability to maintain their current staffing levels and programs. “About 60% of our annual budget comes from our dedicated team of sponsored runners who collect donations on behalf of the Arredondo Family Foundation,” Mélida noted in our recent interview.

While she hopes to see most of this revenue realized when the Marathon is finally run on September 14th, the delay is causing serious cash flow challenges to scholarships that are provided to military siblings and children right now, an important ongoing project. To help bridge the gap, the Foundation is applying for funding from the SBA’s Economic Injury Loan program. But even if the loan is approved, it will only provide a fraction of the funds that the Foundation was counting on from the Marathon. And, with an economic downturn expected in the coming months, non-profit organizations such as the Arredondo Family Foundation will not be able to rely on the same level of corporate and local sponsorships they would normally receive. This makes contributions from individuals in the community even more critical.

However, the Foundation is doing everything possible to keep their programs going during the COVID-19 shutdown. Mélida is working hard to transition their signature Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) one-hour suicide prevention training program to an on-line model.  She affirmed: “We expect to have our QPR program on-line in about a week, at which time we will send a notice to Main Street and the community with instructions as to how to sign up.” 

Foundation staff and volunteers will also continue their food shopping and deliveries to veterans and military families most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To help the larger community, the team also plans to head up to the Red Cross to help ease the current severe blood shortage.

They are currently seeking volunteers and drivers to help with their food deliveries.

More information: email melida@arredondofoundation.org, website: https://arredondofoundation.org/ and phone: 617-553-0002.

Boston Main Streets Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Boston Main Streets Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

April 1, 2020

The impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic have created an economic crisis for the small businesses that are the heart and soul of Boston’s 20 Main Streets districts. More than ever, those small businesses, their owners, and their workers are in need of our support to manage through this crisis.

To assist in this challenging time, the Boston Main Streets Foundation (BMSF) has established a $100,000 COVID-19 Response Fund for small businesses in need. Crowdsourcing efforts with Patronicity will raise additional funds above this base contribution in an effort to reach as many small businesses as possible. This fund will distribute $1,000 grants to individual businesses with the following conditions:

1) Businesses with ten or fewer employees showing financial need amidst this economic crisis
[Preference given to businesses with 5 or fewer employees]

2) Business must be located in a Boston Main Streets district

3) Businesses that are “sole proprietors” are encouraged to apply

4) Businesses based in face-to-face/in person contact
[Example: salons, barber shops, retailers with little or no online sales, etc.]

5) Businesses that fall into the following categories: services, dry goods, and other “non-essential” retail businesses [While the BMSF wishes to support all businesses in need, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is not currently targeted to bars and restaurants, as there are other emergency funds targeting those sectors such as the Boston Restaurant Strong Fund. Additional resources for small businesses can be found on the City of Boston’s Economic Development website.]

6) There is no reporting requirement for these grants

7) Grants can be used to pay employees or pay the business owner/manager themselves; pay business rent and/or utilities; buy for inventory /goods to resell; pay other business expenses

8) Businesses with an “Immigration Tax ID Number” are fully eligible

The application for small businesses to apply for funding goes live on April 1, 2020, with a preliminary application deadline of April 10, 2020. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after April 10 if funds remain available.

All small businesses selected for grants will be required to provide a W9 as a prerequisite of their funding.

In these unprecedented times, the BMSF is striving to provide much needed support directly to small local business owners. Please reach out your Boston Main Streets Director (director@roslindale.net) with any questions regarding the COVID-19 Fund or additional City resources.

We’re all here to support you in this time of need.

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: YMAA Boston

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: Ben Warner of YMAA Boston

Written interviews and Facebook Live interviews with local business owners have been organized and written by members of the RVMS Marketing Committee. We will continue to share these interviews frequently as part of a series to share how best to support local businesses in Roslindale during this challenging time.

Maintaining good physical and mental health can be hard when you are self-quarantining at home while fearing the unknowns of the coronavirus.  The physical studio for Yang’s Martial Arts Association of Boston (YMAA) has been closed to in-person classes since March 14, but they are now offering online classes to keep everyone fit.

“It’s important now to support people on a community level,” said Ben Warner of YMAA Boston.

Using Zoom, YMAA is offering four kids’ Kung fu classes and several adult classes in Kung fu, Qigong, meditation, kettlebell, and Tai Chi per week.  Students can view prices and schedules and purchase classes on their website at ymaaboston.com or call or text at 617-363-9622. Students would first need to download Zoom onto their computer or phone to participate in classes, and a password is needed to enter the classes.  Sliding scale payments are also available for those who can’t afford the listed prices.

“Classes are our main sources of income, but we still want to help out those students that can’t afford tuition,” Warner said.  “People are welcome to donate to us and support those students in need by contacting us.”

Luckily, no one at YMAA has been laid off because of the studio closure, as most of them are contract workers.  Many of them have their own private clients or work full-time somewhere else and teach a few classes at YMAA.     

Warner also said the classes are great for parents working from home who need to keep their kids occupied. YMAA’s classes can also be an alternative for adults that need to take their regular exercise indoors.  While Kung fu is known for being a person-to-person contact practice, Warner says there is a lot more to it.

“There is a lot of movement you can do on your own,” Warner said. “You can work on your physical strength, calming the body and mind, and learn how to move in different ways.  We show you how to do all of this in our online classes.”

More information: website: ymaaboston.com; call or text at 617-363-9622; email: info@ymaaboston.com.

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: Krupa Insurance

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: Jim Nichols of Krupa Insurance

Written interviews and Facebook Live interviews with local business owners have been organized and written by members of the RVMS Marketing Committee. We will continue to share these interviews frequently as part of a series to share how best to support local businesses in Roslindale during this challenging time.

Even during these uncertain times, having good insurance provides peace of mind.  This is why Krupa Insurance is still doing business on Corinth St, although their doors are closed to walk-in customers.

“I’m trying to limit people coming in, said Jim Nichols of Krupa Insurance.  “But we are still able to support our customers.”

When Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all non-essential businesses to close down until April 7, Nichols was originally going to work from home.  However, his wife was also working from home, and he thought it would be better for both of them if he still worked out of his office with the front door locked.

Nichols has noticed over the last week that as more people are working from home, they have more time to think about and make long-term financial decisions for their families now.  While he hasn’t taken any car accident claims recently – as there are not many people driving now, his customers are buying cars and buying out car leases.  

They are also refinancing homes, and banks are still requesting insurance papers.  Nichols notes that many of these claims were already in the pipeline weeks ago. He says that the claims are not driven by a potential recession, but rather interest rates are so low right now, and people have the time to get their paperwork together to finalize the process.

“We have been able to serve people night and day,” Nichols said. “If they have a question, we are here to answer them.”

And he literally means this.  Nichols said that while he and his wife were watching the popular docuseries, Tiger King, on Netflix last Saturday night at home, someone contacted him about a cracked window.

“The customer was surprised that anyone answered,” he said.  “But, I answered the phone and his questions.”

Like everyone, Nichols wants this pandemic to end soon.  But, in the meantime, Krupa Insurance is available for all your insurance needs.

“We’re here,” Nichols said. “With the magic of email and phones, we’re here to help.”

More information: email krupainsurance@comcast.net, website: krupainsurance.com and phone: 617-323-6900.

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: Joanne Rossman

Business Interview During COVID-19 Pandemic: Joanne Rossman

Written interviews and Facebook Live interviews with local business owners have been organized and written by members of the RVMS Marketing Committee. We will continue to share these interviews frequently as part of a series to share how best to support local businesses in Roslindale during this challenging time.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many Roslindale business owners to close their brick-and-mortar spaces, including Joanne Rossman, the owner of her eponymous store on Birch Street.  The gift store has been a 20-year labor of love for Rossman who now has to find a new way to do business in the community.

“I need people to understand that although we are closed, it doesn’t mean we are not doing any business,” Rossman said.  “I don’t want people to forget that we exist. When no one comes into the door, they think we are no longer here.”  

Rossman says that the best way to support her business is to buy gift certificates in any denomination either on her website at joannerossman.com or call her at 617-680-8020. Customers can also buy products directly on her website, where Rossman is adding more items in the next few days, including candles and incense. Orders will be mailed as soon as they are made. She is very active on Instagram, where she says many of her followers go to for some much-needed relief during these uncertain times.

She recently ordered 15 copies of the book Fup by Jim Dodge, an escapist read Rossman will also sell on her website for $9.95 for as she says,” if you are looking for just a laugh.” Customers have also ordered greeting cards, which Rossman is mailing out. 

Weeks ago, Rossman ordered giftable items she knew her customers would want for upcoming occasions like Mother’s Day, graduations, and weddings.  However, because of her store’s physical closure, these items will have to sit until they are sold, as she can’t return certain items to the wholesalers she works with.  She has also concentrated on making her own products. She has made padded silk hangers, cosmetic bags, and slippers that are perfect Mother’s Day gifts. Customers can contact her about any of these products.

 “I am happy to be a personal shopper for your needs,” she said.

More information:  joannerossman.com or call her 617-680-8020

Roslindale Village Online & Phone Services

UPATE: 6/3/2020

You may have seen that Governor Baker has ordered the beginning of Phase II re-opening as of today. He is bifurcating Phase II into two steps – today begins Step 1. Some updates on what that means and what can open back up:

  • Restaurants can start outdoor dining, no indoor yet
  • Retail shops can open inside, with some restrictions like no changing rooms for example
  • Childcare and daycares, with significant capacity and PPE restrictions
  • Some personal services that don’t require close contact like home cleaning for example
  • Non-athletic youth classes in arts and education, group sizes less than 10 people
  • Professional sports practices, no games though

Roslindale Village Online & Phone Services

Thank you to so many caring members of our community who are seeking out ways to take action and come to the aid of our valued businesses in this difficult, unpredictable time. Online purchases from local merchants are great ways to show your support while practicing social distancing.

RVMS Board Member Robert Orthman compiled a list of Roslindale Village businesses that have online services! Click on a link for a local business below to visit their website and make an online purchase — like buying a gift certificate or ordering takeout. If you know of a Roslindale Village business not listed here that has online offerings, please email our Program Manager at manager@roslindale.net so we can add them to this page. #ROSlove

We will continue update this page as business offerings keep evolving to adhere to the City’s guidelines.

Retail & Services:

Akasha Studio – Class passes & membership
Birch Flower Shop – Flower delivery
Birch St. House & Garden – Gift certificates & online product ordering
ComedySportz Boston – Gift certificates, class sign-up & merchandise
Create: Art in Community – Online classes & passes
Distraction Brewing Co. – Gift certificates & curbside pick-up
Fit Choice 24/7 – Membership
Joanne Rossman – Purveyor of the Unnecessary & the Irresistible – Online product ordering
Liana Percoco, LMT – Gift cards
Lyfe Cycle – Class Passes
Roslindale Fish Market – call ahead to order at (617) 327-9487
Rozzie Bound – book delivery available
Sullivan’s Pharmacy – prescription delivery available, call (617) 323-6544
Turtle Swamp Beer Garden – Gift certificates & delivery
Village Market – delivery available, call (617) 327-2588
YMAA Boston – Class passes

Phone Numbers for Roslindale Village businesses offering takeout and/or delivery:

Be sure to click the restaurant’s websites for up-to-date information about their offerings as menus and hours change frequently.

753 South617-477-4814
Blue Star Restaurant617 323-9638
Birch Street Bistro617-323-2184
Delfino617-327-8359
Dragon Chef617-327-3650
Effie’s Kitchen617-942-2247
Fornax Bread Co. 617-325-8852
Imperial Kitchen617-327-2180
Jimmies Cafe617-323-0838
Romano’s Pizzeria & Taqueria617-325-2885
Roslindale House of Pizza617-327-9170
Sophia’s Grotto617-323-4595
Shaking Seafood617-553-2751
The Square Root617-477-3392

Neighboring Roslindale businesses offering takeout, delivery, curbside pick-up, etc.:

Hong Kong 888617-323-8122
Las Palmas617-323-3339
La Taqueria617-942-8117
Pleasant Cafe617-323-2111
The Pet Cabaret617-323-7387
Tasty Thai617-327-2378
Obosa617-327-3700
Tony’s Market617-323-7313