Business

Minimum-Wage Workers Fight for 15

Cambridge is a progressive city—it’s not known as the People’s Republic for nothing. And yet, Cambridge is also a city divided, split between haves and have-nots. For workers trying to get by on the minimum wage, the city can seem less like a forward-thinking haven and more like a prohibitively expensive dream world. The high […]


There’s an App for That: Can For-Profit Companies Fix Social Ills?

On its surface, the tech industry is one that’s steeped in optimism and altruism. Thousands of the world’s smartest people are teaming up to find solutions to even the most minute problems. They’re building apps that aim to make customers’ lives healthier, easier, more organized, more peaceful—or even more meaningful (yes, there are apps for […]


2015 Cambridge Gift Guide

We know you’d rather spend the holidays eating, drinking and being merry than traipsing through town tracking down gifts, which is why we gathered 139 of the coolest presents from 31 Cambridge shops in this year’s local gift guide. Happy shopping!


SCOUT PICK: Late Night Shopping Madness at Porter South

Between the hustle, bustle and—let’s be honest—occasional utter chaos of prepping for the holiday season, it can be tough to find time to get out into the community and find gifts at independent Cambridge shops. That’s one of the reasons why, for more than ten years, the shopping community at Porter South (that’s the stretch of […]


How Sweet it Is: Spindler Confections to Open Brick-and-Mortar Shop

The sweet tooths of Greater Boston have almost literally eaten poor Jeremy Spindler out of house and home. They candy maker behind Spindler Confections has become a staple at area farmers markets since he started making small-batch sweets out of his residential kitchen in 2012—but he’s become a little too popular for his own good. “The business has […]


Blazing Bandwidth: netBlazr Wants to Bring Better Broadband to Cambridge

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who actually likes their Internet provider? Even if the service itself is relatively fine—the speeds are okay, the outages are infrequent—it’s rare to find a person who doesn’t feel frustrated by the pressure to bundle services and the paucity of providers. And that’s to say nothing of horror stories like the […]


Just Crust Stays Committed after Two Years of Fair Practices

Shannon Liss-Riordan, co-owner of the Just Crust pizzeria in Harvard Square (49B Brattle St.), is not accustomed to being a restaurateur. In fact, she’s had much more experience suing restaurants than running them. Liss-Riordan is a lawyer who’s earned distinction defending waitstaff and workers from unfair pay practices, lately gaining notice for leading a class […]



A Tale of Four Food Shops

By Emily Hopkins and Emily Cassel If you don’t pass them every day, you’ve probably learned their names by osmosis. Some are brand new, and others have been around for decades. Either way, they’re undeniably Cambridge: small shops with big passions, dedication to quality products and the community they serve. We took a closer look […]



SCOUT OUT: Wheels of Fortune

It’s a frigid Thursday in January when EVELO’s Scott Boulbol pulls into the parking lot of the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville, parks his black SUV and unloads his cargo. At first glance it looks like your average bike, until you catch a peek of the sleek, white electric front wheel. Boulbol points […]


Solar Soofa Benches are on Their Way

No, we didn’t just misspell “sofa.” Soofas are smart benches created by Changing Environments, a spinoff of the MIT Media Lab. Each Soofa has two USB ports where you can charge your phone or other handheld mobile device, and they share data about the hours of sunlight collected online. Even cooler, Soofas can sense the environment around them and collect […]