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
Nirvana, Taste of India
Ole Mexican 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.
Bob Slate Stationers
Brattle Square Florist
C’est Bon Market & Liquors
Design Within Reach
Dickson Bros. True Value
Grolier Poetry Bookshop
Hunt’s Photo and Video
Joie de Vivre
Leavitt & Peirce
Market Square Jewelers (10% off with THANKYOU code)
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