Bloc 11 is the second coffee shop belonging to Tucker Lewis and Jennifer Park, owners of Diesel in Davis Square. It sits at the intersection of Walnut and Bow Streets in Union. It’s spacious, has both indoor and outdoor seating, and hosts live music and open mic sessions a couple of evenings per week. I’ve heard from others that the food is great, but I’ve only gone for the iced coffee personally – delicious iced coffee with a very subtle hint of cinnamon.
The most unique thing about Bloc 11 is its location. It opened in 2007 in a vacant bank building, complete with vaults in the back in which you can sit and enjoy your latte. I regret that my photo doesn’t do the space justice, as it’s much cooler looking in person.
And speaking of lattes, they do some pretty cool latte flower art.
DAILY TRIVIA: The first residence in the world to have telephone service was that belonging to Charles Williams Jr., who lived at the corner of Arlington and Lincoln Streets in Somerville. It was in Williams’ telegraphic equipment shop that Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson first transmitted a sound via telephone wire on June 2, 1875.
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One of the things that’s made this snowy winter remotely tolerable is the implementation of the Somerville Winter Farmers Market. It runs every Saturday from 10 am -2 pm at the old Armory building on Highland Street. The last market of the year will be on March 26, so if you’ve been meaning to check it out you best get a move on. It’s also worth mentioning that credit and debit cards are accepted, according to their Facebook page. I wish I’d noticed that before heading over there this morning, since I forgot to grab cash.
Pies from Cook's Farm and Bakery in Springfield, MA
The Market is part of a bigger city-wide campaign to Shape Up Somerville; its aim is to increase access to healthy foods for Somerville residents. There are vendors serving up just about everything you could imagine: fresh produce, fish, meat, bread, pies, nuts, sauces, pastries, wine, chocolate – and everything is locally/regionally grown and produced. There’s even live music to entertain you while you peruse, and also… isn’t it cool to have a reason to visit the Armory?
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The Grownup Noise performing at the Winter Market on March 12.
Armory Building, Highland Ave.
DAILY TRIVIA: Utne Reader named Somerville’s Davis Square as one of the 15 Hippest Places to Live in 1997.
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