Porter Square, Things to Do, We Love the Arts

Ron MacLean’s Headlong

Headlong Ron MacLean | We Love Beantown

One of the big reasons why I love Beantown is our thriving arts scene. Between Berklee and Boston Conservatory, the POPS and art vendors at SoWa, Chuck Hogan and Dennis Lehane; Boston isn’t short of its singers, musicians, artists, and writers. Being a writer is hard (I know) and being a successful one is even harder.

So when Chuck Hogan, author of “The Town,” writes a positive review of your new novel, you put print that sucker on the back of your book. That’s just what author Ron MacLean did with his new novel – “Headlong” – a mystery crime thriller set in Boston.

The official book launch of “Headlong” will be tonight at 7:00pm, at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. Ron MacLean will be on hand to sign, chat, and crack you up. I hear that if you order him a nice bourbon ale, he’ll answer any and all literary questions and be your best friend for the rest of the night. Support a great local author and check out the reading tonight. I’ll be there – let’s be friends!

Porter Square, We Love Food

Potbelly Is Expanding In Boston And My Waistline

It’s here! It’s here! It’s here!

Okay, it’s gonna be here.

According to permits posted last week, Boston’s third Potbelly is going to be at the former Chicago Uno’s Pizza in Porter Square.

Over the last week, the AT&T store, travel agency and salon have all moved out of Porter Square Galleria. But permits posted on the former Uno’s indicate that Potbelly’s third restaurant will be coming to Porter Square.

Continue reading

Porter Square

A Reminder Why Local is Better

Make fun if you must, but I decided this weekend that it was time to pull out my knitting needles. Inspired by some recent visits to my grandparents (my grandmother taught me to knit years ago) and the cool autumn weather, I wanted to start a new fall project.

I wasn’t really feeling any of the yarn choices I had on hand, so I popped over to a local yarn store just across the street from me in Porter Square, Mind’s Eye Yarns. It’s a very cute, little shop and even though I’ve only been there once or twice before, I’ve always found the staff there super nice and helpful. They have a great selection of yarn and fiber for just about any project and budget. They also offer classes, free patterns, etc.

On this visit, I didn’t  know exactly what I wanted, but the woman there was incredibly helpful. She really knew her stuff and encouraged me to “touch everything” and pick whatever yarn I liked best. Once I found some that I liked, she was able to recommend what needle size I should use, how long I should make my scarf and made some great suggestions to maximize my knitting efforts. She even let me back in a few hours later as she was closing up the shop so I could try and find the one set of circular needles I was missing.

After I left the shop, I walked across the street to the Porter Square shopping center to grab a few quick things from Shaw’s. As I approached the entrance, I was reminded that a Michaels is opening up next to Shaws on October 5.

I have nothing against Michaels, and I’m sure many people are excited that it will be opening soon, but it made be a bit fearful for Mind’s Eye. Michaels won’t be able to hold a candle to their service and knowledge, but I’m not sure Mind’s Eye will be able to compete with Michaels’ prices and selection.

Hopefully, service and expertise will prevail and Mind’s Eye will stay right where it is, but just a reminder of why we should think Local First (and not just for yarn and other hobbies).

Neighborhoods, Porter Square

Changes Coming To Porter Square Galleria with Walgreens Coming In Big

The countdown is on to grab a great discount at Porter Square’s Pier One store. The store closes next Wednesday to make room for the impeding new Mega Walgreens that will break ground next year.

While this Walgreens will not be as large as the planned Downtown Crossing location, it will still take up two floors at the Porter Square Galleria. In addition to taking over Pier One, Walgreens will be taking over the currently vacant Blockbuster Video and Kool Smiles, located on the second floor of the Galleria. Continue reading