Tag: Local Business

East Cambridge Business Association Launches

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East Cambridge Business Association Website
Cambridge Chronicle article: ECBA Hosts first networking event


The East Cambridge Business Association launched this past month with their first networking event on Feb 25th. The event was a big success and drew a crowd of 40 to the East Side Bar & Grill (yelp page) at 561 Cambridge St (right across the street from my office).

The ECBA intends to organize and unite the many varied businesses of East Cambridge. As their website puts it, their mission is:

“To promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; and to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge.
-ECBA Mission statement

There has already been a lot of interest in the ECBA thanks to a lot of hard work from the early members and organizers. The organization is a great idea and could help East Cambridge come together as a united front to preserve our historic community and face the upcoming economic challenges for local businesses.

The members already include a wide variety of services from familiar East Cambridge spots:
List current as of 3/10/10

Realty
ABG Realty 307 Cambridge St

Dental Services
Alegria Dental Group 1058 Cambridge Street

Dining / Bar

Arams No. 2 345 Cambridge St
Atwoods Tavern 877 Cambridge Street
Courtside Food and Spirits 291 Cambridge St
East Side Bar and Grille 561 Cambridge Street
Pugs Bar and Grill 635 Cambridge Street
Portugalia Restaurante 723 Cambridge Street

Beds

Boston Bed Company 616 Cambridge Street

Framing

Cambridge Art & Frame 101 1st Street

Printing

Cambridge Printing Company 47 Seventh Street
Financial
CPCU Credit Union 251 Hampshire St
Dimesworth 170 Gore St
East Cambridge Savings Bank 292 Cambridge Street

Community Services / Child Care

East End House 105 Spring Street
Groceries / Delis

Mayflower Poultry 621 Cambridge Street
New Deal Fish Market 622 Cambridge St

Law Services

Malis Law 30 Second St
Funeral Services
Rogers Funeral Home 380 Cambridge St

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ECBA Contact information:

You can contact the ECBA at info@EastCambridgeBA.com
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East Cambridge Business Association
P.O. Box 410386
Cambridge, MA 02141

Sousa’s Market opens near Union Sq. in East Somerville

Sousa’s Market
201 Somerville Ave, Somerville map

Somerville News – “Somerville welcomes new business”

At a time when it seems like too many shops are closing up or jobs are being lost, it was exciting to join Mayor Joe Curtatone, Senator Patricia Jehlen, Alderman Dennis Sullivan, and other members of the community for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Sousa’s Market on Somerville Ave, near Union Sq. Sousa’s Market will be a family-owned convenience store and market run by long-time resident of Somerville and Cambridge Walter Sousa and the Sousa family.

Cheryl, Joseph, and Walter Sousa. ~Photo by Bill Tauro

This is the kind of local community business that will help revitalize the local economies across the country and get us back on the right track. I know the Sousa family will work hard, and I wish them all the best of luck!

Walter Sousa was also honored by the Legislature and Governor this month on the 25th annual Day of Portugal celebration at the State House for his contribution to the Portuguese communities of Massachusetts. Full story from the Somerville Journal:
http://www.wickedlocal.com/somerville/homepage/x702328027/Walter-Sousa-honored-at-25th-annual-Heritage-Day-of-Portugal-event-at-State-House

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Wednesday January 21, 2009 @ 6pm in the Sullivan Chamber (Cambridge City Hall).

The Public Safety Committee will be having a public meeting to hear an update from the Police Commissioner on recent crime trends, and also to discuss the Hazard Mitigation Plan with the Commissioner of Public Works.

Please join us and share your thoughts.

New Finagle A Bagel Cafe and Bakery has deep roots in Cambridge

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11 First St., Cambridge map

East Cambridge will be welcoming many new businesses as it grows and develops, but it is especially exciting to welcome a new business with deep Cambridge roots. People who grew up around here know the neighborhood best, and that’s why I was excited to hear that the COO of Finagle A Bagel, Tony Pereira, was born and raised right here in the Harrington Wellington neighborhood.

Tony joined the owners, myself and School Committee member Joe Grassi to welcome Finagle A Bagel’s new concept store to First Street across the way from the Lechmere T stop.


Co-owner Alan Litchman, Tim, Co-owner Laura Trust, School Committee member Joe Grassi, and Finagle COO Tony Pereira.

Although Finagle A Bagel is an established local chain (they started in Faneuil Hall, and now have over 20 locations in Massachusetts), this location is a bit different. The concept for the new Cafe and Bakery is to make a more enjoyable dining and relaxing experience with booth seating, wireless internet, televisions, and an expanded menu.

They have also recently been granted outdoor seating, just in time for some warmer weather.

Their new store, in a photograph from their website.

A strong local company like Finagle will hopefully act as an anchor to help enliven the groundfloor retail coming to the area.

The Cambridge Innovation Center

CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway – map

For anyone who may have missed it, this past Sunday‚Äôs Globe has a fantastic article highlighting the Cambridge Innovation Center. The CIC is one of the most important buildings in Cambridge. Tim Rowe has created an atmosphere that allows young start up companies to share ideas, feed off each other’s energy, and drives them to success. Cambridge has a history of innovation and the CIC is a reflection of the entrepreneurial attitude that has made Cambridge a hot bed of activity for over a century.

Read the Globe Article: The Idea Factory