Articles by Eric Francis

Eat Your Coffee Helps Keep Medical Workers Caffeinated

Eat Your Coffee sold most of its product at offices, but with the pandemic shutdown it’s now trying to get its snack foods into the hands of doctors, nurses, and others. In response to the pressure being placed on medical personnel by the COVID-19 pandemic, a caffeine-fueled startup in Cambridge has kicked off a campaign […]


The Creative Block

At the heart of Inman Square, the 1300 block of Cambridge Street is and has been the home for shops that cater to Cantabridgians’ preference for handmade things. You may have a printer, but Shelley Barandes of the Albertine Press has a printing press. She has several, actually: a Vandercook, a Heidelberg, and a Chandler […]


Veggie Galaxy Raises $15,000 for Staff

For Adam Penn and Katherine Tanner, the married co-owners of Veggie Galaxy, the decision to shut down operations on March 14 happened almost literally overnight. “We were open on a Saturday night—this was kind of when things were ramping up early, in terms of the virus and people’s perceptions of it—and we were still pretty […]


How Lamplighter Is Supporting Local Suppliers

In the two weeks since Lamplighter Brewing Co. stopped serving in its popular taproom, co-founder Cayla Marvil says the company is continuing to pivot, looking for new ways to serve its customers, support its furloughed staff, and help other local businesses. “It all feels very surreal to me, still,” she says. “I’m just trying to […]


1369 Coffeehouse Owner Makes Difficult Choice to Lay Off Staff

You can hear in his voice just how much the COVID-19 pandemic is wearing on 1369 Coffeehouse owner Josh Gerber. “It’s been a week, for sure,” says Gerber, who was driving around delivering growlers and bulk coffee orders on a wet Thursday afternoon. “It’s been difficult. One of the things that has been hardest about […]


The History of The Harvard Square Kiosk

It’s been the head house for the Red Line, and Cambridge’s source of publications from around the world. It’s had its roof taken off and stashed away, and the whole structure picked up and turned to face Massachusetts Avenue. The Harvard Square kiosk is a national historic landmark and (with apologies to its namesake university) […]


Resolving to Live Longer

With Dec. 31 drawing near, many well-meaning people will make promises to themselves that will inevitably be unkept over the following 12 months: New Year’s resolutions. It’s a shame, since most of those resolutions revolve around things that should make us better in one way or another: work out, learn new things, support worthy causes. […]


Holiday Foods Fit For Sharing

Whether by way of culture or faith or family tradition—or simply for the love of breaking bread with friends—holidays have almost always been associated with food. In the cultural melting pot of Cambridge, there are more than a few opportunities to sample holiday fare that might not be a staple of your own pantry. It […]


Indian Pudding: A Classic Dish With A Shady Past

If you want to go full New England with your feasting this holiday season, then it only makes sense to end your meal with the iconic regional dessert known as Indian pudding. But if you want to experience it, your options are fairly limited. It’s not on the menu at Loyal Nine, which specializes in […]


EHChocolatier Satisfies Cambridge’s Sweet Tooth

EHCHOCOLATIER – BEST SWEET TOOTH SATISFIER145 HURON AVE. (617) 284-6096 EHCHOCOLATIER.COM If chocolatiers were accorded authority in line with level of ecstasy their confections provide, then Elaine Hsieh and Catharine Sweeney might just rule the world. Co-owners of EHChocolatier, they have been feted repeatedly for their flavors, methods, and presentation, and just to walk into […]


2019 Candidate Survey: School Committee

Welcome to Scout Cambridge’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Cambridge city council and school committee, and present their answers to you here.  Today we are featuring the school committee race. All candidates were given […]


2019 Candidate Survey: City Council

Welcome to Scout Cambridge’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Cambridge city council and school committee, and present their answers to you here. Today we are featuring the city council race. All candidates were given […]