Articles by Emily Cassel

Scout Picks

We love letting readers vote for the winners—but that means you guys get to have all the fun, and we want to get in on the action too! Here’s what our staff is snacking on when we’re not hard at work putting the magazine together.   SUSHI: EBI SUSHI The only problem you might have at […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Food & Drink

NEW BUSINESS: NU CAFE AND JUICE BAR Best new business? More like best nu business. Just nine months in, Nu Cafe and Juice Bar is right at home in Union Square, where its warm vibe makes you want to be a regular. Come grab a hearty lunch—we’re digging the chipotle avocado and lime super grain […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Razors Barbershop & Shave Parlor

Who among us hasn’t been there—it’s 10 p.m., and you’re browsing Instagram when you spy a friend’s photo from a recent trip to Prague in your feed. Suddenly, it’s midnight, and you’re hundreds of photos deep in the #travelgram or #travelersnotebook tag, eyeing your suitcase and wondering how much paid time off you have left […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Shopping

GOURMET OR SPECIALTY FOODS: Dave’s Fresh Pasta It’s hard for us to find fault with a place where the motto is “eat pasta every day.” But should you decide you’re done carbo-loading, DFP also boasts some of Somerville’s best sandwiches–we’re partial to the Brazilian Hangover Helper–and an unrivaled selection of cheese, olive oil, vinegar, beer and […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Arts & Entertainment

COMMUNITY CLASSES: Artisan’s Asylum On any given day, Artisan’s Asylum courses include welding, tool training, computer making and bike building. There’s just no better place around to create something than this, where you’ll find the tools, the space (40,000 square feet of it!) and, most importantly, the incredible instructors who can make your vision come […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Sav-Mor Spirits | SCOUTV Episode #14

By now, you’re familiar with the Sav-Mor signs—both the salty, sentient one that towers over McGrath Highway and its smaller but equally sassy sibling on Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford. They’re known for making deadpan proclamations like, “Ask us about our baby shower registry,” “Free receipt with any purchase,” and, last fall, “We sell lots […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Services

FLORIST: Nellie’s Wildflowers If you want gorgeous, bright, big bouquets, then you want to go with Nellie’s Wildflowers. The arrangements are always original and reliably beautiful, and you won’t believe how full and fresh even a five-dollar bouquet is—which makes Nellie’s perfect for special occasions or even just a random, mid-week floral pick-me-up. 72 HOLLAND […]


Lab Report: The Therapy Dogs Who Help City Students

The door is hardly open when the chorus of young voices starts up: “Ripley!” “Yes—Monty!” “They’re here!” We’ve only just arrived inside the John F. Kennedy Elementary School on Cherry Street, so we’re not yet entirely primed on who the popular kids and teachers are at this particular educational institution. But it seems pretty safe […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Magpie and Magpie Kids

In this year’s Scout’s Honored Awards—our annual reader-voted guide to the best businesses in Somerville—we stepped inside some of the local favorites who took home wins to introduce you to the people who make them so great.  First up: Magpie and Magpie Kids, a set of sibling shops trading in unique, modern—and, more often than […]



Hey, Macaron-a: Maca Macaronerie Heads to Somerville

Last week, we told you that the Gloucester-based pierogi pop-up Jaju Pierogi will set up shop at Bow Market when it opens in Union Square. And it looks like Jaju won’t be the only farmers market favorite headed for the shared restaurant and retail space—the Greater Boston macaronerie Maca will also make its brick-and-mortar debut at Bow. […]


Jaju Pierogi to Have a Permanent Home in Union Square

We couldn’t have agreed more with Eater Boston when the site proclaimed earlier this year that there simply are not enough places to get pierogi around here. That Eater take accompanied the news that at least Gloucester-based Jaju Pierogi was here to satisfy our potato and dough needs, popping up at places from Sillari’s Pizza and […]