Scout’s Honored

Stanhope Framers On the Excitement of Handling Art

After decades in the framing business, Stanhope Framers owner Richard Siegel still gets excited about his job. “We get to see amazing artwork,” he says. “One of the perks of the job is what we get to see—and not only see, but touch, up close and personal. And that still, even after 40 years, is […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Shopping

Bicycle Shop: Ace Wheelworks 145 Elm St., (617) 776-2100 wheelworks.com We’re quick to tell our readers about the heroes and notable folks living in their neighborhood, but Ace Wheelworks might take the cake with its humble brag of having “a former Olympic cyclist, current National Collegiate Champ, and a rock star” on staff. Thankfully, the shop’s […]


4GoodVibes Keeps It Local

Best Gift Shop & Best Home Decor How local can local get? At 4GoodVibes, it’s not only the products and artwork of 132 artists from Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston that are from around the neighborhood, but also the four sisters who run the shop, all raised in nearby Medford. The Pierce sisters—Becca, 23, Emily, 21, […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Food & Drink

NEW BUSINESS: NU CAFE AND JUICE BAR Best new business? More like best nu business. Just nine months in, Nu Cafe and Juice Bar is right at home in Union Square, where its warm vibe makes you want to be a regular. Come grab a hearty lunch—we’re digging the chipotle avocado and lime super grain […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Razors Barbershop & Shave Parlor

Who among us hasn’t been there—it’s 10 p.m., and you’re browsing Instagram when you spy a friend’s photo from a recent trip to Prague in your feed. Suddenly, it’s midnight, and you’re hundreds of photos deep in the #travelgram or #travelersnotebook tag, eyeing your suitcase and wondering how much paid time off you have left […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Shopping

GOURMET OR SPECIALTY FOODS: Dave’s Fresh Pasta It’s hard for us to find fault with a place where the motto is “eat pasta every day.” But should you decide you’re done carbo-loading, DFP also boasts some of Somerville’s best sandwiches–we’re partial to the Brazilian Hangover Helper–and an unrivaled selection of cheese, olive oil, vinegar, beer and […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Arts & Entertainment

COMMUNITY CLASSES: Artisan’s Asylum On any given day, Artisan’s Asylum courses include welding, tool training, computer making and bike building. There’s just no better place around to create something than this, where you’ll find the tools, the space (40,000 square feet of it!) and, most importantly, the incredible instructors who can make your vision come […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Sav-Mor Spirits | SCOUTV Episode #14

By now, you’re familiar with the Sav-Mor signs—both the salty, sentient one that towers over McGrath Highway and its smaller but equally sassy sibling on Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford. They’re known for making deadpan proclamations like, “Ask us about our baby shower registry,” “Free receipt with any purchase,” and, last fall, “We sell lots […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Services

FLORIST: Nellie’s Wildflowers If you want gorgeous, bright, big bouquets, then you want to go with Nellie’s Wildflowers. The arrangements are always original and reliably beautiful, and you won’t believe how full and fresh even a five-dollar bouquet is—which makes Nellie’s perfect for special occasions or even just a random, mid-week floral pick-me-up. 72 HOLLAND […]