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. 

Thanks for Another Successful Winter Farmers Market

Dear Friends of the RVMS Winter Farmers Market,

We just wrapped up our third Annual Winter Farmers Market at Sons of Italy Hall, and it turned out to be a great success. This year we nearly doubled our attendance numbers, thanks to our amazing vendors, our die-heart volunteers, and all of you!

Special thanks go out to:

Kim Patch, for booking a blowout line-up of local Roslindale musicians that came to the market every other week to brighten our days.

Liz Graham-Meredith and Richard Chalfin, our fearless Farmers Market Committee co-chairs that did everything from vendor recruitment, merchandising, running committee meetings, and of course…shoveling snow off Sons of Italy’s sidewalk at 7:00am in the morning. 

Farmers Market Committee, whose commitment and excitement to take on projects is what makes the market special.

Terry and Cassie Curran, for (as always) graciously letting us book the Sons of Italy space every winter — a place where people gather and connect in cold winter months.  

Alia Hamada Forrest and Kelsie Evans, your constant support and direction is why this market happens! We have an RVMS team that is always taking on new challenges and activating the community in strong creative ways.

Steve Marcelin, our Farmers Market Assistant, who keeps the market running smoothly from start to finish every Saturday.

Our Platinum Supporter, Balanced Rock Investment Advisors, who helped make the children’s craft table and biweekly live music a reality.

All of our vendors for taking the time to get to know Roslindale, for talking to residents, and for making our local food system thrive.

Want to ensure a strong Farmers Market for Roslindale? Donate to our Spring Appeal, and save the date for our summer fundraiser, The Backyard Stomp on July 22nd, a night of music, food, and community in support of the Farmers Market.

We’ll take the next two months to continue planning a spectacular Summer season, and we will see everyone back at Adams Park on Saturday, June 3rd.

Emmy Smela, Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers Market Manager

Roslindale Represents at Go Boston 2030 Discussion

RVMS Board Members Attended the Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan Release Discussion

Go Boston 2030 is a City of Boston initiative to envision a bold transportation future for the city for the next 5, 10, and 15 years.

In response to questions and comments from the public, Go Boston 2030 released a Vision and Action Plan on March 7, 2017. They hosted a panel with transportation leaders across the country to mark the release, and Roslindale was well-represented in the audience! 

Roslindale resident and RVMS Board Member and Farmers Market Committee volunteer Liz Graham-Meredith said, “It was great to hear from representatives from other major cities that face the same challenges as Boston, and the approaches they have taken to be successful. Makes me excited about what we can accomplish in Boston thanks to the fervor of our neighbors have toward making Boston a safer and more mobile city in the near future.”

“It is a credit to the advocacy of so many fellow neighborhood residents that Roslindale is well-represented in the Go Boston 2030 plans. Between the Arboretum Gateway Path, a dedicated rapid bus lane between Roslindale Square and Forest Hills, the American Legion Parkway multi-use pathway, and even an eventual Orange Line extension to Roslindale Village, this plan represents the great potential available to significantly enhance transit options in our community. Now it is on all of us to champion this plan to our friends and neighbors and to advocate strongly for implementation of these ambitious goals as expeditiously as possible. I am glad to be part of Roslindale Village Main Street, WalkUP Roslindale, and other neighborhood groups working to make these plans a reality,” said Robert Orthman, Roslindale resident and RVMS Board Vice President and Economic Development Committee Co-chair. 

We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for Roslindale and supporting advocacy efforts of our local organizations.

Local Super Bowl Specials and Events

Super Bowl Food and Fun in Roslindale

Hosting or attending a Super Bowl party? Shop party platters and treats from some of your favorite local businesses:

  • The Quality Meat Market and Roslindale Fish Market have a lot of fresh options to cook up almost any menu.
  • Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale and Chance Liquors have diverse selections of beers, wine and other spirits.
  • Fornax Bread Company has a selection of breads (great for dips, chili, or as toast points for a cheese board), and “Go Pats” decorated sugar cookies. 
  • Tony’s Market is offering 10% off on orders for servings of 10 or more – call by Friday morning to get this great deal! The special applies to all prepared platters, from chicken parmesan to meatballs to chicken drumsticks to desserts like cannoli and tiramisu. 

Looking for a place to watch the game? Check out:

Not a football fan? Check out the Stitcher Bowl and get tickets by February 1st. The event is Sunday, February 5 at 1:30 pm.

New Year’s Eve in Roslindale

If you’re looking for something to do this New Year’s Eve, check out these local events in Roslindale:

Birch St Bistro has live music from 9:00 pm – 12:00 am with the Boston Soul Revue

Napper Tandy’s is open until 2:00 am, as usual.

Redd’s in Rozzie is hosting their 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash. They will have a three-course dinner with an early champagne toast at 7:00 pm, ideal for families and early risers, and a champagne toast at midnight. Seating for the early toast is at 5:00 pm and seating for the late toast is at 9:00 pm. Stop by the restaurant to make a reservation.

Sophia’s Grotto will have a special menu for New Year’s Eve and is now taking reservations for dinner.

Seven Star Street Bistro is open New Year’s Eve and encourages a reservation in advance. Both Seven Star Street Bistro and Astro Diner will be open New Year’s Day, serving up pancakes in the morning, and their famous ribs and wings in the evening. 

First Holiday Market on Birch Street a success, thanks to our volunteers, sponsors, and supporters.

Thank you to all our volunteers, business owners, and community for making the Holiday Market on Birch Street a success!

We had a great time last Thursday at the inaugural Roslindale Holiday Market on Birch Street, made possible by our dedicated volunteers, and by the local businesses and neighbors who braved bitterly cold temperatures and strong winds to eat, drink, shop and celebrate!  

The Holiday Market was a collaboration between Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) and local business owners to bring the community together around food, live music, and the chance to shop for the holidays in our neighborhood. While we originally envisioned an outdoor European-style market, the last-minute change to move some activities indoors kept everyone safe and vendors and visitors still enjoyed a festive shopping experience inside both Emerald Society and the vacant storefront at 22 Birch St. The surrounding shops and restaurants were busy, and the courtyard made for a cozy outdoor gathering space, with Exodus Bagels, Apex Orchards, and the much-anticipated raclette from Boston Cheese Cellar

Thank you to our Co-Sponsors of the event: our neighborhood banks The Cooperative Bank and Meetinghouse Bank.

Thanks to the local businesses who helped conceive and plan this event starting back in the summer and fall: Adam Shutes from Boston Cheese Cellar, Karen Kirchoff of Karen Kirchoff Acupuncture & Herbs, Elizabeth Swanson from Birch St. House & Garden, Deb Debenedictis from Tony’s Market, and Joanne Rossman, Purveyor of the unnecessary and the irresistible

Thank you also to the local businesses that came up with holiday cocktails and wine tastings: Solera, a Shrine to Wine, and Sophia’s Grotto, Birch Street Bistro.

Thanks to the RVMS Board of Directors and Committee volunteers who helped with everything from booking vendors to cleaning up garland at the end of the night: Erin Doherty, Tom Donahue, Sue Forti, Anthony Giordano, Liz Graham-Meredith, Karen Kirchoff, Andrea Miller, Rob Orthman, Nina Pralour, Silvana Ragusa, and Hilary Sullivan

Also thanks to our community members who volunteered, Marlo Pedroso, and student volunteers from Northeastern University’s Civic Engagement Program

Live music from Balkan Mind Meld rounded out a great night, and Glenn Williams, our emcee, took care of all the sound and music for the event. Additionally, the Pop Up Opera paid the Holiday Market a visit thanks to Tony’s Market. 

Thank you to PS Gourmet for donating delicious hot chocolate!

Thank you to A Plus Realty for donating an amazing face-painter!

Thank you to Meetinghouse Bank for donating an incredible balloonist!

Thank you to Nift, for handing out holiday Nift cards to the public!

Thank you to the Emerald Society for a great space and bartender.

Thank you to Doris Charry-Frantzis for letting us use 22 Birch Street as a warm space for additional vendors, when we had to move the event inside.

Thanks to all the local businesses and vendors for participating in the Holiday Market and for bringing beautiful jewelry, imported scarves and toys, chocolate, pottery, art, books, thrift store finds, and even gift certificates! Thank you to 

Thank you to everyone who supported our community and local businesses by helping with or attending the Holiday Market! We would love to hear your feedback! Please take a minute to take this brief survey and share your thoughts

And don’t forget, if you’d like to see more events in your community, from everything to the farmers market, annual egg hunt, to pop-up shops and holiday events, please consider donating to RVMS to ensure more opportunities to enjoy your neighborhood in 2017. 

Holiday Market & Letter of Giving

Dear friends,

We are so excited for our Holiday Market on Birch Street tomorrow from 4:00 to 8:00pm. The evening will truly be a unique Rozzie holiday shopping and community celebration, and we plan on seeing you there!

Our plan is to celebrate the holiday season as well as wintertime in New England, but it also looks quite windy tomorrow. To protect our vendors and our tents, their macarons, delicate ornaments, and letterpress prints, we are moving all gift-y vendors into two warm areas along Birch Street: 22 Birch Street (we are activating the vacant storefront where Kitchen Central used to be) and inside the Emerald Society. We are also excited that the courtyard space where Sophia’s Grotto is located (they have heaters!) will be cozier, protected from the wind, and filled with more pizazz including Exodus Bagels selling bagels and spreads under a heated pergola, the Boston Cheese Cellar will be offering a gooey cheesy raclette experience from their stoop, Apothekers chocolate and marshmallows and Apex Orchards will complete the Courtyard with Christmas trees, apples, and honey.  We are happy to use the courtyard space that is unique to our neighborhood, activate a storefront that has been vacant and filling it with holiday vendors, bring in live music of all kinds, and support our local businesses and restaurants along the way. It’s a win-win-win for everyone, and we hope you enjoy the night away with us!

If you’d like to see more of these pop-up events that support our local business district by bringing people out to shop, eat, and play, consider supporting Roslindale Village Main Street before the end of the year. We believe in bringing people together in order to make a positive impact in our neighborhood. Supporting your local businesses and your local Main Street Program is part of that. The RVMS table will have a really great raffle inside the Emerald Society tomorrow – with 8 prizes to choose from with your ticket. We encourage you to join us tomorrow by not only winning a great raffle prize and shopping locally, but also to sign up for our newsletter, buy a warm ROS beanie or one of our NEW pint glasses or buttons, give us a hug or high five, and learn how to get involved.

Bundle-up, and see you all tomorrow!

Alia Hamada Forrest

Executive Director, Roslindale Village Main Street



Countdown to the Holiday Market on Birch Street: 5 days!

Countdown to the Holiday Market on Birch Street: 5 days!

Local Artists

As we count down the days to our first-ever Holiday Market on Birch Street next Thursday, December 15th, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, each day we’ll highlight exciting features and vendors that will be at the market!

The Holiday Market makes it easy to shop local for the holidays: 14 of the 22 vendors are local to Roslindale (the other eight are from other neighborhoods in Boston).

Here’s a sneak peak at three Roslindale artists that will have tents on Birch Street so you can scope our their websites and make your holiday wish list!

Art and letterpress prints by Wilding Davis & Company

Jewelry by Alison Adams Jewelry

Pottery by Fire Garden Pottery

Check out our Facebook event or event webpage for more information and exciting updates!

Print by Wilding Davis & Company