Health

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 […]



How To Promote Local Business From Your Couch

With the current pandemic, many are left worried about what their future holds. More specifically, local businesses are taking a big hit from social distancing—a policy of avoiding gatherings as a way of containing the spread of the virus. To promote social distancing, Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered that all restaurants and bars will be […]


Central Square BID Releases District Impact Study

The Central Square Business Improvement District (BID) has released a District Impact Study, reporting on the effects of COVID-19 on small businesses, using a survey to which 51 out of 100 business representatives in the Central Square BID responded.  The 70-page report catalogues reactions from business owners to the novel coronavirus, and lists their respective […]



Coronavirus: Updates on Cancelations, Closures, and More

On March 19, the Public Health Department announced that eight Cambridge residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Three Somerville residents have also tested positive for the coronavirus, all seemingly linked to a Biogen conference, according to the City’s website. The three cases involve: a parent of a West Somerville Neighborhood School student and the spouse of a […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Cambridge in Motion

Cambridge in Motion wants to make being healthy easy and accessible for everyone. And by everyone, it means everyone, from elementary schoolers who want to see their family recipes in the cafeteria to older adults looking to make their commutes more eco-friendly. The Public Health Department initiative is part of the Mass in Motion program, […]


Down Under School of Yoga Bends Expectations

Down Under School of Yoga2000 MASSACHUSETTS AVE. (617) 661-6565 DOWNUNDERYOGA.COM Down Under School of Yoga is committed to doing things differently—rather than looking to existing studios for inspiration and guidance, Down Under founder and owner Justine Cohen wanted to bring the practice of yoga back to its roots, free from catchy slogans or pricey accessories. […]


Meet the Family Behind Health Yoga Life

“We were raised by a woman totally ahead of her time,” says Vyda Bielkus, one of the founders of Health Yoga Life (HYL). Her mother, Ryma Bielkus, relied on meditation to help balance raising four daughters and running her own business. While meditation, mindfulness, and yoga are popular today, back in the ’80s they were […]


Nature Is Nurture at Cambridge Naturals

Inside the store that grew out of 1960s counterculture Just inside the front doors of Cambridge Naturals is a black-and-white photo of two young adults—barely more than kids, really—whose hairstyles and fashion speak eloquently of the 1960s.  They are Michael Kanter and Elizabeth Stagl. Now husband and wife, they met at the State University of […]


Living On the Veg

Nüssli118° creates plant-based treats that defy stereotypes and delight taste buds It sits on the plate before you, and you do your best not to simply stuff the whole thing into your mouth. It’s a lemon square. Specifically: A ginger-lemon square with a light maple glaze, on a crust of almonds and cashews, with a […]


MIT Spin-Offs: Biobot Analytics

What’s the key to gathering more information about epidemics? Looking at sewage, Biobot Analytics Co-founder and CEO Mariana Matus suggests. Matus first became attuned to the vast data available in sewage while getting her Ph.D. in computational biology at MIT. She and fellow co-founder Newsha Ghaeli made a list of all the things they could […]