Articles by Emily Hopkins

A Tale of Four Food Shops

By Emily Hopkins and Emily Cassel If you don’t pass them every day, you’ve probably learned their names by osmosis. Some are brand new, and others have been around for decades. Either way, they’re undeniably Cambridge: small shops with big passions, dedication to quality products and the community they serve. We took a closer look […]


Black Lives Matter: In Conversation with poet activist Toni Bee

Toni Bee is a lot of things. She’s a poet, artist, activist and mother. She’s also one of the voices behind Black Lives Matter Cambridge, the local chapter of a national movement to combat systemic racism. The group emerged during the first weeks of this year and already they’ve led a march of more than […]


PREVIEW: Breakfast Series Brings Authors to Henrietta’s Table

Few things start the day better than sitting down to breakfast with a great book and fitting in some literature before a busy day. One thing that is better is looking up to see one of your favorite authors sitting across from you. With that spirit, Henrietta’s Table (1 Bennett St.) is hosting Author Breakfasts. The […]


Taste of Iceland to feature film, music and more

Most of us are quite happily submerged in a sea of all things vaguely Irish during March, but if you find yourself needing to come up for air, Taste of Iceland is bringing some mid-month relief. The five-day cultural event will take place around Boston and Cambridge from March 12-16 and will serve to make us all […]


A Better Cambridge Asks City to Act on Housing

Cambridge, like the rest of the Boston area, is feeling the stresses of intensified urbanization, especially increases in housing costs. That’s why A Better Cambridge, an organization that is committed to promoting diversity and and sustainable growth in the city, is calling for City Council to do something about it–and fast. In a letter published last […]


Thelonious Monkfish Turns Four, Plans to Expand

If you love puns and sushi, then you have probably delighted in Thelonious Monkfish‘s spirit and menu. You’ve probably also waited to be seated, as their current location (524 Mass Ave.) is more than a little tight. But that’s all about to change! On Tuesday, the Cambridge License Commission reviewed an application from Thelonious Monkfish […]


Connect Kendall Square Seeks Public Input

Have a vision of how Kendall Square should look? Time to speak up! The city is looking for input on the final design teams who in October advanced to the final stage of the Connect Kendall Square design competition. The contest is a response to the extensive changes Kendall Square experienced after years of development. […]


50 Shades of Grey

I was on the way from Scout HQ in Somerville to East Cambridge one day in December during that week of considerable rainfall. What should have been a few feet of lovely snow turned out to be a torrential downpour due presumably to climate change’s grasp on our souls. Normally I’m pretty immune to inclement […]


Food Trucks Pave the Way for Brick-and-Mortar Stores

In December 2008, after three months of testing, the folks behind Clover–now a staple in the food truck community–were packing up their truck for good. They’d collected the data that they’d set out to get, tweaked the recipes based on customer feedback and explored their brand. They were ready to make moves on a brick-and-mortar […]


Bridj Given Yellow Light to Operate in Cambridge

When Bridj launched this past June, they put the Mercedes Sprinter (their vehicle of choice) before the wheel, so to speak. One of the company’s first routes traversed three cities—Cambridge, Boston and Brookline—before it had been awarded licenses to technically operate in any of them.


Meet Scout This! Winner Bridget O’Brien

Congratulations go out to Bridget O’Brien, who correctly identified the photo in our November/December edition as part of the Dickson Bros. sign in Harvard Square. O’Brien realized that the Scout This! image probably wasn’t an advertisement for pain, and then it hit her: “I thought, I wonder if that says paint!” she says. She stopped by Dickson […]


Yes, Please: Amy Poehler Named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

There are a lot of reasons to love and cherish Amy Poehler: She’s funny, she’s smart, she’s a feminist–and of course she helped bring us Broad City. And Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals is hip to this love, as they’ve crowned Poehler the 2015 Woman of the Year.