Articles by Reena Karasin


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wellness

Gym: The Training Room 691A Somerville Ave., (617) 284-6088 373 Washington St., (617) 764-1015 thetrainingroomboston.com The Training Room is not your typical gym. Rather than endless rows of machines and looming monthly membership costs, at the Training Room working out is designed to be personalized. People can choose from personal training, progressive group programs, small-group training, […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Services

Frame Shop: Stanhope Framers 55 Bow St., (617) 666-2000 stanhopeframers.com Read our article on Stanhope Framers here. Best Architect or Architecture Firm: aMorton Design 561 Windsor St., (617) 894-0285 amortondesign.com “After interviewing several architects/designers in the area, we knew immediately Andrea was the one for us. Fabulous vision and always available. She was amazing at dealing […]


New Festival Highlights Local Womxn in Music

For the team behind Bust Out Boston, the music festival is a sign of support for the #MeToo movement. “We wanted to create a platform and a safe space for womxn, non-binary, trans, and marginalized individuals to perform,” Alyssa Spector, a producer of the five-day festival, told Scout in an email. “It’s important for our […]


Stanhope Framers On the Excitement of Handling Art

After decades in the framing business, Stanhope Framers owner Richard Siegel still gets excited about his job. “We get to see amazing artwork,” he says. “One of the perks of the job is what we get to see—and not only see, but touch, up close and personal. And that still, even after 40 years, is […]


‘Nuestro Arte’ Showcases Work From Latino Artists

Nelson Salazar has worn many hats in Somerville, from executive director at the Welcome Project to graduate student at Tufts. Art is a passion for him, which he finds time for in between his two jobs. He started the “Nuestro Arte” exhibit last year, aiming to highlight work from Latino artists. “Nuestro Arte” will be […]


Zombie Apocalypse Game Aims to Build Community Resiliency

What’s the magic ingredient to turn disaster preparedness into public art? According to Rebecca Michelson, it’s zombies. “What’s most important for people to know is that there is a massive zombie apocalypse coming, and they need to be aware that it’s on its way, and preparing is the first priority,” she says. Michelson and her collaborator […]


ONCE Somerville to Reopen with Day of Celebrations

ONCE Somerville will reopen on Sept. 16 after a a roughly six-week closure, according to owner JJ Gonson. The venue closed indefinitely in August due to a series of financial setbacks including a “bookkeeper failure,” some show cancellations, and a robbery, Gonson told Scout in July. But Gonson and her team have used the intervening weeks […]


Crafting A Neighborhood at Assembly Row

“This used to be nothing, back in the day,” says Vanessa Martinez, an assistant marketing manager for Federal Realty Investment Trust, the developer of Assembly Row. “It kind of was a pile of dirt. There was not really much here before we came in.” Assembly Square has come a long way since its days as […]


What’s Happening at East Somerville Main Streets

East Somerville Main Streets is hard at work supporting the neighborhood’s small businesses. The organization is focusing on three big tasks, according to Executive Director Teresa Vazquez-Dodero: making connections that benefit small businesses, helping companies make investments in the neighborhood, and making the Kensington Underpass safer. Making Connections to Support Small Businesses East Somerville Main […]


‘Moon Eaters’ Creates Platform for APIA, Femme Voices

Somerville resident Lily Xie and her fellow creators choose the words of their mission statement with great care, laying out the groundwork of a zine at the intersection of Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) and femme identities. “Moon Eaters is a place for us to talk to each other about representation and cross-diaspora experiences. We […]


The Arts Council’s Rachel Strutt On the Language of Food

Rachel Strutt, program director at the Somerville Arts Council, has always been interested in helping to amplify marginalized voices. She got her master’s degree in medieval art history at Tufts, studying the “people on the margins.” She continued with her passion of promoting people’s stories as a journalist, and eventually carried that drive to the […]