Community Growing Center Reopens with Strong Eco-Friendly Focus

The Somerville Community Growing Center reopened at the end of June after renovations, offering several new spaces for locals to enjoy nature, pluck produce, and attend free events. The quarter-acre Growing Center—located near Union Square at 22 Vinal Ave.—was founded by activists in the mid-1990s on part of the former Southern Junior High School property. […]


Local Ice Cream Roundup

Forge Ice Cream Bar626 Somerville Ave., (617) 764-5365 Origin story:Tucker Lewis and Jennifer Park met while working at an ice cream shop before going on to open Somerville staples Diesel Cafe and Bloc Cafe together. They opened their third store, Forge Baking Company, in 2014. Two years later, they expanded their menu to include housemade […]


ArtBeat to ‘Consume’ Davis Square This Weekend

If you visit Davis Square on Saturday, you may find yourself in the middle of an art therapy workshop, or taking a stroll down “Aqua Alley” with different water samples, or next to a 12-foot inflatable virus statue. ArtBeat returns to Somerville this weekend, with a new challenge for attendees: to consider and confront the […]



Events Calendar: July & August

Saturdays  |  FitnessYoga in the Park9 a.m., Free355 Artisan Way, Somerville Some.Yoga.Studio is teaching free yoga on the Mystic River each Saturday morning. There are 100 spots available, and registration opens the day before at 12 p.m. July 11 |  Food & DrinksBar Stars at Assembly Row 6 to 8 p.m., $25355 Artisan Way, Somerville Assembly […]



Union Comedy Crowdfunds for Permanent Theater

Union Comedy, which specializes in long-form improv, plans to open a permanent theater at 434 McGrath Highway complete with a bar, 72 seats, and a comedy school. Union Comedy’s style fills an otherwise vacant niche in the Boston-area comedy scene, according to founding member Pat Kearnan. “Improv Asylum is a lot of sketch, ImprovBoston’s prime […]



Somerville-based CultureHouse Launches Pop-up in Kendall Square

Kendall Square is getting a “living room for the community” as Somerville-based CultureHouse starts a several-month pop-up in a vacant storefront. Almost all indoor public spaces are commercial, with libraries being the notable exception. CultureHouse seeks to change that. It provides a place where people can come together to watch the Women’s World Cup (the […]


Preserving a Fading Culture

’Ville Native Gets People Talking About the City of His Youth Jason Faulkner likes to think Somerville grew up with him. He was raised in Spring Hill in the ’80s and ’90s, at a time when, as he puts it, the city was “a little rougher.” When he entered adulthood, artists started to pop up, […]



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 […]