On: January 22, 2019

If you have traveled by Dorchester Avenue near St. Mark’s, you may have noticed bright, new, eye-catching signage in several of our small business storefronts! We have been excited to partner with our local small business owners to assist them through these projects over the past year. Join us in congratulating these business owners on their new and improved store-front designs. We love how the new signage showcases the vitality of our Greater Ashmont Main Street district.

El Barrio

Serving Caribbean, Latin american and Mexican cuisine, this local restaurant is a great affordable choice for lunch and dinner! They take reservations but also serve walk-ins, take-out, and delivers! El Barrio opens 7 days a week from 12:00pm to 9pm.


A Men’s apparel store, I AM fashion brings urban stylistic clothing for men right here in Dorchester. I AM fashion have a selection of shirts, sweaters, suits, pants and more! Monday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

Crawford Drug

Originally founded in the early 1900’s in Dorchester, has been a 3-generation family business since 1975. Focused on hiring family and local neighbors, Crawford Drug is a community pharmacy and have for the past three years we have been working very hard to modernize and update the pharmacy to better serve the neighborhood.

Tasha Michelle KLOSET

A ladies apparel store, Tasha Michelle KLOSET adds an urban edge to women’s fashion in Dorchester. Come for all your clothing needs such as dresses, pants, skirts, and body suits. You can find both your outfit and your accessory needs! Tasha Michelle KLOSET is open Monday to Thursday 11am to 7pm, Friday to Saturday 11am to 9pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm.

Caffe Zia Gianna

You can taste the heart of homemade Sicilian goodness right here in the Dorchester! Caffe Zia Gianna serves an authentic itallian breakfast and lunch menu Tuesday to Thursday from 7am to 4pm and Friday to Sunday from 8am to 4pm.

Ripple Cafe

Ripple Cafe is transitioning from its previous pop-up approach to a new home in the Carruth. They’ll serve specialty coffee, t ea, smoothies, and locally sourced pastries, pairing a welcoming, modern space with warm service. Ripple anticipates finalizing the inspection process in the next week or so. Once open, they plan start with hours 7am-7pm, Mon – Sat.

These new signs and lighting were coordinated and subsidized through the City’s Boston Main Streets Restore and Design Services which use federal  Community Development Block Grant funding for signage and storefront facade improvements. The program allows small business owners in Boston’s low and moderate income districts to be reimbursed for exterior finishes, replacements of storefront windows and doors, signage, and lighting. Additional design services and resources can be arranged free of charge, including access to architects and graphic designers to assist with branding. The above business owners in Greater Ashmont have received between $2,500 to $9,000 reimbursement for each project.
Are you a small business owner in our Greater Ashmont Main Street District? Contact Jenn Cartee! We’d love to help resource you with tools and assistance to help you build your business!