This Best Buy is the best place to buy Cds, DVDs or electronics. The prices are low and the staff can easily locate anything. During the holidays this store is completely packed, but other than that there are usually not that many people.
Ritz Camera is in the Cambridgeside Galleria, which has a parking garage. The store is very overpriced in terms of photo development and the cost of film and camera supplies. The selection of darkroom supplies is extremely limited. The sales staff are very knowledgeable.
This Borders is in the Cambridgeside Galleria. There is a good selection of books, but the seating is very limited. There is a garage to park in. The sales staff is very willing to help, but one time it took a salesperson 30 minutes to find a book I asked him to locate.
Cambridge Bicycle has very high quality bikes, however the price is also very high. They sell all of the bicycling accessories you could possibly need, but those are also a bit overpriced. They also sell several types of bike locks that can be easily opened, so beware of those.
Utrecht always has friendly staff and a wide variety of art supplies and mediums. The catalog is helpful if you find it more convenient to order or even to know ahead of time what they have in stock. There are a few local art stores, but utrecht has the best selection and prices.
The Museum of Fine Arts is not as impressive as an art museum should be in a major city. The more classical art pieces were represented adequately, but the 19th century and onward had a small, poorly chosen section of the museum. However, on Wednesdays after 4pm the museum is free. Then it is worth the money.
The staff is a lot more pleasant at Hollywood Express than at Blockbuster, however the selection of movies is much larger at Blockbuster. To get a rental card you only have to fill out a simple form and have $10 available on a credit card. The store is usually empty also.
The Kendall Square theater is one of the few independent movie theaters in Cambridge. Parking is easy because there is a garage. The theater is reasonably priced, and there are usually movies playing that are not playing at other theaters in the area.
Naked Clay is the only place I know of in the Boston area where you can create and paint your won pottery. There is a place on Newbury where you can only paint your own pottery. The staff here is very helpful and patient. There are also weekend special prices.
The Copy Cop on Beacon Street is almost always very crowded. Copy Cop is also atypical because the staff will frequently make your copies for you, especially if you are only making black and white copies. Every time I have been here it has taken several tries to get the staff to make my copies as I wanted them.