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Signed First Edition of the Month Club at the Harvard Book Store

Harvard Square is renowned for its bookstores and the Harvard Book Store is the grande dame. Since 1932, the independently owned book store has been attracting writers from around the world for readings and signings. Each month, a tome is selected for both its literary merit and potential collectibility – and is signed by the author.

Hotel Veritas offers a room package which includes a night at the hotel, as well as the monthly selection from Harvard Book Store and a glass of wine. The Simple Truth Lounge is the perfect quiet place to relax, sip the wine, and being the first chapter.

Due to popularity, the signed first edition is subject to availability.

To reserve the Hotel Veritas Harvard Book Store package, click here or call 617.520.5000. To sign up for the Harvard Book Store Signed First Edition of the Month Club to have copies mailed to you, click here.

Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 617.661.1515


Harvard Square Businesses welcome Lady Gaga by supporting her Born This Way Foundation

Harvard Square Business Association members and one very generous local realtor, Holly Donaldson of Coldwell Banker, prepare to welcome Lady Gaga to Harvard Square by supporting her foundation.

On Wednesday, February 29th Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, are among those scheduled to join Lady Gaga at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education for the launch of the singer’s nonprofit Born This Way Foundation.  The Born This Way Foundation addresses issues such as self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy. The Gaga nonprofit is in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Chutney’s – 36 JFK Street, 617-491-2545

Spice it up for Lady Gaga at Chutney’s!

Mention “Born This Way” on Wednesday February 29th and get 20% off your order! $1 for each sale towards will be donated to The Born This Way Foundation.

Crazy Dough’s – 36 JFK Street, 617-492-4848

Mention the “Lady Gaga Offer” on Wednesday the 29th and get 10% off your entire order at the Harvard Square location. 10% of the “Lady Gaga Offer” sales will also be donated to The Born This Way Foundation.

FiRE+iCE – 50 Church Street, 617-547-9007

FiRE+iCE Harvard Square will donate 20% of all dessert sales on Wednesday the 29th to the Lady Gaga Born This Way Foundation!

Follow The Honey – 1132 Mass Ave, 617-945-7356,

100% proceeds of our fabulous 1/4 pound ball jar of “Massachusetts Honey on Tap” to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Bee as you were born to bee ~ raw honey courage!

Grendel’s Den Restaurant and Bar – 89 Winthrop Street, 617-491-1160

Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar will feature a specially devised cocktail called “The Little Monster”, created by bartender (and Gaga fan) Dustin Frankus. The cocktail features Lady Gaga’s favorite whiskey – Jameson – with Lillet & bitters for $7.50, with $2 from each sale donated to the Born This Way Foundation.

 Hotel Veritas – 1 Remington Street, 617-520-5000

Hotel Veritas is featuring a “Born This Way Foundation” rate which includes a $100 donation made to the foundation. The rate is $25 above the standard room rate, so the guest donates $25 and the hotel donates $75.  This can be booked via the Specials page of our website www.thehotelveritas.com or by calling the hotel at 617-520-5000 and asking for the “Born This Way Foundation” rate. (Offer valid through December 29th 2012!)

Looks – 11 Holyoke Street, 617-491-4251,

Shop at Looks on Wednesday February 29th and get 10% off all dresses. A percentage of each sale also goes to the “Born This Way Foundation”!

Qdoba – 1280 Massachusetts Avenue, 617-871-1136,

Born Cheesy! For every Queso burrito purchased on 2/29/12, Qdoba will donate $1 back to the Born This Way Foundation. Valid at the Harvard Square Qdoba only.

Sweet Cupcake – Zero Brattle Street, 617-247-2253,

Sweet Cupcake is offering a “Be Sweet” cupcake; it has a “Born This Way” special edible fondant topper. All proceeds from the “Be Sweet” cupcake at the Sweet / Harvard Square location on February 29th will be donated to Lady Gaga’s Foundation. If you miss the chance to purchase the cupcakes on the 29th they will also be sold by special order on the online store through March 29th!

TistiK – 54 Church Street, (617) 661-0900

10% of all sales on Wednesday February 29th will be donated to the Born This Way Foundation!

UpStairs on the Square – 91 Winthrop Street, 617-864-1933

For Lady Gaga’s pleasure (and that of her followers) — our special house-label UpStairs on the Square rosé.

All this week, we invite you to come to our over-the-top bar, pink and gold and all dressed up just like Lady Gaga, for a glass of this special rose for $6 per glass, with profits going to the Born This Way Foundation.

Wellbridge Health and Fitness Center – 5 Bennett Street, 617-441-0800,

A portion (25%) of all enrollment fees and/or services (personal training, private Pilate, private yoga or swim lessons) purchased on Wednesday, February 29 will be donated to the Lady Gaga Born This Way Foundation.

Zinneken’s – 1154 Massachusetts Avenue, 617-606-3295

On February 29th, Zinneken’s waffles will be donating $2 for each totally sinful Lady Gaga & Oprah waffle (banana, whipped cream, dark chocolate and caramel).

In addition to these fine offers from our local restaurants and shops, we have also received donation offers from other generous members including:

Holly Donaldson of Coldwell Banker – 1730 Mass Avenue, 617.864.4430

Holly is generously donating 5% of her next home sale to the Born This Way Foundation!

For more information on this event and others please visit www.harvardsquare.com


Stay at Hotel Veritas and support Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation

Because we are passionate about being the best that we can be – and to be happy – and to be involved, Hotel Veritas offers a “Born This Way Foundation” rate which includes a $100 donation to this incredible new organization.

We proudly support Lady Gaga’s new nonprofit organization, BTWF, which has partnered with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur  Foundation, The California Endowment and The Berkman Center at Harvard  to explore the best ways to reach youth and create a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance, and empowerment. BTWF, a nonprofit charitable organization, will address issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy. With a focus on digital mobilization to create positive change, BTWF will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be.

To make a reservation, visit the Hotel Veritas website or call 617-520-5000.