Retail Food & Drink
Items to buy there and eat here: from brews to bagels, cakes to catering.
14 East Central Street, Franklin 02038
1265 Worcester Street, Natick 01760
Head into our locally owned ice cream shops and dig into any of our euphoric ice cream flavors. We even offer catering and will deliver our ice cream right to your next party or event.
7 Hilldale Road, Ashland 01721 508-450-4345
Looking for a unique and different idea: We are a fun-food catering service for private and corporate events. Our pushcarts are always the hit of the party. Contact Dennis Provencal: 508-450-4345. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
60 Worcester Road, Framingham 01702
A new kind of chocolate shop, dedicated to providing remarkable, locally produced chocolates, as well as our unique handmade collection. We also offer classes, wine and chocolate pairing tastings and private parties.
456 West Central Street, Franklin 02038
235 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham 01701 508-872-7777
20 Milliston Road, Millis 02054 508-376-6056
A 45-year-old family-owned business, we are proud to be among the top fine wine and spirits stores in MetroWest and beyond. We assemble the best and widest selection of wine, spirits, and beer and offer them at industry-best prices.
30 Main Street, upstairs Ashland, Ma. 01721
1 Rosenfeld Drive, Hopedale 01747
835 West Central Street, Franklin 02038
508-473-9060 , 508-520-7160
One of the country’s finest handmade gourmet chocolate companies, specializing in Swiss and Belgian truffles. For turtles, truffles, bark, butter crunch, or fine chocolate desserts, see our online store or visit us.
25 South Street, Hudson 01749
Creating from scratch, we are a brick-and-mortar bakery and a mail-order gourmet gift company.
574 Hartford Turnpike (Rt. 20), Shrewsbury 01545
An authentic chocolate experience! Today the Hebert team pays homage to the core values established by Mr. Hebert himself nearly a century ago. Every single creation is handcrafted in small batches at our Candy Mansion.
33 North Main Street, Sherborn 01770
We’re a one-stop shop designed to fulfill all your take-away needs, offering a wide variety of items prepared daily. Many of Chef Josh’s favorite condiments, jams, and other homemade specialty items are available for purchase.
81 Morton Street, Framingham 01702
Founded by the three Hendler brothers, Jack’s Abby Brewing is the culmination of decades of Hendler entrepreneurship and ambition. Their brews are consistently winning awards and gaining attention in the region and nationally.
9 Main Street, Natick 01760
111 Main Street, Hudson 01749
63A Main Street
150 West Central Street, Natick 01760
439 Boston Post Road, Sudbury 01776
Your family deserves the best. Meat and poultry, deli, seafood, produce, bakery, cheese, grocery, gluten-free, floral, and catering.
17 East Central Street, Franklin 02038
91 Main Street, Marlborough 01752
22 South Street, Hopkinton 01748
Brews and spirits, cheeses, gifts, weekly tastings.
9102 Shops Way, Northborough 01532
For meals to go (to eat in or out), there’s a Market Café, sushi bar, pizza and
sub shop, and dozens of hot, prepared entrees and sides. Full wine, liquor, and beer shop, kosher deli, butcher, patisserie, Nature’s Marketplace.
575 Worcester Road, Framingham 01701 508-628-9525 www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/framingham 317 Boston Post Road, Wayland 01778 • 508-358-7700 www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/wayland 442 Washington Street, Wellesley 02482 • 781-235-7262 www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/wellesley
America’s Healthiest Grocery Store™. Providing the finest natural and organic foods available while maintaining the highest quality standards in the industry. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at our hot and cold food bars prepared by our in-store chefs.
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Community Spotlight: Ashland
The Town of Ashland bustles year ‘round, but spring is an especially energetic season as the town’s cultural and business initiatives roll out. Although primarily residential, the town integrates small businesses as well as cutting-edge tech corporations into its community initiatives.
New England History
Centuries ago, Ashland was a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. The town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Today, the high school’s teams are the Clockers.
Indicative of the energetic business community emerging in this town, the Corner Spot was developed in early 2017--through individual donations—as a place for new businesses to debut for one to six weeks. Opening in June of 2017, this innovative example of community placemaking will offer a rotation of new enterprises, as well as a restful spot for simply hanging out.
One of the region’s most robust farmers’ markets offers special themes—such as Dog Day --each Saturday morning (June 10-October 14) as well as live music, non-food vendors, and family activities in the park at 125 Front Street. On special weekends throughout the rest of the year, the Farmers Market pops up indoors to offer Pre-Thanksgiving and Mid-Winter Markets.
Special community events
Long a home to annual community events and festivals, such as Ashland Day in September, the town now offers more programming through Arts!Ashland Alliance. Through arts and culture programming, the group also works to cultivate the economic vitality of the community. Its signature event is the Dragon Fly Festival, held mid-August. Other cultural offerings come from the Friends of the Ashland Library, which offers speakers and documentary film evenings.
Pockets of great cuisine are spread throughout this community of 18,000, including along Routes 126 and 135, as well as downtown sidestreets. The gourmet Oregon Club, a former speakeasy, is tucked among residences in east Ashland. In downtown, Stone’s Public House (circa 1832) boasts a ghostly history and modern hearty pub fare. New Mexican and Asian eateries have debuted in recent years as well.
Recreation & Sports
To commemorate the site of the original Boston Marathon Start Line, Ashland now boasts Marathon Park., which is now the site of the start line of the semi-annual Marathon Park Prep, a half-marathon favored by runners eager to experience a large portion of the Boston Marathon’s April route.
There’s plenty of recreation for those inclined to relax. The 470-acre Ashland State Park offers swimming, picnic areas, boating, fishing, and hiking/biking trails. The Bay Circuit Trail connects Ashland to 34 other communities. The public schools’ new turf fields are the site of regional sports competitions.