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Small businesses are the heart of our communities.

We are proud to spotlight our small business customers!

We know that small businesses play an important role in the local economy. At Cambridge Savings Bank, we understand how hard our customers work for their businesses, and we work hard for them. We offer solutions that help to meet our customers' visions and simple ways to move their businesses forward. 

Did you know?* 

  • 99.9% of all U.S. firms are small businesses.
  • 47.1% of all private-sector employees work for a small business.
  • Small businesses have accounted for 65.1% of net new jobs created since 2000.

There are many ways to support your favorite small business. Check out our customer spotlights below and don’t forget to shop local!

*U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, Frequently Asked Questions, Revised, December 2021

What our customers say.

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Le Macaron

 

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Lilibridge

 

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The Williams Agency

 

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Shelter Music Boston

 

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CSB Customer Spotlights

All She Wrote Books

All She Wrote Books is an intersectional, inclusive feminist and queer indie bookstore that supports, celebrates, and amplifies underrepresented voices through our thoughtfully curated selection of books spanning across all genres. When asked about the bookstore’s mission, owner Christina Ciampa explained, “All She Wrote Books is more than just a feminist/queer independent bookstore. It is a place where having conversations about meaningful topics with people is just as important as getting them their next read or helping them build on their to-be-read pile. It is a safe, inclusive space where you’re loved, cared for, and respected no matter what walk of life you come from. Bottom line: Accessibility and community are at the core of what we do, day in and day out.”

 

Aside from their brick-and-mortar location, folks can order from All She Wrote Books directly online 24/7 at allshewrotebooks.com. They ship across the U.S., and internationally as well. For those able to visit in person, All She Wrote Books is open 6 days a week. Come say hi to the bookstore’s official pup-mascot and greeter – Ruby!

 

When asked about her relationship with CSB, Christina shared, “As a local small business, it is important to us to keep our money local. We knew that CSB could handle the type of banking our growing bookstore needed. Jane and the team at the CSB Assembly Row branch have made the experience of banking with CSB even more pleasurable and easy.” She added, “With CSB's commitment to continuously advancing their banking technology to meet the needs of their customers, for example with their Business Banking platform, I only see our relationship growing in the future.”

 

 

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Le Macaron

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Located in our historic Cambridge Savings Bank building in Harvard Square, Le Macaron Cambridge is a French pastry shop that focuses on the jewel on the French pastry – the macaron.

 

When asked about her delicious product, co-owner, Karine Ernest shared with us, “They are just incredibly beautiful, with so many different colors. We have about 20+ flavors. In addition to the macaron, we carry all sorts of wonderful French delicacies.”

 

When asked how CSB has supported her business since recently opening this fall 2022, Karine explained, “We’ve had an incredible experience with Cambridge Savings Bank. They have been with us every step of the way. The Regional bank VP has been phenomenal. He stops in almost every day to check up on us.” She added, It’s truly a partnership. I can’t say enough good things about Cambridge Savings Bank. I could not have managed and maneuvered this without their support.”

 

 

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nathálie and haley.henry

Haley Fortier is the owner and operator of two wine bars in Boston, nathálie and haley.henry. Both bars focus on small production, natural wine from around the globe. nathálie, located in the Fenway neighborhood, highlights female wine makers, which represent over 80% of their wine list in its entirety. While at haley.henry, guests can also enjoy more exotic items on the menu such as ceviche, crudo and most notably “tinned fish”. From food and wine enthusiasts to the curious-minded, all are welcome to explore the menu’s at each location.

 

“To be a women-owned business in this world, obviously has it’s own set of challenges. However, I try to keep authentic to what I am doing, and the rest seems to follow suit.” says Haley. “We are women here now, doing all the things that we need to be doing; creating powerful business models, supporting one another, crafting teams that are brilliant in a lot of ways. That’s got to say something…right?”

 

When asked how CSB has supported her businesses, Haley explained, “First & foremost, without CSB taking a chance on me, I never would have opened my first wine bar. That’s the truth. I went to four banks before going to CSB, with nothing to give but my business plan, my devotion to my project & my work ethic.” She added, “It’s been an incredible relationship for the past five years.”

 

 

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Tiny Spoon Chef

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Tiny Spoon Chef is a personal chef company known for providing more than 9 years of bespoke, curated service to a diverse clientele, working families, busy couples, and professional singles. They take the time to get to know each and every household down to their intimate food preferences, dietary needs and goals and work with them to create expansive solutions centered around grocery shopping, meal planning and preparation. Clients can expect to eat better, crush their health goals, and spend their hours more freely and joyfully!

 

Tiny Spoon Chef is a relationship business first and foremost. “We are a joy-first company for everyone associated with us!” Chef and Founder, Janice Carte explained, “We build those relationships with great food, but if we weren't fantastic teammates and fantastic with people, we just wouldn't be special at meeting people just where they need to be met.”

 

Janice moved her business banking to Cambridge Savings Bank after having a long-standing relationship with another national bank. “As we grew, the national bank kept consolidating and changing - the local branch and representatives I liked doing business with disappeared and my line-of-credit had to be managed through a series of calls to 800 numbers... it was too much.” Janice explained.

 

Tiny Spoon Chef is looking to expand business in the future through an additional location. “We've been working with Cambridge Savings Bank for pre-approval on that and, shortly, our mortgage will be through the bank. This is the first piece of real estate we are hoping to own, but not the only or last! I feel uniquely supported in running a business with a bank who understands how important it is for me to be entirely self-owned (we have no investors)” Janice stated. “It seems like many banks would be pushing to keep businesses extended a bit further than they are comfortable being, but I feel so respected and heard.”

 

 

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The Williams Agency

The Williams Agency

Nicola Williams is the President and founder of The Williams Agency, an award winning, marketing and event planning firm based in Cambridge with over 20 years of experience. As a boutique marketing and business strategy firm, The Williams Agency focuses on mission-driven projects such as sustainable food, culture and the arts. They offer a full range of marketing services, including strategic planning, brand development, campaign management, public relations, and market research.

 

When asked what it meant to be a woman-owned business, Nicola says, “I have led my business for 26 years and I am proud to be a woman-run business.” Growing up, Nicola was raised by Jamaican parents Cecile and Noel Williams were strong role models in work ethic and commitment to success. When launching her own agency, Nicola also drew inspiration from other women-owned business leaders, “I am also inspired by other women business owners, especially fellow women business owners who share similar values in community activism.”

 

“I consider Cambridge Savings Bank to be a long-term bank partner for my business. I have been a customer since I started my business 26 years ago.” Nicola’s agency was one of Cambridge Savings Bank’s first commercial loan customers. “I also appreciate the charitable priorities of the bank and a true community partner. I know many people who work at the bank and they have always been very responsive to my needs. Cambridge Savings Bank is my number #1 bank.”

 

 

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Albertine Press

Albertine Press (AP) is a letterpress print & design studio and stationery boutique for the paper-obsessed. In addition to letterpress-printed products made right in the studio, customers can discover an ever-changing assortment of cards, gifts, and curiosities sourced from other small, independent makers like AP. They also collaborate with couples to create tactile, artisanal wedding paper goods that set the tone for the celebration to come and remain a treasured keepsake long after the big day is over.

 

Browsing their shelves, physically or virtually, customers will find beautiful, practical goods that support local-makers, women-owned businesses, sustainable living, and thoughtful gifting. AP can help you find that perfect something that brings a smile to your close friends, family and loved ones.

 

When asked how CSB has supported AP, owner Shelley Barandes explained, “Cambridge Savings Bank has been such an integral part of the Albertine Press team. I feel very much that our account manager and CSB know me, know my business, and are there to support us in our growth and success.” she added, “It's reassuring to know we have access to a team of people dedicated to helping us figure out how to keep our finances healthy through the normal (and not so normal) ebbs and flows.”

 

 

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Shelter Music Boston

Shelter Music Boston

Carrie Eldridge-Dickson is the Managing Director of Shelter Music Boston (SMB). SMB presents classical chamber music concerts, of the highest artistic standards, in homeless shelters and other sheltering environments. “Our goal is to promote community, creative interaction, respect, and therapeutic benefit. We believe all people deserve access to the dignity, creativity, and passion of classical music whether or not they have a home.” Carrie explained.

 

SMB was founded in 2010 by professional violinist Julie Leven and is now co-led by managing director Carrie Eldridge-Dickson and artistic director Adrian Anantawan. “The field of classical music has historically been dominated by white men and in response, Shelter Music Boston has made a commitment to more inclusive programming.” Carrie explained. “SMB's mission is rooted in social justice and equity and our entire team is committed to creating social change through classical music wherever we perform.” Since COVID, SMB has pivoted their work for online accessibility.

 

“Banking with Cambridge Savings Bank continues to be an easy decision.” says Carrie. “We are on a first-name basis with the team members we work with and know that we can pick up the phone and call with any questions or issues.”

 

 

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Junebug

Junebug

Amanda Mitchell owns two small businesses in Charlestown. Place & Gather, a home decor, gift and lifestyle boutique, and Junebug, a florist and boutique offering plants, accessories, and gifts. Junebug provides florals for local delivery, and does weddings, events, corporate work, and parties. Both stores offer a plethora of Charlestown-specific products, and we are frequently seen around town providing local delivery. Each store also offers a robust website which was developed during COVID.

 

"Being a women-owned business means lifting up and supporting the women around me. In my network, it includes building strong bridges among other female businesses so we can not only survive but thrive and have each other's backs," says Amanda. "It also means teaching my daughter how to work hard, take chances and lift up those around me. Being a women-owned business means juggling a lot, but I wouldn't have it any other way".

 

"The CSB staff have been our cheerleaders. They are a team of friendly faces who know and care deeply for my businesses, family, and employees. They get to know their clients, and that really means a lot. They offer genuine support when we need it and are quick to respond to our needs. We really appreciate having them down the street".

 

 

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Dave's Fresh Pasta

Dave's Fresh Pasta

Dave’s Fresh Pasta is a specialty grocery store that has been around for more than 30 years. Over time the shop has expanded to include a house made sandwiches, spreads, pesto, lasagnas, prepared foods, and a boutique wine selection. You may even be surprised to learn that many of their items come from New England producers, and they are constantly searching for the best artisan, small-production products.

 

Dave’s Fresh Pasta has been growing their catering business and recently provided exceptional food options for the grand opening of our newest branch in Assembly Row.

 

 

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The Druid

The Druid is an Irish pub in the heart of Inman Square. They serve homemade Irish fare, American pub classics, and perfectly poured Guinness. Prior to COVID-19, they also hosted a wide array of entertainment throughout the week.

 

Their industry was hit particularly hard by the pandemic, and like many other pubs and restaurants, they were forced to make changes to their menu. Their PPP Loan from CSB helped keep them going, and they were especially pleased by the support of the Inman Square branch.

 

The team at The Druid looking forward to having live, traditional Irish music sessions back in 2021.

 

 

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Siefer Nelson Law Group

Siefer Nelson Law Group offers legal counsel to individuals in a thoughtful and holistic manner. Their goal is to guide their clients toward a positive future by navigating difficult life transitions with compassion and care. They have a team approach to each client’s situation and often bring in like-minded professionals such as financial experts, real estate professionals or therapists, to help their clients achieve their goals.

 

Moving to remote client sessions and virtual court hearings was challenging at first, but has since helped them provide new efficiencies for their clients. CSB was in regular contact with them to ensure they had everything they needed, and offered support and guidance.

 

 

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Buckalew General Store

Buckalew’s is a true general store focused on supporting small and local farms, artisans, and other businesses. They bring a thoughtfully curated selection of goods to Main Street in Melrose, but their business goes beyond their product offerings. “Our core values are deeply rooted in family tradition and creative innovation. Among our core values, inclusivity drives us to seek out and support women, minority, and LGBT-owned businesses.” says Robin Peevey, owner of Buckalew’s. “We strive to provide a warm, welcoming environment for all. We recognize and respect our place within the Melrose community and love being an active participant, partnering with numerous charities and events.

 

"As a woman-owned business, we place a high value on community, connection, team building and the creative process. That is what brought Buckalew's into existence and it is this same creativity that inspires our vision and our growth for the future.” Robin believes the success of her business is measured by the strength of its connections, the company’s commitment to excellence, and the care it shows for the community. “The fuel that drives us is our ability to stay connected to our customers as we make our best effort every day to serve them with friendly, attentive service and provide quality products that are curated with care."

 

"We thought 2020 was going to be our best year yet and then Covid struck.” said Robin, “My accountant suggested I reach out to Cambridge Savings Bank. They proved that they actually cared about my business. We found a great new community partner in Cambridge Savings Bank."

 

 

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