Local Artist Paints the Town with Message of Togetherness

At 6 a.m. on a sunny Saturday earlier this fall, Somerville resident Liz LaManche arrived at the spacious Kendall Plaza, bearing an arsenal of string, chalk, and paint rollers. She began with the chalk, sketching out long straight lines. She enlisted an assistant to act as a human compass, holding one end of a string […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wildcards

Eco-Friendly Business: Neighborhood Produce  415 Medford St., (617) 702-2811 nbrhoodproduce.com Read more. New Business: Remnant Brewing 2 Bow Market Way, (617) 764-0641 remnantsomerville.com Read more. Old Favorite: Ricky’s Flower Market 238 Washington St., (617) 628-7569 rickysflowermarket.com Late-Night Haunt: Brass Union 70 Union Square, (617) 623-9211 brassunion.com Place to People Watch: Mike’s Food & Spirits 9 […]


A Q&A with Union Square Main Streets

Voted Best Neighborhood to Eat, Live, and Work There’s an undeniable, infectious energy that permeates Union Square these days. A new brewery, dozens of new businesses, and restaurants consistently on regional or national “best of” lists all contribute to the square’s vibrancy, says Jessica Eshleman, executive director of Union Square Main Streets. If its popularity […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Beauty

HAIR by Christine & Co. Hair Salon Haircut – Christine Hair color – Ashley 217 Highland Ave., (617) 776-6470 hairbychristineandco.com Read more about HAIR by Christine & Co. here. Barbershop: Razors Barbershop & Shave Parlor 308 Highland Ave., (617) 625-4444 razorsbarbershop.com Skin Care: Noel Herbal Skincare 689 Somerville Ave., (617) 784-0259 shannon-noel.com Manicure: Bliss Nails 481 Artisan […]


Environmental Sustainability at Neighborhood Produce

Best Eco-Friendly Business    415 Medford St., (617) 702-2811 nbrhoodproduce.com Winter Hill resident Matt Gray opened Neighborhood Produce last November to meet a need he saw in his community: access to healthy grocery options without needing a car. Customers return to the store week after week, Gray says, giving it the community feel he’d hoped […]


Remnant Brewing Crowned Best New Business

Best New Business 2 Bow Market Way (617) 764-0641 remnantsomerville.com This year’s best new business is at once a brewery, a coffee shop, and an event space. Remnant Brewing is Bow Market’s largest tenant, a 15-barrel brewery complete with a beer garden. Head Brewer Charlie Cummings says he likes to brew the types of beer […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: HAIR by Christine & Co.

HAIR by Christine & Co. Hair Salon Haircut – Christine Hair color – Ashley 217 Highland Ave., (617) 776-6470 hairbychristineandco.com A repeat Scout’s Honored winner for “Best Hair Salon,” Christine Andrade McSheehy has owned HAIR by Christine & Co. since 2011. The salon has a team of six stylists, including Ashley Claudino, who won this year’s […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part II of II)

Restaurant in Assembly Square: River Bar 661 Assembly Row, (617) 616-5561 river-bar.com There are three words right near the top of River Bar’s website—small, creative, lively—and they encapsulate exactly what’s so great about it. The diversity on its one-page menu promises to engage your culinary imagination. Bored with brunch Benedicts? Try the pork schnitzel with gravy, […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: The Boston Tattoo Company

Tattoo or Piercing: The Boston Tattoo Company 260 Elm St. Suite 102, (617) 625-8282 bostontattoo.com As soon as he got his first tattoo at 18, Jason Zube was hooked. “I liked the whole vibe of the shop, I liked the music they were playing, and I just remember how comfortable everybody looked. The guy was wearing […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Arts & Entertainment

Best Comedy Show: Winter Hill Brewing Company’s BEER ME! 328 Broadway, (617) 718-2337 winterhillbrewing.com Read our article on BEER ME! here. Jewelry Design: e. scott originals 199B Highland Ave., (617) 776-2814 escottoriginals.com Read our article on e. scott originals here. Events Space: Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave., (617) 718-2191 artsatthearmory.org Music Venue: ONCE Somerville 156 […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part I of II)

Sarma Restaurant Overall Restaurant in Winter Hill Chef Middle Eastern Food Place to Splurge Date Night Spot 249 Pearl St., (617) 764-4464 sarmarestaurant.com Read our article on Sarma here. Italian: Posto 187 Elm St., (617) 625-0600 postoboston.com Posto combines local, seasonal foods with ingredients from Italy, homemade mozzarella, and a roaring, 850-degree-plus wood-burning oven to offer […]