During Boston’s stay at home advisory, small businesses across the state have relied on takeaway, delivery, and livestream services to stay afloat. Our Real Estate team has geographically spread out across the state during the advisory and has been enthusiastically showing support for local restaurants, small retailers, and fitness studios during this time. Take a look at some of our favorites below:
Curio Coffee & Wine is an East Cambridge staple, known for their buttery Liege Waffles and freshly brewed coffee. If you’re into brewing your own coffee, you can also purchase 12oz bags of whole beans from Broadsheet Coffee Roasters (also local) as well as Counter Culture Coffee. On Fridays, you can order bottled wine to go, accompanied by one of their food items. I highly recommend their buffalo chicken dip and baked mac and cheese!
– Carly Walsh, Account Executive
Heather Yunger at Top Shelf Cookies in Dorchester not only bakes amazing cookies (the Boston Lager chocolate chip cookies with Sam Adams Boston Lager are incredible,) but she offers maybe the best customer service of any small business I have ever ordered from. Top Shelf delivers through the Post Office and allows for fresh cookies to be delivered to your door on the weekend which helps make up for being stuck at home.
– Conor Yunits, Senior Vice President
Brookline Booksmith is a beloved, family-owned Coolidge Corner staple that has brought new and used books, intimate author talks, and unique collectible items to Brookline residents for over 58 years. During this time, the Booksmith staff offers online shopping that will deliver books directly to your doorstep from their distributors, allowing you to support their shop while receiving new and entertaining reads. They’re also continuing their popular author talks via Zoom, making it easier than ever for people to interact with the authors they love or discover a new favorite writer.
– Katie Daigle, Account Manager
Fotini’s Restaurant & Bar in Bolton is one of my parents’ favorite restaurants. They’ve been Thursday night regulars since they moved to Clinton two years ago and have practically become a part of the Fotini’s family. Weekly takeout orders vary, thanks to their extensive and delicious menu – recently, we’ve enjoyed their classic Rueben sandwich, garden salad with steak tips, chicken Fotini, and veal Giovanni.
– Nick Courtois, Account Executive
I’ve been a Pure Barre fanatic for over five years now, and even used to teach classes at the Brookline studio. Before the closure of the Boston and Brookline studios, I was taking classes up to five times a week and feeling great. In the weeks since they closed, both studios have started offering livestream classes multiple times a day, letting me take different class formats with my favorite instructors so that I can keep moving and break a sweat even while stuck at home.
– Katrina Gaddis, Senior Account Executive
Frank’s Steakhouse in Cambridge is an old school Italian spot with great food and is technically considered Boston’s oldest steakhouse. Their menu is excellent and offers something for every palate – pasta, fish, amazing desserts and, of course, steaks. Personally, I’m a big fan of their French Dip sandwich.
– Sean Hathaway, Senior Account Executive
Is’Original Thai opened on Beacon St. near Washington Square not long before the pandemic hit. For any small business, this situation is far from ideal, but it is especially hard for a new business to stay afloat while still trying to build up an initial customer base. Ordering from Is’Original is definitely a win-win because I get to support a family-owned business while maintaining a sense of normalcy in my life under these current stay-at-home orders. They have online ordering straight through their website and on UberEats, and delivery is free within a mile of the restaurant. Make sure to grab an order (or two) of pork dumplings, you won’t be disappointed!
– Jess Petro, Account Coordinator
If you’re looking for a local small business to support while staying home this month, look no further than Black Sheep Bagel Café. This Cambridge Maaa and Paaa, a Harvard Square favorite known for delicious sandwiches such as “Lox 2.0” and “The Favorite,” has been helping keep spirits up and bellies full during these uncertain times with contactless pick-up and delivery options made possible by Uber Eats. Furthermore, merchandise and sandwich sales have helped the café use this time to renovate their small but chic space so that it can be ready and in better shape than ever when customers can finally return in person. Through their Instagram, Black Sheep Bagel Café has remained in touch with their loyal fanbase and kept followers apprised of all the exciting changes taking place in-store. If you don’t already know them, now is a great time to support Black Sheep Bagel Café for breakfast, lunch or anytime!
– Riva Cheses, Senior Account Executive
Boston’s small businesses are a crucial element of the city’s economy, and it’s more important now than ever that we support them as best as we can. As plans for a phased economic reopening firm up and materialize in the coming weeks, our team is glad to be able to contribute and help keep some of Boston’s beloved small businesses operating. Stay tuned for more local recommendations.