Harvard Square Business Association Newsletter
Happenings and Continued Good Deeds in Harvard Square
Brattle Square Florist opens for online sales!
Celebrate Mother's Day

While Mother's Day cannot be celebrated in Harvard Square as it has been for decades, we are pleased that you can still purchase lovely gifts and delicious meals.

We are particularly pleased to announce that with the new guidelines issued
by the Governor yesterday, the Brattle Square Florist is now open for
delivery only. Please place your orders early.

Many restaurants are providing take out and delivery and some of our retail establishments have great gifts available online. Please click here for a list of options available for the special mom in your life! 

Can't decide which gift to buy? A Harvard Square gift certificate is fast and easy to obtain and she'll love it! Get all the details here .

Happy Mother's Day!
Harvard Square E-Gift Cards Now Available

If you’re looking to buy a special present but are unsure which of your favorite Harvard Square businesses to patronize, new   e-gift cards  are available to purchase – in any denomination! E-Gift Cards take the guesswork out of shopping and give your recipient immediate access to stores, restaurants and more! Obtaining these e-gift cards is fast and easy!
I Love Harvard Square Masks Available for Purchase

Face Coverings are now required in the City of Cambridge and in the state of Massachusetts. Please review the policy   here   and note the flyer   here .  

Please be sure to abide by this policy; the city will be issuing warnings and possible fines of up to $300.00.

If you are interested in purchasing Harvard Square masks (minimum of 4 per order) for a cost of $12.00 each plus shipping, please email Amanda at  ahenley@harvardsquare.com for an order form.
 
We are so pleased to be sourcing the masks from long-time HSBA member, Esmeralda Lambert, owner of  Esmeralda   on Church Street.
Restaurant News
Nubar Reopens for Delivery
Beginning May 6th, Nubar, located at the Sheraton Commander, will be open for take out.
Call (617) 234-1365 to place an order between 12pm - 7pm to be picked up between 4pm-8pm.

Special menu for food and for beer & wine available here .

To minimize contact, it is encouraged to pay over the phone.

Orders for pickup will be placed on a table in the restaurant vestibule entrance.

50% discount for first responders (fire, police, EMT) and front line hospital workers.
El Jefe's Taqueria and Grendel's Den Supply Groceries
Orders must be placed online and packed by a El Jefe's staff member. Delivery orders can be placed online using UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash or Postmates apps. For pick up orders, go to the El Jefe's Taqueria web page, select order, location and choose the " Essential Items " menu.
A few weeks ago, Grendel's Den owner Kari Kuelzer piloted a grocery program to offer a combination of perishables and pantry items carried by the restaurant. It became quickly apparent that there was a need for Grendel's to continue to apply creativity and energy to our food supply to get all of that supply into your bellies in a new way. The program is now ramped up to provide order-ahead pick up and delivery.

All orders must include a PRIMARY BOX OR KIT before ADD ON ITEMS can be purchased. Make sure you scroll to the bottom to see the BEER AND WINE you can add to your grocery order.

Weekly lists will be updated on Wednesday and orders must be received by the following Saturday at 5 PM.

Pick-up can be arranged by appointment Wednesday - Saturday.

Delivery days will be Wednesday for Boston side neighborhoods, Thursday for Cambridge and western adjacent towns and Friday for Somerville and north adjacent towns.

Your order will be serviced by one of our usual front-of-house staffers who are working from home. They will be able to answer questions, take special requests and keep you informed of any changes.

Delivery is free but you can tip your waiter!

If you want delivery, please fill out the intake form with the information we need to set you up with one of our waitstaff, who are working from home to service our grocery kit customers with the same care you have always enjoyed at Grendel’s Den.

Your address is required and we ask that you complete a quick questionnaire that will allow us for us to get to know you from afar so that we can get you the goods you need and want!

Here is a handy link to our offerings, which will be updated weekly and expanded as we source more products.
Harvard Square Hotel Houses
Front Line Workers

Like many hotels in the Cambridge area,  Harvard Square Hotel has suspended operations. However, they generously partnered with Harvard University and the Cambridge Health Alliance to allow doctors and nurses access to their newly renovated 73-room hotel on a complimentary basis to rest and sleep during their long shifts. Richard Carbone, President of Collegiate Hospitality, who manages the hotel, reports that this kind program will run through the month of May. The hotel is hoping to re-open on June 1st.
Henrietta's Table Donates to Mount Auburn Hospital

Alex Attia, of the Charles Hotel and Henrietta's Table dropped off some wonderfu l pastries to Mount Auburn Hospital that the staff really enjoyed.

Picture: Alex Attia and Rich Guarino, COO of Mt. Auburn Hospital.
Anonymous Water Donation to Homeless Shelter

Rev. Kate Layzer reached out to ask for much needed water for guests at First Shelter. The HSBA put out the word and almost immediately, a kind and generous member complied. Within a few days, a pallet of water was delivered to the program.  
 
Pictured here is the Rev. Tom looking happy and “pumped” about taking it down to the Outdoor Church office in the basement of Harvard Epworth Church all by himself!
 
The donor wishes to remain anonymous. He said, “My spouse and I are very humble and do not like recognition for the work we do for humanity. Please accept our silent donation as a way to say thanks for the opportunity we’ve been given to serve...(we) will be more than delighted to continue supporting this effort until the pandemic ends and/or anything else we can be of service toward."
Portable Toilets & Hand Washing Station Arrive in Harvard Sq.
The Harvard Square Business Association has partnered with the City of Cambridge to install Portable Toilets for the convenience of the public. The city is servicing the toilets 4 times daily. We are piloting the program this week and if all goes as planned, the toilets will remain in place until the crisis is over.

The city has also installed two hand washing stations in the Square as we strive to keep the virus from spreading.
You Are Not Alone
Transition House as well as the Cambridge Police Department distribute outreach materials around our community to reach survivors of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Harvard Square Business Association
Two Brattle Square, Mezzanine
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491- 3434