More Boston holiday events & craft fairs coming up

Despite the dropping temperatures, some parts of Boston are keeping busy. You can find hundreds of events on Yelp and the Globe website, but how about I save you some time and tell you about the 3 craft fairs, 2 shows, and 2 other fun events I think are worth it? Craft Fairs Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair – This juried fair (fewer exhibitors, higher … Continue reading More Boston holiday events & craft fairs coming up

Slowing down as Boston gets colder

Though Snowmageddon is biding it’s time, hoping to catch us off guard, the temperature and early sunsets definitely have Boston in full winter mode. Pea coats fill the sidewalks, scents of hot chocolate fill the kitchen, and we’re all starting to ask a little more often if going outside for [insert activity here] is really worth it. It’s funny, Facebook’s been rolling out these new … Continue reading Slowing down as Boston gets colder

Boston Apartments Rent Map

How to Find an Apartment in Boston

Whether you’re moving to the Boston area or a resident looking for a new place, finding the right apartment can be tough. You almost certainly know about Craigslist; without a doubt the site containing the highest volume of apartments available. But if you’re looking for some better ways to find Boston apartments (though not always as many), you have some options: PadMapper.com – This Google … Continue reading How to Find an Apartment in Boston

Union Square Festival

Things to Do Near Union Square

The most active spot in East Somerville, Union Square provides some extra options for those living in the Porter Square or Harvard Square areas, and is the nexus of Somerville’s active arts community. Fun events like Fluff Fest, the Harvest Festival, and various ArtsUnion programs draw a crowd from most of Somerville and some of Cambridge. You can check the Union Square Main Streets site … Continue reading Things to Do Near Union Square

SOWA Boston Farmers Market

Winter Farmers Markets in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville

Locavores and fresh food fans will be please to hear that farmers markets’ popularity is paying off — more winter markets than ever before are happening through the season. There’s a couple in Boston and one each in Cambridge and Somerville… Boston Winter Farmers Market in the Prudential Center Every Thursday from November 10th to May 24th, 2012, the Prudential Center is hosting a winter … Continue reading Winter Farmers Markets in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville

SOWA Boston Holiday Market Card

Tons of Boston gifts & crafts fairs coming up…

With Thanksgiving over, the shopping fervor has begun. ChristmaHannuKwanzaSolstice is coming up, and we all have a crapload of people we have want to buy gifts for. If you’re not buying cheap plastic-wrapped mass-produced stuff off of Amazon (the kind of stuff I like to get), you might be excited to know that there a ton of gift / craft-selling festivals coming up around Boston. Update … Continue reading Tons of Boston gifts & crafts fairs coming up…

How to Survive (and Enjoy) a Boston Winter

With Boston winter’s average temperature around 30 degrees and average snowfall of over 10 inches, the snowy season can be a shocker for a non-native like myself. But there are some easy things you can do to change your winter from “why do I live here!?” to “now this is the way to live”. Survival tips first; if you’re a winter veteran, skip ahead to … Continue reading How to Survive (and Enjoy) a Boston Winter

Somerville Volunteers in HONK Parade

Places to Volunteer in Somerville

Somerville is a wonderfully altruistic community, from Tufts University with its emphasis on active citizenship to a very participatory local government. Volunteering is a great way to join in making the city a better place. I’ve listed a few specific organizations you may want to check out below. City Government’s SomerServe program – Anyone 18 or older can apply to volunteer for the city, helping … Continue reading Places to Volunteer in Somerville

Laptop repair attempt - No good services in Boston.

Even in big cities, some things are better ordered online.

So last week, my laptop went from “having issues” to “psychotic breakdown”. As any tech geek can understand, sending in your laptop for repairs is the last thing you want to do. You’re without it for weeks, you’re probably going to lose all your data, and there’s no guarantee people aren’t going to be snooping through all your files in the process. So I ventured … Continue reading Even in big cities, some things are better ordered online.

Bookstores in Harvard Square - The COOP

Bookstores in Harvard Square

The Good The COOP – Harvard’s largest bookstore, it’s the first thing you’ll see walking out of the T station’s main entrance / exit. Essentially a Barnes & Noble in disguise, The COOP is four massive floors of new books, connected to a second building that holds textbooks, academic supplies, and Harvard University souvenirs + apparel. Great variety, has a cafe with free wifi, and holds … Continue reading Bookstores in Harvard Square