Reinventing the wheel: Spoke Wine Bar returning under new management

This story was originally published in the Somerville Journal

After almost five months, Spoke Wine Bar will reopen its doors on Holland Street.

Owner and operator Felicia “Flea” Foster first opened the cozy neighborhood destination bar three years ago, with David Jick, owner of Dave’s Fresh Pasta. The restaurant specialized in small production wine, craft cocktails, and small food plates from executive chef John daSilva.

Now, new owner Mary Kurth and new executive chef Eric Frier are ready to take the restaurant to a new level, complete with an improved menu and homey aesthetic, while simultaneously honoring Spoke’s legacy.

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Somerville resident co-founds Pepperlane: A community of mothers for mothers

This story was originally published in the Somerville Journal.

Somerville resident Jess Petersen met her business partner Sharon Kan almost a year ago.

As mothers with two children each, the women recognized how hard it was to balance professional, personal and home life.

A lot of career services available for moms, said Petersen, focus on part-time positions.

“We were thinking that could be kind of unsatisfying,” she said. “In that capacity, you can’t really advance (in the workplace).”

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