Midnight Madness comes to Davis Square on Thursday, Dec. 1. Participating businesses will be open late (the hours are 6:00 p.m until midnight). Some will be offering discounts and food, or both.
Participating businesses include:
- Artifaktori (22A College Ave)
- The Boston Shaker (69 Holland St)
- Buffalo Exchange (238 Elm St)
- Cameras Inc. (267 Elm St)
- Comicazi (407 Highland Ave)
- Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St)
- Davis Squared (418 Highland Ave)
- Found (255 Elm St)
- Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club (17 Holland St)
- Kickass Cupcakes (378 Highland Ave)
- Magpie (416 Highland Ave)
- Suneri Boutique (67 Holland St)
- Sunshine Lucy’s (93 Holland St)
- When Pigs Fly Bakery (378 Highland Ave)
Some businesses will offer discounts that get progressively higher throughout the night. Those include the gift shop Davis Squared, the clothing resale shop Found, the women’s clothing store Suneri Boutique, and the handicrafts store Magpie. Discounts will range from roughly 5 to 60 percent, depending on the store and the time of night.
Davis Squared and Magpie are among the stores that will be providing free refreshments to shoppers. Other discounts and specials:
- Davis Squared will have a bargain table with pre-packed gift bags offered at a special rate.
- The Boston Shaker cocktail supply shop will offer complimentary beverages along with deals on merchandise.
- Comic and game store Comicazi will offer either a storewide discount or price cuts on selected items; at publication time, co-owner Michael Burke said he hadn’t decided exactly what the discounts would be, but he says: “There will definitely be something special happening.”
- Cameras Inc. will offer 15% off all stock except cameras. The discount applies to items like regular and digital picture frames, photo albums, memory cards, camera bags, and tripods.
- Magpie will have $5 t-shirt bin and other spot sales around the store.
- Suneri Boutique is holding a raffle and a silent auction; a portion of the evening’s sales and the proceeds from some auction items will be donated to help provide breast cancer treatments for Kate Kenworthy Rodrigues.
Dave’s Fresh Pasta will offer food samples, and the sampled foods will be available for purchase at a discount, according to owner David Jick. “We tend to lean toward local foods,” he says. Sampled foods will include Taza Chocolate (561 Windsor St), mozzarella from Fiore Di Nonno (also at 561 Windsor St), and cupcakes from The Chocolate Tarte (199C Highland Ave) — all Somerville businesses. Pickles from Boston-based Grillo’s will also be available. And, Jick says, “We’ll be pouring a couple of different wines — nothing local — and a local beer.”
To be sure of getting a taste, get to Dave’s before 11:00 p.m. Jick says he may close the store then instead of at midnight. And the vintage clothing shop Buffalo Exchange will close at or around 1o:oo p.m., so visit early if your plans include a stop there.
In addition to all the retail events, the car-sharing service Zipcar will have a booth in Statue Park throughout the event. Thalia Tringo Real Estate (128 Willow Ave) will host an art opening, “Elements and Artifacts,” featuring photographs by T.L. Litt and food and drink from local eateries.
Midnight Madness is organized by Davis Area Resident/Business Initiative (DARBI).