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Scout You: March/April 2016

In every issue, we send our photographer around town to capture photos of people having fun. Keep an eye out for her—you could be featured in an upcoming edition of Scout!


A Wide World of Flavor, Right in Union Square

Sake, saffron, Salvadoran flor de izote—flavors from around the globe converge in Union Square, and the Somerville Arts Council wants to share the spice with its 2016 walking tours of the area’s six international markets. The tours are part of the Nibble program, the council’s food and community initiative which advocates for culinary creators in Somerville—especially those from the city’s immigrant population. […]


High Energy Vintage Cranks it Up in Union Square

“It’s this constant struggle—but that’s my favorite part of it too, the hunt.” It is a cold Monday afternoon in Somerville, but Andrew Wiley is sending enough positive vibes through the phone to warm up the whole office. We’ve caught the proprietor of High Energy Vintage in the final stages of preparing his new storefront. Formerly based in Teele […]


Nowhere to Runoff: Somerville’s Flooding Problem

Suzahne Riendeau had owned her home on Cedar Street for about two years when she experienced her first bad flood in 1998. “The closer I got to the house, the deeper the water got, until finally I got to my house. The water was about mid-thigh,” she recalls. Further down the street, the water had […]


SCOUT PICK: “JACKED” at Warehouse XI

“I had an art show two years ago, back in 2013, that got robbed,” says artist David Taylor (a.k.a. DS7), explaining the inspiration for the moniker of his upcoming art show. “They broke in in the middle of the night—and these are large paintings, you can’t just put them in your car—and they took nine of […]


Workbar Comes to Union Square

Looking to get out of the house, onto a computer and into some serious work? Thanks to Union Square Station Associates (US2), the Boston-based collaborative coworking space Workbar is now open at 31 Union Sq., giving Somerville’s startup and small business community the opportunity to do just that. US2 was one of 10 national firms competing for […]


DIY or Bye: Artists, Makers Cling to Their Space

You may have noticed it while fighting for parking at Market Basket. You may even have stepped inside to restock your spice rack at the Little India grocery store. Or you may have missed it altogether. Either way, the Paper and Provisions warehouse on Somerville Avenue has been a vital part of Somerville’s creative scene […]


Union Uneasy: Community Members Anxious over Development

Bukhari Brown is only 17 years old, but he already knows what it’s like to be displaced from Somerville. He was born and raised here, for the most part, but spent a couple years of his short life in Everett because his family could not afford to live in the city. “I have plenty of stories. […]



Encountering Taste at Tasting Counter

“People are constantly coming in here like, ‘Oh, you’re a restaurant! Can I grab something to eat?’ And we’re like, ‘Well… we’re not that kind of restaurant,’” laughs Tasting Counter chef and owner Peter Ungár. Tasting Counter is the latest dining option to come to 14 Tyler St., the warehouse space that also houses Aeronuat Brewing, Barismo Coffee […]


Collaboration is Key at Starlab Studios

Five thirty-somethings pool their resources, renovate a warehouse and attempt to create a sustainable scene that’s conducive to the artistic process—and, faced with the possibility of losing the space they’ve created, they band together to save it. That’s the story behind Starlab Studios (453 Somerville Ave.), and it’s one that encapsulates Somerville’s collaborative culture. As […]