Happy Holidays everyone! In the spirit of the season, we decided to highlight some made in Cambridge and Somerville items you can buy for gifts this holiday season. Items are either made here in Cambriville or you can buy them here in the area.
Somerville Soap Works – because getting dirty is only half the fun!
We just bought special holiday treats for our mothers! Made in Somerville, and smelling delicious, you can’t miss with Somerville Soap Works.
Magpie – A brick and mortar highlighting the best in indie crafts!
Trying to find local artists and crafters in Cambridge and Somerville? Magpie is a great place to start! AND they have beautiful necklaces highlighting the New England states – great gift item.
Davis Squared – fun, modern gifts for him, her, baby and home.
Right across the street you can find more local artisans highlighted. Buy local, love local.
Oh that’s right – all you Mason jar users, that beautiful tool to make your Mason jar a to-go cup was created in Somerville! Order online now and you can still get gifts before December 25th.
I am Joolienn – making catastrophes stylish since ’84.
From feathers to flowers, treat your stylish family members to beautiful, handcrafted goodness!
Q’s Nuts – fine, artisanal nuts made in Somerville
Need some treats this holiday season? Don’t miss out on these deliciously spicy snacks!
Taza Chocolate – stone ground chocolates
For the sweet tooth in the family, Taza has the right stuff. Stocking stuffers, baking needs, and delicious all on their own, chocolates are the way to go.
Spindler Confections – satisfying every sugar fan
Oh delectable, bite-sized treats, how we love you so. Be careful when you buy these for people – they won’t ever be able to go back to other candies.
The Grommet – Unique gifts
Looking for something Made in the USA? Check out the newest addition to Somerville’s maker space – the Grommet. They feature free shipping for orders $25 or more!
Threla – Locally made beauty products for the people you love – including yourself!
Did you know that in East Cambridge you can find handcrafted body and skin care products combining the goodness of nature and science including lotions, soaps, lip balms, and more. Stop by to make a gift pack or grab a little stocking stuffer!
Follow the Honey – give the gift of honey!
Enjoy honey from near by farms or all the way across the world at the Follow the Honey Store in Harvard Square. They can make a great gift pack for your bee-loved!
Litographs.com – Make someone’s favorite book into a poster, t-shirt, bag and more!
Litographs creates art from the books you’ve read and loved. The co-owners of this Cambridge company produce posters, t-shirts, and tote bags are all created entirely from the text of classic books and designed by artists around the world.
Xylem – fun, modern gifts for the geeks in our lives.
Looking for something fun for the Star Wars fan? Or perhaps a “locally made” onesie for your favorite niece? Xylem has a variety of locally made jewelry, cards and more.
Boston Coasters – frame a map of your friend’s favorite neighborhood…or T stop!
Make sure to get your holiday order in soon for a personalized laptop cover or messenger bag at this great shop near Porter Square!
Boutique Fabulous – find something fabulous for everyone on your list
Did you know that the store offers free hot chocolate every Friday during December? Grab a coco a find some locally made chocolates, Cambridge/Somerville cards and signs and other fun local items.
MMMMaven Project – Give the gift of music
Know someone who has always wanted to dabble in the world of DJing? Perhaps there is DJ system collecting dust in your brother’s attic? MMMMaven has an array of classes for those interested in learning how to DJ to those interested in music production. Not sure which class is the best fit? Not to worry, gift certificates are available.
Porcelain and Stone – beautiful handcrafted jewelry
Porcelain and Stone is a ceramic jewelry business started by Cambridge resident Kimberly Huestis. All porcelain and stoneware ceramic pieces are handmade by in Cambridge, MA.
Welcome to our first Around the Block post, featuring Inman Square in Cambridge. We’ll highlight old haunts and new places, but we know we can’t cover every spot. So if we are missing your favorite place, let us know!
Inman Square is a great example of both Somerville and Cambridge – it’s fun, funky and multicultural. Sitting right on the border of Somerville and Cambridge, Inman Square is home to the first Legal Seafoods and S&S Restaurant where a movie theater once stood. Inman is home to gems like Stellabella Toys, Olé & Olecito, Ryles Jazz Club, Rosie’s Bakery, City Girl Cafe, 1369 Coffeehouse, Bukowski Tavern and much more. For more info about the Square, check out the Inman Square Business Association (ISBA), an active group of local business that puts together great annual events such as Inman Square Movie Night, Shop Inman by Moonlight and others. For a photo gallery of our stops in Inman Square, click here.
Address: 1309 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, M.A.
Since 2003, Boutique Fabulous has been delighting Inman Square with fun and unique gifts, clothes and specialty furniture. Need something for a baby shower? Check. Wedding shower? Check! A 60s outfit for your Mad Men party? Check. Your boyfriend who wants brain ice cubes? Boutique Fabulous has it all! The coolest feature – Somerville, Cambridge signs for your home and your own Inman Square T-shirt. Next time you are in the Square, stop by and say hello.
Christina’s Spices & Specialities
Address: 1255 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, M.A.
There is always an ongoing debate about whether you like Christina’s Ice Cream versus Tosci’s, but one thing we think we all can agree on is Christina’s Spices and Specialities selection. Whether you are looking for Anson Mills’ grits, black salt or ash noodles (something Pardis grew up with) – Christina’s has it! And get psyched for their new addition coming soon to Inman Square – Christina’s Baking Annex (a purveyor of quality pastry and confectionary ingredients). This new store will be located in the old Oona’s Outpost at 1297 Cambridge Street.
243 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, M.A.
Take a serene little path off Hampshire Street and you will get to Inman Oasis. Inman Oasis offers both message therapy and hot tubs in a Feng Shui designed wellness center that provides the ultimate in relaxation. Check out the spa’s website and social media feeds for monthly specials and discounts on the community hot tub!
Puritan & Company
Address: 1166 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, M.A.
One of the new hot spots in Inman Square is Puritan & Company, the new restaurant from James Beard semi-finalist Chef Will Gilson. The menu is new england seasonal cuisine, featuring an oyster and charcuterie bar, with starters that include homemade sausage and other hearty meals.
There is a large bar and the drink menu features a nice selection of local beers from Somerville Brewing Co, Bantam Cider and Cottrel Brewing Co. Oysters are $3 piece, starters range from $11-$15, entrees from $17-$29. Reservations are recommended. Puritan & Co is open Tuesday-Sunday, opening at 5:30 p.m.
Clover Food Lab
1075 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, M.A.
This Clover location is known to many as Clover HUB. A key part of the operations of all the Clover locations, Clover HUB is the commissary or prep kitchen for many of the food trucks and also is a pick up location for the CSA Program that Clover started for its customers. Clover HUB, similar to the Harvard Square location, has a beer license and features local beer like Pretty Things and Berkshire Brewing Company. Right next door, Clover has constructed a little shop for local purveyors to sell their items on a seasonal basis. Right now, grab a pickle from local Grillo’s Pickles.
1064 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, M.A.
Hub Bicycle is a woman owned bike shop catering to great service and quality products. Whether you are looking for new gears or an awesome Bern helmet, Emily the owner and her staff are happy to help. Next time your bike is in need of a tune up, make sure to come to Hub Bicycle for all your needs.
Trina’s Starlight Lounge
3 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA
Trina’s Starlight Lounge is one wonderful Somerville restaurant to get 2012’s “Best in Boston” hot dog, take in the 1st ever Industry Brunch on Mondays, or to just wind down after work with a delicious cocktail. Just over the border in Somerville, Trina’s has some of the best comfort food in the area. But don’t take our word for it – stop by anytime from 5pm-1am and get delicious brews, fried chicken (some of the best in the country, we’re told), or some delicious mac and cheese. Kitchen’s open til midnight for all you late night ramblers.