Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Around 600 people attended the 2nd annual Taste of West Roxbury at the Irish Social Club.
Compared to last year's Taste, the 2nd annual Taste of West Roxbury had more attendees, and raised more money for West Roxbury Main Streets' revitalization efforts. "This year was a resounding success. We had roughly 600 people come through the Taste, as compared to around 400-450 last year," said Matt Gruber, board president of WRMS. In total, more than $22,000 was raised to support West Roxbury Main Streets' revitalization efforts, an increase of $3,000 compared to last year, said Gruber. This year's Taste featured 24 restaurants, one more than last year, offering up what they wanted to show off, and was held at the Irish Social Club of Boston. For photos of food from the 2nd Annual Taste of West Roxbury click here, and click here for…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
No tummy went home empty with offerings of shrimp ceviche, mac 'n' cheese, carrot cake, pancakes and syrup, bacon, hummus, oysters, pies, brownies, ma's mess, cornbread, coffee and tea, salad greens...
The 2nd annual Taste of West Roxbury was a delicious success on Thursday night at the Irish Social Club of Boston. More than 20 restaurants dished up their favorites offering an eclectic array of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Entrees such as Banh Mi Ngon's Vietnamese sandwiches and Comella's pasta dish -- Ma's Mess. Appetizers like Masona Grill's shrimp ceviche, fresh shucked oysters from Porter Cafe, quickly disappeared into mouths faster than they could be handed out. And the desserts, some folks went straight for Sugar Bakery's carrot cake, Baker Baker's strawberry cake, and Edible Arrangement's chocolate-covered strawberries. What did you like eating at the 2nd annual Taste of West Roxbury? Leave a comment below.
Monday, April 1, 2013
You can get buy your tickets already for the Taste of West Roxbury happening April 9.
Before finishing up her job as West Roxbury Main Streets Executive Director, Kara O'Connor answered some Patch questions about her time in West Roxbury, restaurants and more. Patch: You started as the executive director for West Roxbury Main Streets in 2011, did the job end up being what you expected going into it? O'Connor: I began working for WRMS in January of 2010. Having worked in fundraising and community relations at the West Roxbury YMCA for several years, I knew that West Roxbury was a great community. As with any new job, I was not entirely sure what to expect, but I felt strongly about supporting small businesses, and I loved the West Roxbury community, so I jumped at the opportunity to be the Main Streets Director. Working at…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Corey Street Market is a collaboration between Temple HBT, Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church, West Roxbury MainStreets and Silverbrook Farm in Dartmouth, MA.
Beginning June 23, Temple Hillel B'nai Torah will host a farmers' market in the parking lot at 120 Corey St, in West Roxbury. The Corey Street Market is a collaboration effort between the temple, the Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church, West Roxbury Main Streets and Silverbrook Farm in Dartmouth, MA. This is a CSA or consumer supported agriculture, which means you buy a share or half-share. The CSA hopes to sign up 50 families to purchase shares. A half-share costs $20.50 (for 2 people) and a full share (feeds 4 people) costs $33.50 per week for 19 weeks. What you receive varies every week - you could get arugula, spinach, cukes, tomatoes, dill, and probably things you've never heard of! Click to learn more about Silverbrook …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Interested in volunteering for West Roxbury Main Streets, please email wrms@org.
New West Roxbury Main Streets Board President Matthew Gruber, previously the organization's treasurer, spoke with West Roxbury Patch about his new role, Main Streets, and a search of a new executive director. Board positions are volunteer. Patch: What is your job? Gruber: I am the deputy CFO for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Patch: Age? Married? Gruber: I am 32. Married with one daughter. Patch: How long have you lived in West Roxbury? Gruber: Since 2008. My wife was born and raised in West Roxbury. Patch: What do you like best about West Roxbury? Gruber: What I really like is the unique combination of the suburban neighborhood-type feel, but with access to the city. We have a community environment…
Friday, March 8, 2013
Kara O'Connor is leaving WRMS for a position in Boston’s Office of Business Development.
West Roxbury Main Streets is looking for a new executive director after Kara O'Connor announced she is leaving for a position within the city. O’Connor, a South Boston resident and former events coordinator at the West Roxbury YMCA, is leaving to take on the role of Neighborhood Business Manager in the Office of Business Development at the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development. The search for a new WRMS executive director has begun immediately, as O'Connor's last day will be April 2. Information about the job search will be posted on West Roxbury Main Street's website. “On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we want to thank Kara for her three years of service on behalf of the organization,” said West Roxbury …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Hypothetically, if someone gave you $100 that had to be spent in West Roxbury what businesses would you spend it?
Hypothetically, if someone gave you $100 and YOU HAD TO USE IT IN WEST ROXBURY - how would you use it? There's so many, many options. Are you hungry, because West Roxbury has plenty of restaurant options, both takeout and dining. West Roxbury's Restaurant Row offers cuisine options including: Vietnamese, BBQ, Himalayan, pizza and more. You could also choose to dine at West on Centre, Masona Grill, or go pub-style with the Corrib or West Roxbury Pub. Maybe food's not your thing. With the holiday season up on us, maybe you'd like to spread your money around and buy some gifts at Boomerangs. Or get a beautiful stained glass piece at Stained Glass Works. Or hit up the Hallmark Store on your way to go foodshopping at Roche Bros. For the …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sixteen entrepreneurs have taken a chance on West Roxbury in the last two years, and their success is a testament to the vitality of our community.
I have a simple but powerful message: the people of West Roxbury support local business. Since the beginning of 2011, 16 new businesses have opened along Centre and Spring streets - an astounding number considering the current economy. Shop and restaurant owners come to our neighborhood because they know you will shop local. The numbers tell the story: West Roxbury Main Streets is one of 20 Main Streets districts across the City of Boston, and is one of the largest district by area and by number of businesses (more than 200). But we also have the lowest number of vacancies, at 5. Think about that. West Roxbury has been home to a neighborhood downtown renewal for the better part of a decade, since neighborhood anchors like Roche Bros., …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Raise Some Green for West Roxbury Fundraiser did just that!
West Roxbury's holiday season is going to be very festive after more than $13,000 was raised in an effort led by state Rep. Ed Coppinger. On Sept. 28, more than 350 people filled the Irish Social Club of Boston for the Raise Some Green for West Roxbury Fundraiser. Several local businesses and institutions had the giving feeling, particularly Blue Hills Bank and the Corrib Charitable Trust, both pledging $2,000, before the doors were even opened for the fundraiser. Entertainers Fenian Sons, and DJ George Manning donated their time, too. “We raised much more money than I had expected; this will not only ensure that we have West Roxbury looking great for this Christmas, but also establish a strong base for making sure West Roxbury will be …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Main Streets leaders participated in an official 'Welcome to the Neighborhood!' celebration on Saturday.
Four West Roxbury restaurants, which have quickly been embraced by tastebuds across the neighborhood, had their official ribbon cuttings on Saturday. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Department of Neighborhood Development Acting Director William Cotter joined residents and business owners to celebrate four new restaurants that opened with help from the City of Boston's Office of Business Development and West Roxbury Main Streets: Los Amigos, Red-Eyed Pig, Banh Mi Ngon, and LeanWorks. These new (and delicious) businesses were able to create more than 30 new jobs in West Roxbury, according to city officials.