35th Annual RoslindaleTree Lighting & Small Business Saturday

Join us for the 35th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Adams Park! This festive event always draws a crowd, featuring live musical performances, ornament-making, hot chocolate, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrive on the Ladder 16 truck. We will officially light Roslindale’s holiday tree, and visitors are welcome to make an ornament to decorate it!

Saturday, November 30th is also Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a national campaign to help spur business for neighborhood merchants. Show your loyalty and support at the many local Roslindale shops, salons, and restaurants on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Special events and offers are available at participating shops.

Click here to learn more about Holiday happenings in Roslindale.

New Year’s Eve in Roslindale Village

Enjoy a night out in Roslindale Village this New Year’s Eve

Check out the special menus and events at these local restaurants:

  • Sophia’s Grotto is offering seating 4:00 – 9:00 pm with a special a la carte menu, as well as late seating from 9:30 pm – 1:00 am with a four-course dinner ($60/person). Call ahead to reserve: 617-323-4595.
  • Redd’s in Rozzie‘s New Years Extravaganza 2017 offers a special menu and early seating at 5:00 pm with a champagne toast at 7:00 pm (great for families, as the kids menu is available for the 5:00 pm seating), and late seating at 9:00 pm with a champagne toast at midnight. $55/person. Reservations only, email in advance. 
  • Shanti Restaurant is serving a special four-course menu with a champagne toast from 5:30 – 10:00 pm. $45/person. (Regular a la carte menu also available.) Reserve online or call 617-325-3900.
  • Birch Street Bistro will have live music 8:30 pm – 1:00 am with Sympli Whitney’s Rockin’ Eve.
  • Delfino is taking reservations for New Year’s Eve. Call 617-327-8359.

And for New Year’s Day, Akasha Yoga is welcoming 2018 with Yoga Mala, a vigorous 108 Sun Salutations workshop with Jennifer Maniates on January 1st from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Early bird pricing: $45, after December 23rd: $50. Register here.

Cheers! Here’s to another great year in Roslindale! 

Business Profile: Roslindale Barber Shop

Roslindale Barber Shop Business Profile

This is part two of a five-part series of photos and profiles of businesses in Roslindale Village. RVMS photographer, Bruce Spero, and RVMS Program Manager, Kelsie Evans, are visiting five businesses around the Village to capture some of what goes on behind the scenes. View more photos HERE. 

Spend even a few minutes at Roslindale Barber Shop, and you’ll see that when Anderson Díaz, the owner, says “all our customers become friends,” he means it. Anderson has a joke or a smile for everyone that walks in, and that warm, welcoming atmosphere, plus their 5-star reviews online, keep the shop busy.

“Barbers really have to interact with people – you’re touching someone’s face – and after a few visits, you get to know them, learn about their day, and get close,” said Anderson.  He puts new barbers through a test to be sure they have the technical skills, but says “it is about more than just cutting hair. We also care about what type of person a barber is – can he get along with co-workers and customers?”

Anderson’s focus on customer service and relationship-building has paid off. Customers in the shop that day had traveled from all over Boston, the South Shore, and even New Hampshire. Chester, a customer of Alex’s, comes from Braintree every week, “I come here for the people, and it’s a good quality haircut.”

“I used to live around here, on Poplar Street,” another customer, Terrance says, “and would come in for a haircut. I got close with Alex, then “Fraga” [Anderson’s nickname]. They’re like family here. I actually haven’t been in a few months and I missed it so I decided to come for a visit. They’re good people. It is money well spent.”

Each barber wears a uniform embroidered with a nickname, usually bestowed by Anderson. Sometimes they are obvious (for example, Sandy Cuevas, nicknamed “el Menor,” is short), and other times, based on the shared smiles when asked, you can tell there’s a longer story behind the nicknames. Other nicknames include “La Fraga” (Anderson), “Ñanga” (Jose Luis), and “Tigry” (Leander Jimenez).

The shop has a summer and a winter uniform, which Anderson adopted because it “looks more professional”

Roslindale Barber Shop prides themselves on quality reputation. “Our work speaks for itself,” said Anderson. They stay up on current styles and techniques, and encourage customers to show them a picture if they want to try something new, adding “we can do anything.”

This speaks to Anderson’s entrepreneurial spirit as a self-taught barber (and computer technician and English speaker). He’s from the Dominican Republic, and says, “In the Dominican Republic, everybody’s a barber. We like to go out and have fun, and have to be on point, so we get haircuts two – three times a week.”

Anderson moved to the United States from Baní, Dominican Republic ten years ago, first living in New Jersey before moving to Boston ten months later. He goes back to visit every year, usually during the winter, and his family comes to visit him. When we visited, his dad, Juan Díaz, was at the shop.

Most of the barbers in the shop are also from the Dominican Republic and they have built a community here in Roslindale. A neighbor named Netaly (who also has a nickname: “Niño Blo), often cooks them Dominican food and brings it to the shop, like boiled plantains and fried eggs for breakfast. Anderson is friendly with the nearby barber shops, saying, “they’re all Dominican, and most are from the same town as I am.”

Roslindale Barber Shop has been in business four years, and Anderson, a Roslindale resident himself, credits their success not only on their skills and 5-star reviews, but also the “foot traffic and clientele” in Roslindale. They are especially busy on weekends and around holidays, but with eight barbers, “the wait is never long.”

When asked about his favorite businesses around Roslindale, Anderson is quick to mention the snowflake roll at Diane’s Bakery, and says he and the other barbers enjoy chicken wings at Redd’s in Rozzie across the street, and playing pool at Napper Tandy’s.

Roslindale Barber Shop

4256 Washington St

Roslindale, MA 02131


Roslindale Business Profile: Sullivan’s Pharmacy & Medical Supply

Roslindale Business Profile: Sullivan’s Pharmacy & Medical Supply

One of the first sites you see as you enter Roslindale Village from Belgrade or Robert Street is the big red and white S&P atop an unassuming brick building: Sullivan’s Pharmacy & Medical Supply. What many folks don’t know is that Sullivan’s is the largest employer in Roslindale Village – employing around 100 people, filling their offices downstairs with medical billing, shipping, delivery, and pharmaceutical specialists. The community pharmacy upstairs is just the beginning, as Sullivan’s Pharmacy has two other divisions of their business: long-term pharmacy (including offering pharmacy’s oldest tradition: compounding) specifically for long-term care, group homes, hospices, and assisted living facilities, and medical supply and delivery (i.e., hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers). They have 15 vehicles that deliver at least 350 prescriptions a day all over Eastern Massachusetts. They recently purchased a warehouse and parking lot in Dedham that will soon house their vehicles and larger inventory items.

Sullivan’s fills more prescriptions than many of the pharmacies in the area, ranging from 400-600 prescriptions a day upstairs to at least 800 prescriptions a day downstairs in the long-term pharmacy. Not only that – but most folks who work there have been Sullivan’s employees for 37, 25, 18, 10 years. “We retain our large staff and treat them like family,” says owner Greg Laham.

Greg Laham and his son, James, have been running Sullivan’s Pharmacy for 41 years, but Sullivan’s itself has been in business since 1912. Only three families have run the business, and it used to be located in the building across from Green T Coffee on South Street (where Ghassan’s Barber Shop is). Greg, who was a young pharmacist at the time, purchased the business in 1976 and moved into the old Sherman’s clothing store on Corinth Street in 1984, where at the time, several buildings had been burned down due to arson fires and general neglect.

Now, Roslindale’s favorite pharmacy is part of the neighborhood’s vibrant business district full of restaurants, unique retail, and a bustling farmers market.

After moving to the Square, Greg was part of the original crew of business and property owners that, in 1985, alongside RVMS Advisory Board Members Vinny Marino and Joe Portelecki, helped start RVMS. Then City Councilor Tom Menino brought this team together at a 7:00pm meeting, and said, “Hey – I want to do this Main Street thing.” And, here we are 32 years later.

“The best part about coming together and organizing with the Main Streets program was meeting people I didn’t know at the time, and becoming lifelong friends,” says Greg.

Did you know?

Sullivan’s Pharmacy offers flu shots seasonally (September thru March) with no prescriptions required to people 18 years of age and older?

Backyard Stomp Featured Post

Attend the Backyard Stomp

Come show your love and support of the RVMS Farmers Market at the Backyard Stomp fundraiser on July 22nd! Socialize with friends and neighbors under the stars in one of Roslindale’s most beautiful private gardens while enjoying local food and listening to the incredible music of Boston’s best Afro-pop band, Kina Zore! This family-friendly event is open to all. Tickets are $10 (children are free) and all proceeds will benefit your favorite neighborhood farmers market!

Father’s Day Specials in Roslindale Village

Celebrate Father’s Day with Local Gifts and Goodies

Some of your favorite bakeries and shops have gifts and treats for this weekend’s Father’s Day holiday:

  • Fornax Bread Company is making hamburger buns and hot dog rolls for Father’s Day cookouts, and will have special Father’s Day-themed sugar cookies as well.
  • Also for cookouts, Tony’s Market Roslindale has sausages (but get orders in ASAP), as well as hamburger, steaks, lamb kabobs, grass-fed beef, ribs, and prepared platters and other foods for entertaining.
  • The RVMS Summer Farmers Market is full of food and drink vendors for fresh, local produce, meats, cheese, eggs, pasta, herbs, cider, and event seedlings and flowers.
  • Solera, A Shrine to Wine has gift certificates, plus a selection of wine recommendations based on your dad’s personality. Buy one bottle and get the second one 10% off.
  • Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale will have gift boxes, plus their usual wide selection of great beer, sake, wine and cider.
  • Birch St House & Garden has a selection of gifts for dads, such as fun socks, picture frames, 02131 money clips, barware, and more. 

Roslindale Village Business and Volunteer of the Year 2017

RVMS Announces our Business and Volunteer of the Year 2017

Each year, Boston Main Streets districts select a Business and Volunteer of the Year, and recognize their contributions to the community during an award ceremony with the Mayor. Main Streets depend on local volunteers to sustain our organizations, and work with local businesses to ensure a thriving neighborhood. 

RVMS Business of the Year: Village Market

2017 marks Village Market’s 20th Anniversary in Roslindale Village. The McInnis brothers take care of the market with pride and take all and any requests from customers. Without the Village Market as an anchor in the neighborhood, residents wouldn’t have quick walkable access to a local grocery store.

RVMS Volunteer of the Year info: Talia Whyte

Talia has a quiet and unassuming personality, but is truly a force to be reckoned with and is someone you can always count on to get the work done. She is a talented marketer, website designer, and creative thinker who is among the marketing committee’s most reliable volunteers. Talia led the design and implementation of the 2016 RVMS website overhaul, making information more readily accessible to the community and easier for staff to update. Talia also volunteers extensively with Friends of the Roslindale Library.

Building on the Success of the Roslindale Means Business Event

Learn how to access city resources and collaborate with RVMS on a shared vision for Roslindale Village business district

Thanks to everyone that attended the Roslindale Means Business: a forum for business and property owners event on May 23, 2017. We had a great turnout, and connected attendees with resources to help them invest in their business, building, and the community. If you weren’t able to attend, check out the resources and presentations below.

Presenters and Supporters

Thank you to Boston City Council President Michelle Wu for attending and welcoming everyone the event. Thanks to representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Dr. Karilyn Crockett, Director of Economic Policy and Research, John Fitzgerald, Director of Business Capital and Finance, and Abigail Furey, Neighborhood Business Manager, as well as William Christopher, Commissioner of Inspectional Services, for presenting valuable information and being available to meet and discuss issues one-on-one with attendees. 

Thanks to the RVMS Economic Development Committee members Robert Orthman, Andrea Miller, Kate Schlegel, Mike Peluse, Quentin Kruel, Liz Graham-Meredith, and Lynne Peskoe-Yang for helping plan and execute this event in support of our business community. Thanks also to RVMS Marketing Committee and Board members Anthony Giordano, Erin Doherty and Silvana Ragusa or volunteering at the event, as well as Vinny Fichera for volunteering his time and talents to capture videos and photos. 

Thanks to Meetinghouse BankThe Cooperative Bank, and Roslindale Business Group for being a part of the event, and to Tony’s Market for catering a delicious spread! Terry Curran and Sons of Italy Hall provided a great venue for the event.

Materials and Resources

Our presenters shared useful information from the City of Boston, as well as valuable insights into the current market profile and business mix for Roslindale Village. You can find PDF versions of their presentations below:

Office of Small Business Development at the City of Boston, presented by Dr. Karilyn Crockett:

  • Learn about small business resources and contact information for each of the city’s programs. Download the PDF.

RVMS Overview and Resources, presented by Robert Orthman (RVMS):

  • Information about how RVMS can support you as a business owner, property owner, and community member. Download the PDF.

Pop-up Shop Proposal, presented by Andrea Miller & Quentin Kruel (RVMS):

  • Learn more about what a pop-up shop is, how it this model can grow your business, fill your vacancy, increase foot traffic, and provide recreation for residents and visitors. Download the PDF.

Roslindale Village Retail Landscape, presented by Andrea Miller & Quentin Kruel (RVMS):

  • Learn more about current economic trends, how they apply to Roslindale Village, where there are gaps in our current business mix – and opportunities to overcome them. Download the PDF.



You can view the full photo gallery from the event. Photos taken by RVMS Marketing Committee member, Vincent Fichera. 

Mother’s Day in Roslindale

Shop Local and Celebrate Mother’s Day in Roslindale Village

If you’re looking for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, or still need to make plans, look no further than Roslindale Village!

Roslindale is known for its restaurants, and many of them are doing special menus and brunches:

  • Redd’s in Rozzie is accepting reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:30 pm. Email them to reserve a table.
  • Birch St Bistro has a new Spring cocktail menu, and is open for dinner on Mother’s Day.
  • Delfino is opening early for Mother’s Day, from 2:30 – 9:00 pm. Call to reserve your table: 617-327-8359.
  • Shanti is open for Mother’s Day brunch from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, and dinner 5:00 – 10:00 pm. 
  • Sophia’s Grotto is open for brunch 12:00 – 4:00 pm, and dinner 4:00 – 9:00 pm.

Gifts and more:

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.