Business

Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers Michael Monestime, Central Square BID

As a kid growing up in Jamaica Plain, Michael Monestime lived underneath the elevated Orange Line that used to run from Forest Hills down to Chinatown. He still remembers when the historic tracks closed in the late 1980s.  “I saw sunlight for the first time on Washington Street,” he says. “That was monumental in me […]

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What’s New: Closing Time

Harvard/Central SquaresO2 Yoga Mass. Ave’s O2 Cambridge Wellness Center, comprised of O2 Yoga, VO2 Vegan Cafe, and a massage practice, closed its doors at the end of April. The husband-and-wife team behind the center, Steve Carpenter and Mimi Loureiro, underwent a traumatic year after losing one of their sons, Dylan, to a rare form of […]


Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative Is Set to Leave Harvard Square

Yet another shop is set to depart Harvard Square as multiple construction projects, drops in foot traffic, and high rents squeeze independent businesses. Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative has seen less foot traffic over the past couple of years, according to President Beverley Coniglio. That decrease has made the square’s high rent less feasible and upcoming construction […]


Planks With a Past

Longleaf Lumber Gives Wood A Second Life The pieces of Douglas fir started their journey in west coast forests. Then, during World War II, they came to the South Shore as timber to build a shipyard in Hingham. But their journey didn’t end there: The building was torn down, and they passed into the hands […]