It all started with a Craigslist fridge purchase.
Gâté Comme des Filles and Somerville Chocolate are putting down sweet, temporary roots in Harvard Square for the next three months with Somerville on the Charles, a winter-long popup at Lizzy’s Ice Cream (29 Church St.) that kicks off with a grand opening celebration tonight, Thursday, December 1.
It’s a popup Gâté Comme des Filles owner and chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant dreamt up when she met Lizzy’s Ice Cream’s owner to buy a fridge from him. When she asked if she could stop by the ice cream parlor to pick up some shelves for the fridge, he told her Lizzy’s was closed for the winter and Whisnant immediately texted back to see if Gâté Comme des Filles might be able to use the space during that time.
“Their low season is our high season,” Whisnant explains simply. “It was perfect.”
While Gâté Comme des Filles’ fresh chocolates are available out of the Aeronaut Brewing Co. building at 14 Tyler St. in Somerville, the Somerville on the Charles collaboration is a slightly larger undertaking. “Suddenly I have, like, six employees, and that’s kind of new for me,” Whisnant laughs. But she’s excited to open the doors to the popup after redecorating the space—inside, you’ll find a mural of Harvard Square by local artist Becka Schuelke meant to recall the Union Square mural in her Aeronaut outpost.
“It’s super fun,” she says. “It’s like a dream come true. I’ve been wanting to do something like this forever.”
The Somerville on the Charles grand opening runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at 29 Church St., and normal shop hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The popup will be open through the end of February.