Articles by Emily Cassel

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 […]


3 Slightly Less Little Figs: Spring Hill Cafe Will Expand This Fall

You’re about to have a lot more tasty treats to pair with that 3 Little Figs latte. In June, Katie and Andy Rooney, co-owners of the charming Spring Hill cafe (278 Highland Ave.), announced that they’d been presented with the opportunity to extend their kitchen into the unit next door to Figs. That’s good news on its […]


High-Flying Photos from the Esh Circus Arts Advanced Show

Last month, Esh Circus Arts brought gravity-defying aerial acrobatics to the Center for Arts at the Armory with its advanced studies show: 17 Words. The sold-out production saw students of Esh’s Professional Preparatory Program and Adult Summer Intensive (along with some special guests) soaring through the air on trapezes and silks or tumbling and contorting […]




A New Culinary Tour Takes You “Off the Beaten Path”

Lizzie Bell and her fiancé Sam Schlussel are self-proclaimed globetrotters; they love to travel together, and they often take food tours while they do. But as longtime residents of Somerville and Cambridge who currently call Davis Square home, they’re also big fans of the colorful array of restaurants located right here in their own densely packed little neighborhood. Plenty […]