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2016 Union Square Holiday Stroll

On Saturday, December 10th, Union Square Main Streets is once again partnering with our local businesses to bring you our second annual Union Square Holiday Stroll.

We will be building on the success of last year’s inaugural Holiday Stroll with great festive offerings from our local businesses, live music, a visit from Santa, a Holiday Display Contest and access to over 60 vendors from 11 AM – 4 PM.

The timing is just right to buy your tree, do some holiday gift shopping, and have a great meal while enjoying the pleasures of the season with our local decorations, music and Santa.

Enjoy free popcorn, cocoa and other treats.  Indulge in a deeply discounted spiked cider.  Shop for beautiful, handmade gifts: scarves, toys, jewelry, clothing and more…

Below is the current list of businesses participating:

 

Participating Business Description of Deal
Bantam Cider Free 22oz growler jar (empty, no alcohol – a $5 value) for anyone that stopped by for a flight
Bloc Somerville Coffee and tea brewing demonstrations, brewing equipment for sale and a knowledgeable barista to answer all of your coffee and tea brewing questions!”
Brass Union Craft vendors in lounge, free house made cocoa for kids, $5 spiked hot cider for adults and DJ spinning holiday classics & more
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville 10% off gift card purchases of $100
Cantina La Mexicana Hot Chocolate and Mexican Sweetbread
CasaB Restaurant Traditional Puerto Rican Holiday Tapas Medley for $12pp from 12pm to 11pm. You can also enjoy our Puerto Rican Coquito (eggnog)
Dance Union/Tango Society of Boston FREE variety of dance lessons throughout the time of the stroll and coupons for FREE dance classes t
El Potro Mexican Grill Free appetizer with purchase of entrée
Gracie’s Ice Cream Free Fluff Cone Upgrade, Two pints and fudge for $20, Free ice cream cone with $15 GC purchase.
Juliet Free Holiday ornament making for kids 3-4:30pm with mulled wine and other festive specials available for purchase. Juliet is also a Toys For Tots drop off location please consider bringing new unwrapped toys to support the effort.
Loyal Supply Co. Free Popcorn, select items on sale.
Nieghborhood Bakery Hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream with entrée purchase
NU Cafe and Juice Bar 50% off a juice or smoothie
Ricky’s Flower Market 10% off poinsettias
RiverDog !0% off all dog and cat toys, excludes daycare and pet foods. Spend $50.00 and get free Riverdog tote bag
Somerville Local Arts Mall FIRST 10 shoppers get their purchases in a limited edition SLAM tote bag, designed by one of our resident artists.
The Independent Local craft vendors, toddies and a DJ spinning holiday tunes!
Thunder Road 1/2 price cover charge, $2 fries and $.50 chicken wings
Union Press Pull your own print on a vintage printing press!
Union Square Tailoring 10% off handmade dolls, baby shoes and hairbands
Workbar Union FREE access for 2 weeks and schedule a tour
Yuki Shabu 10% off total purchase
Great Holiday Shopping
With over 80 vendors, you are sure to find the perfect gift.  See below for information about the vendors and locations:
Vendor Location
LollyCake Ladies Crossfit
Urban Kitchen Handmade Crossfit
Smitten Succulents Brooklyn Boulders
Elise Marie DeSigns Crossfit
Scentsible Soap Co Crossfit
Z Paper Studio Bloc
Nüssli118° Bloc
Camu Imports LLC La Cantina Mexicana
Upland Road | Eco-Boutique SCATV
La Petite Boutique Crossfit
Quantum Seahorse Crossfit
Tanzania School Foundation Crossfit
French Merchants SCATV
Annie Meyer Studio Bloc
The Jewelry Bx SCATV
Carland Cartography  Aeronaut Brewery
Rootseed Aeronaut Brewery
Labels that Matter Aeronaut Brewery
Studio Tessere SCATV
Charged Glassworks Brooklyn Boulders
Kendra Phillip La Cantina Mexicana
Myrth SCATV
Vagabond Finery SCATV
Chartzie Brooklyn Boulders
Inda Creations SCATV
Somerville Local Arts Mall
Other vendor locations:
Workbar 
Gracies Ice Cream
Brass Union
The Independent

November 12 – 2nd Saturday Offerings

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Join us this coming Saturday, 11/12 to enjoy the offerings of our local Union Square participating businesses.  Come to the Market to buy your fresh local produce and then visit one of our participating businesses for a great deal on lunch, to get your clothes altered, for a free dance lesson, and much, much more:

Participating Business 11/12 Offering
Bantam Cider $5 off Bantam Cider T-shirts
Bloc 11 FREE Small Coffee with Purchase of Sandwich or Salad 9 AM -1PM
Brass Union FREE T-Shirt with Purchase of Bloody Mary – 11am to 3pm
Cantina La Mexicana Burro or Taco Plate with a soda for $8. (Chicken,Pork, Potato with Chorizo or Vegetarian Options)
Casa B Select 1/2 Price Tapas – 11am to 3pm w/ Cocktail or Wine
Crossfit Somerville Pet Our Chickens & Get a Coupon for a FREE Trial Class
East Boston Savings Bank Enter to Win $20 Union Square Donuts Gift Card
El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill 20% Off All Food & Non-Alcohol Purchases
Gracie’s Ice Cream Free Upgrade to Fluff Cone
Juice Union FREE Tote Bag For Your Farmers Market Treasures
Juliet 1/2 Sandwich & Soup for $10 & Raffle for 3 Course Dinner for 1 w/ Any Purchase – 8am to 3pm
Loyal Supply Free Fluff Taffy with $25+ Purchase
Neighborhood Bakery FREE Large Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice w/ Purchase
Polished Mane Salon New Clients Receive 20% off Your First Haircut
Reliable Market 10% Off All Goods (Excluding Weekly Special Sales, Rice, Alcohol, Meat, Fish, and Tofu)
River Dogs 10% Off All Dog and Cat Treats
Sally O’Briens 1/2 Price Sandwiches and Burgers Until 4 PM
Slumbrew Free Pretzel with Purchase of Beer Flight-11am-2pm.
Somervelo FREE Air
Taza Chocolate 10% Off In-Store Purchases
The Independent FREE Donut Holes w/ Purchase of Any Brunch Item
Union Square Tailor 15% Off Alterations
Workbar FREE Two Weeks of Access
Yuki Shabu FREE Crab Rangoon or Scallion Pancake Appetizer with Entrée

October 8 – 2nd Saturday Offerings

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Join us this coming Saturday, 10/8 to enjoy the offerings of our local Union Square participating businesses.  Come to the Market to buy your fresh local produce and then visit one of our participating businesses for a great deal on lunch, to get your clothes altered, for a free dance lesson, and much, much more:

Bantam Cider $5 off Bantam Cider T-shirts 40 Merriam St,
Bloc 11 FREE Small Coffee with Purchase of Sandwich or Salad 9 AM -1PM 11 Bow St.
Brass Union FREE T-Shirt with Purchase of Bloody Mary – 11am to 3pm 70 Union Square
Cantina La Mexicana Burro or Taco Plate with a soda for $8. (Chicken,Pork, Potato with Chorizo or Vegetarian Options) 247 Washington St.
Casa B Select 1/2 Price Tapas – 11am to 3pm w/ Cocktail or Wine 253 Washington St
Crossfit Somerville Pet Our Chickens & Get a Coupon for a FREE Trial Class 45 Prospect Street
East Boston Savings Bank Enter to Win $50 The Independent Gift Card 37 Union Square
El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill 20% Off All Food & Non-Alcohol Purchases 61 Union Square
Gracie’s Ice Cream FREE Hot Fudge 22 Union Square
Juliet 1/2 Sandwich & Soup for $10 & Raffle for 3 Course Dinner for 1 w/ Any Purchase – 8am to 3pm 257 Washington St.
Loyal Supply Free Fluff Taffy with $25+ Purchase 21A Union Square
Neighborhood Bakery FREE Large Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice w/ Purchase 25 Bow St.
Polished Mane Salon New Clients Receive 20% off Your First Haircut 449A Somerville Ave
Reliable Market 10% Off All Goods (Excluding Weekly Special Sales, Rice, Alcohol, Meat, Fish, and Tofu) 45 Union Square
River Dogs 10% Off All Dog and Cat Treats 321 Somerville Ave
Sally O’Briens 1/2 Price Sandwiches and Burgers Until 4 PM 335 Somerville Ave
Slumbrew Free Pretzel with Purchase of Beer Flight-11am-2pm. 15 Ward St
Somervelo FREE Air 361 Somerville Ave
Tango Society of Boston FREE Dance Lesson 12am to 2pm plus 50% Off Monthly Pass 16 Bow St.
Taza Chocolate 10% Off In-Store Purchases 561 Windsor St.
The Independent FREE Donut Holes w/ Purchase of Any Brunch Item 75 Union Square
Union Square Tailor 15% Off Alterations 36 Union Square
Workbar FREE Two Weeks of Access 31 Union Square
Yuki Shabu FREE Crab Rangoon or Scallion Pancake Appetizer with Entrée 16 Bow St.

 

The 2016 Fluff Festival

IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO MAKE A FESTIVAL A FUN FILLED SUCCESS!!

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On September 24, 2016, thousands enjoyed great music, crazy antics, fluffy games, fluff filled food and just lots of fun filled activities.  Many thanks to all Fluff lovers who attended, shared in the fun, and contributed to making our 11th “What the Fluff” Festival a great time!img_0302

Not only do we have a community in Union Square, we have a great, warm, generous and collaborative community.  Union Square Main Streets could not carry off the production of the Festival without the invaluable support of the Somerville Arts Council, the support of so many of our city departments, our Mayor Curtatone, who presents our Cooking Contest awards, and the involvement in one or more ways of the majority of our Union Square businesses.

And, of course, this Fluff Festival would never have happened without the support of our committed and generous sponsors.
Deep thanks goes to:

OUR MAIN SPONSORS:

Main Stage:  Allstate

Kids Area:  Bow Market

Cooking Contest: US2

Train:  East Boston Savings Bank

Knucklebones: Zipcar

Extension School:  Society of Grownups

Our Community  Sponsors:

Cambridge Realty Group

Nicewicz Family

Our Multimedia Sponsor:

Image Conscious  Studios

Our Media Sponsor

Yelp

Our Banner Sponsors

Bronywn

El Potro

Hair Cuttery

Workbar

Naveo Credit Union

Casa B

The Independent

Brass Union

Hemlock Ink

img_0048Great thanks goes to this year’s coordinator, Gena Ricciardi, and to our truly fabulous Fluff team: Mike Katz, Linda Gritz, Pauli Katz, V Ratanakom, Kendra Heinricher, Becca Rutenberger, Lindsay Neu, Jessica Townsend, Jim McGinnis, Kristi Chase, Duncan Hughes, Meg DiMaggio, and Kaitlin Henry.  Special thanks to Ryan Habbyshaw from Loyal Supply for his amazing graphics and invaluable support and advice and to Erica Jones from SCATV for our innovative “Sticky Stories”.  Also, many thanks to Thunder Road for booking and presenting our three great bands.

We also want to thank our many in-kind sponsors:img_0124

Loyal Supply, Durkee-Mower (our Fluff factory), Teddie’s Peanut Butter, Masters Printing, Hemlock Ink, Flagraphics, Mike’s Auto, SCATV, and Forklift Catering.

Thank you to Linda Gritz and Michael Rose for the photos!

Intern at USMS

Union Square Main Streets (USMS) is a nonprofit organization working collaboratively to actively support a vibrant neighborhood by preserving the character and advancing the economic strength of the Union Square business district and community.

This is a particularly exciting time to be working at USMS.  The city of Somerville is partnering  with residents, businesses, property owners, and consultants to create a plan for the Square’s future  that will preserve the unique and special character of the Square while taking advantage of new and emerging industries, increasing demand for housing, and the planned arrival of the Green line to the Square.  USMS works closely with everyone involved in these planning efforts.  

The organization is currently particularly focused on partnering with the local businesses to help them respond to these changes and to expand their customer base and revenue.  In addition, USMS works closely with local businesses to create events to attract nearby workers, neighbors and visitors to shop and spend time in the Square.

A USMS intern plays an integral and multi-faceted role in the operations of USMS. This internship grants you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and gain skills related to urban, strategic, and community planning, event operations and logistics, communications, small business development, and  marketing and social media outreach.  This position is for approximately 10 hours a week.

Responsibilities and tasks include, but not be limited to:

  • Communications: This will include work on strategy, content, messaging and delivery for USMS , neighborhood businesses and local events, through mediums that include, but are not limited to:
    • Social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter, but including Instagram
    • Bi-weekly e-newsletter
    • Website blogs
    • Website updates, content
  • Operations: This will include assisting in task, such as:
    • Event logistics
    • Administrative  and operational tasks
    • Preparing reports

Qualifications:

  • Social media experience
  • Event planning experience a plus
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Detail oriented and responsible
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to problem solve and meet deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong computer skills
  • A high degree of personal and professional integrity

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to usms@unionsquaremain.org by August 19, 2016

Fresh & Healthy Food at the Union Square Farmer’s Market

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Every Saturday you can buy fresh locally sourced food at the Union Square Farmer’s Market. The Market runs from 9 to 1 through Thanksgiving. In addition to healthy produce, enjoy live music and USMS’s 2nd Saturdays once a month.  

For more information on vendors and music, you can visit the Farmers Market Website here.