preamble & photos by Chris Tiessen

Downtown Cambridge is experiencing a bourgeoning renaissance of sorts. And we’re here for it. Hip boutiques. Fantastic restaurants. Chic condos. Bumpin’ patios. All framed in a European-esque historic town lined with stone buildings and cut through by the mighty Grand River. 

Haven’t been in a while? Then tour with us as we showcase five Downtown Cambridge personalities decked out in garb and accessories from five Downtown Cambridge businesses, making their way in and out of five Downtown Cambridge destinations. A taste of what’s on offer. Believe the hype.

Georgia McNab, owner and milliner at Off The Block (@_offtheblock_), takes a moment to herself at The Galtway (@thegaltway) sporting a breezy summer outfit by re:treat (find them on Facebook). 

Shupi Mapuranga, owner and head baker at Bliss Creations (, relaxes at The Laundry Rooms (@the.laundry.rooms) in an absolutely stunning getup from The Art of Home (@theartofhome).

Kayla Zawiski, owner and farmer at event venue Waterhill Farm (@waterhillfarm), shops at Painted Out (@paintedout_inc) accessorized with a sweet bag from The Witty & Co (@thewittyandco).

Emily Rowsell, a manager at Downtown Cambridge BIA (@downtowncambridge), takes in the exquisite artwork at nowords (@nowordsgallery) donning a killer hat from Off The Block (@_offtheblock_).

Roland Ross, realtor at Shaw Realty Group (@shawrealtygroup), enjoys a margarita at The Mule (@themulecambridge) in a dapper suit from Gadsbys Clothing Co (@gadsbysclothing).