Sunday, May 5, 2013
We're ‘In the Kitchen’ with Reasons to be Cheerful, the popular West Concord ice cream shop.
Every so often, Patch will venture ‘In the Kitchen’ to bring you the story behind popular, outrageous and original dishes, snacks and drinks from our local restaurants, sweet spots and coffee shops. Recently, we dropped by Reasons to be Cheerful, a popular ice cream shop in West Concord. R2BC, as it's known to locals, has made more than 150 differet flavors of ice creams and sorbets, and at any time has between 30 and 40 flavors in rotation. That combines the standards -- vanillas, chocolates and strawberries -- with seasonal selections like berry-based sorbets and egg nog ice cream around Christmas. During our visit, the folks at Reasons to be Cheerful let Patch in their kitchen while they whipped up a batch of Grapefruit Sauvignon Sorbet…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Lexington institution was named 2012 Retailer of the Year by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.
Wilson Farm in Lexington has been named the 2012 Retailer of the Year by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. The association, which supports businesses all over the Commonwealth, selects one Retailer of the Year each year. Winners are chosen based on their quality of offerings, customer service, and innovation within their industry. Past winners have included Hunt’s Photo and Video, Royal Jewelers of Andover, Fern’s Country Store in Carlisle, and others. Wilson Farm is this years recipient based on their commitment to local agriculture, customer service, diversity of offerings, and their vision of a modern farm stand, according to the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. While this is Wilson Farm’s first time winning the …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
In the basement level of the brick building next to Cary Memorial Library is the 1,300-square foot space Spectrum Music calls home. There, musicians from all walks of life find stacks of sheet music and so much more.
Spectrum Music moves more notes than a small town post office. A sheet music store located in a basement off Massachusetts Avenue, Spectrum is, in its owners’ words, one of Lexington’s best-kept secrets. And, according to music professionals in the area, it’s the kind of rare resource that’s increasingly hard to find in an era of online shopping. In the basement level of the brick building next to Cary Memorial Library is the 1,300-square foot space Spectrum Music calls home. The shop opened back in 1976 under its original owners and has been in the present location for about the last 30 years, according to co-owners Judy Kramer, Sara McGlinchey and Vivien Lo. “There just aren’t many music stores left that just sell music; most of them are…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Looking ahead to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and beyond.
On this Thanksgiving eve, things like turkey, family, football and traffic, are what’s just about everyone’s minds, but the real madness begins tomorrow at midnight. Dubbed “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving considered by many to be among the busiest days of the holiday shopping season. And last year, American Express began promoting “Small Business Saturday,” as a day when folks can “shop small” after hitting the mall. Here in Lexington, wreaths, greens and red ribbons line lampposts and buildings and retailers are looking forward to what could be a busy weekend to kick-start the holiday season. “Friday’s a mall day, and we kind of know that,” said Linda Hopkins of Seasons Four, which transformed into “Christmas City” earlier …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
It's Black Friday, did you hit the stores?
Named for the color used to show that businesses have turned a profit, "Black Friday" has become a bellwether for predicting how well the holiday shopping season will be. The first official day of the holiday shopping season, Black Friday and its deep discounts offered by most retailers usually draw hordes of deal-hunting shoppers and could be a sign of a rebound in consumer spending. Others, meanwhile, prefer to beat the crowds by staying at home. So, which are you — a deal hunter, or someone who avoids Black Friday? Let us know by casting a vote in our poll. And if you are shopping on Friday, let us know where in the comment section below!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The holiday season is here and entertaining aint easy. So Patch is looking around Lexington for tips to help make your holidays a little easier, more exciting and extra tasty. Impress your guests with Chef Todd Heberlein's suped-up wild mushroom stuffing.
Inside the kitchen at Wilson Farm is craziness. Carmelizing onions, simmering stock and breaded chicken orbit hotel trays of cubed cornbread, which is destined to become stuffing sometime soon. Add to the mix a handful of workers and dozens of eager quiche shells and chef Todd Heberlein has his hands full. It's a week before Thanksgiving and things are still heating up at Wilson Farm as this Lexington institution enters what Heberlein says is by far the busiest time of the year. Soon, the kitchen will be churning out hundreds of gallons of gravy, firing up several dozen different side dishes and any number of out-of-the box appetizers. And, next Tuesday, thousands of pre-ordered turkeys will arrive for pickup and umpteen pie varieties …
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The holiday season is here and entertaining aint easy. So Patch is looking around Lexington for tips to help make your holidays a little easier, more exciting and extra tasty. Here, Busa Wine & Spirits offers advice about adult beverages.
Now’s the time many hosts start doing some serious thinking and purchasing in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner. Food usually gets a lot of attention, but that doesn’t mean drink should be an afterthought or last-minute scramble. According to Julie Bonaventura, creative director for Lexington-based liquor stores Busa Wine & Spirits, ordering ahead for pick-up or delivery is a good way to knock an important item off your checklist. But remember, if you’re buying ahead, buy warm. “About two weeks out, if you’re the host, you have to start planning,” said Bonaventura. “If you keep it room temperature, everything will stay good for the next two weeks.” That’s not the only advice Patch picked up from Bonaventura on a recent visit to Busa Wine…
A look back on the week that was in Lexington.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Patrick Ball
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The days got a little bit shorter the beginning of this week, as Daylight Saving Time ended Sunday, Nov. 6. On Monday, we got the week started with local photog Sue Bruce's photos from Saturday’s townwide trick-or-treating and a bit of winter health advice from Youville Place. And Sunday into Monday, news broke that a pair of young men from Lexington were among the frat members charged in a drug bust at the University of New Hampshire. Patch columnist Denise Dube provided coverage of a Civil Rights discussion over the weekend and, Monday night, the Board of Selectmen revealed a plan for townwide storm debris collection, among other business. On Tuesday, we told you about Concord Selectman Greg Howes’ plans to kick off his campaign for the…
Saturday, November 12, 2011
The holiday season is here and entertaining aint easy. So Patch is looking around Lexington for tips to help make your holidays a little easier, more exciting and extra tasty. Check out Wilson Farm’s standard turkey tips, plus a cider brine.
Wilson Farm’s Standard Turkey Cooking Tips Follow these simple steps for a moist and flavorful turkey. Cut up one onion, one carrot,and two stalks of celery and place on the bottom of the roasting pan. Add a few sprigs of thyme and parsley. Place turkey in roasting pan breast side up and season with salt and pepper. Add 2 inches of water to the pan and tent with foil. Roast for 15 minutes per pound. Test with a meat thermometer (should read about 160-165°F when the turkey is done). You should begin checking the bird one hour before the end of your roasting time. Our turkeys often cook faster than expected due to their freshness. Use the remaining liquid in the pan for gravy or stuffing. Wilson Farm’s New Recommendation for Extra Flavor …
A new CPA firm located at 10 Muzzey St., Abbott and Company hosted an Open House on Thursday, Nov. 10 to formally introduce itself to the Lexington Community.
Back in June, Melinda Abbott, an acounting pro with two-plus decades of experience, decided to bring her small busindess expertise to the suburbs, opening her own firm, Abbott & Company, in Lexington Center. Over the past few months, Abbott & Compnay began to establish itself and an identity as "small business specialists." And, on Thursday, Nov. 10, the new kids on the block held an open house at Abbott & Company's offices at 10 Muzzey St. "We wanted to reach out to the community, becuase it's important to us that we're community-based business," said Abbott. "We want to be friendly and feel like our customers can come in and approach us and ask questions and not feel like they have to have an appointment or see us just once a year." …