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  • Hyde Park Main Streets

    2015 Year in Review

  • About Hyde Park Main Streets

    Hyde Park Main Streets is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and is one of 20

    different Main Street programs in the City of Boston. Founded in 1995,

    HPMS is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, and with Boston Main

    Streets, is part of the largest Urban Main Street program in the country.

    As part of a National Main Streets model, HPMS operates under four basic

    principles which serve are our committees economic restructuring,

    promotion, design, and organization.

    Hyde Park Main Streets strives to make Hyde Park a better place to live,

    work, dine, and shop. HPMS works with new and established businesses

    on design assistance, technical support, and better business practices such

    as energy efficiency and sustainable operations. The organization also

    supports the business district on a macro level, promoting Hyde Park to

    the broader Boston community as an appealing and dynamic destination.

    Board of Directors

    Esmael Ansari, President

    Ted Palashis, Vice President

    Lisa M. Consalvo, Treasurer

    Melissa LaBianca, Clerk

    Scott Batey

    Rachel Chisholm

    Dan Fitzpatrick

    Elizabeth Gleason

    Cathy Horn

    Jeffrey Hurst

    Hilani Morales

    Mark Roberts

    Michael Sambuceti

    Jeff Similien

    Daniel Ian Smith

    Wesley Thomas

  • Staff

    Emily Patrick, Executive Director

    Emily joined Hyde Park Main

    Streets in the summer of 2013,

    and brought with her over six

    years of non-profit business

    and fundraising experience.

    Emily works to plan communi-

    ty events and programming, as

    well as provide individualized

    assistance plans to small busi-

    ness owners. Under her direc-

    tion, HPMS has seen the crea-

    tion of the Hyde Park Banner

    Project, increase in corporate

    sponsors, and the launch of the

    annual Trolley Tour. Emily

    has also been a key contributor to the Main Street Coalition, a collaborative

    of the 20 independent Main Street organizations within the City of Boston.

    Emily resides in nearby West Roxbury.

    Thien Simpson, Program Coordinator

    Thien Simpson has worked with Hyde Park

    Main Streets for nearly a decade. In her time

    with the organization, Thien has established

    a multitude of close relationships with busi-

    nesses and residents of the community.

    Thien works to recognize individual and cor-

    porate gifts to the organization, as well as

    design and create the bi-weekly e-newsletters

    that are sent to over 2,000 members of the

    greater Hyde Park community. Thien is also

    an avid community volunteer, having sup-

    ported the Hyde Park Arts Association, Ethos, Dance Academy, Boston

    Trinity Academy, and others. Thien is a resident of Hyde Park, and lives

    with her husband and two children.

  • 2015 Overview

    Hyde Park Main Streets has accomplished a lot in the past year as we cele-

    brated our 20th anniversary and reached new milestones in fundraising.

    Training Workshops and Networking Breakfasts

    HPMS provided bi-monthly training and networking workshops for small

    business owners throughout the year. Consultants were invited to speak on

    topics that can help improve business practices. These trainings were com-

    pletely free to attendees, and provided a great opportunity for managers to

    network which each other and cross-collaborate. Topics included credit

    management, customer loyalty programming, quickbooks, legal assistance,

    and one-on-one small business assistance. We consider it an important part

    of our mission to provide this type of free assistance to businesses in the


    20th Anniversary Celebration

    2015 marked the 20th year of Hyde Park Main Streets. We celebrated at

    Hyde Parks Public Library and invited all current and former board mem-

    bers, volunteers, and executive direc-

    tors to a gathering. The event high-

    lighted the many accomplishments

    over the past 20 years, as well as the

    hundreds of volunteer hours that have

    been donated to our organization and

    community by the tremendous individ-

    uals who have served it.

    Technical Assistance

    HPMS partnered with many small businesses in the community in 2015 to

    help them improve and grow. Our assistance ranged from marketing and

    social media to new signage and storefront restoration, interior layout alter-

    nations, and pricing analysis. Some of the businesses we assisted this year

    includes Dress With Confidence, Salamanders Caf, The Private Office

    Barbershop, Tiffanys Transformations, Adaptab, Rincon Caribeno, Baca-

    ro, Marias Salon, Intriguing Hair, and Z&R Convenience Plus.

  • Fairmount Arts Collaborative

    HPMS partnered with

    Riverside Theatre Works

    at the Roosevelt K-8

    School to create the Fair-

    mount Arts Collabora-

    tive, a year of arts pro-

    gramming in Hyde Park

    that was awarded

    $25,000 in funding from

    The Boston Foundation.

    The collaboration al-

    lowed us to bring paint nights and art shows to local businesses, theatre clas-

    ses and performances to students, and an overall emphasis on arts program-

    ming in our neighborhood. The grant also contributed to the Jazz Festival and

    the Anderson Tree Lighting, two Hyde Park signature events that were assist-

    ed through this program.

    Holiday Ornament

    Every year for the past eight years, Hyde Park

    Main Streets creates a holiday keepsake ornament

    to commemorate a landmark of the community. In

    the past it has been the George Wright Golf

    Course, the Martini Hatch Shell, or Frenchs

    Opera House. This year, we chose to highlight

    Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a native of Hyde Park,

    who served as the Mayor of Boston for over twen-

    ty years, and who passed away in 2014.

    Havana Nights

    Our annual fundraiser in 2015 was our highest grossing fundraiser in our his-

    tory, grossing over $29,000. We held the event in CF Technologies, a ware-

    house space in Westinghouse Plaza. Over 200 people were in attendance, and

    the evening included salsa dance instruction, live and silent auction, cigar bar,

    vintage car displays, catered food from Rincon Caribeno, and signature mo-

    jito cocktails. Thanks to everyone who assisted in making the evening so


  • 2015 Committee Overview

    Design Committee

    2015 was a big year for the De-

    sign Committee. We had the

    Hyde Park Mural commissioned

    on the wall of the Vertullo Build-

    ing on Fairmount Avenue. The

    mural (photo on the last page)

    features eight landmarks of the

    Hyde Park community, and is a

    great visual welcome to those to

    drive over the Fairmount Avenue

    bridge. We also partnered with the Roosevelt K-8 School on an anti-littering

    campaign. After receiving feedback from a resident about trash being an

    issue in their neighborhood, HPMS asked students to design artwork encour-

    aging people in the community to pick up their trash. The winning piece is

    featured prominently on a billboard in Cleary Square above Rons Ice


    Economic Restructuring Committee

    The ER Committee also achieved a lot this past year. We worked with a

    consultant, Peg Barringer from FinePoint Associates, on creating some mar-

    keting pieces for our organization to use when recruiting new businesses to

    Hyde Park. The two formal pieces include market data and spending power

    of the neighborhood, plus the many features that make Hyde Park an attrac-

    tive place to start a business.

    We also created an event called Hyde Park Delivers that provided delivery

    service for area restaurants on a specific day of the year. Restaurants in the

    area that dont have delivery service loose

    a lot of potential business. HPMS worked

    with local food establishments to deliver

    take-out orders to peoples home. At the

    end of the evening, over $400 had been

    grossed by area restaurants that otherwise

    would not have had the customers, and any

    gratuity was donated to Hyde Park Main


  • Promotions Committee

    The Hyde Park Main Streets Promotions committee did a lot of the leg work

    surrounding our vari-

    ous events throughout

    the year. In addition

    to that, they created a

    new initiative of wel-

    coming kits to new

    home owners in Hyde

    Park. Semi-annually

    the committee reviews

    the list of homes sold in the area, and delivers welcome bags to the residents

    featuring shopping guides, contact numbers of City and State officials, maps

    of the local parks, and coupons for shopping in the district.

    During the holiday season, the committee also arranged for a Hyde Park

    Shopping Day, where a group of holiday shoppers visited retail shops in the

    district and supported local businesses. Dozens of purchases were made,

    and everyone had a fantastic day.

    Organization Committee

    Hyde Park Main Streets also continued its traditional events, including holi-

    day wreath distribution to every business in the commercial district, and the

    7th annual

    Hyde Park

    Jazz Festival

    which took

    place at the

    Martini Shell

    on Truman


    We also host-

    ed our sec-

    ond annual Hyde Park Trolley Tour, where attendees boarded charted trol-

    leys that stopped at various eateries throughout the district. It was a great

    way to get people in the door of businesses they hadnt visited before, as

    well as raise some money for Main Streets programming. Were always

    excited to showcase the different ethnic cuisines and flavor profiles of the

    restaurants that our neighborhood has to offer.

  • Bronze Donors $50$499

    5 Wits

    Barcelona Restaurant

    Bayside Resort

    Baystate Financial Services

    Bean & Cream

    Belkin Lookout Farm


    Blue Man Group

    Boston By Foot

    Boston Celtics

    Boston Red Sox

    Boston Tea Party Museum

    Briar Rose

    Brockton Rox

    2015 Sponsors

    Hyde Park Main Streets would like to acknowledge the incredible

    support of our sponsors. We could not provide the services and

    assistance programs to small businesses in the community without

    your generosity.

    Corporate Buddies $2,500+

    Blue Hills Bank

    Boston Main Streets Foundation

    Geraghty Associates

    Highland Street Foundation

    Myer Dana and Sons

    Gold Donors $1,000 $2,499

    Tierney Realty Group

    Silver Donors $500 $999


    The SC Group

  • Cappy's Pizza

    Charles Riverboat Co., Inc.

    Christmas Tree Shops

    Cleary Square Eyecare

    Daniel Ian Smith

    Davis Farmland & Mega Maze

    DeCordova Sculpture Park


    Dress With Confidence


    Essence of Thyme

    Fairmount Grille

    Grafton Group

    Huntington Theatre Company

    Hy-Line Cruises

    ICA Museum

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Mus.

    Jay Paget

    JFK Library & Museum

    JM Designs

    Josefa Da Silva

    JP Licks

    Kenney Cleaners

    Larz Anderson Auto Museum

    Logan Square Barber Shop

    Luu & Nails

    Mary Baker Eddy Library

    McCreas Candies

    Michael Sambuceti

    Mohegan Sun

    New England Aquarium

    Otaku Design/Build

    Pam Crowley

    Plimoth Plantation

    Rincon Caribeno

    River Grille

    Riverside Theatre Works

    Ron's Ice Cream

    Salem Wax Museum

    Salon Capri

    The Simpson Family

    Top of the Hub

    Skywalk Observatory

    Stella Bella Toys

    Tex's BBQ Party

    Thomas M. Menino YMCA

    USS Constitution Mus.

    Vargas & Vargas Insurance

    Vineyard Vines

    Wave Car Wash

    Whole Foods Market

    Yankee Lobster

    Zaz Restaurant


    Zoo New England

  • Coming in 2016

    Wayfinding Signage

    Hyde Park Main Streets will be installing Wayfinding Signage through-

    out our commercial district in 2016. Were hoping that the bright visual

    will be helpful to residents and visitors alike in their search for parking

    lots, Commuter Rail Stations, and neighborhood landmarks. We antici-

    pate 20 new signs to be installed sometime in 2016.

    Jazz Festival

    We hope to promote a summer of music in Hyde Park at our local out-

    door performance space, the Martini Hatch Shell on Truman Parkway.

    This will be the 7th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and we hope to

    take the event to a next level this year. We will be branding it as an

  • event along the Fairmount Line, and we will offer shuttle service

    from the commuter rail station to the Hatch Shell. We also hope to

    expand the number of performers to include a full afternoon and

    evening of music, so that families can enjoy a day of free Hyde Park

    musical entertainment. Keep your eyes and ears out for a date this


    Strategic Plan

    Hyde Park Main Streets also plans to undergo a strategic planning

    process so we can be sure that our long-term goals are in-line with

    our mission.

  • Business Recruitment

    Hyde Park Main Streets will be actively working to recruit new busi-

    nesses to Hyde Parks commercial district. Part of that endeavor means

    having a firm understanding of our own marketplace and how we com-

    pare to other shopping centers. Below are some results of a study we

    conducted this past year about the foot traffic in our Primary Trade Ar-

    ea (those that live in a 1 mile radius from our commercial district) and

    our Secondary Trade Area (those that live within a 2 mile radius from

    our commercial district).

    These types of results will help inform brokers and perspective busi-

    ness owners about the benefits of opening a store in our shopping dis-

    trict, and how walkable our neighborhood is compared to other areas,

    like Dedhams Legacy Place and Westwoods University Avenue.

  • Future Development

    Hyde Park Main Streets will also be working closely will private devel-

    opers and the City of Boston on new development projects that come

    up in our commercial area, especially the one planned adjacent to the

    Fairmount Line on Nott Street, and the one currently under construc-

    tion at 15 Dana Avenue adjacent to the Hyde Park Commuter Rail


  • 2015 Business Members

    AAA Exterminating Company

    Academy of the Pacific Rim

    Adams Automotive Transmissions

    America's Food Basket

    Anytime Auto Glass

    Arbit Chiropractic

    Baystate Financial Services

    Bean and Cream

    Blue Hills Bank

    Boston Trinity Academy

    Burke Insurance Agency

    C and C Auto Services

    Cappys Pizza

    Cappy's Tavern

    Central Paint/True Value Hardware

    City Service Exterminator Co., Inc.

    Cleary Square Eyecare

    Dog Park Assoc. of Southwest Boston

    Drs. Bankhead and Groipen DDS

    Dune Jewelry

    Essence of Thyme

    Family Dentistry of Hyde Park

    Fellowship Christian Church

    Friends of Hyde Park Branch Library

    Geraghty Associates Inc.

    Historic Boston, Inc.

    Hyde Park Board of Trade

    Hyde Park Business Center

    Iora Healthcare

    Jackman Professional Accounting

    Kelly's Liquor Mart

    Little Voices Early Care & Education

    Lowney Law, LLC

    Lowney Medical Associates

    M. Susi HMA, LLC

    Mary Cassidy and Associates

    Myer Dana & Sons

    New York Fried Chicken

    Overbrook Scientific, Inc.

    P. Gioioso & Sons Inc.

    Polish American Club of Hyde Park

    Rainbow Spiritual Healing

    River Grille Restaurant & Caf

    Ronald Pierre-Louis, PCA, LLC

    Riverside Theatre Works

    Sharps Barbershop

    Sky Zone Boston


    Tedeschi Food Shops

    T.F. Gallagher Insurance Agency

    Thomas M. Menino Y.M.C.A.

    Tierney Realty Group

    UMASS Boston

  • 2015 Resident Members

    Nicholas & Betty Alessi

    Brian Allieri and John Malone

    Diane C. Barylick

    Nora B. Bernazzani

    Edward Berry

    Sheeri Cabral

    Robert Cahill

    Harold & Theresa Cameron

    Carol A. Campanelli

    Paula Chasan

    Laura Delgado Clemons

    Virginia Clifford

    Jessica and Brian Clinton

    Yolanda Colon

    Suzanne A. Council

    Maryellen and Richard Curran

    David P. Dahlstrom

    Maryann Dineen-Norton

    Eleanor and Tony Dowling

    Shawn Dunn

    Elaine Coveney & Robert Dynes

    Rolande C. Eliacin

    Charlotte Fellman

    Faith Fiore

    Whitley Frost and Barry Fleischer

    Gloria and Bob Ganno

    Susan and Thomas Gillis

    Stephen Ferrandino and Lisa Goren

    Mary Lou Greene

    Joseph F. Hart, Jr.

    Carol Hartman

    Marie Hatzis

    Daniel P. Heenan

    Mary Hogan

    Francesca Johnnene

    Charles Karavetsos

    Joseph F. Keane

    Janice and Larry Kenney

    Peter Kreiner

    Thomas J. Lynch

    Matthew MacDonald

    Linda Maffei

    Hebert Maisonet

    Gregg Andrew Maydoney

    Chris McCarron

    Barbara McKenna

    Mary P. McLaughlin

    Judy McNulty

    John & Janice Melvin

    Angela Menino

    Daniel E. Middleton

    Lauren & Paul Mollo

    Jacqueline M. Moran

    Joe Castro and Dan Nelson

    Liz and Paul ONeil

    Alexandra Oster

    George F. Perry

    Barbara & Maurice Pickup

    Stephanie Poggi

    Noreen and Dennis Rezendes

    Marinell Rousmamiere

    Mary Ann Ruscito

    Jennie L. Ryan

    Nancy Savelle

    Sandy and Angelo Scaccia

    Janet and Joseph Smith

    Anthony Solimine

    Alexander Sturke

    Marybeth Sweeney

    Dean Lampros & Joseph Teja, Jr.

    Gerry and Peter Toland

    Rita and Joseph Walsh

    Nancy and Andrew Warren

    Sharon Warren

    Maryann Watson

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