Just across the street from Hotel Veritas is a thriving, happy beehive – which happens to be in the most incredible little shop called Follow The Honey. Actually, they call themselves a “story” rather than a “shop.”
“Follow The Honey is not just a store, it’s a honeybee-centric STORY [an adventure!] illuminating the landscape, wildlife and humanity from whence its nectar flow originates. To this noble mission, Follow The Honey travels the world bringing the finest of “transparency of source” honeys and bee-inspired offerings to you and your sweet ones. In addition to raw untreated honeys, we offer solar power created aromatherapy beeswax candles, mead kits, honey filled truffles from local chocolatiers, holiday cards, silk hexy-sexy scarves, Apis melliferous bling, books of Melissae both scholarly & esoteric, propolis tinctures, pure pollen, with honey infused lotions, soaps, scrubs & salves. We even carry Iggy’s bread on weekends to slather your honey on with an organic local cheese to pair ~ we are your all purpose sweet gifting honeypot in Harvard Square!”
Helping tell the story of Follow The Honey and bees is Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Best Bees Company. Based in Boston, MA, they specialize in installing honey bee hives in densely populated, urban areas – offering their services to the Greater Boston area and Cape Cod. Noah was recently interviewed by CNN for a segment on The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Bees and wrote a very interesting article for cnn.com. He writes, “Honey bees are dying. This is a global phenomenon and a worldwide problem affecting food availability. Like climate change, the decline of honey bees is not unprecedented. There were great die offs of honey bees reported as early as the year 950 A.D. in Ireland, called the “Great Mortality of Bees”. This repeated in Ireland is 992 and 1443. The great die-off crossed the pond in 1903 when 2,000 colonies died in Cache Valley, Utah. Three years later, 100% of hives died on the Isle of Wight, UK. And then, in 1996 and again in 2006, Pennsylvania beekeepers reported alarming numbers of honey bee die offs. These die-offs are continuing today, but under the auspice of a new name, Colony Collapse Disorder.”
We’re fascinated by the story of Follow The Honey – and of the disappearing bees. And now we’re ready to enjoy some honey.
Follow The Honey, 1132 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
“This is one of the most exciting art shows the Cambridge Center for Adult Education has ever done,” says executive director Susan Hartnett. “We expect to exhibit more than 400 works of art by artists at all stages in their careers – from the most accomplished to the very beginner.”
All work on display will be offered for sale to the public — most of it in the very affordable $100 – 300 range.
“The proceeds will be split 50/50 between the artist and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education,” says Hartnett. “CCAE will use its share to fund improvements to our class rooms, including but not limited to new lighting, new storage units and new sinks.”
RAISE THE ROOF first transpired in the spring of 2010, when a group of students and teachers joined with Hartnett to raise money to fix two leaky roofs over CCAE’s art and dance studios.
This year RAISE THE ROOF is being organized by Julia Csekö, an artist and independent curator who has worked with both emerging and established professionals through a series of exhibitions at GroupPy. She is also a second-year graduate student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
“Julia has recently discovered and fallen in love with CCAE – our teachers, our students and our staff,” says Hartnett. “She now teaches here and has been visiting all of our art classes to reach out to everyone.
The first RAISE THE ROOF featured drawings, paintings and photographs.
“This year we are expanding to include sculpture, too,” says Csekö, “And Harvard University has donated the use of a great exhibit space at 92 Mount Auburn Street (formerly the Globe Corner Bookstore) which has track lighting, huge windows, and tremendous visibility. The exhibit will be staffed from 12 noon to 9:00 pm daily, but because of the fantastic location, most of the show will be on view 24 hours a day.”
So far RAISE THE ROOF has been a lot of fun.
“The students and teachers are very devoted to the Center,” says Csekö. “There has been very strong interest in participating and contributing art work. Not only current but former students are eager to be involved, too.”
RAISE THE ROOF is part of CCAE’s ongoing revitalization of their Brattle Street campus.
“We have been raising money so that we can address historic preservation, energy efficiency, and classroom upgrades in our beloved buildings,” says Hartnett, “so that the Cambridge Center can flourish in the 21st century.”
“We hope everyone who visits Harvard Square during the month of May will drop by RAISE THE ROOF. Even if they are not able to buy a work of art,” adds Hartnett, “they will be inspired by the range and quality of work on display.”
There is an opening reception party on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, which everyone is welcome to attend.
Who: CCAE students, instructors, and alumni
What: Benefit exhibition of 400 art works to raise money for CCAE
When: Saturday, May 5 – Monday, May 28, 2012
Where: 92 Mount Auburn Street in the heart of Harvard Square
Hours: 12 noon – 9:00 pm daily
Party: Opening Reception on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Cost: Opening reception is FREE (original works of art will be for sale at a range of affordable prices)
Phone: 617-547-6789 x1
There’s a lovely little tobacco shop Leavitt & Peirce in Harvard that makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time to a forbidden part of history. It reminds me of an old speakeasy, and considering the place has been around since 1883, it probably served as one at some point. I love places that feel like they are stuck in time, yet at the same time have modern conveniences (i.e. they accept credit card and you don’t have to tie your horse up outside, though you are more likely to find a spot for your horse than an available parking spot.)
Now before you quit reading this because you don’t smoke, let me assure you this shop has much more to offer than simply nice tobacco blends, of which there are plenty. This place takes on the feel of European and old world stores and is much like the tobacco shops that once were, providing all sorts of amenities such as shaving tools, games, candies, knick knacks etc. In Spain, the tobacco stores continue to sell stamps.
Surprisingly, I’ve been to this shop quite of number of times the past few months. I don’t often find myself in need of this type of shop, however, I’ve found that cigars make lovely stocking stuffers and baby shower favors for the men who are forced to attend and aren’t really excited by the notion of baggies of lotion and candles. For those who are like me and can’t tell which end of the cigar you actually light, the employees here are very friendly and eager to help you pick out the right cigar. Actually, it was my delight with the staff that prompted me to blog about the store. Knowledgeable, helpful, listen well, and don’t mind if you haven’t the slightest clue as to what you’re doing. Answer a few simple questions and they’ll have the right cigar or tobacco picked out for you.
Not in need of tobacco products? Check them out for barber style shaving tools and quality razors or some classic board and childrens’ games (marbles anyone?). Or possibly you need to pick up some souvenirs from your visit here or maybe some knick knacks for stockings. It’s a great place to check out, if anything to see a place as historic as the city itself.
Posted by Annie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas
On Friday I had the day off and wanted to do a Spring-cleaning of my car. The interior needed a professional shampoo and vacuum, so I dropped it off at the CambridgeSide Galleria, and had about FOUR whole hours to kill. Four hours of shopping in the mall did not sound appealing on a gorgeous day, so I worked on my tan on the patio of the Cheesecake Factory and enjoyed one of their enormous salads that the chain is known for. (I may or may not have indulged in a Well-Mannered Dirty Martini with blue cheese-stuffed olives.) After chatting for a bit with the lovely waitress – she and I discovered we have a few friends in common. She was kind enough to let me take an extremely leisurely lunch. I made sure to tip accordingly. Next I perused the three floors of shops in the Galleria Mall. I absolutely felt like I was on vacation.
A friend of mine at the Hotel Marlowe was kind enough to invite me to the Kathy Griffin show for that evening. Newbury Street was a convenient place for us to grab dinner before the show, so we met at Stephanie’s On Newbury. It’s been a favorite of tourists and Bostonians for years now. We were able to score immediate seats on their patio (they don’t take outdoor reservations, and the wait is often 45 minutes or longer). I wanted a meal on the lighter side because the evening would conclude with dancing! So, I had Stephanie’s Classic Chunky Chicken Salad, which was just as good as I remembered it. If you’re in the South End, try their cozier, yet sophisticated sister restaurant, Stephi’s on Tremont.
Kathy Griffin performed at the Wilbur Theatre. She was just as outrageously inappropriate and funny as always. Afterwards, Guilt Nightclub was extremely fun – great music to dance to. What a fun-filled three days!
Posted by Jack, Concierge at Hotel Veritas
The Harvard Square Business Association, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the Cambridge Public Library, and Revels proudly present a day-long event celebrating Harvard Square book stores, the birth of the Bard and the return of an icon!
On April 28th, please join the Harvard Square Business Association, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the Cambridge Public Library, Revels, Zumix and all of Harvard Square’s book stores for the Fifth Annual Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration. This free, family friendly festival will feature book store strolls, live music, dancing, performances, birthday cake and a sidewalk procession led by Curious George!
The festivities begin at 11:00am, in the Whale Room at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, where children of all ages are encouraged to make unique and colorful banners, signs and hats to be carried during our festive sidewalk procession through the streets of Cambridge.
At approximately 11:55am, Toni Bee, Poet Populist of Cambridge, will engage the crowd at the library with a reading of one of her poems. Immediately following, at approximately 12:05pm, the group will “parade” from the library through the streets of Harvard Square led by the man of the hour, Curious George, the Man in the Yellow Hat portrayed by Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s very own Allyn Burrows, and our special guest, Dr. Nick Walton from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
At approximately 12:30pm, the procession will arrive in Harvard Square and gather at 1 JFK Street, where dignitaries, members of the Cambridge community, and lovers of an inquisitive monkey named George will gather for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of The World’s Only Curious George Store – Harvard Square. The new store, under the ownership of two local entrepreneurs, Jamie and Adam Hirsch, offers an extensive selection of children’s books in a creative space along with uniquely designed merchandise available only through the store and its website.
Immediately following the festivities at The World’s Only Curious George Store – Harvard Square, everyone is encouraged to visit Palmer Street where the party continues! AfroBrazil Boloco will energize the crowd with their distinctive, infectious beats, artists will be on hand creating remarkable chalk drawings, and cake and ice cream will be served in honor of William Shakespeare, who turns 448 in 2012! In addition, there will be performances by Charlestown Working Theatre, FuFu and Oreos, face painting, balloon artists, toasts, reading and more.
Schedule of Events:
- 10:30am – Chalk artists begin drawing on Palmer Street
- 11:00am – Banner and hat craft activity – Whale Room at the Cambridge Public Library
- 11:55am – Reading by Toni Bee, Poet Populist of Cambridge at the Cambridge Public Library
- 12:05pm – Sidewalk Procession departs the Cambridge Public Library; AfroBrazil Boloco and activities on Palmer Street including face painting, balloon artists, and Open Air Circus Workshop
- 12:30pm – Sidewalk Procession arrives in Harvard Square and assembles for the ribbon cutting at The World’s Only Curious George Store Harvard Square, 1 JFK Street
- 12:45pm – Toasts, Common Text Reading, performances and cake and ice cream on Palmer Street
- 1:00pm – Performance by Zumix on Palmer Street
- 1:15pm – Performance by AfroBrazil Boloco on Palmer Street
- 2:00pm – Shakespeare Pub Talk – moderated by Dr. Nick Walton
Harvard Square is proud to be the home of over a dozen book and printed word shops. Many will be holding events, book readings and promotions to celebrate the Bookish Ball. Details will be forthcoming.
The following book stores are offering promotions and events in conjunction with the Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration:
Grolier Poetry Book Shop will be offering 20% off their tote bags.
Harvard Book Store holds a Shakespeare Sale, in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday and the Bookish Ball. On April 28th, all books by or about Shakespeare will be 20% off.
April is National Poetry Month – Check our web site & facebook page for information on the COOP’S ANNUAL Poetry contest for children Grades K-8
2 pm, Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Save 20% on ALL Kid’s Poetry Books & come join us for the Harvard Coop Annual Poetry “Open Mic Day” for all kids, grades K-8! We will host an open mic for all Kids Poetry Participants who want to share their poetry!!!
We will then announce the WINNERS of the contest. In appreciation of everyone’s efforts, a complete anthology of entries will go on exhibit in the Children’s Book Department.
In celebration of the annual Bookish Ball, Schoenhof’s Foreign Books is offering a 20% discount on its rich selection of foreign language children’s books.
There will be a reading in French from 3PM to 4PM from the enduring masterpiece, “Fables” of Jean de La Fontaine. Some of the fables that will ntertain the public are: “La Cigale et la Fourmi” (The Grasshopper and the Ant), “Le Corbeau et le Renard” (The Raven and the Fox), “La Grenouille qui veut se faire aussi grosse que le Boeuf” (The Frog that Wished to be as Big as the Ox) to name a few. Light refreshments will be served.after the reading. In addition, Schoenhof’s Foreign Books will be hosting a reading by internationally acclaimed Cuban poet in exile, Juana Rosa Pita on Saturday the 28th of April from 4:30-6:00PM. Dr. Pita will read from her bilingual Spanish/English work “Manual de Magia/Manual of Magic”. Free refreshments will be served.
The Bookstores and Printed Word Shops of Harvard Square – 2012
Harvard Coop est. 1882
Grolier Poetry Book Shop est. 1927
Harvard Book Store est. 1932
Schoenhof’s Foreign Books est. 1856
Bentley Publishers est. 1950
Out of Town News est. 1955
The Crimson Corner est. 1962
Million Year Picnic est. 1974
Newbury Comics est. 1978
Revolution Bookstore est.1979
New England Comics est.1988
James and Devon Gray Books est.1992
The World’s Only Curious George Store Harvard Square est. 2012
Raven Used Books est. 2005
The Bookish Ball and the Bard’s Birthday celebration, presented by the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, coincides with the many celebrations happening around the world in conjunction with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon- Avon, England.
This event has been made possible by the generosity of Bank of America.
For more information about these and other events in Harvard Square, please visit www.harvardsquare.com
On Sunday, we were invited to join some friends at Posto in Davis Square for brunch. The wood fired pizzas at Posto are spectacular – and they’re made to the standards of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, which means that they use the same ingredients and techniques as used in and around Naples. For brunch, I had the Ham & Eggs Pizza, which has two soft eggs, rosemary ham, Vermont cheddar cheese and served with home fries. I also nibbled on some warm sweet rolls which the table shared. A Grey Goose and OJ rounded out the meal.
Since we don’t often walk from Davis Square to Harvard Square – and Sunday was a gorgeous Spring day – we decided to take a stroll. This stretch of Massachusetts Avenue is filled with locally-owned shops and restaurants, barely a national chain store amongst them. We ventured in and out of a few shops – my favorite being Sudo Shoes, Cambridge’s only shoe store featuring completely vegan footwear. While I have many friends who are vegans, I have never had the desire to remove meat from my diet. I don’t mind, however, wearing a stylish pair of Macbeth sneakers.
Give up sirloin and bacon? Never. Wear synthetic suede? Sure.
Posted by Benson Willis, General Manager of Hotel Veritas
Established in 1996, Concepts is one of the few retail stores in the state of Massachusetts where you can buy custom clothing and apparel at such high level of quality. Starting off as a retail store aimed directly toward skate and street culture, Concepts has morphed into the most diverse retail store in Harvard Square.
During the past few months I have frequented this store and have made three purchases which each one of them leaving me speechless!! Like most of the products that Concepts carry, the color schemes and overall comfort make the items unique and totally above any other store that is similar to this concept (no pun intended)!!! Prices do tend to run a little higher than your average retail apparel store, but the quality and comfort make it well worth the extra bucks. Men and women are both able to shop here with most styles being available to both. The one unfortunate thing that I found is that there are no items available for children as of yet, but a store employee informed me that it was something that was in the works.
Be sure to check out Concepts when you are in the Harvard Square area even if you do not intend to make a purchase right away. It is truly a breath of fresh air and a hidden gem in Harvard Square.
Concepts. 37 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 617.868.2001
Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday 10:00am – 7:0pm
Distance from Hotel Veritas: 0.4 miles
Directions to Concepts from Hotel Veritas
Posted by Brandon, Concierge at Hotel Veritas
This past Christmas I gave my dad a first-edition, signed copy of The Greater Journey by David McCullough. Without a doubt, it was best gift I have given him since the hand-made gifts I brought home from elementary school. I couldn’t believe his delight, and in turn I was delighted by his appreciation! I had picked up the copy of the book months earlier at Harvard Book Store – at 20% off the cover price! (I really regret not picking up more copies!
One day, I was walking by Harvard Bookstore when I heard David Sedaris reading Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. I immediately text all my friends gloating that I was walking down Mass Ave and saw David Sedaris!
Last year, I had the chance to meet Ron Suskind, who was signing copies at Harvard Book Store of his latest, Confidence Men. I had read a biography he wrote, A Hope in the Unseen, years earlier. Actually, several friends and members of my family had read A Hope in the Unseen! It was great to meet Mr. Suskind, because he told me of all the wonderful accomplishments the book’s main character had achieved– which I shared with my family and friends!
I am more than happy to recount these tales, because they are all memorable, noteworthy experiences in my life! Authors write books that take us someplace away from the ordinary, they introduce us to another way of thinking. Their works are treasure! So, every month I peruse the events page for Harvard Book Store– you never know who is going to come!
Checking out this month I see Rachel Maddow, Joyce Carol Oats, (childhood favorite) R.L. Stein, David Wolman, and Trita Parsi are just some of the authors heading to Cambridge this March! I encourage you all to follow your interests and enjoy a nice night out at the bookshop!
May I suggest dinner at Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage?
Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas
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
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!