Articles by Alyssa Vaughn

What’s New: Construction Zones

Powder House Community School Redevelopment Powder House Square Redevelopment of the Powder House Community School is officially underway. The school is being transformed into an “inclusive urban village,” according to the Boston Globe, meaning it will be a mix of residences, commercial outposts, a makerspace, and an alternative high school called “Powderhouse Studios.” To reinforce […]


What’s New: City Beat

City Councilors Make Moves Toward Marijuana Equity The City Council is moving to ensure that there’s diversity within the city’s emerging marijuana industry. Under a new ordinance, Boston.com reports, for the next two years the city will only approve marijuana businesses that fall into three categories: existing medical dispensaries; locally owned retailers; and “Economic Empowerment […]


What’s New: First Courses

PROOF Winter Hill PROOF isn’t your average liquor store. Now open in Winter Hill, PROOF carries wine, beer, and spirits. It will also serve as a “gathering spot,” general manager Jay Cahill told Boston Magazine, complete with an extensive programming calendar. Come to buy booze, stay for cupcake decorating, cigar rolling, or a cooking demonstration. […]


At In Season Food Shop, Local Products Are Evergreen

It’s an icy Saturday morning, but that doesn’t seem to have had an effect on the lively crowd at Bow Market. Throngs of morning shoppers, dog leashes and coffee cups in hand, are milling around the market’s tiny storefronts. Some are eyeing vintage T-shirts, others are wondering if 11 a.m. is too early for a […]


At Vinal Bakery, the English Muffin Takes Center Stage

It’s tough out there for English muffins. Sure, they’re reliable, versatile, and a go-to foundation for everything from egg and cheese sandwiches to toaster pizzas, but it’s the more glamorous breakfast breads that earn spots on trendy brunch menus and likes on Instagram. In a world of golden brown brioche, savory scones, and seeded bagels, […]


Unwind After a Ruff Week

Bella Rich is 105, but she never forgets her weekly massage appointment. In fact, she conducts the entirety of her Wednesday with her 6 p.m. massage in mind. She rises from her orthopedic bed about mid-morning, then spends the day strolling around the Lesley University campus before returning to her home, a second-story Porter Square […]


Skip the Small Talk Helps Forge Genuine Connections

“What book or movie had an impact on the way you see the world?” “What is your mind gravitating toward most these days?” “How are you really doing?” In most cases, you’d probably be a little freaked out if a stranger sat down next to you, asked you one of these questions, and stared at […]



Local Artist Paints the Town with Message of Togetherness

At 6 a.m. on a sunny Saturday earlier this fall, Somerville resident Liz LaManche arrived at the spacious Kendall Plaza, bearing an arsenal of string, chalk, and paint rollers. She began with the chalk, sketching out long straight lines. She enlisted an assistant to act as a human compass, holding one end of a string […]


Somerville Health Foundation Grants to Tackle Mental Health, Food Security, and Substance Use

Somerville is known for being inclusive—it’s home to young professionals and families, lifelong residents and immigrants, and it’s one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. But when it comes to our wellbeing, there’s still a long way to go to equality: The city faces “continued health disparities based on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic […]


Food For All Expands to Farmers Markets

There’s nothing that ruins a weekend outing to the farmers market quite like a surprise thunderstorm. But while it’s always a bummer to slog home with rain-soaked canvas tote bags, the consequences of a midday downpour—or a heatwave, or a citywide event, or an unannounced MBTA closure—can be dire for the small, family-owned businesses that […]