Articles by Shira Laucharoen

Salons Reopen Across Cambridge and Somerville

As the cities of Somerville and Cambridge begin to reopen, hair salons are seeing their services situated front and center.  Many are back in business – with a few adjustments made to their procedures. The Somerville salon Hair By Christine & Co. opened its doors on June 1, returning from its temporary shut down due […]


Somerville Cares Fund lends support to those in need

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), launched the Somerville Cares Fund to provide financial resources to those heavily impacted by the pandemic on April 15.  Officials were inspired by the work of the organization United Way and Merrimack Valley’s actions to […]


How Groceries Became A Part of the Menu in Somerville

As grocery stores become centers of stress, with lines of customers forming outside of their doors, the City of Somerville decided to pass an order allowing restaurants to sell groceries on April 18. The choice is meant to relieve several different pressures from the Somerville community. “This is a good example of how in a […]


Students Launch Volunteer Service to Help Small Businesses

In 2019, Cambridge-based student Daniel Wang helped a local barber build a website. Since then, he has been interested in connecting students with small businesses in need of support—but hasn’t always known how to put this idea into practice. That changed when the coronavirus outbreak began.  “When the coronavirus crisis hit, that was when I […]


‘Everything Has Changed’: Breweries Move To Packaging

Remnant Brewing is trying to activate a new distribution model. Since the Somerville brewery’s taproom can no longer be open to the public—an effect of the novel coronavirus outbreak—management is moving to sell more packaged beer, which customers can pick up at the Bow Market location. Much of Remnant’s sales now come from their production […]