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Love Stories of the North End

A box of JoJo’s raw chocolates in exchange for a love story. (Photo by Jody)

This Valentine’s Day, Cupid has returned to the North End to celebrate the love stories that flourish here through a project started by Holistic Health Coach and North End resident Jody Grimm. Earlier this month, Jody set out to discover what makes people fall in love and stay in love. Whether it’s love for a friend, a dog, a sibling, or a spouse, Jody is getting the North End into the holiday spirit by highlighting the love stories all around us. In exchange for sharing a love story, Jody is giving individuals a box of her homemade Jo Jo’s Raw Kitchen chocolate truffles.

For the past ten years, Jody has lived in the North End where she offers private coaching sessions for physical and emotional health and also works as a raw chocolatier. In addition to these professional roles, Jody is a hopeless romantic. As Hallmark reminded consumers of the upcoming holiday, Jody, like so many of us, found herself curious about relationships – What builds a strong friendship? How do individuals fall in love? What makes relationships continue to tick? To answer these questions, Jody began looking for stories within her own North End neighborhood.

She didn’t have to look far. Jody found individuals from her daily life were more than willing to talk about their own special relationships. She interviewed shop owners, yoga teachers, and individuals who have spent most of their lives in the neighborhood. When asked about people’s reactions, she said feedback has been great. Men and women, young and old have been excited to share their stories and to encourage others to do the same. The other day, Jody was speaking to a Salem Street resident about his love story when he suddenly saw some friends and shouted out to them, “Hey! Get over here! She’s doin’ love stories!” Just like that she had two more interviewees – no Cupid arrows needed to spread the love.

These love stories are as beautiful and unique as the people who live them, right here in the North End. You can read some of the neighborhood’s heartwarming stories below. As Jody described it, “You’d be surprised how much people light up when they’re talking about the people they love.”

This Valentine’s Day, go out and tell the special people in your life how much they mean to you! To learn more about Jody, visit her website:

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2 Replies to “Love Stories of the North End

  1. Amanda. Uplifting and happy stories. So creative of you to post the photos of the neighborhood people with their journeys to love !

  2. You will never know how much I/We thoroughly enjoyed reading your stories..especially today. 70 years ago, while walking home from the Michaelangelo school, that we both attended, I gave my “crush” my first gift, It was a gold locket that she wore today as a rememberance of that day walking up Hull Street. We married and left the North End many years ago. We traveled the country and the world over during my military career, but the North End will always be our home. Happy Valentines Day to you and all your readers, and a special “wish” to all who shared their stories. Stay the course..

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