A Devastating Flood in SoWa – ways to support the community

While Beacon Gallery was spared any water damage, our neighborhood is now dealing with the 1-2 punch of COVID-19 and a 30-inch watermain break on April 14th.

Here is a photo from Boston Fire Department so you get a sense of what it looked like:

The water rushed in quite dramatically and knocked over furniture, pedestals and ravaged the entire row of shops of 460 Harrison Ave, as well as other adjoining buildings.

In a desire to do something to help, here is an aggregated list of the businesses affected (if you know of any businesses that we’ve missed, please comment). A few have mentioned ways you can support them. If they haven’t, you can always like them and comment on Instagram and Facebook to show your support as they grapple with this new challenge.

If/when future businesses contact us, we will list ways to support them. Please check back!

Abigail Olgivy Gallery

Alpha Gallery

AREAcheck out their ways to help page

Ash & Rose – Buy a face mask, gift card, or make a donation via their website.

Candice Wu Couture – Candice Wu and her attorney would like to get in touch with all owners affected by the flooding. Please contact her or feel free to contact Beacon Gallery and we can make the connection.

Cinquecento Roman TrattoriaBuy a gift certificate to the Aquitaine Group. Order takeout from Cinquecento’s sister restaurants Metropolis, Aquitaine Chestnut Hill or Aquitaine Boston. Click over restaurantstrong.org to learn more about restaurant employee relief.

Fountain Street Fine Art BUY ART! If you’re in a position to do so, the best way to support our artists is to buy their work, so that they can pay rent, buy supplies and continue to create. Payment plans and shipping can be arranged through the gallery.

  • From now through May 7th, the work displayed by Fountain Street artists online on 1stDibs is offered at an exclusive 15% discount on purchases up to $2700 (that’s a savings up to $400 per purchase). Enter the promo code FountainStreetOn1stdibs to access this limited time offer. 1stDibs ➢
  • Artwork from “Where the Worlds Meet” by Mia Cross and Daniel Zeese is available on our website, as is work by this month’s Annex artists, Amanda Hill, Shany Porras and Anne Russell. Both of these beautiful exhibitions were closed down––first from the state of emergency and then sustained some damage by the flood. 

SHARE ART! Passion for art is contagious. In these times especially, art provides respite, color and meaning. Please share our posts with other art-lovers in your circle. Comment on the art that you are drawn to; it would mean the world to our artists, and bring their work and the mission of Fountain Street to new audiences. 

Galatea Fine Art

InFusion Art Glass

L’Attitude Art Gallery

Meichi Peng Design Studio

Montessori Parent Child Center

Salon Design

SoWa Vintage Market – Make sure to follow them at @sowavintage, and check their stories and live feeds. They are LIVE Sundays 11-12 plus they post videos & pics of products for sale. Great for shopping from home, and are still shipping!

Wyllo – Moving into SoWa April 1, this new jewlery shop experienced the disastrous flood before even opening for business. Support them by shopping online (they are still shipping) or by purchasing a gift card!

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