Spaceus Turns Vacant Storefront Into Hybrid Artist Space

What is Spaceus? The pop-up that’s set up shop inside a vacant spot in Harvard Square is at once an artist workspace, a storefront, and an event space. Two MIT architecture grad students founded Spaceus in the spring to address both artists’ needs and the city’s empty storefronts. “It was out of a frustration of basically […]


Three ImprovBoston Leaders Resign Following Internal Outcry

Three top leaders at ImprovBoston have resigned following a meeting where members of the nonprofit’s community voiced concerns about tokenization, abuse of power, and handling of reports of sexual misconduct, according to multiple ImprovBoston community members. Artistic Director Mike Descoteaux and Director of the National Touring Company and Director of Sales Deana Criess resigned last […]


Local Artist Paints the Town with Message of Togetherness

At 6 a.m. on a sunny Saturday earlier this fall, Somerville resident Liz LaManche arrived at the spacious Kendall Plaza, bearing an arsenal of string, chalk, and paint rollers. She began with the chalk, sketching out long straight lines. She enlisted an assistant to act as a human compass, holding one end of a string […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part II of II)

Latin American: Olé 11 Springfield St., (617) 492-4495 olerestaurantgroup.com Middle Eastern, Place to Splurge, & Outdoor Dining: Oleana 134 Hampshire St. (617) 661-0505 oleanarestaurant.com At Oleana, Turkish and Middle Eastern flavors are more than influences—they are muses, and Executive Chef Ana Sortun has her entire menu dancing to their tunes. Her kebobs of Vermont quail are […]


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 […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part I of II)

Restaurant Overall, Restaurant in Central Square, Chef (Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette): Little Donkey 505 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 945-1008 littledonkeybos.com Read our article on Little Donkey here. Gourmet or Specialty & Food Catering: Formaggio Kitchen 244 Huron Ave., (617) 354-4750 formaggiokitchen.com Written by Eric Francis There is bread, and then there is Irish soda bread made […]


Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Voted Best Date Night Spot

Best Date Night Spot 2020 Massachusetts Ave. (617) 354-2020 cambridgeculinary.com While Sean Leonard has only been the executive director, CEO, and co-owner of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (CSCA) since last January, the school has been in his life for more than 20 years. “They were like parents to me,” he says of Roberta […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Drinks

Cocktails: Brick & Mortar 567 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 491-0016 brickmortarltd.com Check out menu highlights from Brick & Mortar here. Beer Program: Grafton Street 1230 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 497-0400 graftonstreetcambridge.com By Tim Gagnon Most people start entertaining thoughts of beer in the waning hours of a work day, but Grafton Street General Manager Morgan Carney starts most […]


Peek at Brick and Mortar’s Specialty Cocktails

Best Cocktails: Brick & Mortar 567 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 491-0016 brickmortarltd.com Dollywood Sip the Dollywood slowly—the flavors morph in your mouth, presenting different facets of the cocktail one by one. Four Roses Bourbon is at the heart of this drink, with orgeat introducing almond into the mix. With lemon and orange juices—fresh squeezed daily—and shaken […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Arts & Entertainment

Events Space: OBERON 2 Arrow St., (617) 547-8300 americanrepertorytheater.org/venue/oberon Named for the medieval King of the Fairies, Harvard Square’s OBERON is the raucous sister-venue to the larger American Repertory Theater. Billing itself as a “thriving incubator for emerging artists to imagine new projects that could only exist in this exciting club theater environment,” the A.R.T.’s […]


Little Donkey Wins Best Restaurant Overall

Restaurant Overall Restaurant in Central Square Chef – Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette 505 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 945-1008 littledonkeybos.com Chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer had already emerged as geniuses of tapas with Boston institution Toro when they decided to open another restaurant in their home city—and, specifically, in Central Square. But what kind of […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Shopping

Gift Shop: Black Ink 5 Brattle St., (617) 497-1221 blackinkboston.com Jewelry: Rebekah Brooks Jewelry 17 Brattle St., (617) 864-1639 rebekahbrooks.com Read our article on Rebekah Brooks Jewelry here. Eyewear Shop: Eye Q Optical 12 Eliot St., (617) 354-3303 eye-q-optical.com Record Shop: Cheapo Records 538 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 354-4455 cheaporecords.com Hardware Store: Tags Hardware 29 White St., (617) 868-7711 tagshardware.com […]