Our Work


East Boston Main Streets (EBMS) aims to create a vibrant business district by initiating private and public improvements, promoting commerce, and supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for all who live, work and do business in East Boston. Founded in 1995, EBMS is a nonprofit community improvement organization serving the diverse and densely populated Boston neighborhood of East Boston, with a focus on Maverick and Central Squares. During its 22 year history, EBMS has utilized the nationally established Main Street Four Point Approach to become an instrumental force in working to build relationships among business owners, residents, developers, and the City, in order to contribute to the physical and economic development of the neighborhood.

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Eastie Week
“I definitely would recommend working with East Boston Main Streets to other businesses. It’s a no-brainer. I would say it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. The people care about the community and live within it and understand what the community needs.”
Eastie Week
“They brought my ideas to life. They built on my ideas and made them so much better than what I imagined. So different than experiences I’ve had in the past. They were really there to help me. It was genuine. I really felt supported. They are very conscious and respectful of our culture.”

What We Do



EBMS provides support to strengthen our neighborhood’s locally-owned businesses, improve streetscapes, and build community via promoting the neighborhood’s assets to those who live, work, and visit East Boston.

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Specifically We Focus On:

Ribbon Cutting

Help Businesses Grow

We help our small and micro-businesses grow and thrive by providing technical assistance and business support. This includes connecting businesses to programs that provide help with business planning, customer acquisition, inventory systems, marketing, English language learning for business owners, and more.


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Promote the neighborhood

Promote the Neighborhood

We promote the East Boston neighborhood via relationship and community building among businesses, residents, and visitors. Examples include our signature events: Taste of Eastie, Eastie Week, Eastie Shines, Countdown to Kindergarten


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Physical Improvements

We work to create physical improvements to the business district (East Boston’s ‘squares’) that makes the area welcoming to businesses, residents, and visitors. This includes storefront renovations to improve the look of businesses, as well as streetscape improvements like wayfinding signs, tree pits, and plantings.


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Latest Happenings

It's with a lot of love and gratitude that we say goodbye to our beloved Executive Director, Max Gruner. We had the opportunity to celebrate Max's legacy and wish him well on his next adventure in New Mexico.

We're also thrilled to welcome Gladys Oliveros as the next Executive Director of East Boston Main Streets! Please join us in wishing Max well, and welcoming Gladys!

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Good luck, Max!

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East Boston Main Streets

So proud of this Eastie restaurant!We are thrilled to share we have been nominated Bon Appétit Magazine 2019 Best New Restaurants... thank you to all of our dedicated customers for your love and support! https://www.bonappetit.com/story/50-nominees-best-new-restaurants-2019 https://www.boston.com/food/restaurants/2019/09/10/bon-appetit-2019-best-new-restaurants-nominees?s_campaign=bcom%3Asocialflow%3Afacebook&fbclid=IwAR0VN6cm2FQmNoe6UXmrMJ6weQ4Q17RrkKxWvKOYWDAmxVq0J5sV56kRkG4 #tawakalhalalcafe #tawakalflavor #nominated #community #love #thankyou #boston #eastboston #foodblogger #boneappetit #neighboringcities #homemade #momscooking ... See MoreSee Less

So proud of this Eastie restaurant!

 

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Fabulous place to eat.

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