M & M Convenience 4 Main St, Somerville, MA02145 This convenience store is located at the peak of Winter Hill, looking down into the city. It stocks lotto tickets and…More cigarettes, along with cold drinks and a few grocery items. Thanks to its location just beyond the Main Street/Broadway split, metered parking is readily available, mercifully lessening the need for any double-parked snack runs.
Somerville Dry Cleaners & Tailors 112 Bristol Rd, Somerville, MA02144 Founded in 2000, this corner dry cleaners is conveniently just off of Broadway's Ball Square. Metered parking can…More usually be found, so you won't have to dash inside with hanging bags while your car idles double-parked. Owner Tauvan is also a master tailor and offers leather cleaning too.
Rent-A-Center 105 Broadway, Somerville, MA02145 This Somerville branch of the national chain offers all of the usual rent-to-own services found elsewhere. Inside,…More several helpful employees guide customers around washing machines, computers and couches. There is only metered street parking, but the Rent-A-Center staff can help track down a nearby parking spot if a customer needs to load a piece of furniture.
Winter Hill Bank 5 Cutter Ave, Somerville, MA02144 This hulking art deco structure is just off Davis Square. A 24-hour walk-up ATM is available and copious metered parking…More is in a lot Inside, a typical bank milieu unfolds complete with roped-off lines, several tellers and a few desks behind glass in the rear.
Somerville House 268 Washington St, Somerville, MA02143 Also known as James E. Hagan Manor, Somerville House is a large Section 8 housing unit. Just on the edge of Union…More Square, this monolithic red brick apartment block is situated in a bustling location. There is metered parking for guests, and a paid garage for residents, along with a few shady courtyards.
Dunkin' Donuts 509 Broadway, Somerville, MA02145 If someone told you they had never heard of Dunkin' Donuts, you'd probably ask what planet they were from. The 504…More Broadway location features everything you'd expect from the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, including donuts, bagels, sandwiches, cold drinks and, of course, the coffee you crave. Park for free in the lot out front or pay to park in the metered lot next door.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 99 Dover St, Somerville, MA02144 This Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is located on a quiet residential street just off of Davis Square;…More parking, however, is still metered or permit only. Situated within a modern building, this Church is open to visitors, and there's usually someone in the office. Services are held behind thick curtains to provide a little privacy from the street.
Gold Scissors Beauty Salon 79 Bow St, Somerville, MA02143 Supple leather couches, Brazilian news on the TV and large floral arrangements await those who venture into Gold…More Scissors. Run by young owner Fernanda Macedio, this salon offers full hair, nail and waxing services at affordable prices. Located on the edge of Union Square it is wise to park at the grocery store lot across the street to bypass feeding a meter during your haircut or manicure.
Ball Square Café 708 Broadway, Somerville, MA02144 Ball Square Café boasts brick-lined walls, attentive waitstaff and an owner who will help you parallel park in…More one of the tight, metered spots out front. Chef and owner Omar Djebbouri serves up towering piles of exotic fruit-topped waffles and Middle Eastern omelettes with more kinds of coffee than you can count on one hand. This eatery is as famous for its signature pear and goat cheese-stuffed French Toast as it is for its participation in the legendary Ball Square Breakfast War with rivals Sound Bites Café right next door.
With all the calculating going on in the SomerStat office at City Hall, you'd almost expect a wall of computers…More humming away inside. But actually, a small staff of analysts quietly rack up big savings for the city here. Started by Mayor Curtatone in 2004, the office gathers statistics on City spending, income and processes and searches for ways to improve efficiency. For one, they helped the City do a better job of collecting parking and trash fines to the tune of over $275,000 in added revenues in 2009 (so feed your meter).
But SomerStat doesn't just present its data to the Mayor and Board of Alderman. ResiStat meetings take the process right into neighborhoods. At these community discussions, resident concerns are gathered. SomerStat analysts then research those issues, return to the community with data and then gather resident input on how to best address the problem. Hey, it's your City. So check out the ResiStat website and join the e-mail list here.