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 

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

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: Framingham

America’s largest town boasts a population of almost 70,000 residents speaking more than 50 languages and living 20 miles west of Boston in urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods. Along with great neighborhoods, Framingham has extraordinary options for shopping and dining, a vibrant and innovative center for business and industry that hosts a number of world class companies, an expanding hub of cultural and educational opportunity, unmatched road and railway access, and active investment in the Town’s infrastructure.

Higher Education

Framingham boasts excellent higher education opportunities right in our back yard at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, as well as easy access to the world-class institutions in the greater Boston area, including Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Boston College, Wellesley, Brandeis, Bentley, Northeastern University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

In addition to continuing education opportunities at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, there are opportunities for arts education through both the Danforth Museum School and the Amazing Things Arts Center Workshops

Recreation
Framingham operates over 200 youth, adult, and family arts and athletic programs on 62 public athletic fields, an indoor pool, a skating rink, and an athletic center. You and your family can also enjoy 52 playgrounds with equipment, 20 public tennis courts including 10 with lights, and three public beaches. You could go boating and picnicking at Farm Pond, skating at Loring Arena, walking through Wittenborg Woods - you’ll run out of weekends before you run out of things to do! 

When completed, the Cochituate Rail Trail will connect Framingham and Natick residents to local schools, offices, shopping, and transportation hubs. The 25-mile Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, which will connect Framingham with Lowell, is in the planning stages, as is the 104-mile long Mass Central Rail Trail, connecting Boston to Western Massachusetts, passing just north of Framingham.

For a list of public beaches in town, go here.

Eat, Drink, Shop
Framingham is one of those unique places that offer just about every shopping opportunity imaginable. Our section of Route 9 / Worcester Road is well-known throughout New England as a mecca for popular retail and restaurant experiences. 

Downtown Framingham boasts over 30 ethnic enterprises, including Asian, Hispanic, Brazilian, and Eastern European shops, cafes, and restaurants. Shoppers looking for alternatives to big box stores and chain restaurants can enjoy Brazilian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian cuisine; imported clothing shops; and attentive service that defines family-owned operations.

The Golden Triangle is located at the MassPike (I-90) Exit #13 roughly in the area bounded by Route 9, Route 30, and Speen Street. This area includes the Natick Mall, the Framingham Mall, and Shoppers World for a comprehensive shopping and dining experience with everything from a grocery store to high-end luxury shops. In between are a wide variety of restaurants at every price-point. 

In addition to the section of Route 9 that forms the border of the Golden Triangle described above, Route 9 extends through Framingham with a large number shopping, dining, and other services serving local and regional customers. This includes hubs of activity at Framingham Centre and the Technology Park area at Mass Pike Exit 12.

Visual and Performing Arts


Arts and culture flourish in Framingham and an abundance of entertainment venues are located throughout the town. The IMAX theater, AMC movie complex, Amazing Things Art Center, and Nevins Hall at the Historic Memorial Building just begin to identify the diversity of experiences offered. Framingham also plays host to a number of regional cultural institutions including the Danforth Museum of Art, the Mazmanian Art Gallery, Garden in the Woods, and the Framingham History Center. 

For more things to do, view the Framingham Calendar of Events.

Performing Arts

Amazing Things Arts Center

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

 

Visual Arts 
Danforth Museum of Art - Focusing on American art from 18th century to present day, the Danforth Museum of Art is dedicated to showing the very best examples of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists, as well as an exploration of the School of Boston Expressionism. Our compelling exhibitions and permanent collection of over 3,500 works of art offer countless opportunities for all ages to explore a range of media and artistic forms of expression. Our mission strongly supports education: the 400 yearly studio art courses offered in the Museum School, family workshops, and artist lectures offer Museum members and visitors numerous opportunities to learn and create.

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Fountain Street Fine Arts is an artist-run, membership based gallery housed in the century old Bancroft Building in Framingham.  Also check out their blog: http://www.fsfaboston.com/growingagallery/ .

Fountain Street Studios located just outside downtown, the Fountain Street Studios is a vibrant artists community that holds frequent strolls and open houses that allow you to come visit and watch the artists at work.

Saxonville Studios, located in the Saxonville area of Framingham, this small but diverse group of artists has been active for more than 20 years.