In our 2016 Local Gift Guide issue, we’ve rounded up nearly 100 of the best buys in Somerville for just about everyone on your list. We asked “Mom Knows Best” columnist and former Somerville Local First executive director Kat Rutkin to make a special guide just for families, and we also caught up with the incredible mom behind the Somerville-based publishing house Bharat Babies, whose board books and illustrated titles make great gifts for kids. Plus, we debut SCOUTV, a brand new collaboration with SCATV that lets you learn more about the people profiled in the mag—in this issue, that’s local makers crafting giftable goods here in the city—with videos that bring their stories to life.
If you’d rather not think about holiday shopping just yet, that’s cool too! We also go behind the scenes with the Slutcracker, everyone’s favorite holiday burlesque production, and talk to the teens at Highlander Cafe, Somerville High School’s entirely student-run restaurant. On the news side, we take a look at what at what the sudden and sharp increase in the number of liquor licenses available from the city means for existing bars and restaurants.