Our foundational principle is based upon unity, community, and a love for the neighborhood gathering ground.
In 2007, Bloc opened its doors to a vibrant Union Square business community.
It’s our mission to provide our customers with excellent food and coffee in a fun, energetic environment.
We strive for friendly, intentional and knowledgeable service that provides our customers with a consistent experience each time. We are committed to serving high quality products while creating a dynamic, community oriented atmosphere for our staff and clientele. Our dedication to community extends past our local environment and insists that we recycle, reuse, and minimize waste as much as possible.
Tucker was born and raised in Cambridge, MA. She went to UMASS Amherst and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. Tucker loves all things Cambridge and Somerville, having been a lifelong resident and member of the community. Growing up and living in Cambridge has also influenced the businesses to be locally focused and involved with various community organizations.
Her love of art and building objects heavily shapes the aesthetic of the stores. She has built cabinetry, tables, shelves, counters, and countless other items for all of our shops. Most often, she can be found either in her office scouring over numbers in Quickbooks, building something in the wood shop or eating ice cream and m&m’s for breakfast. She is happily married to Melissa and they have two kids and a dog named Ounce.
Jennifer was born in Northern California and spent the early half of her life living and growing up in Japan. While she has spent the last 25 years in Massachusetts, she attributes a great deal of her love for food, service and work philosophy to her Japanese roots.
Prior to opening Diesel, Jennifer had only had a handful of jobs which included selling high end comfort shoes, cleaning the Harvard dormitory bathrooms, and scooping ice cream. It was her love for ice cream, even on a winter night, that brought the two owners together. Currently, Jennifer focuses her time at work growing the businesses long term, developing staff, thinking about food and tasting food and drinks. Jennifer also has two young kids and a partner who help keep her focused on the important things: have fun, listen to music, and work hard. She is an avid runner, bike enthusiast and loves most things that involve moving…those who know her know she doesn’t sit still for long. She has run four marathons (Boston, New York, and Chicago) and now enjoys competing in local half marathons, 10K’s and trail races.
Perci grew up in the countryside of Pennsylvania, where he spent his time running around in the woods and singing carols to cows on Christmas.
He studied for a year in Berlin where he first encountered people in skinny jeans and flannel, which eased his transition to Somerville. Right now, Perci focuses at work on training his staff to be excellent in all things. He feels most proud when he sits in the corner at Bloc and watches his staff run the cafe themselves.
Outside of work, he focuses on running longer and longer distances, learning as much as he can about farming, and making weird sounds on his cello. He is lucky to have a partner who pushes him to be in nature, and friends who push him to think critically about himself; these people make him stronger.
Jess began her longstanding career at Diesel in 2004 three nights a week – a refreshing departure from her full-time position as an art therapist treating adolescents with mental illness. What she used to affectionately refer to as her “fun job” became a new career direction, filled with many opportunities. Over the years, Jess has worn many hats in the company, from a decade-long stint behind the counter at Diesel, to growing and mentoring staff at Bloc, to participating on the team that opened and expanded Forge. Currently, Jess spends her days managing production, hiring and mentoring staff, managing company wide operations, orchestrating catering and special events, developing recipes, and growing the businesses.
While working behind the counter at Diesel Jess met her wife Kate. They are long time Somerville residents and have a young daughter and two Boston Terriers. Jess’ superpower is her uncanny memory. An entrepreneurial spirit, she has always had a knack for customer service and enjoys the stores’ strong connections to the Somerville and Cambridge community. When she’s not at work, she enjoys music, collecting vinyl, thrifting with her wife (they make a great team spotting vintage finds), baking and cooking, and going on mini adventures with her family.
Sam is our human resources manager, and has been working with the Diesel, Bloc, Forge team since 2013. When he’s not at one of the cafes, you can find him biking around Somerville, watching Shark Week, or playing music on his gameboy.
His favorite thing to do is organize fun events for our staff!
Harrison was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. He initially moved to Boston to attend Berklee School of Music. After dropping out like so many others before him, he decided to stay put in Boston.
He worked various food service jobs and a few years as a bike messenger before applying at Bloc to pursue a long-time interest in coffee. Since then, he has focused his time at work developing the coffee and tea program across Bloc, Diesel and Forge with an emphasis on educating and training staff in coffee history, knowledge and preparation. He currently spends time at all three locations working with staff on a wide range of skills including customer service, work flow and espresso preparation.
Harrison lives in Cambridge with his partner and two young kids. He continues to play music in his free time while pursuing his wide ranging and ever shifting interests including literature, photography and cycling.