Government Affairs Committee January 2017 Update

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As we start 2017, the Government Affairs Committee is keeping abreast of proposals before the City of Cambridge which may impact locally-owned independent businesses.  Here are a few highlights and items of note from happenings in the City: Central Square Restoration Petition This zoning petition, also referred to as the Sater Petition, seeks to implement changes . . . read more

Look of Local 2016 Wrap Up

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Over 100 guests joined us for our second Annual Look of Local Fashion Show on September 27th at the Garment District in Cambridge. Almost 20 businesses participated in our show, featuring everything from a fairy themed gown to a beautiful lingerie set. Guests enjoyed delicious food and drink from Ole Mexican Restaurant in Inman Square . . . read more

What does it mean to be Local?

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While this may seem an easy question to answer, when we are trying to determine who can and who cannot be a member of our Local First network, it is not simple at all. Is a retail business with several outlets outside of our city still local?  How many stores can it have before it . . . read more

Join us for our second annual Look of Local Fashion Show!

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The second annual Look of Local will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6-9PM at the Garment District at 200 Broadway in Kendall. Last year, over 100 Cantabrigians joined us for an amazing evening of food, fun and fashion at Workbar Cambridge, this year will be even better! This year’s event will once again feature . . . read more

Have fun and kick butt at our next CMC Event!

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Cambridge Local First (CLF) will host an exclusive kickboxing class on Saturday, June 25th at 5pm at Redline Fight Sports in Central Square (614 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139). Redline Fight Sports trains some of the best fighters around, but fear not, this event is designed for locals of all skill levels. Afterwards, head over . . . read more

Make Your Dream Home a Reality at Cambridge’s First Ever Home Show!

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Cambridge Local First (CLF) will host Cambridge’s first Home Show on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 11:00am – 3:00pm at Artisans Trading Company, located at 125 Fawcett St. in Cambridge. In addition to being the first in Cambridge, this event will also be unique as the only Home Show to feature exclusively locally and independently . . . read more

Happy #BankLocal Month!

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Dear Cambridge Local First Members and Friends, LOCAL is BIG! As a result of the national movement, the word LOCAL has become one of the best ways to attract customer attention and promote almost any business. We are all seeing it everywhere. Cambridge Local First is celebrating its eleventh year of encouraging residents to patronize . . . read more

Maximizing your Restaurant’s Food Purchasing: A Business Seminar

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Managing the cost of food and operations can be a challenge for any restaurant. But understanding food cost can maximize restaurant profitability. This seminar will explore topics such as lowering food and operational costs, maximizing profits, and increasing customer satisfaction. Join us on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 9-11 AM at Cambridge Savings Bank in . . . read more

Sample great local Beer, Coffee, and Honey at LocalBuzz!

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Cambridge Local First (CLF) is having a tasting to showcase buzzworthy treats from local and independent Cambridge businesses. LocalBuzz will take place on Wednesday March 30, 2016 in the Venture Cafe of Cambridge Innovation Center at 1 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02142 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Come and taste different local Cambridge treats that will give you a . . . read more

Raffle Prizes Sought for FOCRLS Fundraiser plus an update on the 100×100 Program

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Raffle Prizes Sought for Fundraiser to Support CRLS Students The Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (FoCRLS) MayFair Raffle has become an annual tradition, and thanks to the enthusiastic support of Cambridge businesses – many of them members of Cambridge Local First – who have provided a wide array of gift cards and certificates, . . . read more