Experience Mission Hill Main Streets
Mission Hill - we are everywhere!
As you begin to understand Mission Hill neighborhood, the statement “we are everywhere” becomes more clear. This community is part of the life story for many incredible people who were fortunate in being born and raised here or who lived here in Mission Hill at some point in their life. The epic stories of Kevin Fitzgerald live on and inspire many to do their best to make him proud. This neighborhood is a tight-knit, urban, thriving community where one can engage, learn, grow and participate in a rich cultural setting.
Though many have left, they stay connected. You never know who you will run into when wearing your “Mission Hill Main Streets” tee shirt swag or connecting on social media but it is guaranteed that the conversation and memories will flow as "we are everywhere."
Mission Hill Main Streets at a Glance
Mission Hill is one of Boston's most vibrant neighborhoods
Mission Hill Main Streets is a non-profit organization that works with local businesses, residents and community organizations to revitalize our local business district (Tremont Street from Roxbury Crossing to Brigham Circle, Huntington Avenue from Longwood Avenue to South Huntington and parts of Terrace and Parker Streets) and strengthen our community. With the City of Boston and the National Main Street Center, we are part of a citywide and nationwide movement to revitalize local businesses and shopping districts.
MHMS Business Membership
Mission Hill Main Streets Business Membership welcomes our new "family" members! In addition to working with residents and community organizations, MHMS was created to work with and revitalize our local businesses. This is one step in an on-going process. The MHMS Business Members listed here contribute and adapt to our vibrant neighborhood by embracing change.
2020 Business Membership includes: Chicalates Mexican Street Food, Circle Properties, Citizens Bank, Cornerstone Real Estate, Crispy Dough Pizzeria, Dunkin', Flann O'Briens Pub, Il Mondo Pizzeria, In The Cut Barbershop, International Halal Market, Kush Groove Shop, Laughing Monk Café, Lily's Gourmet Pasta, Liz's Hair Care, Longwood Properties, Mike’s Donuts, Milkweed Cafe, ODB Liquors, Papa's Pizza Company, Penguin Pizza, Puddingstone Tavern, 7-Eleven Store, Solid Ground Café, Tremont House of Pizza, Trillfit, Spinney Insurance Agency, Inc., Tavern of Tales,The Mission Bar & Grill and Vanity Loft Salon.
Interested in joining? Reach out to MHMS with the button below.
Who we are
There are almost 100 small businesses in the Mission Hill neighborhood owned or managed by a large number of women and minorities. Our community is comprised of world renowned medical and educational institutions, long-term residents, students and developers who work with the community to maintain the vibrancy and history of Mission Hill.
Robert F. Kennedy
"Every time you stand up for an ideal, you set forth a tiny ripple of hope."
Meet Your Neighbor
Welcome to MHMS' Meet Your Neighbor segment of our website.
Our first two “neighbors” to be featured, were small business owners. This month because Mission Hill has long been known for its activism, we decided to focus on one of many well-known figures – Maria Sanchez. In the words of her son, Jeffrey Sanchez, here is her story.
“Mission Hill has a strong tradition of defying challenges despite odds since the early days of the Republic. On March 13, 1776 from the site where the Mission Church stands today it was said that “during the stirring days of the Revolution many plans against the (British) crown were laid under the roof of the old house...it was here where the Revolution began where “the movement on part of the Roxbury colonists to resist and repudiate the Stamp Act was set on foot.”
Fast forward to 1976, way after the Victorian era, industrialization and white flight. And here in Mission Hill, urban decay. There were many people from this time forward - Artemus Ward, George Washington, Mother Teresa, Barak Obama, Ted Kennedy. Not all from Mission Hill but all who have come here either in passing or with a message or a plan for a better way. In my case mine was my shero, Maria Sanchez. And how lucky am I, she’s my Mom and our neighbor.
In 1973 Maria Sanchez arrived in the Mission Main Housing projects and like so many other mothers, her life with her children turned into a whirlwind of challenges and great hope. Hope in that she was able to forge a life of great successes with her family and her beloved Mission Hill community. She worked as a receptionist while educating herself at Boston State College. She enrolled with a GED and graduated at a time where she was organizing a challenge against the Boston Housing Authority for unsanitary conditions which made its way through the Massachusetts Superior Court. She was vilified by many in power with other Mission Hill leaders. Yet she succeeded in helping to improve and stabilize Mission Hill Main and thousands of other units of Public Housing here in Boston and throughout the Commonwealth. She continued her activism as an appointed member of the receivership committee.
She was recognized as a force in the community that brought “Harmony on the Hill” after the horrific murder of Carol Dimati in October of 1989, a time of great unrest in Boston. She was the President of the Mission Main Tenants Force while working as a Social Worker at the DSS and later in the Boston Juvenile Court where she served as a juvenile probation officer working with many of Mission Hill and Boston’s Youth for over 25 years. She remains active as a member of the Mission Church community and as President of the Board of the Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services. She has been recognized by Mayors, Governors and many others. Roxbury Crossing has the Maria Sanchez Square and Maria Sanchez House recognizing her accomplishments. But when you ask her what her greatest joy is, she'll tell you it's her granddaughters Luna and Amina. At Senator Ted Kennedy’s funeral mass at Mission Church she was told she couldn't sit in a pew, to which she replied: “I'm a parishioner and I’m from Mission Hill. Who are you? We earned this seat.”
Boston Main Streets
Boston Main Streets is a network of 20 Main Streets Organizations that use a comprehensive revitalization approach to create, build and sustain healthy commercial districts
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH, "The Brigham") is located adjacent to Harvard Medical School, of which it is the second largest teaching affiliate. It is the largest hospital of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in Boston, Massachusetts, US. With Massachusetts General Hospital, it is one of the two founding members of Partners HealthCare, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts. BWH is also Mission Hill Main Streets Corporate Buddy.
New England Baptist Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital will transform the lives of those we serve by promoting wellness, restoring function, lessening disability, alleviating pain, and advancing knowledge in musculoskeletal diseases and related disorders.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research.
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MHMS Board of Directors
Eric Alden, Vice President, Gar Chiang, President, Dermot Doyne, Christine Dwyer, Michael Fitzgerald, Toni Komst, Chorlette O'Neill, Shirma Pierre and Gary Walling.
MHMS Advisory Board
Patricia Fitzgerald, Richard Quiroga, Richard Rouse, Michel Soltani, Enoch Woodhouse, Joseph Wong and Joshua Zakim