Articles by Reena Karasin

Financially Accessible Dining Comes to Juliet

Ever since its opening, Union Square’s Juliet has experimented with revolutionizing how typical restaurants run. From its rotating dining experiences to its elimination of tipping to its profit-sharing model for employees, the owners have become groundbreakers in the local restaurant world. Now, Juliet is testing two ways to make fine dining accessible to a broader […]



MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wildcards

Eco-Friendly Business: Neighborhood Produce  415 Medford St., (617) 702-2811 nbrhoodproduce.com Read more. New Business: Remnant Brewing 2 Bow Market Way, (617) 764-0641 remnantsomerville.com Read more. Old Favorite: Ricky’s Flower Market 238 Washington St., (617) 628-7569 rickysflowermarket.com Late-Night Haunt: Brass Union 70 Union Square, (617) 623-9211 brassunion.com Place to People Watch: Mike’s Food & Spirits 9 […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Beauty

HAIR by Christine & Co. Hair Salon Haircut – Christine Hair color – Ashley 217 Highland Ave., (617) 776-6470 hairbychristineandco.com Read more about HAIR by Christine & Co. here. Barbershop: Razors Barbershop & Shave Parlor 308 Highland Ave., (617) 625-4444 razorsbarbershop.com Skin Care: Noel Herbal Skincare 689 Somerville Ave., (617) 784-0259 shannon-noel.com Manicure: Bliss Nails 481 Artisan […]


Environmental Sustainability at Neighborhood Produce

Best Eco-Friendly Business    415 Medford St., (617) 702-2811 nbrhoodproduce.com Winter Hill resident Matt Gray opened Neighborhood Produce last November to meet a need he saw in his community: access to healthy grocery options without needing a car. Customers return to the store week after week, Gray says, giving it the community feel he’d hoped […]


Remnant Brewing Crowned Best New Business

Best New Business 2 Bow Market Way (617) 764-0641 remnantsomerville.com This year’s best new business is at once a brewery, a coffee shop, and an event space. Remnant Brewing is Bow Market’s largest tenant, a 15-barrel brewery complete with a beer garden. Head Brewer Charlie Cummings says he likes to brew the types of beer […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: The Boston Tattoo Company

Tattoo or Piercing: The Boston Tattoo Company 260 Elm St. Suite 102, (617) 625-8282 bostontattoo.com As soon as he got his first tattoo at 18, Jason Zube was hooked. “I liked the whole vibe of the shop, I liked the music they were playing, and I just remember how comfortable everybody looked. The guy was wearing […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part I of II)

Sarma Restaurant Overall Restaurant in Winter Hill Chef Middle Eastern Food Place to Splurge Date Night Spot 249 Pearl St., (617) 764-4464 sarmarestaurant.com Read our article on Sarma here. Italian: Posto 187 Elm St., (617) 625-0600 postoboston.com Posto combines local, seasonal foods with ingredients from Italy, homemade mozzarella, and a roaring, 850-degree-plus wood-burning oven to offer […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Drinks

Bartender: Bonnie of Trina’s Starlite Lounge 3 Beacon St., (617) 576-0006 trinastarlitelounge.com Read our article on Bonnie here. Brewery: Aeronaut Brewing Co. 14 Tyler St., (617) 987-4236 aeronautbrewing.com Read our article on Aeronaut here. Liquor Store: Sav-Mor Spirits 15 McGrath Highway, (617) 628-6444 savmorspirits.com Wine Shop: Ball Square Fine Wines 716 Broadway, (617) 623-9500 ballsquarefinewines.com Beer Program: Five Horses Tavern […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: e. scott originals

Jewelry Design 199B Highland Ave., (617) 776-2814 escottoriginals.com You can tell a lot about Emily Surette from her business card. Looking at its photo of her at about four years old, decked out in dozens of bracelets and necklaces, it’s hard to imagine her becoming anything other than a jewelry maker. “I started making jewelry […]


State Funding to Aid Kensington Underpass Revamp

Somerville’s efforts to revamp the Kensington Underpass will be supplemented by $95,000 in state aid, according to State Rep. Mike Connolly. The underpass that connects East Somerville to Assembly Row often comes across as dark and dangerous, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Brad Rawson explains. “Ever since the zeitgeist, the mania that our society went through […]