Articles Written By: The Batch Yard Team

4 Local Coffee Shops to Get Your Fix


Whenever I move to a new home, one of the first things I do is seek out a great cup of coffee. Having a local spot where you know you can get the perfect cup of coffee—and maybe a bite to eat—is important. Luckily, The Batch Yard is situated near a few places that serve a tasty cup of joe!

Common Ground Coffee Roasters

One of the most popular local coffee shops is Common Ground Coffee Roasters, which is located in Everett about a mile-and-a-half from The Batch Yard. Common Ground does small-batch coffee roasting and has a cafe that serves its coffee as well as breakfast and lunch. With offerings like breakfast sandwiches, pastries, soups and salads, you can’t go wrong. And since Common Ground roasts its own coffee, you can pick up a bag of beans to take home.

Santana’s Plaza Cafe

Santana’s Plaza Cafe is a brazilian bakery and restaurant with great coffee, bread, pastries, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and much more. The extensive menu is very affordable and the portions are huge, ensuring you won’t leave hungry.

J.P. Licks

Just across the Mystic River in Somerville, J.P. Licks serves some of the area’s best coffee (and ice cream) at its new location at Assembly Row. J.P. Licks has been roasting coffee for 15 years and offers a variety of beans from around the world. In addition to regular hot and iced coffee, J.P. Licks serves a full line of espresso drinks, including the elusive affogato (vanilla ice cream with an espresso poured on top).

Zume’s Coffee House

In neighboring Charlestown, Batch Yard residents will find Zume’s Coffee House, which serves tasty coffee, breakfast and lunch. Zume’s has an extensive hot and cold drink menu that includes drip coffee, caramel salted lattes and macchiatos. In addition to baked goods, you can start your day with yogurt, breakfast sandwiches or bagels. And for lunch, Zume’s a variety of sandwiches and wraps for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Batch Yard residents don’t have to roam far to find a delicious cup of coffee and a tasty bite to eat at one of these area spots!

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Perfect Reads for The Batch Yard Library


The Batch Yard’s onsite library makes picking out your next read a snap. And if you can’t get away, post up at The Batch Yard’s pool and roof deck to get in some quality reading time. Here are some books to read this summer:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Read the book then see the movie. The Fault in Our Stars has gotten rave reviews from folks of all ages.

One Summer by Bill Bryson

You can’t go wrong with a book that has summer right in the title. Learn why 1927 was such a pivotal year for America from this acclaimed storyteller.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

This captivating tale of two brothers bound by tragedy has been much-lauded by critics and readers alike.

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

The latest book from bestselling author Jennifer Weiner, All Fall Down tackles the tough topic of addiction with humor and grace.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Vacationers is the perfect vacation read with a little more heft than the typical summer pick.

The One and Only by Emily Griffin

Beloved author Emily Griffin returns with The One and Only, a story of love and loyalty.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Moyes does it again with her second book, One Plus One, a modern love story about opposites attracting.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The newest work from #1 New York Times bestselling author Hosseini about families that spans generations and takes readers around the world.

War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz

This gripping real-life thriller pits the U.S. Navy against the ocean’s most majestic creatures.

The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport

Rappaport tells the story of four Russian Grand Duchesses who lived a doomed life in the early 20th century.

From The Batch Yard’s roof deck to the local beaches or on a longer vacation–make sure you pack one of these reads!

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Pinterest Provides Inspiration for Your New Home

With The Batch Yard opening its doors this summer, you may be looking for some inspiration for your new home. Whether you’re seeking decorating ideas or dinner recipes, eco-friendly cleaning products or pet-friendly crafts, The Batch Yard’s Pinterest board has it all and more.

One of The Batch Yard’s most unique features is the special attention it pays to residents’ four-legged friends. From a pet washroom to a designated walking area, your furry friend will feel just as much at home at The Batch Yard as you do. And The Batch Yard’s Pet-Friendly Pinterest Board has some fun ideas for crafts to do to make your animal feel even more welcome. There are recipes for D.I.Y. treats, easy projects to encourage your cats to play and information on preparing for a disaster with a pet.

When you move into your new apartment at The Batch Yard, one of the first things you’ll probably want to do is decorate. The Batch Yard’s Apartment Art Pinterest Board has lots of inspiration for a variety of decorating styles. The Summer Decorations Pinterest Board features fun ideas for table centerpieces that are easy to D.I.Y. and will really brighten up your space.

Easy and delicious recipes are a must for busy professionals and The Batch Yard’s Tasty Dinner Recipes Pinterest Board has everything from pan-roasted swordfish steaks and zucchini-ribbon lasagna to grilled apricots and slow-cooker bourbon chicken. There’s something for everyone and every night of the week!

And when it’s time to spruce up your apartment, look no further than the Eco-Friendly Cleaning Board. Green your new home when you keep it clean using D.I.Y. dryer sheets, scrubbing cleanser and jewelry cleaner. 

Discover how you can put all this inspiration to good use when you find out about The Batch Yard’s leasing options for summer 2014!

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