7 for 7
I spent a day last week walking around Kendall Square with Eric Moskowitz of the Boston Globe. Eric is writing a 24 (or 18) hours in Kendall Square piece, which should come out in next week’s Sunday Globe. It was my task to give Eric a peek (and taste) of the developing food and retail scene in the neighborhood. We did a sort of mini food crawl and I left the tour feeling more enthusiastic than ever about the consulting and brokerage work CityRetail has done since 2007 and the work that we hope to do as Kendall Square further develops. Here’s why:
Eric and I visited 7 businesses. We started at the Clover Food Truck and then proceeded to Evoo/Za, KIka, Fuji, Xylem, Area Four and ended at Firebrand Saints. AT EVERY BUSINESS WE STOPPED AT THEIR WAS AN OWNER PRESENT . And let me be clear, I did not call a single business and let them know we were coming. I’ll say it again and use caps one more time since I’m excited about this: EVERYWHERE WE WENT AN OWNER WAS THERE… This is amazing.
More than anything else, this incredible owner-operator presence that we experience on our tour speaks to Kendall Square’s potential as a great urban place (emphasis added re: use of word “potential” – we still have a ways to go) and gives CityRetail and hopefully our LL clients, the City of Cambridge and East Cambridge residents faith that we are on the right track and should be proud of our work to date. And now that all are on board with the reality that retail and restaurants can work in Kendall Square (this was not a given in 2007), it’s up to all of us that live, work and play in Kendall Square to make sure that we stay the course of growing a retail and restaurant community in a responsible way – that is to say that we continue to put a priority on working with experienced local owner-operated businesses and continue to work collaboratively to meet the growing needs of the community. So in three years I hope I can write another 7 for 7 post… at least it’s something to aspire to.
P.S. Eric started his day with coffee at Voltage Cafe, where of course Lucy, the owner, was there too. So I guess it’s actually 8 for 8.
[update 2/27/12 – here’s the link to Eric’s article, which was the cover story in 2/26/12 Boston Globe Sunday Magazine: “24 Hours in Kendall Square“