Not that long ago, I used to travel a lot for work, it seemed I was never home. Occasionally I would join newoligarch for “neighborhood patrol” wherein we would walk around our neighborhoods, taking conscious note of stores opening and closing, construction, homes for sale, and other changes that can pass you by when you’re out of town.
In that spirit, I present some local square updates:
1. Davis Square
The shell of CD Spins didn’t have much time to get cold before a hermit crab of a new business moved in. They don’t quite have all the signage yet, but La Chic Boutique is definitely open for business at 235 Elm Street. It’s a fashion consignment shop that also carries (or aspires to carry) according to their literature (abridged), “Hummels, Swarovski Crystal, Frankoma, Hobnail, Lunchboxes, Weathervanes, Transformers, Acoustic Research, Duck Decoys, Doorstops, Microscopes, Old Tube Radios, Ambrotypes, Tiffany Lamps, Folk Art” and more.
2. Harvard and Davis
I had blogged briefly on Bowl & Board earlier. This bit from NPR makes it sound like things are even worse, and the Globe also mentions their exodus from Harvard Square. I went back and bought that cutting board like I was talking about. I hope that little bit helps them some. It’s a nice foil to the granite counters in limeduck kitchen stadium.
3. Harvard Square
Crema cafe was mentioned in the Globe piece above as a sign of life and business in the square, and I’ve been tardy in visiting. Professor M lured me there yesterday and I had a double espresso while she enjoyed mint tea and an eggplant sandwich. The place was packed but still relatively calm. My espresso was good but not outstanding, having a bit of a sour tang. The eggplant was crisp, with entertainingly stretchy cheese and excellent (house made?) bread.
There’s still life in these old squares yet.
What about Porter Square?
Update, a bit late: Bowl & Board in Davis, and I think everywhere, is kaput.