Somerville Local First


Somerville Local First Holiday Gift Guide 2014!

Dec 09 2:32 pm

Hi everyone!
Thanks for watching our gift guide on Somerville Community Access Television!


If you want to find out more about the products we featured or might have missed (and some who contacted me too late to be featured in the clip but still have awesome gifts!), check these out:


GIFT: Magpie gifts- featured in segment and everything in store!
Available: at Magpie, 416 Highland Ave., Somerville, and online

GIFT: The Book Shop featured gifts: Stephen King print, earrings
Available: at The Book Shop,  694 Broadway, Somerville

GIFT:Spindler Confections Caramel and Brittle Gift Box
Available at: Online store, Somerville Local First LIFL Markets, Winter Farmers Market, various stores around Somerville
Price: 21.50

GIFT: Qs Nuts six pack and small gift pack
Available: Qs Nuts store, 349 Highland Ave., Somerville , online store, various winter markets including the Local is for Lovers Markets, select area stores
rice: Varies

GIFT: E.Scott Originals necklaces and money clip
Available: E. Scott Originals store, 199 Highland Ave.,  Somerville
Price: Varies

GIFT: Cat scratcher and pet toys, Cat clock (for people)
Available: Stinky’s Kittens & Doggies Too…, 110 Bristol Rd., Somerville
Price: Varies

GIFT: Bionic Dog Toys
Available: Riverdog LLC, 321 Somerville Ave., Somerville
Price: Varies

GIFT: Cuppow and BNTO
Available: Select area stores and online.
Price: Cuppow and BNTO are both 8.99

GIFT: Doll sling, Red Sox Baby Wrap/Legwarmers, paci holder, cloth diapers
Available: at Diaper Lab, 200 Elm Street, Somerville, and online 
Price: Varies

GIFT: Gift Cards to Atelier Pilates
Available: Purchase at Atelier Pilates during business hours
Price: Custom

GIFT: Gift cards to Living from Center for massage therapy or reflexology
Available: Online
rice: Custom

GIFT: Gift cards to SomeYoga, water bottles
Available: at the SomeYoga studio,  370 Medford Street, or contact the studio for more info
Price: Varies

GIFT: Restaurant gift cards
Available: most of the restaurants in our Local’s Guide to Somerville offer gift cards. Click on their link in the guide to contact them for more info.
Price: varies/custom

GIFT: A WEEK of delicious prepared meals from Cuisine en Locale- a parcel of delicious, mix and match, heat and eat dishes, featuring 4-5 sides and 4-5 mains each week.  Everything is batch cooked, from scratch, using the freshest local ingredients possible.  A delicious and convenient alternative to take out or nightly cooking.

Available: Cuisine en Locale’s website. Shares are $155 for a week but gift certs are available in any amount you choose.

Thanks again for watching. This is by no means an exhaustive list of locally made and available gifts, please check out our Holiday Markets and visit your locally owned independent businesses to see what’s in store today!


Happy holidays from all of us at Somerville Local First.




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FREE Blogging for Business Workshop, May 19 at 7pm

May 08 12:34 pm

Join us on May 19 for the second of our business workshops-  Blogging for Business with Dennis Fischman of Communicate! Consulting.
Whether you’re new to blogging or need some help with an existing blog, this is the workshop for you! Dennis can help you learn what you need to know to get started blogging or increase the reach of your current blog to tell more people about your business.
Please RSVP here, and fill out the questionnaire so we can guide the workshop content to best suit your needs.

Free for SLF members, $10 for non-members.

More about Dennis Fischman:

I’m an outstanding writer, speaker, and community builder who understands how to motivate people.  Passionate about social change, I left a senior management position so I could help nonprofit organizations tell their stories in person, in writing, and through social media.

Please see my LinkedIn profile at  Follow me on Twitter (@DennisFischman).  Email me at
Hope to see you there!

Filed under: Events, Events Sidebar

Thank you for another wonderful LIFL market!

May 08 11:11 am

SuperKat Thank you for an amazing first Mother’s Day Market and first market at Brooklyn Boulders! We loved hosting our event there and know that you made it the truly beautiful event that it was.


Please take our brief customer survey to help us plan for future markets.


This survey is important, as we were at a new venue.


Thank you again for supporting the local economy, staying independent, and helping to support our non-profit organization!




Jen and Kat

Filed under: Events, Local is for Lovers

Less than three weeks until the next Local is for Lovers Market!

Apr 08 11:42 am

This post » is chock full o’market info and as we get closer we will be featuring some of our vendors.

Here’s the info for our next market, when we celebrate Mother’s Day. Which is, by the way, a great time to honor your local mom and pop stores.

Oh, and did we mention this market will have… FOOD TRUCKS! Bon Me!

Another FREE market will take place at the beautiful Brooklyn Boulders Somerville!

Get ready for food, fun, local artists and crafters, the Bon Me Food Truck, live music by David Tanklefsky and PA Trick, a photo booth, Mothers’ Day special treats from BKBS and MUCH more!

All shoppers must fill out a waiver form for Brooklyn Boulders. Save time and fill it out online!

Mother’s Day Market Vendors!

Filed under: Local is for Lovers

Somerville Local First Community Sponsorship – Chip In And Support SLF!

Jul 22 6:26 pm

Over the past 5+ years, Somerville Local First has been leading the way in Somerville and beyond, working to build a strong local economy, to strengthen the local and independent businesses  and to build the movement of community builders who understand the benefits of local community economic development and believe in what we stand for at SLF.

Those are some ambitious goals!  And we think we’ve been able to accomplish a lot over that time, thanks in large part to all of you in the community who have supported us, our members and our mission.

Relationships are built at Harvest Fest

Relationships are built at Harvest Fest

This year, we’re hoping to generate some further support from our community.  If you don’t know, SLF operates with only 1 part time Executive Director and a group of volunteer Board Members, and Harvest Fest is one of the primary ways we raise money to fund our work and programs throughout the year.

So this year, we’re looking for Community Sponsorship at Harvest Fest.  All we ask is that you chip in $5 (or more, we’re happy to accept larger gifts! :) ) towards our $2,500 goal.  In return, you’ll receive a limited edition Harvest Fest poster with the names of all community sponsors, including yours!

So, won’t you help the Somerville Community  become a sponsor for our annual fundraiser and festival by donating now?

We love you, and remember:  Harvest Fest creates things like this!

SO much fun

SO much fun


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Prom ticket special offer!

Jun 12 12:00 am

PSST! Hey you, special newsletter subscriber! Is that the sound of your Aqua Net? Or a wonderful special offer???We have a limited time exclusive offer for you as a special thanks for being a part of our community!

We have a limited number of tickets available at a 20 dollar subscriber price, so when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Your ticket gets you specialty cocktails by Daddy Jones and Booze Epoque, snacks by Daddy Jones, Eat at Jumbos, Food for the Band and more- all included in one LOW PRICE!

Get your special $20 ticket here! 

Welcome Elyse Andrews to SLF!

May 15 10:20 am

Recently SLF had the good fortune to welcome three amazing new board members. This post is the first in a series of introductory bios for our new folks! You may have already met Elyse and the others around town, but here’s some more about Elyse’s local life! 

Meet Elyse Andrews!

One of SLF’s newest board members, Elyse joins the team as a Somerville homeowner and small business owner herself.

Elyse earned a degree in journalism and political science from Syracuse University. She then worked as a writer and editor at a financial publishing company for several years. Most recently, Elyse founded the Somerville Beat, an online magazine about all things Somerville, in May 2012. From a local perspective, the Beat covers arts and culture, food and restaurants, businesses and more in order to keep tabs on the happenings in Somerville.

Guided by a mission at the Somerville Beat that aligns well with that of Somerville Local First, Elyse thought it would be natural for the two collaborate more.

“As a Somerville homeowner and small business owner, I’m very excited to help further SLF’s work to promote Somerville businesses,” she said. “The people who live, work and play here are what make the community so vibrant and I’m excited to be an even bigger part of it.”

Eager to get started, Elyse knows the importance of buying local. Both she and her husband own small, local businesses. More than that, though, Elyse enjoys taking note of the hard work that local business owners put in and the resulting growth of the local community over time.

“We always think about shopping locally before buying things from a big box store, whether it’s by shopping at the farmers market or visiting a locally owned café,” Elyse said.

To help promote local development, Elyse hopes to use her communication skills to spread the message to a larger audience, attending SLF events and working with Cambridge Local First as well to strengthen the efforts.

“By supporting local businesses, you are enabling them to stay in your community, making it a richer place to live,” she said.

The Local Lowdown: Whats-Nü

Apr 23 9:46 am

Whats-Nü, a recent addition to Davis Square, is a boutique that features independent designers, artists and artisans (the “Crü”). Established just about six months ago by owner Lena Gorczyca, the store showcases the talent of local artists from Somerville, Cambridge and Arlington, among other areas, much to the surprise of many customers. Though local designers’ work make up about a quarter of the store’s merchandise, Whats-Nü strives to offer items made in the U.S., as well as those made from organic and natural materials.

Lena has been designing clothes for her entire life. She earned a degree in computer science, and this technical background has given her the precision for design. She used to have a hard time finding what she wanted to wear and couldn’t find her particular vision anywhere else, so ultimately decided to just fashion her own clothes.

Lena had been working at and designing her own line for the store that used to be at 67 Holland Street, but once the owner had decided to step down, she saw an opportunity to open her own store. Lena wanted to take the store to the next level, to encourage local talent to participate and maintain strong relationships with customers. Not only is Whats-Nü customer-driven, but the store also works with other local businesses and organizations. The goal, Lena said, is not to be a single entity, but a network of local businesses with similar goals, values, and atmospheres to create a community. Whats-Nü has in the past exhibited art at the store and held events with other local organizations to connect with the community.

Since opening, a lot of progress has been made, but Lena hopes that in time, they will showcase more local artists. But not just for the sake of having local designers, she said. The merchandise will always be tailored to the wants and needs of customers. The first step, according to Lena, is to soon be 100 percent “made in the U.S.,” at the very least. She hopes the community will keep up the support to continue working to feature local artists.

Check out Whats-Nü at 67 Holland Street in Davis Square and on Facebook, Twitter and at


Filed under: Local First

All About Local Is For Lovers, 2.1

Apr 10 12:46 pm

Sunday, April 14, 2013 | 11am – 5pm
Arts at the Armory

Join us for a full Sunday of fun, gifting, and music! With 35 independent and local vendors, music by David Tanklefsky and Jeff Jam, an ENTIRE floor of children’s activities sponsored by Knucklebones, craft brews, and delicious treats from the Arts at the Armory Cafe, you can’t go wrong!

Come along and meet new people, all while helping us to build a strong, local economy.

Vendor List
Heflin Photo (Photobooth!)
Carland Cartography
Culinary Cruiser
Cuisine en Locale
Spindler’s Confections
Doves and Figs
Tara Faeri
I am Joolien
Union Press
Love on the Blocks
McBeth Designs
Black Magic Coffee Co.
Q’s Nuts
Feathers & Fur
Sete Productions
Kharma Collection
Picture Renewal
Scatterbrain Crochet
Next Step Living
Pimmz Art Studio
Will Alderfer Metalarts
Sommer Crafts
closer to the ocean
Porcelain and Stone
Pink Pigeon Creations

Filed under: Local is for Lovers

Delicious Diversity at YUM!

Apr 09 9:24 am


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SLF Board Member Sarah Shugars is this week’s guest blogger!

The thing I love most about Somerville is its diversity. And what better way to celebrate diversity than by eating lots of food?

Seriously, though. We all know the important role local businesses play in our community – supporting the economy, minimizing impact on the environment and expressing Somerville’s fun, funky personality.

Immigrant-owned businesses, and particularly restaurants, play a similar critical role. They are centers of community – gathering places where immigrants can get a taste of home and others can get a taste of something different. They express who we are as a city and the rich, diverse character we all love.

And we all love to eat…yummm.

For the fourth year, SLF member The Welcome Project is hosting a unique opportunity to try tastes from immigrant-owned restaurants across the city. YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City will be held Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm at the Center for Arts at the Armory (also an SLF member!). If you’re feeling inspired already, you can get your tickets online now!

The event will feature tastes from 11 restaurants, live entertainment, a silent auction and recognition of the work that the East Somerville Community School PTA has done to ensure all parents are able to participate in their child’s education.

And yes, there will be a giant puppet of Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture. Why? Because it’s not really a Somerville event until someone breaks out a giant puppet.

No, actually because the larger than life Louverture has been engaging local Haitian youth in learning about their country’s history through a partnership with The Underground Railway Theater, The Welcome Project, the Haitian Coalition and Books of Hope.

Speaking of which, all proceeds from the event will benefit The Welcome Project, a great non-profit which offers ESOL classes, supports multilingual and multicultural parental engagement in the school system and trains bi-lingual Somerville youth as interpreters. You may have seen some of these impressive young people interpreting at city events.

But…back to the food.

Participating restaurants are:

Aguacate Verde: Mexican | Porter Square
Amelia’s Kitchen: Italian | Teele Square
Fasika: Ethiopian | East Somerville
Gauchao: Brazilian | East Somerville
Masala: Indian and Nepali | Teele Square
Istanbul’lu: Turkish | Teele Square
Los Paisanos: Central American | East Somerville
Maya Sol: Mexican | East Somerville
The Neighborhood Restaurant: Portuguese | Union Square
Sabur: Mediterranean | Teele Square
Yak and Yeti: Nepali and Indian | Ball Square

Oh, and if you’re wondering, all of these restaurants are part of the City’s Shape Up Approved campaign, so you may not even have to hit up any of Somerville’s great local gyms afterwards.

See you there!

YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City
Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm
Center for Arts at the Armory
Get tickets online now

In addition to working tirelessly to promote SLF, Sarah is also active with YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City and the Welcome Project.

And remember…. comment on this post for the chance to win 2 free tickets to the event!

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