New Business Profile: Studio Luz Architects

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Studio Luz Architects

Architects Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini relocated their Fort Point practice, Studio Luz Architects, to Roslindale Village (67 Poplar Street, next door to the Treasure Chest) just a few weeks ago. Studio Luz is “an agile, forward thinking practice that strives to link social responsibility, sustainable construction practices with built material expression.”

Both Hansy and Anthony are familiar with how warm and welcoming the Rozzie community is because they also live here! When asked why they moved their practice from Downtown, they both explained, “More design, less commute.” They walk to work now and “shop a lot more at Village Market for groceries, PS Gourmet for coffee, Romano’s for tacos, ice cream at Jimmies Cafe with their kids, and they buy gift cards for their clients at Sophia’s Grotto.”

You may recognize the work of Studio Luz (as well as their nonprofit BR+A+CE) when you remember the Big Hammock that made its home at the RVMS Farmers Market three and a half years ago. Other work includes large residential projects in the South End and Bay Village, their energy-efficient home in Roslindale, and the Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall, to name a few.

Studio Luz is also part of the City of Boston’s Office of Economic Development’s ReStore Program, led by Steve Rumpler, where the focus is on preserving and improving Boston’s storefronts and helping local businesses thrive. Hansy and Anthony enjoy being a cultural community resource and have actually both served as volunteers on RVMS’s Design Committee in 2010, supporting the beautification efforts of our business district.

We are excited to welcome back Studio Luz in this new way – and happy that this community-minded architecture firm found Roslindale as its perfect home. Keep an eye out for pop-up exhibitions in their windows soon – they hope to highlight the work of Latinx leaders and people of color.

Studio Luz Architects
67 Poplar Street
Roslindale, MA 02131

New Business Profile: Veras Multi Service

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Veras Multi Service

Alexandra Veras recently opened Veras Multi Service at 11 Poplar Street, one of Roslindale Village’s newest businesses! We visited Alexandra and let us know that she is a Notary Public specializing in primarily supporting customers with filling out immigration forms in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

Alexandra has a passion for helping family, friends, and the immigrant community by providing a helping hand in for paperwork of all kinds — filling out the FAFSA, filing taxes for Uber Drivers, applying for citizenship or public housing — and much more. There are also stations for printing, which is great for the community since we lost that service at Staples. She also let us know that she lived in Roslindale for 14 years and that she “never dreamt to be on Poplar Street in front of Adams Park. It’s amazing!” 

You can learn more about Veras Multi Service by stopping by to say hi, visiting her website, or calling her at (617) 506-7272.

Veras MultiService
11 Poplar Street
Roslindale, MA 02131

New Business Profile: DiPesa Violins

New Business Profile: DiPesa Violins

RVMS welcomes DiPesa Violins as the newest Roslindale Village business! The owner, Alan DiPesa, has been making and repairing violins for 10 years. He went to the North Bennet Street School, a premiere craft and trade school in the North End and started his business in Boston working in collaboration with another violin maker and also worked from home. Alan’s home also happens to be in Roslindale!
“I love Roslindale because — well, I happened into Roslindale because we couldn’t afford JP [where he used to live], and it ended up being a better fit for my personality, a little quieter and more neighborhoody and less fancy (in a good way).”
Alan repairs and makes violins, violas, and cellos, and his customers tend to be music teachers, professional musicians, and students. His business and workshop space is located in Unit 9 on the second floor of 4252 Washington Street (above PS Gourmet). He would (and so would we) love to see this second floor filled with other makers of any kind. He is excited to be part of the Roslindale business community since he lives in the neighborhood and loves Rozzie already.
 “My favorite Roslindale businesses — it’s a 50/50 tie between Craft Beer Cellar and Joanne Rossman. Both places have wonderful people that run them — both Bryan and Joanne are create an inviting atmosphere at both shops. I feel very welcomed at both of them.” 
Welcome, Alan!
DiPesa Violins
4252 Washington Street, Unit 9

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 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