Friday, March 19, 2010

Bead and Company Now Brunello Bistro?

I was in Bread and Company a few weeks ago for breakfast and the place was pretty packed. The Bread and Company sign is now gone, replaced by one for Brunello Bistro.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Songs about Somerville: Pernice Brothers

Ok, I'm not sure what part of Somerville Joe Pernice might be referring to here. Let's just pretend that the action is taking place somewhere along the Winter Hill/East Somerville axis for now.

If this is new to you and you like the songs below, you might want to check out one of the Pernice Brothers stellar albums (Overcome by Happiness, for example, is a great place to start). And if you know of any other Somerville-centric music, please do let us know.

This one was used in a a Shewin-Williams commercial several months back:

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Papercut Zine Library

Clarification: As noted in the comment below, the Papercut Zine Library will be re-opening on March 14 and having a grand opening event on APRIL 18

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Just outside of Winter Hill, on Peral St., the Papercut Zine Library will move into Somerville with expectations of re-opening on Sunday, March 18th. March 14 and having a grand opening event on APRIL 18

Description from their site:
Papercut is A fully-functioning lending library which serves over 1,000 members, free of charge. Our collection of nearly 13,000 independently published works includes everything from the all-familiar photocopied punk rock zines from the 80's, to hand-crafted personal zines bound together with yarn. Although our main focus is print, we also carry a selection of other independent media, including DVDs, VHS and cassette tapes.

In addition to the library function, he group has hosted some events including musical performances at their prior location in Harvard Square. They've been around for a while, and have been covered by media including the Phoenix. They have myspace and facebook sites.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Music in Winter Hill: Temple B'nai Brith

Temple B'nai Brith is on Central Street. They will be having a coffeehouse concert on 3/13. Here's the info from their site:

Come hear two fabulous musical performances as TBB presents its second coffeehouse concert, featuring Big Fuzzy (lyrical music from many genres) and Avi Jacob (gospel/melodramatic popular song/folk) on Saturday, March 13, at 8:00 pm.

Big Fuzzy is the gifted guitar/vocal duo of Anneke Reich and Max Kennedy. They are talented young local musicians who who have been making beautiful music for several years in and around the Boston area. Anneke and Max are about to release their first full-length album.

Avi Jacob is an exciting young singer/songwriter living in Providence who performs in and around Providence and Boston. He is about to release a new album.
Join us for a special evening of music and socializing. Suggested donation is $10; refreshments will be available.

Photo from Big Fuzzy myspace.

M&S Police Supply Laundromat

Right next to the new T&T Ocean Liquor (formally the Paul Revere Beverage) there is the M & S Police Supply. I found it mysterious that the metal grate was always down in front of the window (although this is explained here), and I had no idea what was actually inside. Well, you can imagine the excitement when I recently noticed the windows completely exposed; however, I was a little suprised at what I found inside. Looks like they are turing the place in to a laundromat. This is probably a good thing for a lot of people.

The old M&S:

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And the Current:

Friday, March 5, 2010 feature: Endless winter on the Hill ran a piece on challenges of the slowly developing Winter Hill area. Here's an excerpt:

By Danielle Dreilinger, Globe Correspondent

All across Somerville, people and businesses are revving up for spring. The 'dozers are about to start again in Union and Assembly squares for government-funded improvement projects. New Davis Square restaurants have filed for sidewalk café permits. The East Somerville Main Streets business development group holds itsannual party/meeting March 9. And surveyors traverse the future Green Line, which promises to improve property values and business along its track.

But for Winter Hill's businesses, it's still winter. "We're the Rodney Dangerfield of squares lately," lamented Vic Leone in his family's sub shop. In summer, Foss Park draws soccer-playing crowds, but right now, the once-thriving Broadway strip looks drab as a rainy day.


Leones Sub & Pizza ·
(617) 776-2511
294 Broadway ·
Somerville ·

Picture from simpliciter's photostream:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hallelujah The Hill

For anyone who has been to the Paul Revere Beverage on Main Street right off Broadway in Winter Hill, you probably noticed that it was dying a slow, slow death for quite some time. The good news, is the location is now under new management, and the store is stocked better than ever. Please pay our new neighbors at T&T Ocean Liquors a visit. We wish them luck.

I opted for the Magic Hat Spring Fever box set: