In May 2015, CropCircle Kitchen formally changed its name to CommonWealth Kitchen to better describe and brand the scale and scope of our work. CropCircle Kitchen is now CommonWealth Kitchen.
CommonWealth Kitchen began operations as CropCircle Kitchen, Boston’s only non-profit food business incubator, in 2009. CropCircle Kitchen took over operations of the former Nuestra Culinary Ventures kitchen, located in the Brewery Small Business Complex in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.
Even before becoming CommonWealth Kitchen, CropCircle Kitchen focused on supporting low-income individuals with little business experience and limited access to capital to:
In 2011, first as CropCircle Kitchen, our team partnered with Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation on the redevelopment of the former Pearl meats factory in Dorchester. The Pearl project is an integral part of the City of Boston HUD CHOICE Neighborhoods initiative, and is central to the Fairmount Indigo Corridor Collaborative, a nationally recognized effort bringing housing, economic development, and transit equity to the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park.
With support from the City of Boston, HUD, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, LISC, Boston Community Capital, and others, the $15 million redevelopment of the Bornstein and Pearl Food Production Small Business Center was completed in June 2014. Though some have erroneously called it CropCircle Kitchen Pearl, or CCK Pearl, it is now known as by its full name, or simply "Pearl".
No longer CropCircle Kitchen, CommonWealth Kitchen is now the anchor tenant for the Pearl facility, leasing @ 45% of the 36,000 SF building. The opening has allowed CommonWealth Kitchen to more than triple CropCircle Kitchen’s previous operations and expand programming.
CropCircle Kitchen is now CommonWealth Kitchen.
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