Articles by Reena Karasin

Upcoming Exhibit Aims To Tell Our Stories Through Our Stuff

What if you could collect an object of personal importance from every Somerville resident? That’s the driving question behind “Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville,” an upcoming exhibition at the Somerville Museum. Bess Paupeck, who’s part of the first cohort of community curators at the museum, has been dreaming up this exhibition for about a decade. […]


Library Launches An Edible Book Club

Part book club, part potluck, the latest event series from the Somerville Public Library promises to build community around cookbooks. Each meeting of the Supper Club will focus on a particular cookbook from the library’s collection. Attendees will select recipes from it to cook, and together the club will get to eat its way through […]


New Liquor Store, PROOF, Aims to Be Community Space

Everything at Winter Hill’s newest liquor store is well thought out. Virtually all pieces of the shop are custom made, from the wine racks to the hanging lights. Wines hail from all over the world—South America, Portugal, Italy—and beers from beloved local breweries adorn the shelves. But lighthearted details, like a blown-up Prohibition-era photo of […]


Revival Cafe & Kitchen Opens in Davis Square

On its seventh day in business, Revival Cafe & Kitchen’s Davis Square location is bustling. The cafe is cozy and bright, with light streaming in through a wall of windows that will open up in warm weather. A rectangle of clipboards announces the day’s food menu—The Jimmy Pesto (egg, pickled red onion, spinach, feta, sunflower […]


Meet the Scout Team: Holli Banks Allien, Founder & Publisher

Holli’s journey to Somerville and to the brazen task of launching a print magazine in 2009 was a complicated one. She grew up in East Tennessee, studied acting in New York, and ultimately followed a friend up to the Somerville and Cambridge area. Scout was a long shot, to say the least. Holli went from […]


Local New Year’s Eve Events

1. New Year’s Eve at Bow Bow Market—1 Bow Market Way Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to Jan. 1, 1 a.m. Tickets: $20 One event, all of your favorite restaurants and watering holes from Somerville’s newest marketplace. You can expect a dance party complete with a ball drop, plus outdoor “heaters, light displays, and a dome” […]


Our Favorite Stories of 2018

1. ‘We Envision Gas Stations As Hubs of Environmental Advocacy’ You use reusable shopping bags. You recycle, and maybe even compost. You take the T whenever you can. But sometimes, driving is unavoidable—maybe your job is inaccessible by public transit, or maybe the bus never showed. You take your car, even though you cringe when […]


Happy Holidays from a Happiness Coach

Need more joy in your life? Here’s what happiness coach Angela Reiner recommends. I’d love to hear a bit about you. I focused most of my career in HR, but doing it in primarily international companies and organizations, so I really wanted to do it in a lens that was benefiting the world. Through a […]


Urban Axes Opens in Union Square

Urban Axes opened in Union Square on Friday, offering people a place to grab a beer and throw something sharp. The axe-throwing bar (located at 2 Union Square) offers group booking, walk-in hours, and an eight-week league that will start in January. Urban Axes will start serving beer, wine, cider, and canned cocktails in a few […]


Local Holiday Gift Guide

What Happens When You Shop Local? Did you know that when you shop locally, three times as much money stays in your home city compared to when you shop at a chain? That’s because local business owners are more likely to utilize other local services, according to Somerville Local First Executive Director Courtney O’Keefe. “They […]


Food Art Celebrates Local Eateries—And It’s All For A Good Cause

We love eating food, looking at food, and talking about food. But food art is still considered a “low subject” by many creatives, artist Kendyll Hillegas explains. That perception kept Hillegas away from creating food art for a long time, she says. But while she was largely bedridden with an autoimmune disease, she found solace […]


City Announces Wide-sweeping Climate Action Plan

The city has released Somerville Climate Forward, a broad-reaching plan to reduce its contributions to climate change and prepare for the effects of global warming. The plan’s goals are lofty: “We have to turn transportation and heating and cooling into electricity, and then that electricity needs to be 100 percent renewable,” says Oliver Sellers-Garcia, director […]