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Somerville Open Studios
6 Vernon St, Somerville, MA 02145

Somerville Open Studios (SOS) is a nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of organizing an annual city-wideMore artists open studios event the first weekend of May in Somerville, Massachusetts.  

Visual artists working in every discipline of the fine arts and crafts media—painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, fiber, clay, glass, furniture and jewelry open their studios for the art-loving public.  Visitors can view the art made within the community, interact with local artists, and see artists' working spaces for free.

SOS broadens the public's exposure to finished works of art and encourages a deeper appreciation of the art-making process. This exposure both educates the community and raises awareness of the contribution that artists make to daily life in Somerville.

In recent years, more than 350 artists have participated in this event at more than 100 sites.  An Artist's Choice exhibit held at The Somerville Museum takes place during April-May and often musical events and poetry readings are part of the arts extravaganza as well.

Central Bank
399 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144
A 30 year-old local standby, Central Bank offers the services of a national bank while being a local company.  InMore the same location since the 1970s, many of the staff are lifelong local residents, who know many of their customers by their first names.  Central focuses on supporting local businesses and projects, including several charity initiatives.
Somerville Election Department
93 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
Located downstairs (at the basement level) at City Hall, the Elections Department has a walk-up service counter whereMore residents can register to vote, request an absentee ballot or inquire about their voting place. The office also organizes and manages all local elections, conducts and tallies the City census and maintains campaign finance records and data from election results. The staff is immensely helpful and patient, which means you can see democracy in action here. We watched one staffer give the kindest and most thorough explanation of the voting process to a new citizen registering to vote for the first time and got all choked up. ADA Compliant voting booths were recently acquired by the department.
Alibrandi's Barber Shop
194 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

This classic barbershop has been in business since 1938, offering the men and boys of Somerville affordable, stylishMore haircuts for decades. Currently owned by Tony Alibrandi, the shop was originally opened by his father, Joe, more than 70 years ago. Tony followed in his father's footsteps, and has been cutting the hair of Somervillians for more than 50 years.

The charming shop is covered with sports and Somerville related memorabilia of years gone by—you'd be hard pressed to find a vacant space on Alibrandi's walls.  Tony Alibrandi is devoted not only to his craft, but also to the local sports teams that decorate his shop, and has sponsored many in the city for years.

Sitting in one of Alibrandi's chairs not only means getting your ears lowered, but also having them filled with friendly banter and jokes. The shop promises fast and precise work, and clientele ranges from professional businessmen to children facing the scissors for the first time.