True Bistro Makes Gratuity for Kitchen Staff Permanent

True Bistro has decided to make a four percent gratuity for kitchen staff permanent after a monthlong trial in April. The Kitchen Appreciation Program (KAP) is meant to help close the gap in wage potential between front-of-house staff and those who work in the kitchen. During April the KAP was in beta mode, which meant […]


Laugh Your Stress Off

The Somerville Laughter Club Teaches 12 Types of Laughter Walter Ness starts our conversation with a joke. “What do you call two pyromaniacs sharing an apartment?”  The punchline: “Matching roommates.” It’s a fitting beginning to an interview with a man who specializes in laughter. Ness, founder of the Somerville Laughter Club, has studied the mechanics […]


Bringing Environmental Accountability to the Cleaning Industry

After years working in the cleaning industry, Marcelo Silva was burned out. “It’s a high-burnout industry,” he explains. “[There’s] this tendency of the industry of not caring for its actions, and not caring about how it handles its employees.” He took time off to reflect, asking himself, “What can I do that’s meaningful?” That question […]



Drink Responsibly — By Choosing Eco-Friendly Brews

Local Brewers Are Taking Ownership of Their Environmental Impact Slumbrew co-owner Caitlin Jewell really wishes she hadn’t forgotten to pour herself a beer. She’s spent the past 25 minutes lecturing the small crowd gathered around the brewery’s tanks. She’s taken them through Slumbrew’s history, given them the simple breakdown of how beer is made, cracked […]


Something Ventured: Himalayan Kitchen

Brother and sister meld Nepalese cooking with friendly service Brother-and-sister duo Rabina Lockett and Uttam Shrestha work side-by-side at Himalayan Kitchen to introduce Somerville locals to the authentic Nepalese cuisine of their home country. The siblings’ close relationship has helped their business thrive, they say.  “My brother has literally been my best friend, my brother, my […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: C16 Biosciences

You might not realize how many items you use every day contain palm oil. Shampoo. Lipstick. Nutella. Bread. Ice cream. About half of all items at grocery stores include palm oil, sometimes under a different name, according to C16 Biosciences Co-founder Shara Ticku. The problem? Growing palm oil is a major cause of deforestation. It […]


What’s New: The Report Card & Fresh Cuts

The Report Card UMass Professor Named New Poet Laureate The UMass-Boston English professor Lloyd Schwartz was named Somerville’s poet laureate earlier this year, the Boston Globe reports, and he plans to use his new platform to connect the community’s poets with those who are unfamiliar with the craft. “Having spent my whole adult life bringing […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: Embr Labs

Ever sit shivering in your office building? Or dripping sweat in the muggy months? Three MIT scientists did, and they decided to do something about it. The Embr Wave Bracelet helps adjust the wearer’s wrist temperature by sending strategic wave patterns to thermoreceptor nerves. While your core body temperature doesn’t change, Embr Labs Co-founder Sam […]


Raise the Green Roof

A Q&A with Recover Green Roofs Co-founder Brendan Shea Tell us about yourself and how you got to the point of founding this company. I started working for a wastewater engineering company that used plants and bacteria to treat wastewater. We were using living systems to provide a traditionally mechanical function for a building.  I […]


True Bistro Pilots Gratuity Program for Kitchen Staff

For the team at True Bistro, vegan philosophy extends beyond food. That’s part of what drove the owners to test out a new Kitchen Appreciation Program (KAP) that adds a four percent gratuity for kitchen staff, Managing Consultant Suzi Gerber explains. “All the owners are vegan, and they’re vegan because they believe it’s the most right […]


What’s New: City Beat

Assembly Square Puma North America Pounces on Assembly Row Assembly Row has landed another major office tenant. Athletic shoe brand Puma plans to move into its new North American headquarters, with 550 employees in tow, the Boston Globe reports. While Puma already has a presence across the Charles, with offices in Westford and Downtown Boston, […]