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.  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.  

&Pizza
Amorino Gelato
Berryline
Black Sheep Bagel Cafe
Bluestone Lane
BonChon
Broadway Marketplace
Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe
Charlie’s Kitchen
Chutney’s
Cilantro Chinese Cuisine
Darwin’s
Eliot Street Cafe / Dunkin Donuts
El Jefe’s Taqueria
Felipe’s Taqueria
Flour
Grendel’s Den
J.P. Licks
Le’s
Lizzy’s Ice Cream
Nubar
Ole Mexican Grill
One Ramen
Orinoco
Otto
Pinocchio’s Pizza
Russell House Tavern
Shake Shack
Subway
Tanjore
Tasty Burger
Veggie Grill
Wholesome Fresh
Zinneken’s
Zoe’s

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

Darwin’s
El Jefe’s
Grendel’s Den
Nubar
Ole Mexican Grill
Orinoco
Tanjore
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.  

Crimson Corner
CVS
Dickson Bros. True Value
Swiss Watchmaker
– Please call the store at 617-864-1163, text (617) 682-9864 or email swisswatchmaker@gmail.com 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

Gym1gym1.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

Mottomottoharvardsq.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-BanRay-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 Skinnybigskinny.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,

Denise Jillson
Executive Director
Harvard Square Business Association