Articles by Eric Francis

The Burren Brings Late Night Delight to Davis Square

THE BURREN – BEST LATE-NIGHT HAUNT247 ELM ST.(617) 776-6896BURREN.COM From first dates to casual business lunches to catching last call after a movie, the Burren has been a popular hangout for any occasion since its opening in 1996. Davis Square’s most iconic Irish pub has a food menu that features bar favorites ranging from typical […]


Scout’s Honored: Nellie’s Wildflowers

NELLIE’S WILDFLOWERS – BEST FLORIST72 HOLLAND STREET In its cozy, narrow storefront on Holland Street, Nellie’s Wildflowers is bursting with color and fragrance, just waiting to be taken home to someone special. “We have unique flowers,” says Jess McEachirn, the niece of Nellie’s owner Joyce McKenzie. She’s been working at the shop officially for five […]


Rebel Rebel is Somerville’s Best New Business

REBEL REBEL – BEST NEW BUSINESS1 BOW MARKET WAY REBELREBELSOMERVILLE.COM Can you tell me a bit about the inspiration for Rebel Rebel and how it got started? “I have been working in restaurants in Boston for 17 years,” says Lauren Friel, the founder and owner of Rebel Rebel. “I came after college and I started […]


2019 Candidate Survey: School Committee

Welcome to Scout Somerville’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Somerville mayor, city council, and school committee, and present their answers to you here. Today we are featuring the school committee race. All candidates were […]


2019 Candidate Survey: Councilor-At-Large

Welcome to Scout Somerville’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Somerville mayor, council at large, and school committee, and present their answers to you here. Today we are featuring the councilor-at-large race. All candidates were […]


2019 Candidate Survey: Somerville Mayor

Welcome to Scout Somerville’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Somerville mayor, council at large, and school committee, and will be posting their answers this week. Today we are featuring the mayoral race. Both candidates […]


School of HONK Brings Joyful Noise

SCHOOL OF HONK – BEST KID-FRIENDLY ENTERTAINMENT290 WASHINGTON ST. SCHOOLOFHONK.ORG So take the “give a man a fish” parable, and replace “man” with “anybody of any age” and “fish” with, say, “sousaphone,” and … You know, let’s just stop there, because the potential of this idea is already almost too awesome to comprehend. Fortunately for […]


Turning Pages Into Programs at Somerville Library’s Book Sale

Standing in the back stairwell of the Somerville Public Library—a space known colloquially as “the pink room”—you can’t help but notice how stacks of book-filled boxes tower over Friends of the Somerville Public Library president Kim Shane. Every box contains dozens of books, and there are dozens of boxes that have been stockpiled here by […]


Shit-Faced Shakespeare Boozes Up the Bard

SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE – BEST PERFORMING ARTS255 ELM ST.(617) 315-8942 SHITFACEDSHAKESPEARE.COM “Give me some wine; fill full. I drink to the general joy of the whole table.” — Macbeth, from “Macbeth,” Act 3, Scene 4. Hey, think about it: If we change “table” to “theater,” you know what we’ve got there? A business plan! Okay, so […]