Restaurant and Retail Services & Signs of Hope in Harvard Square

Dear Friends-

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.

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.  

9 Tastes
Amorino Gelato
Black Sheep Bagel Cafe
Bluestone Lane
Broadway Marketplace
Cafe Sushi
Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe
Charlie’s Kitchen
Cilantro Chinese Cuisine
Dado Tea
Eliot Street Cafe / Dunkin Donuts
El Jefe’s Taqueria
Felipe’s Taqueria
Grendel’s Den
Henrietta’s Table
Hong Kong
J.P. Licks
Lizzy’s Ice Cream
Nirvana, Taste of India
Oggi Gourmet
Ole Mexican Grill
One Ramen
Pinocchio’s Pizza
Russell House Tavern
Shake Shack
Tasty Burger
The Maharaja
the red house
Veggie Grill
Whole Heart Provisions
Wholesome Fresh

Among those restaurants, the following are providing malt and wine for off-premise consumption:

El Jefe’s
Grendel’s Den
Ole Mexican Grill
Veggie Grill

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.  

Bentley Publishers Automotive
Bob Slate Stationer
Brattle Square Florist
Broadway Marketplace
Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe
Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing
C’est Bon Market
Crimson Corner
Design Within Reach
Dickson Bros. True Value
Forty Winks
Harvard Book Store
Hunt’s Photo, Video & Digital
J. August
Joie de Vivre
Leavitt & Peirce
Market Square Jewelers
Mint Julep
Newbury Comics
Planet Records
Raven Used Books
SEE, Inc.
Skenderian Apothecary
Swiss Watchmaker
Tess & Carlos
The Harvard Coop
Tommy’s Value
University Wine Shop
Wholesome Fresh
Zinnia Jewelry & Gifts

The following businesses are open for online shopping:

Abodeon –

African Gift Items –

Anime Zakka –

Banana Samba –

‘Bob Slate – To Go’ – is accessed by email to 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 –

Broadway Marketplace

Bryn Mawr Bookstore –

Cabot’s Candy –

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 –

Cardullo’s –

Crimson Corner – Free shipping for all orders $40 or higher.


Esmeralda –

Fjallraven –

Follow the Honey –

Forty Winks –

Good Vibrations –

Grolier Poetry Bookshop –

Harvard Book Store –

Harvard Cooperative Society –

Hunt’s Photo & Video –

Joie de Vivre –

Leavitt & Peirce –

Lush –

Market Square Jewelers –

MBTAgifts –

Mint Julep

Moleskine –

Newbury Comics –

Nomad –

Origins –

Planet Records – We sell online through and (a record collector’s site). Customers can access our offerings by going through our website

Rebekah Brooks –

Swiss Watchmaker –

The Andover Shop – The Andover Shop is conducting sales online and orders via the phone if people call the store.

The Big

The Gap –

The Harvard Shop –

The Hempest –

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,

Denise Jillson
Executive Director
Harvard Square Business Association