Retail Food & Drink

Items to buy there and eat here: from brews to bagels, cakes to catering.

Artistry Kitchen & AK Bistro

Artistry Kitchen & AK Bistro

14 East Central Street, Franklin  02038

508-530-744

Ben & Jerry's Natick Scoop Shop

Ben & Jerry's Natick Scoop Shop

1265 Worcester Street, Natick 01760

508-650-5400

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.

Boston Nut Roasters

Boston Nut Roasters

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 bosnutman@comcast.net

Chocolate Therapy

Chocolate Therapy

60 Worcester Road, Framingham 01702

508875-1571 

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.

Elizabeth’s Bagels

Elizabeth’s Bagels

456 West Central Street, Franklin 02038

508-541-3988 

Fifth Avenue Liquors

Fifth Avenue Liquors

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.

Gluten-Free Sourdough Company

Gluten-Free Sourdough Company

30 Main Street, upstairs Ashland, Ma. 01721
508-733-5399 

Goodnow Farms Chocolate

Goodnow Farms Chocolate

80 Goodnow Road, Sudbury 01776

978-579-4939

Green Mountain Chocolates

Green Mountain Chocolates

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.

Harvard Sweet Boutique

Harvard Sweet Boutique

25 South Street, Hudson 01749

978-562-5938 

Creating from scratch, we are a brick-and-mortar bakery and a mail-order gourmet gift company.

Hebert Candies

Hebert Candies

574 Hartford Turnpike (Rt. 20), Shrewsbury 01545

508-842-5583 

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.

Heritage of Sherborn Provisions Shop

Heritage of Sherborn Provisions Shop

33 North Main Street, Sherborn 01770

800-552-9742 

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.

Jack’s Abby Brewing

Jack’s Abby Brewing

81 Morton Street, Framingham 01702

508-872-0900 

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.

Lola's Italian Groceria

Lola's Italian Groceria

9 Main Street, Natick 01760

508-651-0524 

Medusa’s Brewery Company

Medusa’s Brewery Company

111 Main Street, Hudson 01749

978-310-1933 

Mullahy's Artisan Cheeses & Specialty Foods

Mullahy's Artisan Cheeses & Specialty Foods

63A Main Street

Hudson 01749

508-570-8068

Paired, Poured, and Plated

Paired, Poured, and Plated

290 West Main Street, Northborough

508-466-7786   

Roche Bros.

Roche Bros.

150 West Central Street, Natick 01760

439 Boston Post Road, Sudbury 01776

781-694-5280 

Your family deserves the best. Meat and poultry, deli, seafood, produce, bakery, cheese, grocery, gluten-free, floral, and catering.

The Cake Bar

The Cake Bar

17 East Central Street, Franklin 02038

508-553-8700 

The Vin Bin

The Vin Bin

91 Main Street, Marlborough 01752

22 South Street, Hopkinton 01748
508-480-9463  

Brews and spirits, cheeses, gifts, weekly tastings.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

9102 Shops Way, Northborough 01532
508-970-1200 

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.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

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.

 

Corner Spot

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.

 

Farmers Market

One of the region’s most robust farmers’ markets offers special themes—such as Dog Day --each Saturday morning (June 10-October 7) 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.

 

Dining

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.