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New Local Businesses Deals take Harvard Square

By Clara Lopez-Pulido
On April 19, 2012



The Harvard Business Association introduced on its webpage the "Harvard Square Deals," a new way for customers to save money and give back for local charities.

Monday Apr. 1 the Harvard Business Association launched the Square deals, were students, visitors and locals will save money on a square business while giving back to local charities. 

The association, based in Harvard Square, promotes the Square in various manners. Matt Frank, manager of Communications and Administrative at Harvard Square Business Association, is in charge of this new project. "This came from the hospitality committee which are all hotels and restaurants in Harvard Square, and one of our members, John Schall from Fire and Ice mentioned how it would be a great idea to have special promotions to help and promote local businesses while having a charitable function," Frank said. 

Although not every business in Harvard Square is local, the ones who are part of the new deal contribute to the economic growth of the Square. "They must be based or have a large operation in Harvard Square. We would allow any business that is in the square, so not necessarily has to be local," he said. 

The Association is willing to take into account innovative businesses. "We anticipate that more businesses will line up. So we started with four which creates a convenient square, so it's kind of Harvard Square, and we anticipate in the future to be eight, sixteen, twenty, etc. always maintaining a square," Frank said. The first four businesses that are part of the deals are, Fire + Ice, Temple Bar, Lizzy's Ice Cream, and Harvard Square Parking Garage.

The deals will constantly change and they will work together with the chosen charity. "Somebody comes in and spends an amount of money, a percentage of that spending will go to the charity depending on the deal," he said.

"The charitable partners will also change. If you own a restaurant or a business and you want to make a deal, we want to encourage you to be a partner of your favorite Harvard Square charity, " Frank said. The charities that are part of the deals today are Passim!, Jose Mate Ballet Theater, The American Repertory Theater and Cambridge Center for Adult Education

With the new Square Deals, the Harvard Business Association hopes to welcome more visitors into the square and "It will keep more people in the square, supporting our local businesses and charities," Frank said.

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