Harvard Square Business Association
September 2020 Newsletter
Deals, News, Events and More!
An Unflinching and Provocative Reflection

The Harvard Square Business Association, in partnership with Cambridge Historical Tours and Cambridge Forum, is pleased to announce a series of 13 videos entitled “Black Lives Matter to Harvard Square", commemorating the lives of men and women who made historic and significant contributions toward social and racial justice, voting rights, civil rights, women’s rights, education and race and gender equality. 

Our series commenced on August 28th, the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. These videos were released in memory of George Floyd for 13 consecutive days at 8:46 A.M. This time acts as a powerful reminder of the devastating minutes and seconds Floyd was pinned to the ground before he died. His death was the catalyst for this project. Denise Jillson, Executive Director of the Harvard Square Business Association, said, “While the Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013, we took an earnest look at what the movement meant to Harvard Square and our community following the death of George Floyd.  This project acknowledges and celebrates the work and aspirations of black men and women who, at some point during their lifetimes, were connected to Harvard Square. These are people who suffered and toiled; whose courage flourished despite abuse, whose determination persisted despite cruelty and whose achievements were gained through blood and tears.

For more information and to view the collection of 13 videos, please click here.

Black Lives Matter to Harvard Square: Barack and Michelle Obama
Say Goodbye to Summer Sale
Beginning 9/22 and will run for one week. Each day we will feature 4-6 summer items for sale at 50%-70% off in store and online.

20% - 50% off at Bodhi Leaf
Get your first month free
Refinance and Save
Harvard University Employees Credit Union is offering a limited-time rate of 2.99% APR* for 60 months on all Auto Refinances.
*Annual Percentage Rate (APR) Annual Percentage Rate. Current rates are subject to change at any time. Subject to Credit Approval. Auto Loan Example $20,000.00 at 2.99% for 60 months. Monthly payment: $359 Total Finance charge: $1,540 Total repayment: $21,540. Find new and used car values online at Kelly Blue Book or at NADA Guides. Minimum Auto Loan Amount is $5,000. HUECU typically does not refinance our own auto loans but is permitting this for this promotion. 2. Qualifying members may select to defer their first payment for 60 days from the loan funding date. Interest will accrue during deferral period and this offer is subject to credit union approval. 3. Certain restrictions may apply for this program, please see full details at huecu.org.

We may not be able to offer financing on vehicles financed outside of Massachusetts. Please contact us at (617) 495-4460 for more information on your vehicle’s state requirements. All vehicle loans approved are subject to perfecting a security lien interest prior to loan closing on the pledged collateral. All owners of vehicle will need to sign on the loan.
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News Around the Square
Help Save the
Restaurant Industry

Harvard Square Business Association Member, John Schall, owner of El Jefe’s Taqueria on Mount Auburn Street, held a PRESS CONFERENCE on Wednesday, September 9th at 2:00 p.m. on the steps of the State House, 24 Beacon St. The purpose of this press conference was to publicly demand the passage of H4887, an economic development bill that will HELP SAVE THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY. 

Whether you own a restaurant, work at a restaurant or want to champion your favorite eatery, please join in solidarity! Please support John and his tireless efforts in bringing this issue to the forefront. H4887 should be passed without further delay. More information available here.
Al Fresco Dining Extended
Layer Up and Come on Down!
As we approach fall, additional Harvard Square restaurants have opened outdoor seating and have implemented strict protocols that place the health and safety of restaurant staff and patrons as the top priorities. We anticipate these dining patios to be open through the fall season thanks to new guidelines issued by the State of Massachusetts.

While social distancing, frequent sanitizing and mask-wearing staff are de rigueur, the hallmarks of our al fresco dining scene await you: delicious food, fabulous drinks and decadent desserts! Layer up and come on down to support your favorite restaurants!

A full list of outdoor patio dining options can be found here.
Open Businesses in the Square
Harvard Square businesses are opening deliberately and thoughtfully.

Here is a list of businesses that are open today (9/16/20) and operating within the guidelines set forth by federal, state and local authorities. We recommend checking in to ensure their status. 

We appreciate your patronizing the Square. Please do so with confidence, knowing that the safety of workers and the well-being and enjoyment of our customers are top priorities.
Harvard Square Masks
We are so pleased to be sourcing our “I Love Harvard Square” masks from long-time HSBA member, Esmeralda Lambert, owner of Esmeralda on Church Street.

If you are interested in purchasing Harvard Square masks at a cost of $12.00 each, please place your order here.

Masks are available in one size fits most. Minimum Order of 4.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda.
Commonwealth Wine School has opened in The Garage
Commonwealth Wine School has opened our doors in The Garage at 35 Dunster Street for in-person and online classes about wine, sake and spirits. Whether a beginner, connoisseur or industry professional, our dedicated and knowledgeable instructors share their expertise and passion to provide everyone with a fun and engaging experience. We offer a wide variety of workshops, classes and private events, as well as certification level programs from the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) and the Wine Scholar Guild. And all of them are available on-line as well as in person in our newly opened, socially distant classroom. Check us out today!

Use Code: HarvardSquare for 25% off any of our evening workshop classes in September or October! (Does not apply to Wine Scholar Guild courses).

Upcoming September Classes Include:

Thursday, September 17, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Grab your favorite bottle of Pinot Noir and join wine educator, Erika Frey, for a fun Thursday wine class. Learn what makes Pinot Noir so friendly and easy to drink. It's not the easiest grape variety to grow, nevertheless Pinot Noir is planted all over the world and creates a range of delicious red wine and some other styles that might surprise you. Erika will teach you how to navigate the world of Pinot Noir, how to talk about it and how it differs from other well-known grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A list of suggested wines will be provided prior to class so that you can taste along with Erika.

September 23rd - Nov 18th, 6-9:00pm
The Italian Wine Scholar™ education program is the most advanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date Italian wine course available. The syllabus takes a regional approach and discusses all Italian wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities. The Italian Wine Scholar study and certification program confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exams (Ex: John Smith, IWS). With a school network encompassing 30 countries on 5 continents, the IWS credential has true international recognition. Set yourself apart from your peers. Specialize in the wines of Italy!

Thursday, September 24th, 7pm - 8:30pm
The popularity of Spanish wine is on the rise! The wines of Spain have been steadily increasing in both quality and variety. Their affordability, value and drinkability make these wines even more attractive. Join wine educator, Erika Frey, for a tour of essential Spanish wines. She will introduce you to the need-to-know styles, grape varieties and regions such as sparkling Cava, refreshing Albariño, rich Rioja and dry Sherries.  You can choose to take this class in person at Commonwealth Wine School or online streaming through Zoom. Tastings are provided as part of the in person class. A list of suggested wines will be provided for students who choose to join from home, prior to class so that you can taste along.
Friday, September 25th, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Whether nestled deep in Piedmont, coastal Liguria, the hillsides of Tuscany, the seaside splendor of Corsica and Sardegna, or in southern France Vermentino is indeed a chameleon and a star. Is it any wonder that these wines might feel like “vacation"? Wherever it comes from, there is no question Vermentino's nuances and distinctive character shine through. With their charm and unique expressions of terroir, these wines are perfect for the dog days of summer. If you ever had questions about why a wine varietal might taste different from one region compared to the next then this class is for you! Join Noell Dorsey as she guides you through these fabulous wine regions featuring one of the worlds best kept white wine secret: Vermentino! 
Fresh Flavor to Harvard Square

Restaurant veteran Daniel Roughan’s latest venture, SOURCE Restaurant, is bringing a gastro pub and pizza bar with a modern and sustainable twist to Cambridge.

The Harvard Square space, which is set to open late-September, boasts a rustic feel with modern touches and features the original exposed brick from the first Cambridge Fire Station, Cambridge Engine 1. Commercial sized double hung windows offer window seating where guests can enjoy prime people watching with a pint.

SOURCE will be one of the first restaurants in the region to incorporate the I-Wave air purification system within their HVAC, proven to eliminate multiple airborne pathogens including COVID-19, making their air some of the cleanest in the country.

In the kitchen, Chef Brian Kevorkian brings over 25 years of culinary exceptionalism to SOURCE’s hyper-seasonal menu, which will feature rotating custom wood fired pizzas, small plates, pastas, entrees, and homemade desserts. 90% of the food and beverage menus will be sourced from within 100 miles of the restaurant, including local breweries such as Nightshift, Aeronaut and Idle Hands and distillers such as Bully Boy, Crooked Oak, and Short Path. The cocktail menu contains twists on classics as well as large batch drinks called “The Vessels” for sharing.

SOURCE will be open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as offering an unforgettable brunch experience both Saturdays and Sundays. To learn more or view the full menu, visit https://sourcerestaurants.com
Singers Wanted! Sing with us in Sanders Theatre at The Christmas Revels
this December. Well, virtually anyways….

Since we are no longer bound by time or geography in this wonderful virtual era, it is with great pleasure that we invite Revels fans far and wide to join us this winter– as audience members and singers – in our 2020 50th Anniversary (virtual) Christmas Revels “at” Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre.
We may be virtual this year but, by the miracles of technology, we’ll still be “in” Sanders celebrating a half century of Revels magic as we unlock a treasure trove of highlights with some very special guests. Since this is a Christmas Revels, and audience members young and old are so much a part of every production, we want families and individuals out there to join us and to sing with us like they were attending a Christmas Revels in person. All we need are videos from you to make it happen!
The instructions are simple. All you need is a smartphone! There will be three “All Sing” moments, for which we are seeking many voices: “Joy to the World,” “Dona Nobis Pacem,” and the “Sussex Mummers’ Carol.” This is your chance to sing along with our splendid brass ensemble and in the company of hundreds of other “Revelers”. We will assemble your video submissions into an enthusiastic Christmas Revels audience, with glorious Sanders Theatre as its backdrop, so when the production airs in December you can watch yourself – in Sanders - from home!
Whether you’re a Revels veteran or a novice, we hope you can join us as we raise the roof with song at our 2020 50th Anniversary (virtual) Christmas Revels! Deadline for submissions is September 18th. Ready, set, SING!
Learn more about joining our Virtual Audience at https://www.revels.org/shows-events/virtual-xmas/sing-us/

Learn more about our 2020 50th Anniversary (virtual) Christmas Revels at https://www.revels.org/shows-events/virtual-xmas/
Open daily 12-5 pm for in store shopping, limited to 6 customers at a time with masks. Please email or call the store to have items shipped to you instead.

Product updates:
- Academic Year (Jul - Jun) diaries are in stock. Calendar Year (Jan - Dec) diaries are arriving daily, please call the store to inquire about your brand.
- Small Wall Calendars are available now, Large Wall Calendars will be available by late September.
- Rosh Hashanah, Halloween and Thanksgiving cards are in stock.
- Crane and Caspari are offering 10% off personalized Holiday cards until 10/31. Please call to make an appointment for ordering.
- Holiday cards, wrap and Advents will be available earlier than usual, by early October, to help spread out holiday shopping volume and alleviate crowds.
September Specials and Mobile Pickup

September monthly special: Nashville Hot Chicken & Banana Peppers.

Also offering a seasonal salad in spirit of fall: Baby Spinach, Pomegranate, Cranberry, Apple & Goat Cheese with Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.

Mobile Pickup‘ simply removes the interaction at the counter — the customer places a ‘Mobile Pickup‘ order, shows up at the specified pickup time, and grabs their own order (marked with name and order number) off our designated Mobile Pickup shelf.
Silkroad Ensemble
 "Falling Out of Time”

Silkroad is thrilled to announce a brand new album from the Grammy award-winning Silkroad Ensemble! "Falling Out of Time,” written for the Ensemble by longtime collaborator Osvaldo Golijov and based on a novel of the same name by Israeli writer David Grossman, will be released on October 9 by In A Circle Records. 

The work took shape when Osvaldo read David Grossman’s brilliant, almost unbearable novel about a man who walks, a father who describes with his feet impossible, ever-widening circles, driven to go to his dead son. Part play, part poem, part fable, the book is a journey “out of time” as parents grieve the death of a child, a quest to comprehend a loss beyond words. Pre-order today and get 3 tracks instantly: bit.ly/2R4GvqT.
New at J.P. Licks

J.P. Licks launches our first of several new flavors this week! Please welcome Cookie3 …a delicious combination of Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cookie Dough, and Hydrox Cookies in Vanilla Ice Cream. Come on in and give it a try or if you’re looking for a baked treat, grab a frosted pumpkin muffin or our brand new apple turnovers!
New Hours at MOTTO
Motto welcomes fall with extended hours and new arrivals.
T.E.A.M. Tutoring
Are you concerned about your student's education this Fall? Signet Education has an easy solution -- T.E.A.M. Tutoring!

T.E.A.M. stands for Traction, Enrichment, Accountability, and Mastery. We'll match your student with an academic coach and a team of expert tutors to address their specific course load. Tutors will meet with your student at a frequency tailored for their needs. Small group format is available, too!

Additional benefits of T.E.A.M. Tutoring include:
one-to-one or small group format allows for individual attention, exploration, and support build relationships with expert tutors that inspire a love of learning
structured meetings keep students engaged and on track strengthen executive functions and build study skills through coaching

Most importantly, knowing that an entire T.E.A.M. of tutors are focused on your student's education will give you peace of mind. Without the burden of being a home-school teacher, you can focus on what you do best -- being a parent!

Have any questions or want to find out more? Give us a call at 617-714-5262 and ask for Sheila!
Thursdays / Fridays 6:30-8:30PM

Music on the patio provided by Longy School of Music students, faculty, and alumni. All performances will follow social-distancing guidelines

French Night Specials
Thursday 9/17 and Friday 9/18
Live French-Inspired Music on the Patio Presented By Longy School Of Music
6:30pm – 8:30pm

3 course prix fixe french-inspired menu alongside regular menu.

3 course meal for $35/pp

Chicken Liver Pate                $12 a la carte
pickled vegetables, grain mustard, toasted baguette

Pan Roasted Duck Breast       $27 a la carte
lentils du puy, spinach, carrot puree, garlic thyme jus

Raspberry Vanilla Macaron     $8 a la carte
white chocolate vanilla bean mousse

Wine Specials
White - Louis Latour Bourgogne Blanc, Beaune 2017
Fresh with aromas of white fruits – round palate with almond notes
$9/gl $34/btl

Red - Paul Autard Cotes du Rhone 2018
Smoky and complex with warm raspberry fruit – licorice and cherry palate, with a peppery finish
$9/gl $34/btl
Animal Snack Time: Meet the Arthropods at Harvard Museum of Science and Culture
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Ever wonder what tarantula’s hair feels like? Curious about what vinegaroons smell like? Want to get up close and personal with the business end of a scorpion? If so, then grab a snack and join human museum staff Javier and Ryan as they spend thirty minutes feeding, interacting with, and discussing the museum’s many live arthropods! This event is free and will be hosted via Zoom Webinar.

Register for this free virtual family friendly event by 1:00 pm on September 23. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate using Zoom.

Download the free Zoom app in advance for the best user experience. If you already have Zoom, you do not need to download it again.

More museum events:

An American Songbook Cabaret
with Silent Auction
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The silent auction is LIVE!

Click the link below to register and start bidding!

The silent auction features exciting items and experiences perfect for treating yourself or trying something new. Anyone can bid in the auction, even if you cannot attend the cabaret itself.
$150 Premium
$75 General
Auction ends September 23, 9 PM
6:30 PM Live & Interactive Cocktail hour (premium only)
7:30 PM Cabaret

Both the cocktail hour and cabaret will take place on Zoom,
featuring a mix of live and pre-recorded portions.
Why not start the evening at our live cocktail hour?
Join fellow Premium Ticket holders and Blue Heron musicians in a lively, fun-filled Musical Trivia contest, complete with prizes. Our special guest host, Robert B. Dimmick, has been writing the popular, amusing online column of Perfect Propriety, Etiquetteer, for almost 20 years (www.etiquetteer.com/home). Etiquette mistakes in history are just as much fun as knowing how to behave well, and Robert is known for hosting a good time.
Conversations on the Edge:
Policing in Cambridge:
The Issues, The Future, The Budget
Thursday, September 24
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join us for the first conversation in CCAE’s fourth year of the Conversations on the Edge series, to talk with a distinguished panel about Cambridge policing and the issues the CPD and we, as a community, face at this crucial juncture, when policing is under scrutiny as never before. More information here.


Unique Needs Of Solo Agers: Building Health, Community,
and Emotional Support
Gonson Daytime Lecture & Discussion
Wednesday, September 30
1:00 pm

Explore the needs and unique considerations of solo agers and review specific needs related to healthcare and community, strategies and tips for avoiding loneliness and isolation, and tools for creating and identifying support systems. This presentation is particularly relevant as we navigate a world in which we are all feeling isolated and uncertain. More information here.
October 19th - November 16th

Now more than ever, as we move through this pandemic, we need connections, community, and compassion as the ground shifts beneath us and we hear rumblings, and maybe even screams, to shed the past, change, and move into an unexpected future.

Regina Carey, a Strength-Based Coach, and Erika Salloux, a Certified Professional Organizer, will journey with you through five weeks of extraordinary barrier busting techniques! Commit to yourself and you will witness the changes your heart has been wanting! Release heaps of stuff that is not serving you and move on to the next level! We are here to help and guide you through the process. Grab your seat around this transformational table of women.
For more events, view our events calendar
HSBA Member Spotlight
Blue Heron is engaged in the exploration of vocal music of the Renaissance and Medieval periods. Putting the study of original sources in the service of persuasive, vivid and exciting concert presentations, the ensemble is now established as the finest of its type in North America. Led by Scott Metcalfe, Blue Heron offers a home subscription series in Harvard Square, and a catalog of seven exceptional recordings is available on the Blue Heron label.
Harvard Square Business Association
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