Business

Love Somerville? There’s an App for That.

Earlier this year, Ari Kalos launched iLoveSomerville, an app that gives socially-minded ‘Villens a place to post news, share photos and crowdsource answers to questions like, “Where can I get free wifi in Somerville?” There’s an Instagram feed that collects photos that are tagged #Somerville, a local job board and a messaging platform.  But while Kalos has worked […]


High Energy Vintage Cranks it Up in Union Square

“It’s this constant struggle—but that’s my favorite part of it too, the hunt.” It is a cold Monday afternoon in Somerville, but Andrew Wiley is sending enough positive vibes through the phone to warm up the whole office. We’ve caught the proprietor of High Energy Vintage in the final stages of preparing his new storefront. Formerly based in Teele […]


Mind Over Mat: At More to Love Yoga, Positivity Comes First

It’s a sleepy Sunday morning in Somerville, but while much of the city is just crawling out of bed, the Center for Arts at the Armory is bustling with activity. Dancers run through their steps in the main performance hall, young families order breakfast at the cafe counter and musicians in the building’s practice spaces […]


“Don’t Assume That You Know Anything,” and Other Advice for Somerville’s Aspiring Entrepreneurs

In “Behind the Brown Paper” (January/February ’16), we spoke with Somerville chefs about the challenges of opening your own restaurant. There’s an awful lot that can go wrong, from flooding (Journeyman) to landlord disputes (Bergamot) to zoning code misunderstandings (Spindler Confections). But while the restaurateurs we sat down with ran into trouble with contractors, pastry chefs and NSTAR, we were […]


Behind the Brown Paper

Sipping from a mug of lukewarm coffee as he peers out from behind his shiny, silver Macbook, Tse Wei Lim seems at peace. The air is warm inside Journeyman, and soft music spills from the speakers as the staff bustles about, preparing for the evening’s service. Today, everyone is at ease, everything is in the right […]


Fiber Arts, Herbalism and Mysticism at Craftwork Somerville

When I first meet Amy Lou Stein, the plan is to chat about Craftwork Somerville, the makerspace she opened in October at 259 Highland Ave. But before long, we’re talking about Kraftwerk, the German electronic music pioneers. “It was amazing!” Stein gushes of the band’s recent run at the Wang Theater. “They got three standing ovations. I was shocked.” This […]


VIDEO: Talking #Local Gifts with SCATV

Our 2015 Somerville gift guide was our biggest, baddest one yet, with 96 gifts from 23 of our favorite local shops. (Haven’t snagged one yet? Don’t forget to grab a copy! You can find a map with all of our pickup locations here.) If you read the November/December Editor’s Note from Emily Hopkins—or, frankly, if you’ve […]


2015 Somerville Gift Guide

We know you’d rather spend the holidays eating, drinking and being merry than traipsing through town tracking down gifts, which is why we gathered 96 of the coolest presents from 23 Somerville shops in this year’s local gift guide. Happy shopping!


Pawblo Picasso Unveils New Product Line

“Schnauzerberries taste like Schnauzerberries!” So begins the post announcing what may become an annual tradition with Pawblo Picasso, Somerville’s purveyor of pet portraiture. If you buy one of two limited edition 2016 desk calendars, you may find yourself the winner of a number of pawful prizes. Hidden amongst the calendars, which come in dog and […]


Workbar Comes to Union Square

Looking to get out of the house, onto a computer and into some serious work? Thanks to Union Square Station Associates (US2), the Boston-based collaborative coworking space Workbar is now open at 31 Union Sq., giving Somerville’s startup and small business community the opportunity to do just that. US2 was one of 10 national firms competing for […]


And We All Float on Okay in Magoun Square

Walking into Float (515 Medford St.) is like slipping into a secret clubhouse in the ocean. The walls throughout are painted slightly varied shades of calming blue that brighten the room while maintaining a soft tranquility. This is where Sara Garvin and her husband Colin Roald invite their neighbors to Float. Garvin, who recently met […]


Loyal & Local: Loyal Supply Co. Brings Style & Substance to Union Square

To walk through the front door of Loyal Supply Co. is to experience immediate, overwhelming design envy. Warm hardwood floors welcome passersby inside, where immaculate white pegboard walls host stylish home and office accessories, and an adorable mutt named Huckleberry snoozes on the stairs. A restored printing press sits in the shop’s center, ready to produce posters and greeting […]