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2019 Projects:

Project 1: Ola Café
East Somerville Main Street worked with owner Gus Cunha with respect to his negotiation of an easement  agreement with neighboring property owners,.  With the help of ESMS, Gus was able to negotiate a stronger agreement to protect his interests with respect to property modifications and incurred third party costs while continuing to enable the adjacent property proposal to advance. 
 
Project 2: Tikal Uniform
East Somerville Main Streets supported owner Juan with his proposal for changes to the new storefront property.  ESMS developed a letter of support to the city planning department in support of his project.

Project 3: Los Pasianos
East Somerville Main Streets worked extensively with owner Orlando to help him with addressing safety concerns with the landlord of the property.

 

Project 4: Blanca Bakery

East Somerville Main Streets worked extensively with owner Raul to help him with negotiating his lease with the landlord and connected him to a lawyer who provided him with pro bono consulting time.

 

Project 5: Bonita Hair Salon and Blow Dry Bar
East Somerville Main Streets assisted the new business owner Nailah Montalvo to upgrade her online profiles on Google and Yelp as well as drafted and sent a Press Release about their opening to local media.

 

Project 6: Hair-gineer
East Somerville Main Streets assisted new business owner Smiley to upgrade his online profiles on Google and Yelp as well as drafted and sent a Press Release about their opening to local media.

 

Project 7 : Fadil African Hair braiding
East Somerville Main Streets assisted new East Somerville owners Anita and Iliassou Fassassi to get a third quote for a sink install necessary to their business operations and sent a Press Release about their opening to local media.

 

Project 8: Humberto with Shaddai
East Somerville Main Streets assisted small business owner Humberto to pay-back his Kiva Loan and submit an application for Common Victualer License to open a new restaurant in East Somerville.

 

Project 9: Gauchao Brazilian Cuisine
East Somerville Main Streets worked with Gauchao Brazilian Cuisine to assist them with their applications for Special Building Permit, Outdoor Seating permit, Outdoor Awning Permit, and Liquor License Application.  ESMS attended Planning Board Meeting and Licensing Commission meeting and spoke in support of their expansion.  East Somerville Main Streets also worked with City Councillor Matt McLaughlin to develop a letter of support for the expansion.  

 

Project 10: Maya Sol
East Somerville Main Streets worked with Marta from Maya Sol to help her with her Outdoor Seating permit application.

Project 11: Recino's Cafe

East Somerville Main Streets created a press release for their opening and attended their Common Vic License approval Meeting in support.  

 

Other Business Support

In addition to our Technical Assistance work, ESMS has strengthen our relationships with local businesses and promoted them in new ways including highlighting businesses on social media, featuring updates and highlights of businesses in our monthly business newsletter, and creating new events such as our Game Nights, Trivia Night, Bridge Closing Party and the Holiday Bar Crawl to encourage the community to patronize and connect with their local businesses more. 

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