Somerville Local First


GivingTuesday Feature: Door2Door Transportation

Oct 07 7:01 pm

SCM Community Transportation provides vital services to over 300 Somerville residents each year!

Door2Door Transportation promotes the independence of seniors and people with disabilities through community-based transportation. Their friendly, safe and reliable services help people maintain healthy, mobile and connected lives. Watch this video to learn more:

GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015


GivingTuesday Feature: Somerville Homeless Coalition

Oct 05 6:29 pm

The SomervilleHomelessCoalition (SHC) helps meet the needs of homeless and near homeless individuals and families by operating two shelters, providing case management and supportive services to obtain and maintain permanent housing, prevention services, and a food pantry and meals program. Help them carry out this incredible mission with a donation to #GivingTuesday Somerville.

 GivingTuesday Somerville: GiveLocal 2015

SHC Poster
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So what is GivingTuesday?

Oct 02 12:05 pm


GivingTuesday is the first Tuesday in December (this year that’s December 1!), and it is an annual global day of giving that helps to raise funds and awareness for important causes everywhere. In Somerville, 14 nonprofit organizations are joining forces to collaborate on a second-annual joint fundraising effort as part of the international GivingTuesday program.

GivingTuesday is more than just a single-day event. Leading up to December 1, each partner organization will be featured for a week by all collaborators.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for the participating nonprofit community of Somerville. Funds are shared equally among participants. Help us get there!

Checks can be made out to Groundwork Somerville at 24 Park Street # 7, Somerville, MA 02143. Please put GivingTuesday Somerville in the memo line. Online giving coming soon. #giveLocal

The effort culminates in a big fabulous celebration on GivingTuesday, and anyone who contributes to the fundraising effort is invited! This year’s event will take place at the Arts at the Armory on December 1st. Save the date!

When you give to GivingTuesday, you’ll be supporting these 14 amazing local organizations:

Community Action Agency of Somerville

Groundwork Somerville

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Mystic Learning Center

Respond, Inc.

Second Chances

Door2Door Transportation

Arts at the Armory

Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County

Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV)

Somerville Community Corporation

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Somerville Local First

The Welcome Project

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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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