Just a ten-minute walk from much of Somerville and Cambridge, this major local business boulevard is minutes from both the existing rapid transit station at Porter Square and the proposed new Green Line spur to Union Square.
Somerville Avenue includes: convenient retail and automotive, financial, business, professional, personal care, and pet services! This area is economically anchored by being home to our community's largest private employer, Ames Safety Envelope Company. The founder of the family-owned company was also the founder of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award is named after the company president and the first chamber chairman John W. Fitzgerald.
Originally known as Milk Row, Somerville Avenue was the scene of local cattle drives starting in the Seventeenth Century. In 1776, it was also the scene of Colonial Militia battles as British troops retreated this way from Lexington and Concord on their way to Bunker Hill. Among the entrepreneurs from this area (at Spring Hill) were the Boston Globe's Charles Taylor and the man who built the original 1918 Fenway Park, his son, former Red Sox owner John Taylor.
Once served by a commuter rail station at Park Street, © 2006-2008
Helping to make all of Somerville a great place to visit, live, work, study, play and shop, the members of the Chamber's Somerville Ave Business Interest Group are: