A-1 New & Used Plumbing & Heating 30 Prospect St, Somerville, MA02143 A-1 owner/founder Fran Fahey is somewhat of a local celebrity having been featured multiple times on PBS's "This Old…More House" and getting repeatedly mentioned in the The Old House Journal. For the last 20 years, Fahey has been selling antique heating and plumbing installations - he stocks more than 4,500 antique radiators. Being located in the Boston area with all the vintage housing units gives Fahey access to an unusually large stock of radiators, radiator valves, sinks, toilet covers, clawfoot tubs ... even the occasional wood-burning stove.
Open Center for Children 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA02144 Located at the Clarendon Presbyterian Church, the Open Center for Children provides families with quality day care.…More Focusing on learing through games and creative activities, the Center has two classrooms: a Green Room, for ages 2 through 3.5-years-old, and a Blue Room for 3.5 through 5-years-old. The Center offers community-based day care in which parents can choose to enroll their children in either a five or three day program.
Youthbuild USA 58 Day St, Somerville, MA02144 Youthbuild works on community development for disadvantaged kids. The organization harnesses the collective power of…More motivated 16-24 year-olds to transcend low-income limitations via education and job skill development. It also helps to better its communities by building affordable housing. Youthbuild was founded in 1988 and has since grown to 273 programs in 45 states. Together, 92,000 Youthbuild students have built 19,000 units of affordable housing. The 58 Day Street location is the central office, but the Cambridge Street location is also pictured here.
In a way, Nathan Tufts Park all began with a windmill. In the early 1700s, French immigrant Jean Maillet built a…More windmill atop a hill in what is now Somerville. He couldn't have known that the 30-foot-tall stone structure would one day play a role in the American Revolution—or that two centuries later, it would become Somerville's most prominent landmark and the crowing feature of a park.
After Maillet stopped milling grain, colonists began storing gunpowder within the mill's thick stone walls. When the British raided the cache in 1774, the colonists were so enraged that historians consider the event a trigger of the revolution. After the war, a farming family named Tufts purchased the land and in 1892 gave it (and the mill/powder house) to the city. A park was created and named for Tufts family member Nathan Tufts.
Today, the park retains the graceful curving paths and stately landscaping intended by the original designers. (One path follows an old carriageway.) Used mostly for passive recreation—walking, playing quietly, and relaxing—it offers a peaceful respite from busy Powder House Square. Others make use of the small basketball court. A stone field house, built during the Great Depression as part of the WPA (Work Project Administration) Project is now used for youth programs and community meetings. And not only is the park on the National Register of Historic Places, the powder house is pictured on the Somerville city seal.
Fun fact: The powder house has stored more than gunpowder. In the 1800s, a pickle maker found it to be the perfect, cool place for storing his "Old Powder House" brand pickles. For a wonderful brochure on the park filled with similar fun facts, click here.
Louie's 193 Broadway, Somerville, MA02145 Louie's is a traditional, old-fashioned ice cream joint, lovingly called a "dinosaur" by its owner. This scoop house has…More been around since 1980, but only under its current ownership for the past five years. The current owners came to Louie's with a hankering for ice cream, only to find the shop had closed. They ended up purchasing it. Today, frozen pudding and a bubbly staff continue to endear generations of Louie's customers.
Sousa's Market 201 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA02143 Sousa's Market offers a full line of Portuguese breads, cheeses and linguica sausage, all of which are made in-house.…More Customers who step into this shop are surrounded by old world, handmade, fresh products, including seafood, meat, rice, olive oils, spices and baked goods from local vendors. Sousa's also sell lottery tickets and tobacco products. Patrons can enjoy free Portuguese newspapers while they wait for their orders in this pleasant market.
Boston Billiards 343 Medford St, Somerville, MA02145 Boston Billiards has maintained its museum-like showroom since 1972. Under the ownershipship of Stephen Kelly, Boston…More Billiards focuses on antique billiards tables and period accessories. Featured on "This Old House" and in several movies, Boston Billiards also offers new reproductions and museum quality restoration services. Be aware that the shop is often closed, as its staff is off finding rare tables across the nation and the world. Be sure to call ahead.
The Rosebud, housed within an old railway car circa 1941 (Worcester Lunch Car #773), has officially been placed on…More the National Register of Historic Places and operates as a full-service diner seven days a week. Unlike many diners, typically known for their burger-and-fries menus, Rosebud offers a variety of comfort food like your mother might make, ranging from hash browns to lasagna. The restaurant also features daily off-menu specials.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Rosebud also features a full bar. The interior is cozy with a retro feel, booths lining the windows and a long counter with stools where customers can sit and enjoy their meals. Reasonable pricing and friendly staff add to the allure of this quirky local diner.
Vernon Street Studios 6 Vernon St, Somerville, MA02145 Vernon Street Studios, which opened in 1973 and was one of the first artists' communities in the Boston …More area, is housed in a historic, 19th-century brick building. Owned by the Rogers Foam Corporation, which is still in operation, and with entrances at both 6 and 20 Vernon Street, the large, brick structure is as colorful as it is teeming with creativity. It is home to more than 100 artists. With 94 large, airy studios and an old-fashioned wooden staircase that creaks with each step, the center has been participating in Somerville Open Studios every May since 1974.
Often considered "the historic crossroads of Somerville," Union Square is a hotbed of transitioning business activity…More and cultural diversity. In the center of it all, USMS works hard to keep its district vital and forward-moving by promoting businesses new and old, organizing community events and connecting locals with the services they require.
Union Square Main Streets has also launched the new Design Annex, which is located in the same building as their administrative office. Developed asa coworking and networking space for creative industry professionals, the the Design Annex offers work space and also hosts an open house every Thursday from 9:30am to noon.
The Main Street approach was originally conceived in 1977 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a way of maintaining the vitality of our nation's village centers. USMS is a nonprofit partnership of Union Square residents, local business owners, community leaders, the City of Somerville and the National Main Streets Center.
Behind heavy wooden double doors, diners will find the exuberantly decorated Dali, a longtime Spanish tapas favorite…More on the Somerville-Cambridge border. Richly hued walls of deep red and shimmering gold are decked with a whimsical mix of turn-of-the-century Spanish art, colorful ceramic tiles, old photographs and charming kitch, as well as various edibles like braids of garlic or hot peppers and, yes, the occasional preserved fish. Add in the pitchers of sangria popular with most diners, and this is one festive spot for a night out.
Sit at the bar and nibble or settle into one of the many cozy nooks for a full meal. Just be prepared for a feast of choices. Dali's serves roughly four-dozen tempting tapas selections such as pork sausage with figs or broiled scallops with saffron cream. Paella is also a house specialty, and the Basque hard cider in a neon green bottle at the bar cannot be ignored.