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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.

Shop Local at 2nd Saturdays

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Farmer’s Market shoppers love shopping local at 2nd Saturdays. Join us Saturday August 13th for our fourth 2nd Saturday this summer!

Our next event features 4 new businesses and 12 new offers (see below for details) – that means there’s something for everyone! Find us at our Union Square Farmer’s market community table to pick up a flyer — where you can also purchase Fluff Festival t-shirts, magnets, and bags to get you in the mood for this year’s Fluff Festival happening September 24th (rain date September 25th).

Let us know on our Facebook event page if you’ll be joining us.

Can’t make it August 13th? 2nd Saturdays run every month through December.

August 13th participating businesses and their offerings:

Brass Union – FREE T-Shirt with Purchase of Bloody Mary – 11am to 3pm

Cantina La Mexicana – $8 for Chicken Fajita, Rice & Beans

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 $50 Union Square Donuts Gift Card

El Potro Mexican Bar & Grill – 20% Off All Food & Non-Alcohol Purchases

Gracie’s Ice Cream – FREE Hot Fudge

The 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 Co. – FREE Fluff Button Pin w/purchase & Free Popcorn

Neighborhood Restaurant & 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)

Ricky’s Flower Market – 10% Off All Herbs

Sally O’Brien’s – 1/2 Price Sandwiches and Burgers Until 4 PM

Somervelo – FREE Air

Tango Society of Boston – FREE Dance Lesson 12am to 2pm plus 50% Off Monthly Pass

Taza Chocolate – 10% Off In-Store Purchases

The Independent – FREE Donut Holes w/ Purchase of Any Brunch Item

Union Square Tailors – 15 % Off Alterations

Yuki Shabu-Chinese Gourmet – FREE Appetizer with Entrée

Workbar – FREE Day Pass or 50% Off First Month of Membership

Fluff-enger Hunt!

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The Fluff Festival returns on Saturday September 24th (rain date September 25th), and this year’s theme is “Fluff U: A Sweet Education”. We challenge you to complete this Fluff Scavenger Hunt before the Festival! Here are the rules:

1. You have up until September 24th to find the official Fluff Crest at all of these local businesses.
2.Once you spot the Fluff Crest, have any employee check the line next to their business.
3. Bring your completed checklist to the Fluff Festival Merchandise Table on the 24th to redeem your individual prize and be entered to win the ultimate grand prize–an Extreme Fluff Pack!

You can download and print a copy of the checklist here.

Share the Local Love with Deals and Steals at 2nd Saturdays

Be part of one of the most exciting Union Square events of the summer! Join us July 9th for our next 2nd Saturday to take advantage of the enticing offers Union Square businesses have just for you. Visit our sign at the Union Square Farmer’s Market community table to pick up a 2nd Saturday flyer and then head out into the Square!
This month’s businesses and their offerings include…
Brass Union FREE Pint Glass w/ Purchase of Any Draft Beer – 11am to 3pm
Cantina La Mexicana $6 for taco, rice and beans
Casa B Select Half Price Tapas – 11am to 3pm w/ Cocktail or Wine
Crossfit Somerville FREE Consultation and Trial Class from 9am to1pm
East Boston Savings Bank FREE Sunglasses, Frisbees and Healthy Energy Bars
El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill 20% Off All Food & Non-Alcohol Purchases
Gracie’s Ice Cream FREE Hot Fudge
Juice Union FREE Tote Bag For Your Farmers Market Treasures
Juliet Picnic Basket Lunch – Borrow a Basket and a Blanket and Enjoy Your Lunch in the Park
Loyal Supply FREE Popcorn & Hand-Drawn Union Sq. Map w/ Purchase
Neighborhood Bakery FREE Large Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice w/ Purchase
Reliable Market 10% Off All Goods Excluding (weekly special sales, rice, alcohol, meat, fish, and tofu)
Sally O’Briens Half Price Sandwiches and Burgers Until 5 PM
Somervelo FREE Air
Tango Society of Boston FREE Dance Lesson 10-11 & 12-4 plus 50% Off Monthly Pass
Taza Chocolate 10% Off In-Store Purchases
The Independent FREE Wine Glass w/ Purchase of Rosé Sangria
Yuki Shabu FREE appetizer with entrée

Union Lunch is Returning to Union Square

NOTICE: June 29’s Union Lunch is cancelled due to threat of thunderstorms.

Union Lunches are back! Union Square Main Streets and Union Square Station Associates (US2), Somerville’s master developer partner for Union Square’s revitalization, are partnering to host “Union Lunch” for the second year in a row.  Union Lunch showcases delicious lunch fare from a different neighborhood restaurant, along with live music , each Wednesday from 12 to 1:30PM on the Plaza. In addition to the food and music, you can relax under the summer sun and enjoy the good company and conversation of friends, colleagues and neighbors. Our kick-off lunch this year will take place on June 22nd, and the series will continue until July 27th..

6/22: Casa B, Gracie’s; music by the Wild Edibles

CANCELLED 6/29: Juliet, Kitchen Millie, music by Chris Monti

7/6: MoMo n Curry, Gracie’s; music by Joe Greaney

7/13: Cantina La Mexicana; music by the Womps

7/20: Nibble, Gracie’s, music TBA

7/27: The Neighborhood Restaurant, music by Andrew Martin

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