Articles by Reena Karasin

A Deep Dive Into Cambridge Water

Local Water Proves Problematic For Coffee Shops Shortly after Justin Pronovost launched Curio Coffee, he started having severe problems with his equipment. He soon found out that the city’s water was to blame. “We had a very basic water filtration system, and after our first two or three months it completely clogged, and we knew […]


Spaceus Turns Vacant Storefront Into Hybrid Artist Space

What is Spaceus? The pop-up that’s set up shop inside a vacant spot in Harvard Square is at once an artist workspace, a storefront, and an event space. Two MIT architecture grad students founded Spaceus in the spring to address both artists’ needs and the city’s empty storefronts. “It was out of a frustration of basically […]


Three ImprovBoston Leaders Resign Following Internal Outcry

Three top leaders at ImprovBoston have resigned following a meeting where members of the nonprofit’s community voiced concerns about tokenization, abuse of power, and handling of reports of sexual misconduct, according to multiple ImprovBoston community members. Artistic Director Mike Descoteaux and Director of the National Touring Company and Director of Sales Deana Criess resigned last […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wildcards

Date Night Spot: Cambridge School of Culinary Arts 2020 Massachusetts Ave. (617) 354-2020 cambridgeculinary.com Read more here. Eco-Friendly Business: Life Alive 765 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 354-5433 lifealive.com It’s easy to see why Life Alive won the “Best Eco-friendly Business” category. The menu—packed with vegan options, superfoods, and shots of wheatgrass, ginger, and tumeric—makes clear the cafe’s […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part I of II)

Restaurant Overall, Restaurant in Central Square, Chef (Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette): Little Donkey 505 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 945-1008 littledonkeybos.com Read our article on Little Donkey here. Gourmet or Specialty & Food Catering: Formaggio Kitchen 244 Huron Ave., (617) 354-4750 formaggiokitchen.com Written by Eric Francis There is bread, and then there is Irish soda bread made […]


Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Voted Best Date Night Spot

Best Date Night Spot 2020 Massachusetts Ave. (617) 354-2020 cambridgeculinary.com While Sean Leonard has only been the executive director, CEO, and co-owner of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (CSCA) since last January, the school has been in his life for more than 20 years. “They were like parents to me,” he says of Roberta […]


Peek at Brick and Mortar’s Specialty Cocktails

Best Cocktails: Brick & Mortar 567 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 491-0016 brickmortarltd.com Dollywood Sip the Dollywood slowly—the flavors morph in your mouth, presenting different facets of the cocktail one by one. Four Roses Bourbon is at the heart of this drink, with orgeat introducing almond into the mix. With lemon and orange juices—fresh squeezed daily—and shaken […]


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 […]