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Davin W. Shi

Crimson staff writer Davin W. Shi can be reached at davin.shi@thecrimson.com.

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Tsinghua University Beijing gate
College

Eight Harvard Affiliates Named 2023 Schwarzman Scholars

Eight Harvard affiliates, including five seniors at the College, were named Schwarzman Scholars last month. The prestigious scholarship allows students to study China and its relationship with the rest of the world.

Student Life

‘Back to Our Roots’: Plant-Based Cafe Mother Juice to Open in Smith Center in March

Mother Juice, a plant-based cafe with Boston roots, is set to open a fourth location in the Smith Campus Center in March 2022.

Starbucks Closing
Harvard in the City

Matcha Devastation as Students Venti About HSQ Starbucks’ Unexpected Closing

Ten years after debuting in Harvard Square, the Starbucks located at 1380 Massachusetts Avenue closed on Sunday, with the Harvard Shop set to take its place in 2022.

Las Palmas
Food and Drink

Dominican Restaurant Las Palmas Opens in Harvard Square

Family-owned Dominican restaurant Las Palmas Restaurant & Catering celebrated the opening of its third location two weeks ago, joining Blackbird Doughnuts and Sally’s Sandwiches in the Smith Campus Center’s remodeled arcade.

Cambridge Uncommon Pop-Up Shop
Harvard Square

Cambridge Uncommon Pop-Up Store Debuts in Harvard Square

Cambridge Uncommon, a local e-commerce start-up, opened its first ever pop-up shop on the second floor of the Cambridge Savings Bank building on Oct. 21.

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Men's Crew

Cambridge Hosts First Head of the Charles Regatta in Two Years

Harvard affiliates, tourists, and volunteers convened at the Charles River this past weekend to attend the Head of the Charles Regatta, one of the world’s largest rowing events.

Sally's Sandwiches
Harvard Square

Blackbird Doughnuts Returns to the Smith Campus Center with Sally’s Sandwiches In Tow

More than a year after Covid-19 forced Blackbird Doughnuts to close, the artisanal donut shop has returned to the Smith Campus Center with a savory surprise in tow: Sally’s Sandwiches.

Blue Bottle Reopening
Harvard Square

Better Latte than Never: Blue Bottle to Reopen in Harvard Square

Blue Bottle Coffee is set to return to Harvard Square in late October, months after the chain announced the permanent closure of its Square location.

Oktoberfest Harvard Square 2021
Harvard Square

Harvard Square Celebrates Oktoberfest

Live performances, arts and crafts, and street food spilled into Harvard Square Sunday as the Harvard Square Business Association hosted its 42nd Annual Oktoberfest.

Darwins Square Unionization
Harvard Square

Employees at Local Coffee Shops Forge Ahead With Unionization Efforts

Harvard Square coffee chains Pavement Coffeehouse and Darwin’s Ltd. have moved to unionize in recent months as the stores seek to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Student Life

‘An Uphill Climb’: Square Businesses Grapple with Staffing Shortages

Amid a national shortage in restaurant workers, Harvard Square businesses have been inundated with customers, causing stores to reduce their hours and discontinue online ordering as lines stretch out of their doors.

HSQ Changes During Covid
Food and Drink

What’s New? What’s Gone? A Look at 12 Businesses in Harvard Square

In the past 18 months, Harvard Square has undergone an extensive transformation, with new shops opening during the pandemic, as well as long-established stores closing for renovations or leaving the Square for good.

Spicies
Food and Drink

Longtime Square Staple Spicies To Close, Making Way For Boston Ramen Co.

After serving Thai food in Harvard Square for over two decades, Spicies will shutter its doors in the coming weeks, with Boston Ramen Co. set to take over the space.

Hasty Pudding
Harvard Square

Seafood Chain Boiling Crab Scuttles Into Harvard Square

The Boiling Crab, a seafood chain originally from Garden Grove, Calif., plans on debuting its first Massachusetts location in Harvard Square early next year.

Menya Jiro
Cambridge

Award-Winning Ramen Chain Menya Jiro Expands into Harvard Square

Award-winning Japanese ramen brand Menya Jiro celebrated the grand opening of its first Boston location in Harvard Square on July 14.

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