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Attention Business Owners

Ward 5 Online

Somerville Local First realizes the impact that city policy has on local businesses. Therefore, we have teamed up with Ward 5 Online, created by board member Courtney O'Keefe, to bring business owners and their patrons the latest updates on the legislative front in Somerville.

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Somerville Local First and Eastern Bank Present: Harvest Fest 2013!

5th Annual Harvest Fest 2013 presented by Eastern Bank
Local Beer, Food and Entertainment to Support Somerville Local First!
Fall is upon us, which means it’s time for Somerville Local First’s (SLF) Fifth Annual Harvest Fest 2013! Presented by SLF Member Eastern Bank, Harvest Fest is one of the premier beer and food tasting events of the year.

Somerville Local First, a nonprofit organization working to build sustainable local economies, will host its fifth annual festival and fundraiser in two sessions on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the Arts at the Armory. All event proceeds go towards SLF's operating budget to build and strengthen the local movement and local business community in Somerville all year long.

Join Somerville Local First members and local economy advocates far and wide for a day or evening of delicious food from some of Somerville's best local restaurants, local beer from some of the favorite independent brewers from Massachusetts, great live music, games and much more.

This is not your average nonprofit gala and has become one of the most anticipated events in greater Boston. Tickets are on sale now:

Somerville Local First Executive Director Kat Rutkin says:

"This annual event showcases what is great about local businesses in Somerville­­innovation, hard work and passionate patrons. All have helped strengthen Somerville's local economy and have made it a great place to live, work and play. It is so exciting to be celebrating all of this in our fifth year of Harvest Fest! "

The festivities will be broken down into two sessions, Session 1 from 2 p.m.­5 p.m. and Session
2 from 6 p.m.­9 p.m., and will bring together the best businesses in the local movement all under one great roof at the Arts at the Armory.

Harvest Fest would be nothing without the beer; attendees will be able to sample unique brews from a wide selection of Massachusetts breweries. A number of locally­owned and operated Somerville restaurants will be highlighted at each session to satisfy every palate and participants will get a delicious serving of each.

These are the confirmed breweries and other libations to date:
*Bantam Cider
*Berkshire Brewing Company
*Blue Hills Brewing Company
*Clown Shoes
*Mystic Brewing Company
*Notch Brewers
*Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

These are the confirmed restaurants to date:
*Casa B
*Eat at Jumbo’s
*Olde Magoun’s Saloon
*A4 Pizza
More to come!

Entertainment will be provided by Somerville favorites:
*The Sun and the Moon
*Holmes Band
*The Pennies

This is a can’t miss event for supporters of strong local economies, beer lovers, foodies and all those who love Somerville. Harvest Fest has something to offer just about everyone.
Public Hearing Set for September 5th

This Sunday: Local is for Lovers Market!

And it’s back for a third time! The Local is for Lovers Marketplace, a thriving event bringing together local artists, crafters and entrepreneurs is coming back to Arts at the Armory on Sunday, August 25th from 11am-5pm. And it’s just in time for Back to School shopping!

We will be graced by the presence of Knucklebones – only $2 to get in to our Knucklebones Mezzanine for all the play you can handle (feel free to bring your kids, too!).

As always, we will have live music, delicious brews and food for sale in the amazing Arts at the Armory Cafe!

Join us. Live Local. Grow community.
Modelo Butcher Market to Open Today

The Modelo Butcher Market, located at 501 Medford Street in Magoun Square, is open today! This is another new business in a string of businesses that have opened up shop in Magoun, including a beer and wine store, hairdresser, and alterations/dry cleaning service.

Featuring cold cuts, fruits, meats, and seafood, the former Cara Donna location has undergone a massive interior and exterior renovation throughout the winter for today's opening.

Going? Let me know how it is by commenting below!

Business Town Meeting VIII with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
Mayor Joseph Curtatone at a Board of Aldermen Meeting
Mayor Joseph Curtatone will deliver a one-hour presentation with information on Somerville's Business/Economic state on Wednesday March 20th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm (doors at 5pm) in the Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm Street (Next to Foundry on Elm). The meeting will conclude with a 1-hour Question and Answer session with the Mayor.
The Chamber of Commerce then invites all attendees of the Town Meeting to a special Business After Hours networking event at Saloon, complete, with free appetizers and a drawing for a free two-day weekend getaway at the Holiday Inn Boston-Somerville.
The presenting sponsor is Middlesex Federal Savings. Co-sponsors include Bent Electrical Contractors Inc.; CPCU Credit Union; East Cambridge Savings Bank; Zonghetti Consulting. Additional sponsors welcome. Produced by the Chamber’s New Group: Federal Realty Investment Trust; Innerbelt Industrial Center; Telecommunications Insight Group; Tufts University.

This is a free admission but a limited capacity, ticketed event. Please send name(s) and affiliation(s) of guest(s) to to be added to the list.

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Somerville Local First to Host Mother's Day Market

With spring in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about Mother’s Day, which will be here before you know it! And there’s no better place to find the perfect gift to show a special mom in your life just how much you care than at Somerville Local First’s Local is for Lovers Mother’s Day Market.

The market, which is sponsored by ZipCar, takes place on Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville (12A Tyler St.), is free and easily accessible by car or public transportation. All shoppers must fill out a waiver form for Brooklyn Boulders. Save time and fill it out online!

The Local is for Lovers Mother’s Day Market will feature 30 local vendors selling everything from jewelry and handmade soap to sweets and clothing.  Here is a full list of vendors:

Esoterica/Smileybabyhats Hats
Somerville Soap Works
Secret Ships
13mL designs
The Bead Lady
Studio G
Melsy's Illustrations
Sprout Pencil
The Quilted Chuppah
Freebird Designs
Designs by EVFB
Yellow Sun Lisa
Batiz Jewelry
Moxie C Creations
Cuddlepill Designs

In addition to the many local artisans selling their crafts, the Local is for Lovers Mother’s Day Market will include a special appearance by the highly rated Bon Me food truck. It’s a rare chance to sample this delicious food right here in Somerville!

Local is for Lovers shoppers will be entertained by live music from David Tanklefsky and PA Trick. This is a very family-friendly event, so bring the kids and snap a new family photo in the photo booth with photographer Mike Barnes. Brooklyn Boulders Somerville will even have special Mother’s Day treats for attendees!

Vendors and shoppers at previous Local is for Lovers Market have raved about their experience and the Mother’s Day Market promises to be just as fun. Beth Rosa of Pink Pigeon Creations said, “The crowd was great, and with the focus on kids, there were lots of families and people buying gifts for people with families, which is exactly my market.” Shoppers have commented on the community feel of the markets, a place to gather and see friends while seeing some of the best local vendors around.

Shop Local is for for Lovers this Mother’s Day to show mom how much you care about her … and your community!

Local is for Lovers Mother’s Day Market media contact:
Kat Rutkin, Executive Director
Somerville Local First
Licensing Commission RoundUp...

The Licensing Commission met last night, approving licenses to exciting new businesses in Somerville.

Taking the agenda out of order, the panel met with representatives from Bibim Restaurant who will be occupying the old McDonald's space at 243 Elm Street. This license was the deciding factor, at least that's how their spokesperson made it seem at the community meeting, on whether they would expand the popular Korean eatery from their Allston location. The Allston storefront does not have an alcohol license.

After a brief explanation and description of the menu items, Commissioner John McKenna inquired whether they had any violations associated with the Allston joint. A 'no' answer gave the Commission all they needed to unanimously approve the all-forms license, paving the way for Davis to have a brand-new Korean eatery.

Another big approval came with the much-talked-about Aeronaut Brewery located on Tyler Street. Represented by former Ward 5 Alderman Sean O'Donovan, the company made a great impression with the Commission who were excited to approve the first Famer's Series Pouring Permit for beer to the new Somerville-based brewery.

Ken Kelly was also approved for his new establishment, River Bar, set to hit 661 Assembly Row. The new business will feature indoor and outdoor space and will be situated near the new JP Licks that will be calling Assembly home soon.

Paint Night had their request approved for 10 nightly events at 230 Somerville Avenue that will begin in April and run through May. Most other requests were approved, as well, with Aguacate Verde withdrawing her request that night.
Amazing Performance Set for March 23rd at Armory
Definitely mark this one in your calendars!

Who's Sorry Now? Songs of Love, Regret and Revenge is a free (donations encouraged) performance taking place at the Armory Center for the Arts (191 Highland Avenue) on Sunday March 23rd at 5:00pm.

Taking the stage alongside pianist Bill Duffy is Robin Burrage, Marilyn Dale, Catharine David, Pamela Enders, Jen Lawrence, Gail Leondar-Wright and Marva Wooden.

Check out the Facebook invite to see the latest information on this event!

Postponed Valentine's Show Gets Rescheduled at Armory
Definitely mark this one in your calendars!

Who's Sorry Now? Songs of Love, Regret and Revenge is a free (donations encouraged) performance taking place at the Armory Center for the Arts (191 Highland Avenue) on Sunday March 23rd at 5:00pm.

Taking the stage alongside pianist Bill Duffy is Robin Burrage, Marilyn Dale, Catharine David, Pamela Enders, Jen Lawrence, Gail Leondar-Wright and Marva Wooden.

Check out the Facebook invite to see the latest information on this event!

Mission of Burma to Headline Benefit Concert for Somerville Local First

The Regent Theatre and Somerville Local First Present:
Mission of Burma  
with Minibeast & Bugs and Rats
Sunday, February 9, 2014
A Benefit Concert for Somerville Local First  
Sam Adams, Craft Brewers Guild and DigBoston Sign on as Sponsors, Other Local Sponsors Added

The Regent Theatre in Arlington and Somerville Local First announced today that renowned post-punk band Mission of Burma will be playing a benefit concert for Somerville Local First on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. This will be Mission of Burma's first Boston show in over a year and the only area scheduled performance in 2014. Minibeast, featuring Peter Prescott of Mission of Burma, and Bugs and Rats, from Quincy, MA, open.

Mission of Burma's performance kicks off the first annual benefit show for Somerville Local First, a non-profit organization committed to supporting a diverse economy in Somerville, Massachusetts that is local, sustainable and fair. Funds raised from this concert will help support Somerville Local First's efforts to help launch and nurture the development of independent businesses in the city.

Sam Adams BreweryCraft Brewers Guild and DigBoston are sponsoring this event. Additional local sponsors are Q's NutsDave's Fresh PastaDaddy Jones BarTaza ChocolateMagpie, and Olde Magoun's Saloon.

Ticket Information: Tickets are $27.00 and $22.00 (includes $3.00 restoration fee) and can be purchased through the Regent Theatre Arlington online or at their box office located at 7 Medford Street in Arlington, MA, 781-646-4849. Doors are 7 PM with show time at 7:30 PM. This is an all ages show. Beer and wine will be available for purchase by those 21 and over with proper I.D.

"I'm so excited and honored that Mission of Burma is lending their time and influence to the local movement. As local heroes themselves it's great that they are supporting us in our mission to provide assistance to locally owned, independent businesses in Somerville." said Kat Rutkin, Executive Director of Somerville Local First.

Leland Stein, Manager of the Regent Theatre Arlington added, "I've been a big fan of Mission of Burma since its early days and am very excited that the Regent is hosting this as our first major concert event of the new year. And, as supporter of the "shop local" movement - and the co-owner of a business that contributes significantly to the local economy - the fact that it's a benefit for Somerville Local First is a bonus."

Mission of Burma
Roger Miller (vocals, guitar) Clint Conley (vocals, bass) Peter Prescott (vocals, drums) and Martin Swope (loops) initially formed this internationally known post-punk band in 1979. They reunited in 2002 after a nearly 20-year hiatus with Bob Weston replacing Swope.

Widely credited with influencing bands such as Nirvana, the Pixies, R.E.M., Sonic Youth, and Yo La Tengo among others, Mission of Burma has released five studio albums - Vs.ONoffONThe ObliteratiThe Sound The Speed The LightUnsound, and their live album, The Horrible Truth about Burma - all to critical acclaim. They have also issued the Signals, Calls and Marches EP and a number of singles. Unsound, their latest album, was released in 2012.

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The musical creation of Peter Prescott, (Mission of Burma, Volcano Suns, Kustomized and Peer Group), Minbeast combines surf, psych, punk, easy listening, 60's children's music, and soundtrack influences to create instrumental soundscapes. Minibeast released their firstself-titled vinyl album this year and became a four piece rock unit to play live performances. Prescott is joined by Gillian Chadwick (guitar), Alec Redfearn (bass) and Rick Pelletier (percussion).

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Bugs and Rats  
Hailing from Quincy, Massachusetts and "making childish noise since 2003", Bugs and Rats is Shawnie Brando (guitar/vocals), Kellzo (drums) and Radek Weirzbowski (bass). Playing together since high school, Bugs and Rats' music supports liberation of the soul through their uncompromising adherence to unforgiving minimalism. Bugs and Rats has released three albums,Smart as a Whip (2004),Adidas (2010), and Get That F***ing Light Outta My Face (2012) as well as a number of singles and EPs. They plan on wrapping up a new record this winter, which moves their sound into even louder, harsher territory.

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About Somerville Local First: Celebrating all things local, Somerville Local First is a non-profit organization that is committed to supporting a diverse economy in Somerville, Massachusetts that is local, sustainable and fair. Its mission is to increase the ability of independent businesses to thrive in the community by supporting one another while protecting the well-being of future generations. Somerville Local First's efforts make it possible for local dollars to work harder. For every $100 spent locally, it generates an additional $45 in secondary spending versus $14 from big box stores.

More information about Somerville Local First can be found at

About the Regent Theatre Arlington: The Mission of Burma Benefit Concert for Somerville Local First will be presented at the historic Regent Theatre, located at 7 Medford Street (off Massachusetts Avenue) in Arlington, Massachusetts. Conveniently located minutes from Cambridge and Boston, the Regent Theatre is MBTA and handicap accessible with free parking in the municipal parking lot across the street. Reserved seats may be purchased for $22 or $27 online at, by calling 781-646-4849, or in person at the Regent Theatre box office. This is an all ages event, but beer and wine will be available for purchase to those 21 and over with proper I.D.

More information about the Regent Theatre Arlington can be found at


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