Recent news from CLF including  info about the lighting and polysterene ordinances as well as how to make Pokemon Go work for your business! 

In this Newsletter

Pokemon Go Is Driving Insane Amounts of Sales at Small, Local Businesses. Here's How It Works

Since it launched just over a week ago, Pokemon Go has taken Cambridge, and the world, by storm. According to, ", this augmented reality mobile exploration game has been installed on twice as many phones as Tinder, it has double the engagement of Snapchat, and it is eclipsing Twitter in its percentage of daily active users." As Pokemon Go encourages users to get out and explore their area, many small local businesses have come up with smart ways to capitalize on the increased foot traffic, and you can too! Read more > >

Important info about upcoming Lighting and Polystyrene Ordinances

Often people think of summer as a time when things slow down a little and people take a little break. This is not the case this summer with rules and regulations either being enacted or proposed that may affect businesses in Cambridge.

The Polystyrene Ban was passed last fall by the Cambridge City Council and goes into effect on October 20, 2016. Polystyrene is a type of plastic and includes both expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, and rigid polystyrene, or all other #6 plastics. This includes but is not limited to single-use disposable plates, cups, bowls, trays and hinged/lidded containers, straws, cup lids, or utensils. Read More > >

Changes to the 2017 Directory

This will be our annual directory's 11th year and we are planning some exciting changes! We have adjusted our layout design to be cleaner and greener than ever before. By switching to a two column layout our book will be able to contain our growing membership in fewer pages, increasing the directories usefulness as a pocket reference as well as making it easier for our members to store and distribute. 

This is also an important step in increasing the sustainability of our directory. With the cost of print rising every year, we work hard to find a way to give our members the directory reach they want while still keeping our membership fees as affordable as possible. Due to printing constraints, our print directory will no longer include taglines. But don't worry, you are still welcome to include them in your online listing. 

Member News and Upcoming Events

Summer is in full swing at Shanti. The patio at our Kendall Square location is perfect for kicking back after work with friends. Shanti Restaurant will be hosting Vegan Mondays featuring a four-course prix fixe menu for $35 at its Roslindale and Cambridge locations, starting August 1st continuing every Monday (Roslindale) and Tuesday (Cambridge) during the month of August. Read More > >
Back by popular demand, Assistant City Manager for Finance Louis DePasquale and his team will explain the city’s budget planning process and highlight key initiatives contained in the FY17 budget, including: capital funding priorities, departmental allocations, Community Preservation Act funding, Participatory Budgeting and much, much more. Read More > >
For one spectacular day each year, SBN transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation's largest local & sustainable food hub!  Boston Local Food Festival is a FREE outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. ​Read More > >
Women in Cambridge is going outside of Cambridge, eek! and heading over to Somerville to have some great local beer at Aeronaut. The speaker will be Jessica Manganello from New Leaf Legal. Jessica handles business and IP law for start-ups and small businesses and is very involved in the community. Her clients often say she "is a lawyer I want to have a beer with", so the location is perfect. Read More > >
Our partners at Independent We Stand have written an interesting article as part of their Small Biz Tip of the Month series. This month's featue is on "Why Small Businesses Need To Prepare For Voice Search". Check it out for information onhow voice search works and is used, and most importantly, what it means for your business. Read More > >

Meet our New Members

Naco Taco is a new restaurant serving Tacos, margaritas, & beer served at a lively bar & festive patio. Located at 297 Mass Ave in Central Square. Read More > >
Established in 1976, CRN Auctions, Inc. is a full service auction house running 3-4 sales of fine antiques per year. Accepting consignments ranging from a few items to entire estates. They are located 57 Bay State Road, Cambridge, MA  02138 in Fresh Pond. Read More > >
Just-A-Start is a 501 (c) (3) non profit dedicated to creating opportunity, strengthening community, and improving lives.Since 1968, JAS has operated as a multi-service agency focused on affordable housing, community engagement, workforce development, and educational initiatives.To fulfill its mission, JAS relies on federal, state, and local funding sources as well as support from corporate, charitable, and community organizations. Read More > >
After opening its odoors in Janury at 1172 Cambridge St, the Rising has had a warm welcoming into Inman Sq. Hosting 10 TV’s, including one that’s 100″, means you will always see your favorite game on at The Rising in a warm and comfortable atmosphere! Their drink selection boasts a vast selection of craft and local breweries, along with a great selection of signature cocktails, and a wine menu consisting of 30 bottles of wine all for $30 each. Read More > >
4 Buyers Real Estate, is a team of Realtors whose loyalty is to buyers— and only buyers. If you want advice that is geared toward getting the best place at the best price, they’re for you. Working with any agent at 4 Buyers Real Estate gives you the combined experience of the entire office. Together, their agents draw from a deep bag of tricks to get you the best deal the market will bear. Read More > >
If you are looking to be good to your heart, then you are at the right place. Heart healthy food does not necessarily have to be boring or bland. Surya Indian Kitchen's savory meals and delicately seasoned entrees will leave you content. Their almost “grandmotherly” cooking with freshly ground spices for a more rustic texture will blow you away. Read More > >
MONROE was born from a combination of a long history of nightlife experience and reengineering concepts in a competitive marketplace. Dauber says that the restaurant and nightclub’s name was inspired by the neighborhood history, “There’s a lot of history and connections with super secret things that connect and happen in Cambridge. We’re highlighting and connecting with that.... Read More > >
The team at Shanti hope to transport our guest to a more peaceful place with both the ambiance and the cuisine. In Shanti you will find more than Indian cuisine, you can also enjoy some Bangladeshi style of cooking i.eBhuna. Beyond enjoying a unique blend of cuisines, eating at Shanti is also an opportunity to learn about a region that is largely unknown to the rest of the world. Read More > >
Lamplighter Brewing Co. focuses on aroma-packed, funky, and flavor-driven ales, and they love to play with yeast, the true brewer in the beer making process. They brew lots of one-off batches that allow them to pursue our various whims, and they don't shy away from sours, twists on traditional styles, and adding pertinent and unique ingredients to our beers. Read More > >

Connect with Cambridge Local First

There are many ways for you to get more involved with Cambridge Local First, including joining our new Community Membership Program, attending a committee or Board of Directors meeting, or just spending some time to meet with us and chat about your ideas for growing the Cambridge economy. 

Do you have news or an event you want to share to CLF members and the Cambridge Community? Let us know and we'll spread the word! We'd love to hear from you! 
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