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 Cambridge Local First Newsletter

October 2011    

Bringing Cambridge together to Think Local and Be Local!
Over 900 Books Sold!
We're hearing rave reviews on this years coupon book, created in collaboration with Somerville Local First

Coupon Book 

Check out our Coupon Book page  for a listing of distributors.  


Fall is off to a great start for Cambridge Local First. We had the release of the 2012 Business Directory and have already distributed close to 10,000 directories in the community. We also celebrated Local Economy Week bringing a focus to local purchasing and support within Cambridge.

We have some great events and campaigns coming up for the holiday season. Please stay tuned to the website and newsletters for updates.

We would like to encourage our members to sign up to receive emergency and other notices from the city by going to:

Locally yours, 
Janneke House,  Executive Director    

2011 Think Local Thank Local

Cambridge Local First is launching its fifth annual "Think Local Thank Local" campaign for charity. This year, 40 locally owned and independent Cambridge businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund (CHAF).

Participating businesses in the "Think Local Thank Local" campaign pledge a percentage of their revenues during the first week of peak holiday shopping after Thanksgiving. To support CHAF, please shop where you see a "Think Local. Thank Local" sign. The campaign will begin on November 25th and runs until December 2rd.

2011 Think Local, Thank Local Participants:

Central Square: 1369 Coffeehouse, Harvest Co-op Market, New Leaf Legal, Veggie Galaxy, Toscaninis, Picante Mexican Grille, University Stationery
East Cambridge: Mayflower Poultry Company
North Cambridge: Home Care Contractors
Harvard Square: Irving House at Harvard, Clothware, Harvard Book Store, Patricia Mazza Real Estate, Silver Clay Fabulous Gifts, Veggie Planet
Huron Village: Easy Chairs Antiques, The Fishmonger, Full Moon Restaurant, Half Crown-William Henry Furniture, Marimekko
Inman Square: 1369 Coffeehouse, Boutique Fabulous, Stellabella Toys
Kendall Square: Cambridge Brewing Company, Xylem
Mid-Cambridge: Harding House, A Bed and Breakfast
Observatory Hill: Didriks, Reside Inc.
Porter Square: Cambridge Common, Cambridge Naturals, Christopher's Restaurant, Henry Bear's Park, Home Care Contractors, Joie de Vivre, Porter Square Books, Salon Luna, Stellabella Toys, TAGS Hardware, West Side Lounge



"Shift Your Shopping" Is Back!

Shift Your Shopping
New England Local First Networks gather in Portsmouth and adopt "Shift Your Shopping" for the second year!

Last year, Cambridge Local First joined with Local First networks from around New England to initiate the "Shift Your Shopping" campaign.   This program successfully made a splash on the web and social media and encouraged folks to shop locally during the holiday season. This year the New England networks joined with organizations from around the nation including the two national local business groups, AMIBA and BALLE, to develop a dramatically enhanced national campaign to promote shopping locally for the holidays. The campaign will include the fifth year of our popular Think Local, Thank Local campaign as well as online promotion, media outreach and more. Stay tuned for more information on this campaign, including the launch of the national website, on 11/1.


The New England Local Business Forum (NELBF) is a coalition of independent business organizations working together to promote strong local economies in New England. The NELBF held it's Eighth Gathering in Portsmouth, New Hampshire last Friday, October 21, and it included representatives from sixteen local business networks representing all six states in New England. Most of the CLF Executive Committee attended this dynamic meeting including co-chairs, Frank Kramer and Rachael Solem, Michael Kanter, Laury Hammel, and our ED Janneke House. 


This gathering focused on our 2nd annual New England "Shift Your Shopping" holiday campaign. We discussed at length specific ways that we can integrate our campaign with a first-ever national holiday campaign and how our member businesses can maximize their benefit of being local during this holiday shopping season.


We were fortunate to have the co-founders of AMIBA (American independent Business Alliance) join us--Jeff Milchen and Jennifer Rockne. Jeff and Jennifer are leaders in the local economy movement and added a national perspective to the dialogue as well as over a decade of experience in building networks and our movement. Stacy Mitchell, the highly respected author on local economies was also present and the presence of these three national leaders inspired those in attendance and gave the conversations added depth and meaning.



Coupon Book Give-Away For CLF Members & Their Employees 

Coupon Book

We have received very positive feedback on the "Where The Locals Go" Coupon Book. We partnered with the Graham and Parks school to sell the books as a fundraiser for their school and our retail locations have seen a steady selling of the books.  


The coupons expire on December 31, 2011 so we would like to give away the books to our members and their employees while supplies last. If you would like some books, and promise to use the coupons, please email us with the number you would like to have. 


Founding Meeting for Watertown Local First is 11/1/11!


Cambridge Local First has not only had a major impact on our Cambridge community and our local economy, but we have been recognized as a leader in the local economy movement and as a pioneer in innovation throughout New England and the nation. The work that we have done has inspired other communities to form similar business organizations.


We are thrilled to welcome another sister organization to our greater Boston community-Watertown Local First. Watertown is blessed with hundreds of exciting locally-owned and independent businesses and there has been great interest in the formation of this new business organization. Watertown, like our neighbor to the North, Somerville, is facing the possibility of a Walmart moving into town.


Five of the founding members are:

Don Levy, Deluxe Town Diner           

Barry Steinberg, Direct Tire & Auto Service                   

Paul Maslow, Strip-Ts  

Ahmad Yasin, Yasin Culinary      

Randall Imai, Imai Keller Moore Architects


Congratulations to the Watertown local business community on this momentous occasion and also to Watertown residents, Rena Baskin and Barbara Ruskin, who have been helping organize and facilitate the formation of this new group. If you know of any Watertown business owners or managers please ask them to attend the founding meeting:


Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm

First Parish Church, 35Church St, 1st Floor Social Hall

(Enter from Summer St. parking lot).


We'll keep you posted as things progress!  


"Green and Personal: Create a Home That Reflects You" 

S+H Construction, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the greater Boston area's premier residential renovation and custom home building companies, will be a featured speaker for the fourth in a series of Design Salon workshops, "Green and Personal: Create a Home that Reflects You" on Wednesday, November 2ndfrom 6:00PM to 8:00PM presented by Design New England  and hosted by  Circle Furniture, 199 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge.

"Green and Personal: Create a Home that Reflects You," is specifically geared to homeowners and will include tips on making your home eco-friendly and personalized to be as unique as you are. Presenters include Doug Hanna, President of S+H Construction, Circle Furniture, Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting, and Eliza Tan Interiors. This is the fourth of a series of five interactive seminars offering real solutions for the home presented byDesign New England Magazine.  It is free and includes refreshments, but space is limited, advance registration is required. Pre-register at events@globe.com or call 617-929-2641. 


Walk/Ride Day this Friday, Oct. 28
The Green Streets Initiative, a Cambridge-based non-profit that encourages and sponsors monthly Walk/Ride Days, is reminding all to wear green and and leave your car at home this Friday. Walk/Ride Days take place on the last Friday of every month, year-round, in Cambridge. They are easy to take part in and have been shown to change peoples' transportation habits both on Walk/Ride Day and on other days throughout the month. 

Coming Up For Air - An Autojazzography with Stan Strickland The Multicultural Arts Center on 41 Second Street.
When:Thursday, November 17 at 7:30PM
A dramatic musical odyssey of soulful discovery - 8 Instruments, 12 Characters, 1 Man - Created and Performed by Stan Strickland, Written by Jon Lipsky and Presented by Alliger Arts. Café seating with beverages and refreshments for sale. Tickets: $20 Adults $18 Multicultural Arts Center Members, students and seniors ON SALE NOW - BUY TICKETS

From Russia Art Gallery Artist Reception   

New exhibition of paintings, ceramics and jewelry by Moscow artist Galya Lutzky "The Search for Invariant" is on view at the Gallery on October 26-November 27, 2011.

Opening reception will take place at the gallery on Sunday, October 30, from 3 -7 PM, with the artist present.
From Russia Art Gallery, 1977 Mass. Ave., Cambridge  

617-354-2930 or www.fromrussiawithart.org   

Not So Spooky Halloween Happening

The New School of Music presents
"Not So Spooky Halloween Happening"
New School of Music is hosting a fall open house, with Family-Friendly Musical activities, tricks and treats for all ages. A safe, fun addition to local Halloween and fall events!  
Sunday, October 30th from 5-6:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: New School of Music, 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge
Contact: New School of Music at 617-592-8105, info@cambridgemusic.org, www.newschoolofmusic.org 
Longleaf Lumber Unique Gifts 
Longleaf Lumber is an antique and reclaimed lumber company located in West Cambridge. We recycle wood from century-old industrial buildings and mill it into flooring, thresholds, stair parts, casing stock, countertops and rough sawn material. We also offer cork, natural linoleum and bamboo as an environmentally friendly flooring option.

Longleaf Lumber is part of the Think Local Thank Local fundraiser and has been an important member of local economy since 1997. If you're looking for an unusual find this holiday season, be sure to visit our showroom at 115 Fawcett Street. A percentage of your purchase will benefit the Cambridge Housing Assistance fund.

Some unusual finds include Live Oak Pedestals from the 1800's, salvaged from the historic Charlestown Navy Shipyard, and antique maple shoe lasts, which we repurpose as antique wall hook racks, made to order. To see more from Longleaf Lumber, check out our website at
www.longleaflumber.com. This holiday, give someone a piece of history. 



Opt out of phonebooks and other unwanted mail

If residents and businesses go to catalogchoice.org by November 1st, you can opt out of next year's phonebooks, as well as junk mail from over 4000 companies. The City is working with MassDEP, the Product Stewardship Institute and Catalog Choice to reduce unwanted phonebooks and junk mail.



Upcoming Workshops

City of Cambridge 


Planning a Special Event Workshop

Interested hosting a block party or having a special event for your business? This workshop will cover the application process to hold a special event, permits and regulations for special events, event planning recommendations and resources for promoting your special event.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
  • Time: 9:00 A. M. to 10:00 A. M.
  • Cost: Free to all.
  • Location: City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Directions and Map.
  • Preregistration: Contact Pardis Saffari at 617/349-4654 or psaffari@cambridgema.gov 
  • Presented By: Cambridge Public Works Department.

Restaurant Start Up Assistance

Thinking about opening a restaurant? Learn about the steps to starting a food service business from city departments.

  • Date: Monday, November 14, 2011
  • Time: 6:30 P. M to 7:30 P. M.
  • Cost: Free to all.
  • Location: City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Directions and Map.
  • Preregistration: To pre-register and determine your eligibility status, please contact Rona Holmes at 617/349-4637 or rholmes@cambridgema.gov or call Pardis Saffari at 617/349-4654.
  • Presented By: City of Cambridge.

Do you have news or an event that you want included in the upcoming CLF Newsletter? Please send a 2-3 sentence blurb by the first Friday of every month.

Articles and press releases can be emailed to cambridgelf@gmail.com

Out of the Local Business Directories?Directories

Need a plexi-glass retail display case for your directories?  

Please let us know! We have distribution points for pick-up or we're happy to deliver.