Business

Salt & Olive’s New Mural Celebrates Cambridge’s Diversity

When you walk into Salt & Olive, an expansive new mural greets you. A woman on the left of the painting seems to be passing you a plate; another, on the right, appears ready to clink her wine glass against yours. Salt & Olive owner Mary Taylor commissioned the artwork, titled “A tavola non si […]


Cleenland Offers Judgment-free, Low-waste Shopping

Cleenland, a shop that sells bulk household and personal care products with little to no packaging, wants to make a low-waste lifestyle accessible to everyone—even those just joining the sustainability bandwagon.  “It’s just a nice place to be, it’s just a place that you want to be,” explains founder and owner Sarah Levy. “And then […]


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 […]


Salt & Olive Moves Into The Garage

Specialty food shop Salt & Olive is on the cusp of opening its doors in The Garage (36 JFK St.), with a target date of Saturday, April 13. The new space, which is double the the size of the store’s original location at 1160 Massachusetts Ave., will allow for a broader range of products and […]


VO2 Vegan Cafe Aims to Transition Into Food Truck

VO2 Vegan Cafe has always been a family business. Mimi Loureiro was the driving force behind the Mass Ave. wellness center—made up of the cafe, O2 Yoga, and massage space—while her husband, Steven Carpenter, led its buildout. Their sons, Dylan and Deven Carpenter, worked in the cafe, and Deven, 15, helps Loureiro test recipes. Dylan passed […]


City Launches Loyalty Program to Support Inman Businesses

The Inman Square Loyalty Program launched on Friday, offering patrons extra incentives to shop at Inman businesses as construction causes disruptions in the heart of the square. Here’s how it works: Pick up a loyalty card at any of the participating businesses. You get a stamp for each purchase you make, and if you get at […]


How Many Harvard Businesses Will Go the Way of Crema Cafe?

Flat Patties Expects to Close or Move This Year Due to Anticipated Rent Increase When beloved Harvard Square coffee shop Crema Cafe closed suddenly late last year, the owners didn’t try to hide why the doors were shuttering. “They are here to make mad cash,” Co-partner Steve “Nookie” Postal wrote in a column for Eater […]


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 […]


City Explores How to Address Vacant Storefronts

The Community Development Department is working with an external consulting firm to reduce the number of vacant storefronts throughout the city. Cambridge has a relatively low vacant storefront rate, 1.7 percent to Greater Boston’s 2.7 percent, according to Director of Economic Development Lisa Hemmerle. But despite the low numbers, Cambridge Local First Executive Director Adriane […]


World Baking Shop Sets Sights on Camberville

For Alyssa and Teddy Applebaum, it’s all about the grain. “Once people get introduced to it, it’s just like anything else that we’ve adopted and gotten really excited about that seemed weird 20 years ago, but now everybody gets it,” Teddy says. “There’s like 20 varieties of coffee and everybody talks about their variety of […]