Business

How To Promote Local Business From Your Couch

With the current pandemic, many are left worried about what their future holds. More specifically, local businesses are taking a big hit from social distancing—a policy of avoiding gatherings as a way of containing the spread of the virus. To promote social distancing, Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered that all restaurants and bars will be limited to […]



‘How do we build community through this?’: Local Businesses React To Coronavirus

Small businesses, nonprofits, and arts establishments in Somerville have been seeing the effects of the coronavirus firsthand. As the city shuts down, it seems that no industry is exempt from the impact of the pandemic.  While some storefronts and organizations have temporarily closed their doors, others have chosen to take steps to reinforce their support […]


Destination: Somerville

There’s a small park, colorful three-decker homes, community restaurants, and local and franchise stores on Somerville Avenue, near Central Street. It’s a sparse and quiet area. And in a couple of years, a six-story luxury hotel is expected to squeeze into this environment. The city of Somerville currently has three hotels: La Quinta, Holiday Inn, […]


What’s New: New and Improved Eats

Winter Hill Brewing Company partners with Scott Brothers to expand its offerings Winter Hill Brewing Company is expanding its palate. The popular brewery now also serves brunch, lunch, and dinner thanks to a partnership with catering company Scott Brothers that began this November, according to Eater Boston. Brunch is served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to […]


Defending Davis Square

By Abbie Gruskin and Lilly Milman When British developing firm Scape announced a plan last summer to construct a six-story residential building along Grove Street—from The Burren to the intersection with Elm Street—around the same time the city released a draft of a zoning overhaul, locals weren’t pleased. Davis Square was changing, and they wanted […]


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 […]


Something Ventured: Union Press

In an otherwise ordinary building on Somerville Avenue, a spiral staircase brings you to a small room filled with letters. There are cases of them—wide, flat drawers of them stacked in what could almost be dressers. Others are assembled and at the ready, negative spaces carefully tucked around them. Eli Epstein was told it was […]



What’s New: Business Briefing

All She Wrote Books Highlights Diverse Narratives Look no further for a good feminist read—All She Wrote Books has it covered. Searching for better representation in literature, local Christina Ciampa launched the pop-up bookstore to celebrate the voices of female, queer, and trans authors. “We are in 2019. There’s no reason why we can’t make […]



Something Ventured: VilleSide Customs

VilleSide’s owners have served the city for seven years from their storefront in Magoun Square, which started as a retail-only shop selling clothing, hats, and accessories from favorite brands including Silly Wabbit, Pretty Authentic People, and Villen.  Now, alongside their selection of local Somerville and Boston brands—including a house brand named after the business—VilleSide offers […]