State Park is open!

Published on December 18, 2013, by in Uncategorized.


Our dear friends at Hungry Mother have opened a new set of doors at One Kendall Square.

State Park restaurant is now open and ready to serve up some signature dishes and a wide range of thirst quenchers.

Bring all your relatives that are in town for holidays  … or hide from them there. Either way you should check it out because its a wonderful thing to see local businesses expanding locally right here is East Cambridge.  Hope to see you there

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Happy Holiday’s from ECBA!

Published on December 17, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
It has certainly been a very busy year for ECBA. We welcomed 21 new members to the ECBA this year raising our membership to 79 local business. With our members support we added a second great ECBA event to the neighborhood. The ECBA Freedom was a great success in its inaugural year and 1000 patriotic runners joined us on Memorial Day to kick off the summer and raise some money for the Glen Doherty Foundation. We are planning for this year so make it your new years resolution to start training for an East Cambridge 5k.

Rib Fest was another smashing success thanks to the many great chefs opening new restaurants in the neighborhood and thanks to all of you for coming out and joining the fun on another beautiful October afternoon.
We are very proud of the new holiday decoration adorning Cambridge St this season and look forward to finding new ways to make Cambridge St an attractive place to live and do business.
Thanks for all the support this year and we look forward to having a great year in 2014.

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Deck The Halls

Published on December 12, 2013, by in Uncategorized.



ECBA is very excited to announce that our new Holiday décor for Cambridge Street is up and powered on.  It has been a longtime goal of the ECBA, pretty much from the day we started 5 years, to spruce up the street for the holiday season.  Winter greens and sparkling lights can go a long way in improving the street scape and creating a pleasant atmosphere for businesses and shoppers alike.  We hope this adds to the holiday experience for residents, visitors, and shop owners.

We couldn’t have achieved this goal without the support of all of our members, businesses owners that recognize the value of reinvesting in our community in small yet significant ways.  Also, its thanks to you, and many other East Cambridge residents, who have supported the ECBA in various ways throughout the years.  Whether you bought a ticket to Rib Fest or ran in Freedom Run, you played a role in making this improvement in the neighborhood.  Simply stated … THANK YOU!

The beautiful baskets themselves were arranged by our very own Blossom Floral Design located on Cambridge St at the corner of Sciarrappa. Be sure to stop in and tell Susana  and Tony what a great job they did.  The baskets were hung with the help of the Department of Public Works, and the City Electricians powered the lights.  Thanks to all for the group effort.

We hope this is just a start to an ongoing project we can add to each year and look forward to finding new ways to improve the appeal of Cambridge Street for everyone.


11th Annual Shop Inman by Moonlight – Tonight

Published on December 12, 2013, by in Uncategorized.


 The 11th Annual Shop Inman by Moonlight is tonight and the weather looks dry and FESTIVE!  Here is the rundown for promotions and events tomorrow night.  See you there!

Shop Inman by Moonlight
Thursday, December 12th, 6:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight
ENJOY local holiday shopping for a change!

Escape the malls and journey to Inman Square to buy holiday gifts from our unique and locally-owned shops.  In addition, shoppers may see live mannequins and holiday carolers, take part in an exciting scavenger hunt, experience art and music, or relax and enjoy a meal at one of the Square’s twenty-plus restaurants.  The square will be bustling with activity and all who are young at heart are encouraged to have their photos taken with Santa!  Come and make an evening at Inman Square, Cambridge to take advantage of these unique items, great deals, and special discounts.

.  Visit these participating stores till closing time for unique items, great deals and special discounts:

1369 Coffee House     Boutique Fabulous    Bukowski Tavern       Cambridge Savings Bank      City Girl Café

Coughlin Insurance   CPCU Credit Union    East Cambridge Savings Bank                                  East Coast Grill

FitLab Pilates              Hit Wicket                  Inman Oasis                Ole Mexican Grill                   Olecito

Salon Bellissima         Stellabella Toys          The Druid                   US Post Office

If you participate in the Scavenger Hunt by recording the color of the bow attached to the Inman Square Candy Cane in each store or window, you will be eligible to win exciting prizes from Inman Square businesses.  The more businesses you visit the better your chance of winning!  For more information or to pick up a scavenger hunt map, please stop by Boutique Fabulous, Inman Oasis, or Stellabella Toys.

Holiday Caroling by North Cambridge Family Opera begins at 7:00 PM at Vellucci Plaza then throughout the Square.  FREE hot chocolate from Ole Mexican Grill and candy canes from Cambridge Savings Bank will be on hand

For more information about Shop Inman by Moonlight or for a list of promotions and map, please visit .

2013 Shop Inman by Moonlight In-Store Promotions

* 1369 Coffee House *
1369 Cambridge St~
Arts & Crafts sale, winter adult beverages & specialty drinks; and live music.

* Boutique Fabulous *
1309 Cambridge St~
Live music by Jonathan Lamaster; Tommy Majkut as Santa Claus; fortune telling w/ Madame Venus; FREE refreshments till Midnight; Coupons for $10 off New Client Intro at FitLab Pilates.

* Bukowski Tavern *
1281 Cambridge S
t~ ”Sam Adam’s Pint Night” – FREE pint glass w/sale of Sam Adam’s Winter draft.

* City Girl Cafe *
Hampshire St~  10% off gift certificates.

* Coughlin Insurance *
1303 Cambridge St~
Selling framed photographs, postcards and holiday notecards; FREE refreshments.

* The Druid *
1357 Cambridge St~
10% off night’s bill and 10% off gift certificates.

* East Coast Grill *
1271 Cambridge St~
FREE hot apple cider; Complimentary dessert with dinner & receipt of purchase from Inman Sq retailer. 10% off gift cards.

* Hit Wicket *
Cambridge St~ FREE dessert per table with dinner & receipt of purchase from Inman Sq retailer.

* Inman Square Post Office *
1311 Cambridge St~
FREE coloring books and crayons for the kids.

* Inman Oasis *
243 Hampshire St~
10% off gift certificates and products (packages not included); “It’s a Wonderful Life” streaming tubside in community hot tub 8:15-10PM; Coupons for $10 off New Client Intro at FitLab Pilates.

* Ole Mexican Grill *
11 Springfield St~
Complimentary Flautas or Quesadilla Mexicana appetizer with dinner and receipt of purchase from an Inman Sq retailer.  One per table.

* Salon Bellissima *
202 Hampshire St~
FREE face painting for kids and refreshments for all.

* Stellabella Toys *
1360 Cambridge St~
FREE Wine & Cheese Tasting; 20% off entire purchase (excludes Lego & Playmobil).


Pires Market: Join the Launch of the Healthy Markets Program

Published on November 13, 2013, by in Uncategorized.


ECBA member Pires Market is one of two Cambridge Markets participating in the Healthy Markets Program. Healthy Market program makes it easier for Cambridge residents to make healthy choices. The Healthy Market program works with local convenience store owners to make healthy food and drink options available.

Please join us for a kickoff celebration on Friday, November 22nd  from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

We’ll start at Pires Market (873 Cambridge St.) and walk as a group to continue the celebration at Newtowne Market (93 Windsor St.). Click on the picture for more details

Please RSVP to by Wednesday, November 20th. We hope to see you there!




New ECBA Member: Community Charter School of Cambridge

Published on November 7, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

Welcome to our newest member, the Community Charter School of Cambridge

CCSC_LogoBlkIf you are interested in learning more about the Charter School, they are having open houses in November and December.  See below for more info.

Open House dates are:

Thursday, Nov. 14
6-8 PM


Monday, Dec 2
6-8 PM

Interested in attending CCSC in 2014-15? We  are accepting applications for students entering grades 6, 7, 8 and 9 next year. Be a part of our first-ever 6th grade class!Come learn about our educational mission and philosophy, tour our campus, and meet faculty and staff at one of our fall open houses.More information about our lottery enrollment process and the application at:

First lottery deadline: Submit an application by Wed., Dec. 4 at 4 PM.

Cambridge residents and siblings have preference in the lotteries, but students from any town in Massachusetts may apply.

Community Charter School of Cambridge
245 Bent St.
Cambridge, MA 02141



Published on November 4, 2013, by in Uncategorized.
PrintCambridge Symphony Orchestra
Cynthia Woods, Music Director
Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM
The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
Violin Concerto in A minor … Antonín Dvořák
Featuring Violinist Irina Muresanu
Concerto for Orchestra … Béla Bartók
Overture to Der Zerbrochene Krug … Viktor Ullmann
Study for Strings …Pavel Haas
Fantasia on a Virtual Choral for String Orchestra … David L. Post
This concert is presented in collaboration with The Terezin Music Foundation.
Tickets are:
General Admission: $15
Student / Senior: $10
Ticket can be purchased online at

ISBA – 1st Annual Harvest Hoedown November 10th

Published on November 1, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

Harvest Hoedown 2013

Dust off your cowboy boots and bust out your 10 gallon hat. Inman Square Business Association(ISBA) is presenting their new fall event … The Harvest Hoedown on November 10th in Inman Square.  ECBA is proud to be a sponsor of this great event happening just down the other end of Cambridge St in Inman Square.  Our neighbors have have been working hard and we are happy to support them.

Its great to see so many new things happening in the neighborhood and we hope you can make it down to the Hoedown and check it out. Tickets are available on eventbrite.


Smoke This Rib Fest 2013 Highlight Reel

Published on October 30, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

Are you disappointed that you missed this year’s Rib Fest? Check out the highlight reel that was created by how2heroes and Rival Marketing to see what you have to look forward to in 2014!

To keep in the loop for all Rib Fest updates. Please LIKE us on Facebook for all the news & insider information!


East End House Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway

Published on October 29, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

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The East End House needs your help to make the holidays festive for everyone! Each Thanksgiving, East End
House provides hundreds of individuals and families with Thanksgiving Baskets that include
turkeys and all of the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Here is how YOU can help:

Food Donations
Hold a food drive at your organization! Encourage employees to bring in non-perishable
holiday foods in the weeks before Thanksgiving. Choose one item to focus on or collect them
all! We also need $15 gift cards to Shaw’s or Market Basket for those who prefer these to a
turkey. Here is a list of requested items:
• Stuffing
• Gravy
• Cranberry Sauce
• Canned Pumpkin
• Desserts
• Canned Fruits and Vegetables
• Baby Food and Formula
• $15 gift cards to Shaw’s or Market Basket as Turkey Vouchers

The deadline for all food donations is Friday, November 22nd, at 5:00 pm.

Bring yourself, family, friends, and/or co-workers to East End House to help us prepare
and distribute Baskets for the Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway!

You can volunteer for as little as one hour on Friday, Nov. 22nd 12:00-5:00 pm;
Saturday, Nov. 23rd 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; Monday, Nov. 25th 12:30 – 6:00 pm;
or Tuesday Nov. 26th 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.

To participate in the Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway or to learn more,
please contact Tim Severyn, Director of Community Programs, at or 617-876-4444.

Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated. To donate,
send a check to East End House, 105 Spring St., Cambridge, MA
02141 or donate online at

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