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
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.
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.
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.
CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway – map
For anyone who may have missed it, this past Sunday’s 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