Sip & Spoke Receives $50,000 Matching Grant from Commonwealth Places

The American City Coalition, together with Bowdoin Bike School and Historic Boston, Inc. will launch a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign. Each dollar received will be matched 1:1 by MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places grant program.

Commonwealth Places provides a creative funding mechanism to advance community placemaking projects throughout Massachusetts. The statewide program helps fund place-based, community-driven projects – art installations, parks, bike trails, markets, and more – that revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Successful projects must activate a new or underused public or community space, and the program will give preference to permanent physical projects. The program aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions through a crowdfunding platform with the incentive of a dollar-for-dollar funding match (up to $50,000) from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached within 60 days.

Look for upcoming news on how you can donate and events to help the project close the funding gap that will allow construction to begin in July 2018!

The 1772 Foundation Supports Comfort Station Restoration with $100,000 Grant

Project receives $100,000 from the 1772 Foundation to support building restoration!

Historic Boston Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of a $100,000 grant from The 1772 Foundation of Newport, Rhode Island for capital costs associated with rehabilitation of the Comfort Station. 

The 1772 Foundation is a long-time, nationally recognized proponent of historic properties redevelopment programs, sometimes called revolving funds. B. Danforth Ely, president of The 1772 Foundation, commented, “1772 regards its mission to preserve historic properties with a real sense of urgency. For this reason, a key granting priority is support for historic properties redevelopment programs. HBI has received several grants from us in the past and has a track record of successful, transformative projects.”

The 1772 Foundation’s mission is to provide safe passage of historic buildings and farmland to future generations. The Foundation was named in honor of its first restoration project, Liberty Hall in Union, NJ, which was built in 1772 and is the ancestral home of the Livingston and Kean families. The late Stewart B. Kean was the original benefactor of The 1772 Foundation.

We are very grateful to The 1772 Foundation for its confidence in the organization’s mission, and for its critical support for endangered historic buildings that can support broader neighborhood renewal. 

Come Hear Noah Speak about Building Bike Spaces in Under-Resourced Communities

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Noah has been busy this summer expanding the Bowdoin Bike School operations in Dorchester and spreading the word to others about the importance of building the bike infrastructure in under-resourced communities. On August 2, Noah will be the featured speaker at a Bike Talk Social Hour hosted by the Sommerville Bicycle Committee. Join us at 6:30 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing Company 14 Tyler Street in Somerville!

Meet our Cafe Manager, Kristina Jackson

Kristina Jackson was born and raised in Buffalo, New York.  She started in the food and beverage industry early on, learning the ropes at local restaurants.  She often spent afternoons at Spot Coffee, a popular watering hole for young Buffalo residents. She attended SUNY Fredonia where she studied music performance.  In 2010, she moved to Ithaca, New York to continue her studies in opera, vocal health, and early music at Ithaca College. Like many graduate students, Kristina spent much of her time drinking coffee to get her through all-nighters in the library and vigorous rehearsal schedules.  She lived only one block away from Gimme Coffee, a well-known coffee shop and roastery.  It was here she had her first true exposure to third-wave, high quality coffee.

Kristina quickly discovered that the meticulous spirit and learning aptitude that serves her so well as a classical musician is a perfect match for the artisanal coffee world.  She moved to Boston in 2014, where she immediately began working in coffee shops around town, including Dwelltime and Fazenda.  She currently works as a barista at Fleck Coffee, where she spends her early mornings making pourovers and lattes for Newton commuters. Kristina heavily values the ritual of sharing coffee with family, friends, and the community.  In our faced-paced, grab and go society, it is essential to slow down and take time to make intimate, human connections.  Kristina hopes to bring this to The Sip & Spoke, one cup and one conversation at a time.