Another month has come and gone, and UG’s Urban Community Program continues to grow. We are proud to be strengthening the ties between our network of customers and at-risk Bostonians, one community-based organization at a time. And the network IS growing! Last month, 12 other South End businesses helped us collect books and donations for More Than Words. Time and again, South Enders get it done!
Over the last several months there has been lots of chatter in the South End about rising commercial rents and the imminent arrival of retail chains. Long known for its small business charm, the South End is now grappling with the question that many popular neighborhoods have: who do we want to be as a community?
If you’re like us – stuck in a winter rut and glued to your social media – then you know it’s beyond time for a good time. Which is why we’re tapping the kegs, serving up chicken wings, calling in the graffiti artists, and bringing our South End neighbors together for a night of kicking back and having fun.
Banyan Bar + Refuge
March 28th, from 6-10 pm
Your $15 ticket includes: 2 Drink Tickets – Kegs of PBR – Featured Cocktail – Limitless Chicken Wings – Doughnuts – The Danger Booth – Music – Live Graffiti Installation by Marka27, Problak and Lee Beard
Guaranteed tickets available in advance via Eventbrite. Additional tickets available at the door.
More About the Peters Park Graffiti Art Wall and their crowdfunding campaign:
The South End neighborhood is special for so many reasons, one of the most important of which is the way we support each other as neighbors and friends. Our neighborhood is also unique because from those that live in million dollar homes to live-in residents of our local homeless shelters, our urban community strives to be welcoming to all. A South End institution that is vital to this welcoming spirit is Haley House, whose soup kitchen has been located on the corner of Dartmouth and Montgomery streets since 1966, making it one of the oldest homeless service providers in the city.
Over the past year, my days have been mostly consumed with writing our wine education book, Drink Progressively. It’s been a labor of love, partly because it has allowed me to flex my creative muscles, but also because it has allowed me to learn so much more about the history of wine itself.
Looking for a unique and curated event idea? Whether it’s for 8 or 80, Saltbox Kitchen can craft a farm-inspired menu featuring hors d’oeuvres, small plates, or a multi-course dinner expertly paired with wine or beer selected and poured by experts from Urban Affairs by Urban Grape. These hospitality-driven events combine fine food and beverage with seamless event planning and execution so you can fully enjoy the experience and leave the details to us!
It’s a bitter pill to swallow when we put our remaining rosé on sale because it means the inevitable end of summer. But then again, like spring’s eternal bloom, we know rosé season will come again. Like you, we’d prefer to drink it all year long, but the wine just isn’t there to buy any more. Plus, with cooler weather coming we need the space to beef up our red wines and heavier whites.
PLAN YOUR WINE-CATION, AND STOCK UP WITH UG!
We’ve ALL been there – you plan every last detail of your summer vacation, and when you get to your destination realize that the only place selling booze is the local gas station. Even TJ and I have found ourselves trying to find an acceptable bottle of wine (or beer, or gin) next to the Doritos display!
It is with great excitement that we introduce you to The Urban Grape’s newest initiative, Urban Community. Founded just this month, but brewing in our minds for years, Urban Community’s mission is to establish month-long campaigns with non-profit organizations in the neighborhoods surrounding the South End, with the mission of expanding their outreach, awareness, and fundraising efforts.
The warmer weather has left us with the itch for Spring Cleaning. And while we’re not quite hanging an “Everything Must Go” sign over the beer section, we are featuring some amazing producers at prices as low as $2.50! Here are the details: