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 Heath Street) 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.
2021 Business Membership includes: Chilacates Mexican Street Food, Circle Properties, Citizens Bank, Cornerstone Real Estate, Crispy Dough Pizzeria, Dunkin', East Boston Savings Bank, Flann O'Brien's Pub, Il Mondo Pizzeria, In The Cut Barbershop, International Halal Market, Kush Groove Shop, Laughing Monk Café, Lilly'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. MHMS district works nonstop to preserve, sustain and improve its diverse neighborhood as a destination for large student populations and the local Boston community.
"I prefer Winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape--the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show. "
Supporting our mission
MHMS has created several membership levels to help us support programs and our mission, which is in part, to "foster community spirit and collaboration in Mission Hill." We welcome Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, City of Boston Credit Union, Mission Hill American Legion Post 327, Needham Bank, New England Baptist Hospital, Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology as a part of the Circle Membership effort.
For more information regarding individual donations through MHMS decals or Circle Membership levels, please contact us at or call 617.232.0182.
Meet Your Neighbor
Welcome to MHMS' Meet Your Neighbor segment of our website.
You may have heard that expression many Mission Hill residents state – “we are everywhere!” The more you learn about our neighborhood, the more you hear these stories. Back in the 1990’s, Valdet Abazi dreamt of emigrating from Kosovo to the United States to achieve the American dream. He wanted to live in the U.S. and earn an MBA in one of the renowned Boston universities. In 2012, he recognized the first step of his dream.
When he first arrived, Valdet began studying English then he got a job. He worked for Penguin Pizza’s owner Dermot Doyne for a few years, as well as University House of Pizza’s Tina Savvidi and Il Mondo’s Naser Othman. He was very well integrated into the Mission Hill neighborhood while working to bring his family over to America. Then as good fortune would have it; he won the green card lottery that enables 55,000 lucky people world-wide a chance at life in the here in America. His dream was on track, he was able to bring his wife over and they both recently became citizens. What an exciting day that was for them.
In 2017, Valdet was accepted at Northeastern University for the MBA program, another step in his American dream. He and his wife are immensely proud parents of 27-month-old twins and his wife is working on her medical board exam here in the U.S. He loves America so much as they helped his country win the war in late 1999, he was welcomed to Mission Hill as a new immigrant and now he is truly following the American dream – family, work and home!
He moved into banking, starting with Brookline Savings Bank first as a teller and then as a Banker. Later worked for Belmont Bank and is now with East Boston Savings Bank (EBSB) in Brookline as Acting Manager - but his heart is still with Mission Hill. He loves his new job and says, “East Boston Savings Bank is the best place to work ever!” Valdet follows us on Facebook and appreciates the support MHMS gives to small business. Recently, EBSB showed their ongoing support of MHMS programs through a generous donation as they believe in supporting community and giving back. Valdet also stated “during these difficult times with the pandemic, EBSB is helping small businesses who are applying for PPP loans. So call or drop in to your local EBSB branch for more details. Roxane at the Mission Hill branch at 1614 Tremont Street is available to help you!”
Leaving all of you with these words of encouragement, Valdet reminds us that he is so happy to be in this country and says, “be patient, be strong, work hard and you will achieve everything!”
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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 has been Mission Hill Main Streets Corporate Buddy for over 20 years.
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.
Northeastern University, City of Boston Credit Union, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, New England Baptist Hospital, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Needham Bank, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Mission Hill American Legion Post 327 are all Circle Members of Mission Hill Main Streets.
Their annual support of our mission and programs benefits residents, students and business owners.
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MHMS Board of Directors
Eric Alden, Vice President, Gar Chiang, President, Dermot Doyne, Christine Dwyer, Michael Fitzgerald, Toni Komst, Clerk, Chorlette O'Neill, Shirma Pierre, Johanna Sena and Gary Walling, Treasurer.
MHMS Advisory Board
Patricia Fitzgerald, Richard Quiroga, Richard Rouse, Michel Soltani, Enoch Woodhouse and Joseph Wong