Not every store can be open less than a month and yet have roots in the community dating back five decades, but The WoWtlet hasn’t replaced the final Hollywood Express video store near Porter Square so much as it has reclaimed it.
There’s plenty going on in events and even Halloween-style dining throughout Cambridge and Somerville from now through Oct. 31, ranging from free art and films to an $85 four-course holiday-themed tasting menu.
The six-location Anna’s Taqueria chain celebrates its 20th anniversary Tuesday – that is, its Anna-versary – with a fan appreciation day.
Funktoberfest; sixth annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo; sixth annual Filmshift Film Festival; Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra Concert; and Old School Game Show’s “Freaky Deaky, Creepy Crawly, Halloween Hellraiser in 3-D” trivia variety show.
Another longtime Cambridge business is passing out of family hands: Tags Hardware, the Porter Square mainstay founded in 1955, will be run by an owner of other Ace Hardware stores in Westford, Acton and Newton.
A small confectioners’ district is popping up with the coming of Spindler Confections next to Nüssli 118°, a maker of healthy snacks and treats, and by high-end grocer Pemberton Farms, with goodies from around Eastern Massachusetts.
The city has added two hours of metered parking between Harvard and Porter squares to aid turnover for businesses – but with potential to affect residents also – in a move telegraphed by similar steps in Kendall, Central and Harvard Squares.
Overheard at Porter Square Books: A shaggy-haired man reproaching a book seller, saying “You only have one copy? You should have a thousand copies!”
The closing is part of a sweep of about 200 underperforming stores announced by the company in April. Most employees will be moved to other stores, and prescriptions will be transferred to nearby sites automatically, a spokesman said.
The sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” arrives Tuesday with questions about whether reclusive author Harper Lee wanted it published at all, but Cambridge readers are embracing the new novel.