Small businesses are the heart of our communities.

May is Small Business Month.

What better way to celebrate than to spotlight some of our valued small business customers? We know that small businesses play an important role in the local economy and many have had to make significant adjustments due to the pandemic. We are proud to have played a role during this challenging time.

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.

At Cambridge Savings Bank, we know our customers work hard 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. Visit our Small Business Banking page to learn more. 

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, October 2020

CSB Customer Spotlights

Aeronaut Cannery brick building

Aeronaut Brewing Company loves to share the excitement and enjoyment of adventurous, inspired beer with their community. They offer a variety of craft beers including their flagship IPA, “A Year with Dr. Nandu”.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced them to pivot in a big way! They had to shift from indoor service to beer to-go, which required all hands on deck from the front- and back-of-the house teams! CSB was instrumental in helping secure two rounds of PPP funding and navigating loan payments during this challenging time.

With the warmer weather, they have been able to open up their courtyard space and welcome back some friendly faces. Check out the Aeronaut Cannery, a second brewery & taproom located in the “fermentation district” of Everett, MA. They are looking forward to making more beer and hosting live music and events soon!

 

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Anam Cara Wellness Center

Anam Cara Wellness Center offers massage and infrared sauna therapy and is the place to visit for anyone passionate about self-care! The benefits of massage and sauna therapy are wide-ranging. People come to them for many reasons, including pain relief, detox, injury recovery, and stress relief.

Anam Cara Wellness Center, like many small businesses, was shut down for three months at the beginning of the pandemic. They reopened with enhanced safety and sanitation procedures to keep everyone safe and healthy. CSB helped Anam Cara Wellness Center acquire two rounds of the Paycheck Protection Program and navigate the process of getting 100% of their loan forgiven.

A lot of people have had the opportunity to reevaluate their priorities and lifestyles in the past year. If self-care is high on your priority list, check them out.

 

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Arthur Murray Dance Center

Have you ever been at a party or event and witnessed a couple or individual dancing so naturally and wished you could do the same? That’s what Arthur Murray Dance Centers provides - the lifelong ability to enjoy every party, social event and dance opportunity more fully! Arthur Murray Cambridge is a premier social Ballroom and Latin dance studio offering professional instruction that makes learning to partner dance easy and fun!

At the start of the pandemic, they trained their team of professionals on the technology and skills needed to teach effective virtual lessons and began offering virtual lessons and events immediately. Once they were allowed to open at limited capacity, they purchased outdoor flooring and began offering personal lessons, group classes and social events outside in the parking lot in addition to limited in studio, social distanced lessons. To help sustain them during this time, the team at CSB offered personal guidance through both rounds of PPP funding and helped them understand the right options for their business. The team at Arthur Murray Cambridge is anticipating a strong 2021, especially now that the desire for human interaction, physical movement, and stress relief is at an all-time high!

 

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BoConcept Store Front

BoConcept opened its doors in Cambridge in 2008, introducing modern European Danish design furniture to New England customers. They offer exceptional products to the urban-minded individual with an eye towards modern interior design, clean lines, and streamlined furniture aesthetic. BoConcept offers complimentary interior design services to every customer experience, with available 3D renderings and exclusive home designs.

With personal attention and support from CSB, BoConcept was able to survive the pandemic challenges and continue their growth path by first relocating their flagship store to Newbury Street, and now with the opening of their new Legacy Place store in Dedham, MA. As they are in the home furnishing industry, they have helped people adapt their homes to their unique circumstances. They love helping their customers create beautiful, functional spaces where they can live, work, and play!

 

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Central Square Eye Care wall of glasses

The Optometrists at Central Square Eye Care examine their patient’s eyes to find the best options to correct their vision and to prevent and cure eye diseases.

Central Square Eye Care has had a great relationship with CSB for more than 17 years, and their PPP Loan allowed them to continue to pay their employees and provide services to their clients.

Central Square Eye Care has shared with us that studies say that prior to COVID-19, most people spent approximately 9 hours a day in front of electronic devices. Now that number is more than 13 hours a day. This has caused an increase in Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Central Square Eye Care is recommending new treatments for this syndrome to avoid problems down the road. If you are spending more time in front of a screen these days, maybe it is time to get your eyes checked!

 

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Centre Street Food Pantry

Centre Street Food Pantry has been around since 2011 and provides consistent access to nutritious food in a dignified and sensitive environment. When the COVID-19 shutdown began, the pantry was forced to move their indoor operation to a curb-side-pick-up pantry.

Prior to COVID-19, they served an average of 360 households in a month. Since the pandemic, that number has increased to 700-800 households seeking food. Food insecurity is likely to remain elevated for some time, and the Centre Street Food Pantry relies heavily on volunteers and donations to serve the needs of the community.

CSB has helped raise funds for the Centre Street Food Pantry through donations. If you are interested in getting involved, click Learn More below.

 

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Champions Sporting Goods

Champions Sporting Goods is a small town sporting goods store that has been in business for 31 years. They offer a wide selection of equipment for soccer, hockey, basketball, lacrosse and more! Last year, they started offering both home delivery and back-door pick-up as new options for their customers.

Champions Sporting Goods has always had a great relationship with CSB. The Bank helped them get through the pandemic with two PPP loans and by assisting them through the Loan Forgiveness process. The team at Champions Sporting Goods knows how much everyone is looking forward to getting out of the house and back into outdoor activities. If you find yourself looking for high-quality sports equipment, check them out!

 

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Food Revolution

Food Revolution is a mission-based, woman-owned, food forward, shared commercial kitchen and event space just north of Boston, focused on helping build local food startups and teaching others about food.

Early in the pandemic, Food Revolution had few businesses running out of their space. With revenues less than 50% of what they would normally be, they would not have been able to continue to operate without help from Cambridge Savings Bank. CSB helped them get through COVID-19 by providing guidance and quickly processing their PPP loan paperwork to successfully get operating funds in place. The businesses working in Food Revolution were able to pivot by successfully providing meal delivery and curbside pickup. Together they were able to prepare and deliver hundreds of meals to front line workers, as well as run fundraisers for the food bank in Stoneham.

They are now back at capacity with many amazing businesses working in their space and are developing new programs to support those businesses and the community. They recently launched a collaborative gift box program, starting with a holiday survival box, which is a collaboration of products made in their space with 10% of the proceeds being donated to the local food bank.

 

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GLOW, Inc.

GLOW, Inc is a salon that specializes in Spray Tanning, UV Tanning, Red Light Therapy, and other beauty services. Their in-house esthetician, Amy Kimberly Beauty, offers facials, brow & lash services, makeup, and more!

The beauty industry was deeply affected by COVID-19, but the team at GLOW got creative with ways to make it through. They launched an online store, offered curbside pickup while they were closed, and added many more beauty products to their collection for clients to purchase and use at home.

CSB, especially the team at the Watertown branch, was a support system for this business. CSB answered questions and made them aware of every new opportunity for support that was available to them. They are starting to see business pick up, and they are looking toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

 

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Hair by Terri

Hair by Terri is a salon in Billerica, Massachusetts where you will find friendly, and very experienced stylists that specialize in coloring.

They cater to men, women, and children and sell a vast assortment of hair products, including Milkshake, j Beverly Hills, Rusk, and more!

With the help of a PPP loan through CSB, they were able to get through the pandemic and they are looking forward to serving their customers well into the future.

To learn more, email teresabauman63@yahoo.com. 

 

Mary Peacock Photography

Mary Peacock Photography, Inc. specializes in wedding and family photography. They have two major goals – to deliver the highest quality images and to create a client experience that exceeds expectations.

For more than 15 years, they have created a community of clients who continue to refer them to their friends, family and co-workers. During the pandemic, three quarters of their 2020 bookings were pushed to 2021 or 2022. As expected, CSB stepped up to support them during this challenging time.

If you have a high school senior, or an upcoming wedding, visit their website to fill out their contact form. They would love to hear from you!

 

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Hair Say II

Hair Say II is a hair salon in Arlington, Mass that serves men, women and children of all ages!

They offer a variety of services, from color to perms! The pandemic caused them to lose a lot of customers, and the PPP Loan they got from CSB was extremely helpful to get them through.

Business is picking up, so why not take a moment for yourself and leave looking your best!

To learn more, email hairsay2@gmail.com.

 

Melrose Family Chiropractic

Melrose Family Chiropractic's doctors have been proudly serving Melrose and the surrounding communities for over 30 years. Drs. O'Dwyer and Swensen create a treatment protocol for the individual patient, based on their specific needs.

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for both injuries and wellness of the musculoskeletal system. As an adjunct to the therapies provided by the doctors, there is also a muscle therapist on staff who specializes in deep tissue massage.

A PPP loan from CSB helped Melrose Family Chiropractic get through the most difficult part of the pandemic, and now they are looking forward to serving their community proudly in the future!

 

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Monroe

Monroe Home & Style is a locally owned, independent lifestyle boutique full of inspired items for the home. They understand the challenges of living in tight quarters and finding items that complement a classic home while feeling current and fresh, so they select items with an eye toward both size and style.

The pandemic forced Monroe to shift priorities to a new ecommerce site and they began selling vintage rugs and small decor items online. They even offered local delivery. CSB assisted them with the funding for their desperately needed storefront renovation and coached them through the process of applying for an SBA loan just before the pandemic hit. CSB always kept them in the loop on the options, such as PPP loans and debt relief, for small businesses.

Monroe is humbled and flattered by the local response to their business. They are thrilled to find people driving in from the suburbs specifically to shop and explore their store!

 

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polished boston

Polished Boston is a destination for modern nail care. This nail studio and social house specializes in a high-end nail experience. They offer minimalist, artfully crafted nail art that is designed to encourage women to step out of their comfort zone and into their truth.

Through the pandemic, Polished Boston took all of the necessary steps to ensure that their clients felt safe inside the studio. They went above and beyond what was required to protect their clients. CSB has also gone above and beyond to ensure Polished Boston had the funding they needed to get through these challenging times.

The team at Polished Boston is excited to see where 2021 takes them!

 

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project paulie

They realized pretty early at Project Paulie that feeding each other was not just about food. They know "#WeFeedEachOther" by being kind, taking care of our environment, looking out for each other's mental health, providing clothing, a roof and most importantly, safety.

The team at Project Paulie took their iconic tomato logo and attached a colored hat to an organization that they feel betters the quality of lives every day. They are so honored that the proceeds from the sales of their apparel go to magical organizations that feed people every day in different ways such as Haley House, The Loveland Foundation, Casa Myrna, Mass Restaurants United, BAGLY, and No Kid Hungry.

Project Paulie is more than food or hats. It is about taking care of each other. CSB has helped take care of Project Paulie by understanding their unique needs and being there for them. This relationship feels like family. Purchasing from Project Paulie is something you can feel good about. Each wearable is designed by a local artist and is a garment that gives back!

 

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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.

2021 promises to be an exciting year for Siefer Nelson Law Group as they have grown to be fully electronically capable which means they can serve more clients.

 

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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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Tryst Restaurant

Tryst is a neighborhood contemporary American restaurant in Arlington that offers upscale city dining with the comfort of a suburban bistro. They offer distanced indoor dining, and well-executed takeout with precise pickup times to ensure the best quality of your food by the time you get home. They also offer delivery in Arlington.

CSB’s Arlington Branch team was in constant contact with Tryst throughout the PPP process, which they attribute to their survival. After being closed for a month, and reopening with a small crew for curbside pickup and deliveries, they reopened indoor dining and are now getting busier with dine-in guests.

Tryst is optimistic about the future and they will continue to offer takeout and deliveries even after they are at full capacity.

 

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