Business


Best Bees Has Cambridge Buzzing

The Cambridge Innovation Center is always a hive of activity. The towering structure at 1 Broadway boasts more startups than any other workspace worldwide. More than 900 companies use its facilities; more than 7,000 meetings are held at the space each month. And 1 Broadway also houses the Cambridge Coworking Center (C3), the largest coworking center […]


A Show of Hands

These days, there’s something almost revolutionary about working in a manual trade—in creating a thing, in experiencing the the tactile fruits of physical labor. As our world and work increasingly move online, there are still those working to perfect a craft, who are tied to their toolbox rather than to their inbox. We asked four […]


Kendall Square Scientists Take Us Into the Lab

The scientists and scholars of Cambridge are attractive assets for the growing biotechnology industry. Between self-starting entrepreneurs and big global pharma, the city has become a garden of research and development, a hotbed for whole new medical ecosystems. At its center is Kendall Square, where brick-lined sidewalks give way to a distinctively new landscape of […]


For Cambridge’s Family-Owned Businesses, It’s All Relative

There’s a lot to love about running a family business. You’re working with people you know are reliable, people you can trust to do their job well. You get to spend time together you otherwise wouldn’t, and you can (theoretically) be forthcoming with your ideas and opinions. “No matter how much you bicker—usually—you can keep […]


Good Bones

Over the past few decades, Cambridge has changed. Buildings have been built up; others have been bulldozed. But not everyone wants to tear down the old and replace it. We spoke to two businesses who are taking structures with “good bones” and making something entirely new out of them. All of my big life changes […]


Minimum-Wage Workers Fight for 15

Cambridge is a progressive city—it’s not known as the People’s Republic for nothing. And yet, Cambridge is also a city divided, split between haves and have-nots. For workers trying to get by on the minimum wage, the city can seem less like a forward-thinking haven and more like a prohibitively expensive dream world. The high […]


There’s an App for That: Can For-Profit Companies Fix Social Ills?

On its surface, the tech industry is one that’s steeped in optimism and altruism. Thousands of the world’s smartest people are teaming up to find solutions to even the most minute problems. They’re building apps that aim to make customers’ lives healthier, easier, more organized, more peaceful—or even more meaningful (yes, there are apps for […]


2015 Cambridge Gift Guide

We know you’d rather spend the holidays eating, drinking and being merry than traipsing through town tracking down gifts, which is why we gathered 139 of the coolest presents from 31 Cambridge shops in this year’s local gift guide. Happy shopping!


SCOUT PICK: Late Night Shopping Madness at Porter South

Between the hustle, bustle and—let’s be honest—occasional utter chaos of prepping for the holiday season, it can be tough to find time to get out into the community and find gifts at independent Cambridge shops. That’s one of the reasons why, for more than ten years, the shopping community at Porter South (that’s the stretch of […]


How Sweet it Is: Spindler Confections to Open Brick-and-Mortar Shop

The sweet tooths of Greater Boston have almost literally eaten poor Jeremy Spindler out of house and home. They candy maker behind Spindler Confections has become a staple at area farmers markets since he started making small-batch sweets out of his residential kitchen in 2012—but he’s become a little too popular for his own good. “The business has […]


Blazing Bandwidth: netBlazr Wants to Bring Better Broadband to Cambridge

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who actually likes their Internet provider? Even if the service itself is relatively fine—the speeds are okay, the outages are infrequent—it’s rare to find a person who doesn’t feel frustrated by the pressure to bundle services and the paucity of providers. And that’s to say nothing of horror stories like the […]