Business

Home is Where the Hardware Is

If you’re a desk jockey (like us), the phrase “working from home” probably means something akin to “wearing flannel pants and eating cereal out of the box while you shoot off emails.” But for Somerville’s creative class, working from home can encompass everything from tying on an apron and baking for hours to firing up the […]


Winter Hill Heats Up

Winter Hill Brewing Company is almost ready to open. The taps have been installed, the signage is up and the espresso machine—yes, they’ll also be serving coffee— has arrived. But the brewery was only midway through its buildout when, in late September, the team welcomed the Winter Hill community into its skeleton space at 328 […]


At the Grommet, Shoppers Purchase with Purpose

What do a vegan nail polish, a minimalist bike rack and a bluetooth-connected guitar have in common? How about an automatic ball launcher called iFetch, Mrs. Meyer’s earth-friendly cleaning products and the popular crossword-style game Bananagrams? Each of these products—from bike rack to ball launcher—first came to life thanks to a spunky little website known […]


A Wide World of Flavor, Right in Union Square

Sake, saffron, Salvadoran flor de izote—flavors from around the globe converge in Union Square, and the Somerville Arts Council wants to share the spice with its 2016 walking tours of the area’s six international markets. The tours are part of the Nibble program, the council’s food and community initiative which advocates for culinary creators in Somerville—especially those from the city’s immigrant population. […]


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!