Sunday aggregation: SCVNGR paintball; walkable city; Kendall bakery
Reports from other media for this Sunday:
Before the software company SCVNGR moves to Boston — a move brought about in part by the razing of its Binney Street office building for the Alexandria development — it plans to go out with a bang. The Boston Business Journal said last week that SCVNGR will be holding a giant paintball contest Friday.
While it costs $500 to enter a five-person team in “Cubicle Assassins: SCVNGR Startup Paintball,” with the money going to the organizers, Boston Paintball and a charity chosen by the winners, the Boston Herald’s Ira Kantor says “anyone is free to show up and shoot off some paint rounds.”
“We absolutely loved being there,” Chief Executive Seth Priebatsch told the Herald. “We’re maybe a little bit insane and we figured the office served us well. We wanted to send it off in style.”
SCVNGR is the maker of a check-in game used last year in East Cambridge and the LevelUp mobile payment platform in use at Toscanini’s ice cream and other area eateries and shops.
An item posted Sunday on MSNBC’s “Health on Today” site repeats Cambridge’s claim to be the country’s most walkable city. It cites walkscore.org’s 88.8 score and explains, “You never know what you’ll find in this bustling college burg … Plus, the Harvard hometown is so dense with history that exploring it on foot is the best way to take in the period architecture, and maybe soak up some extra IQ points by osmosis.” The runner-up: New York, with an 85.3 score. (Follow the WalkScore link to see how individual neighborhoods rank. Mid-Cambridge: 95!)
And all our area foodie blogs noted the coming of Brookline’s Tatte Bakery & Cafe to 318 Third St., Kendall Square. There’s to be full breakfast, lunch and dinner along with the cookies, cakes and pastry, and the site is to be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 1 is given as the grand opening on a sign outside the site.
“Owner Tzurit Or has been blogging about her effort to create the ‘perfect atmosphere’ with vintage benches, tables, dishes, etc. A pâtisserie turned cozy restaurant with heirloom decor/food in the midst of Boston’s techie mecca? We’re excited,” writes Crystal on The Heart n’ Stomach Tumblr.