Early yesterday morning, City of Cambridge DPW employees were hard at work planting pansies in the public way. We are grateful for their efforts, though there are very few people out and about to enjoy them. However, knowing they are planted and that spring is just around the corner gives us hope that this crisis will pass before too long and that people will be back in the Square to enjoy the pansies and so much more.
Sadly, we are all treading in uncharted waters. There is so much uncertainty and very likely, a lot more coming our way. We have braced ourselves for the next 4-6, maybe 8 weeks and know the best way to get through this is to remain thoughtful, strategic and above all, continue to work together. There is a lot of hard work ahead; our goal is to help where we can and to be of service to our community during this unprecedented time.
While dozens of our businesses are closed, until otherwise directed, many are still providing services for neighbors and residents across our fair city and will continue to be a resource for our community and beyond.
For the restaurants that have closed HSBA’s newest member, Jessica Sculley, founder of the Commonwealth Wine School, which is slated to open in early summer, created a Cambridge Virtual Tip Jar for people to donate tips individually to service workers who are out of work or dealing with reduced hours. https://sites.google.com/view/cambridge-virtual-tip-jar/home
The following is a list of Harvard Square businesses that are open and operating within the guidelines set forth by federal, state and local authorities. We recommend checking in with them to ensure their availability, as changes are inevitable.
Black Sheep Bagel Cafe
Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe
Cilantro Chinese Cuisine
Eliot Street Cafe / Dunkin Donuts
El Jefe’s Taqueria
Lizzy’s Ice Cream
Ole Mexican Grill
Russell House Tavern
Additionally, the following businesses are opened for your retail needs and operating within the guidelines set forth by federal, state and local authorities. We recommend checking in with them to ensure their availability, as changes are inevitable.
Dickson Bros. True Value
– Please call the store at 617-864-1163, text (617) 682-9864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before going to the location
The following businesses are open for online shopping:
Abodeon – abodeon.com
African Gift Items – africangiftitems.com
Anime Zakka – animezakka.com
Banana Samba – amazon.com
‘Bob Slate – To Go’ – is accessed by email to NewBobSlate@gmail.com. In stock products are available for contact-less pickup from 12 -5 on Monday – Saturday, or for shipping by USPS Priority Mail. This is a unique opportunity to organize papers, or explore new ideas by journaling, or reach out to loved ones from afar with a hand-written greeting card.
BoConcept – boconcept.com
Broadway Marketplace – broadwaymarketplace.com/shop-now
Bryn Mawr Bookstore – abebooks.com
Cabot’s Candy – cabotscandy.com
Cambridge Artists Cooperative – We at CAC are hoping everyone is staying safe & following the stay-at-home guidelines. While you are home we thought you might enjoy browsing our lovely handmade art & crafts.
For your added convenience we have added Gift Cards for use in our online shop. These cards are available in $25, $50, $75 & $100 denominations. When you purchase a Gift Card, it will be emailed to your recipient for use in our Online Shop – cambridgeartistscoopshop.com
Cardullo’s – cardullos.com
Crimson Corner – Free shipping for all orders $40 or higher. crimsoncornerharvardsquare.com
CVS – cvs.com
Esmeralda – esmeraldastore.com
Fjallraven – fjallraven.com
Follow the Honey – followthehoney.com
Forty Winks – shopfortywinks.com
Good Vibrations – goodvibes.com
Gym1 – gym1.net
Grolier Poetry Bookshop – grolierpoetrybookshop.org
Harvard Book Store – bookshop.org
Harvard Cooperative Society – store.thecoop.com
Hunt’s Photo & Video – huntsphotoandvideo.com
Joie de Vivre – joiedevivre.net
Leavitt & Peirce – leavittandpeirce.com
Lush – lushusa.com
Market Square Jewelers – marketsquarejewelers.com
MBTAgifts – mbtagifts.com
Mint Julep – shopmintjulep.com
Moleskine – us.moleskine.com
Motto – mottoharvardsq.com
Newbury Comics – newburycomics.com
Nomad – nomadcambridge.com
Origins – origins.com
Planet Records – We sell online through Amazon.com and Discogs.com (a record collector’s site). Customers can access our offerings by going through our website planet-records.com.
Ray-Ban – Ray-Ban.com
Rebekah Brooks – rebekahbrooks.com
Swiss Watchmaker – swisswatchmakerharvardsq.com
The Andover Shop – The Andover Shop is conducting sales online and orders via the phone if people call the store. theandovershop.com
The Big Skinny – bigskinny.net
The Gap – gap.com
The Harvard Shop – theharvardshop.com
The Hempest – hempest.com
When the crisis is over, our fervent hope and desire is that you and yours are safe and well, that businesses of every size, but particularly our small businesses, are made whole and that the economic vitality of business districts across our state and across our great nation is completely restored.
With sincerest thanks for your continuing support,
Harvard Square Business Association