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These 6 Dorchester businesses are recipients of the City of Boston Legacy Business Award!

Let’s hear it for these Dorchester 2024 Legacy Business Award recipients!

Dorchester reporter
Family Hardware Corp.
Restaurante Cesaria
Rosa’s liqueurs
Vaughn Fish & Chips
Walnut Deluxe cleaners and tailors Well done! See press release below!

BOSTON – Wednesday, May 29, 2024 – Mayor Michelle Wu today announced the winners of the 2024 Legacy Business Awards, a group of 30 companies representing 19 Boston neighborhoods and collectively in business for 1,281 years. The winners will be recognized at a public awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. Awardees will have access to grant support and technical assistance.

This is the second year of the Legacy Business Program. Award-winning companies are long-standing, independent businesses that make strong contributions to Boston’s residents, communities and neighborhoods. By recognizing and supporting Legacy Businesses annually, this program contributes to Mayor Wu’s vision of a family-friendly, vibrant city with sustainable community businesses.

“Our legacy businesses are anchors in our communities. They connect residents to resources and expand access to opportunities for families across Boston,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I am pleased to announce the second class of Legacy Business winners who are boosting communities across our city. Congratulations to our 30 newly selected existing companies and we look forward to supporting you all in the years to come!”

This year, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion received 1,561 nominations. In total, community members nominated 276 qualified businesses. To qualify, companies must be based in Boston and have been in business for at least ten years.

The nominations were reviewed by the City Council and selected by a committee that included representatives from city departments and Boston Main Streets. The selections were based on application scoring and community support. The committee ensured the list was representative of Boston in terms of industry, neighborhood, gender and race.

“I’m proud to continue Mayor Wu’s signature initiative, which invites residents across the city to honor the commitment, investments and impact small business owners have been making in our communities for decades,” said Segun Idowu, head of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion. . “Thanks to the work of our Small Business Team, this initiative continues to ensure the stability of this community base for generations to come.”

The list of winners is as follows:

  • Akiki Auto Repair, Hyde Park
  • Alex’s Chimis, Jamaica Plain
  • Anshur Restaurant, Roxbury
  • Brendan Behan Pub, Jamaica Plain
  • Broadway Lock Company, Inc., South Boston
  • Charles Street Supply Co. & Hardware, Beacon Hill
  • Cornwall’s, Fenway
  • Daniel’s Bakery, Brighton
  • Dorchester Reporter, Dorchester
  • El Mundo Boston, East Boston
  • Family Hardware Corp., Dorchester
  • Flint Cleaners, Allston
  • Thrift Bookstore, Roxbury
  • Gloria’s Beauty Center, Allston
  • House of Culture, South End
  • Children R Children, West Roxbury
  • Lawson’s Barber Shop, Roxbury
  • Mei Sum Bakery, Chinatown
  • Mike’s Donuts, Mission Hill
  • Parziale’s Bakery, North End
  • Restaurante Cesaria, Dorchester
  • Rosa’s Liqueurs, Dorchester
  • Sanchez Market, Charlestown
  • Sophia’s Cave, Roslindale
  • Tony’s Market, Roslindale
  • Trident Booksellers & Café, Back Bay
  • Vaughn Fish & Chips, Dorchester
  • Walnut Deluxe Cleaners and Tailors, Dorchester
  • West Roxbury Framing, West Roxbury
  • William Browne & Sons, Mattapan

“Over the past sixteen years, the Roxbury community has told us countless times how grateful they are to have a bookstore in their community. A bookstore that is a direct reflection of who they are, and their experiences, dreams and current ideas,” said Leonard and Clarissa Egerton, owners of Frugal Bookstore. “It’s wonderful to be recognized by the city of Boston, where we grew up. And being awarded the Legacy Business Award is a further indication of our community’s commitment to longevity. We are deeply honored.”

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the City of Boston and the Roslindale community as an existing business,” said Deb and Tony DeBenedictis, owners of Tony’s Market. “After celebrating our 60th anniversary in business this year, we are so hopeful about the continued growth of our community and look forward to the support and visibility that comes with this award.”

“This year’s 30 Legacy Business winners represent companies that play an important role in our communities and are part of Boston’s rich history,” said Aliesha Porcena, Director of Small Business. “This program is designed to provide ongoing support and services to the winners and other small businesses in the city. I look forward to working with local partners to ensure these businesses continue to thrive.”

On Tuesday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m., the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion will honor the companies during an awards ceremony and reception. Mayor Wu, elected officials, City of Boston employees and members of the Boston community will attend this public event, which will take place at the Calderwood Pavilion. Interested parties can register for the event here.

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