Business

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 […]


The ‘Death Zone’ For Harvard Square Businesses

It’s a little unnerving to see what are usually the busiest spots in the city so sparsely occupied. But with the spread of COVID-19 and a state- and nation-wide quarantine in effect, this is a new normal in Harvard Square.  On March 11, Harvard University and other local colleges like MIT, Lesley University, and Cambridge […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Thank You for Getting Us Through March, a Plea for April

First and foremost, thank you to all who have donated to our March fundraiser, supported us on Patreon, shared our posts, read our articles, participated in #TheFrontStepsProject, and given us words of encouragement these past few weeks. Your support truly means the world to us, and is the reason we have been able to keep […]


Neighborhoods Collaborate On Grassroots Relief for Main Streets Report

It’s no surprise that small businesses are being hit—hard—by social distancing policies. Many have announced closures, while others have tried to transition to virtual models of their product. Some restaurants are temporarily shuttering, others are trying to lean on take-out and delivery—perhaps even for the first time. But a common thread throughout all of these efforts is the […]


‘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 […]



Revolutionary Clinics Donates Portion of Proceeds to Relief Fund

Revolutionary Clinics, a leading provider of medical marijuana in Massachusetts, is donating 2 percent of all sales through April 20 to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund. The dispensary recently celebrated the grand opening of its Central Square location on Feb. 24.  The Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund, which is still accepting donations both online and in […]


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 […]