Articles by Reena Karasin

Broadsheet Coffee Roaster’s Scientific Approach

Best New Business Best Barista – Oona 100 Kirkland St., (617) 945-2867 broadsheetcoffee.com Remnants of Aaron MacDougall’s former life as a high-up finance man are evident: his charisma, his sharply logical thought processes, the strength of his handshake. But he’s traded in his suits for sneakers, or, as he puts it, “I ran a big […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Porter Square Books

Best Bookstore 25 White St., (617) 491-2220 portersquarebooks.com Take it from a book lover: Porter Square Books is a special place. A homey vision greets you as you enter the brightly lit store. On the left is a cafe where you might find people reading their freshly purchased books or the day’s newspaper. Tables sprawl […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Rebekah Brooks Jewelry

Best Jewelry 17 Brattle St., (617) 864-1639 rebekahbrooks.com When you consider Rebekah Brooks’s childhood, it’s not hard to understand how she became a jewelry designer. “I was raised by hippies in the woods,” she says. “They’re both artists, my parents are sculptors. I went to art school, I blew glass for a while, but I […]



Author Alice Hoffman Teams Up With Cousin To ‘Weave A Tale’

Alice Hoffman, a Cambridge author of more than 30 novels, has teamed up with her cousin Lisa Hoffman to create a unique book centered around the intersection of storytelling and knitting. “Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic,” released in September, is a book of fairy tales written by Alice and knitting patterns created […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Services

Community Classes: Cambridge Center for Adult Education 42 Brattle St., (617) 547-6789 ccae.org Read our article on the Cambridge Center for Adult Education here. Mechanic: Good News Garage 75 Hamilton St., (617) 354-5383 goodnewsgaragecambridge.com Florist: Brattle Square Florist 31 Brattle St., (617) 876-9839 brattlesquareflorist.com Framing: Big Picture Framing 2044 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 491-0011 1100 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 864-4487 […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: The Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Ever wish there was more learning in your life? The Cambridge Center for Adult Education strives to help people pursue lifelong learning through courses on everything from visual arts to ESL to writing to cooking. The nonprofit offers more than 400 classes in each of its four annual terms. One of the most popular subject […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wellness

Physical Therapist: Anna Schroepfer Kandoyan 1575 Cambridge St., (617) 876-4344, spauldingrehab.org Read our article on Kandoyan here. Holistic Health Service & Massage: Inman Oasis 243 Hampshire St., (617) 491-0176 inmanoasis.com Selection of services: Deep tissue massage Trigger point therapy Cranio-sacral massage Sports massage Hot stone massage Private hot tub soaks Community hot tub Gym: Healthworks 35 White St., […]


Monthly Meet-ups Aim to Connect Local Women

Women In Cambridge was started four years ago when a group of female entrepreneurs joined forces to help each other navigate owning a small business. After about a year the group got connected with the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, and it’s now evolved into monthly networking meet-ups open to all women who […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: The Best Physical Therapist of 2018

Best Physical Therapist: Anna Schroepfer Kandoyan Spaulding Hospital Cambridge 1575 Cambridge St., (617) 876-4344 spauldingrehab.org What makes a good physical therapist? To Anna Schroepfer Kandoyan, it’s about more than good clinical knowledge and skills—it’s about an eagerness to work with patients, being a good listener, and asking the right questions. Working with people was one of […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Beauty

Hair Salon | Haircut – Michael Leonida | Hair Color – Miranda Mills Salon Michael Domenic 1426 Cambridge St. #1, (617) 492-2000 salonmichaeldomenic.com                                                                  […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing

Best Tattoo or Piercing 36 John F. Kennedy St. (617) 876-0412 for tattoos, (617) 491-4335 for piercings chameleonbodyarts.com “It was a total accident, really,” Owen Beane says when we ask him how he got into the tattoo and piercing world. He started as a “garbage man” at Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing in the ’90s, […]