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 […]


What’s New: Construction Zones

Central Square A new boutique hotel with rooftop diningBuilt by global design firm Gensler in collaboration with Cambridge-based architect Boyes-Watson, 907 Main (located at 907 Main St.) will house 67 rooms as well as retail space and a rooftop bar called Blue Owl. The hotel’s website says its design drew inspiration from the legacy of […]


What’s New: Changing Face

Central Square Central Kitchen: ClosedCentral Kitchen, located at 567 Massachusetts Ave. in Central Square for 20 years, has closed. However, Brick & Mortar, the cocktail lounge upstairs, which remains under the same ownership, will not be shutting its doors. The new marijuana dispensary Western Front, which is not affiliated with Central Kitchen owner Gary Stack, […]


Reparatory Justice: A Look at the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign

When Harvard University student Jarrett Drake worked on a class project regarding the school’s investments in prisons in the fall of 2017, he didn’t expect it to garner national attention and spark widespread campus action to spur divestment in the following three years. The class had focused on incarceration, ending with a final creative project. […]



#Galentines2020: Cambridge’s first-ever Galentine’s Day celebration

If you’ve ever spent a Valentine’s Day evening with your girlfriends, or watched “Parks and Recreation”—the political comedy television show that coined the term for the unofficial holiday—then you’re probably familiar with Galentine’s Day. But this year, Cambridge put its own spin on the up-and-coming holiday. The AFCOST Middle School Network (MSN) partnered with the Cambridge […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Cambridge YWCA

Body, mind and spirit are the three pillars of the United States YWCA—the institution’s original logo is composed of a triangle with its sides representing these facets of its services. In Cambridge in particular, the YWCA has strived to support underprivileged women and families since its founding 128 years ago.  For most of the YWCA’s […]