New Year, New General Store

New Year, New General Store

January 31, 2017 2 Comments

There comes a moment when keeping good news to yourself is impossible. And because we're ready to burst at the seams, literally and figuratively, we'll cut to the chase.

Boston General Store is growing.

Yes, this is our official announcement that we'll be opening a second permanent home in Dedham next month, made possible after a first-year success that wouldn't have happened without help from a lot of people. 

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Perfect Stocking Stuffer Gifts

Perfect Stocking Stuffer Gifts

December 01, 2016

There are lots of things that set the tone for the holiday season each year; warming spices, colorful landscapes, cheerful music. But something about stocking stuffers excites us during this time more than anything else. Small, wrapped, thoughtful surprises. What's not to love?

If you're scrambling to find presents for your friends and family, here's a guide to a few of our favorite pint-sized presents in the shop this year: 

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Meet the Newest Maker at the Shop!

Meet the Newest Maker at the Shop!

November 17, 2016

Most people familiar with Boston General Store know our goal: to bring long-lasting, well-crafted products, made by people driven by the love of what they create, to the rest of the world.

Meeting makers is the best part of doing this work because experiencing their passion firsthand re-inspires us to keep working toward that goal. Which is why we are so excited to introduce the newest maker to our store...

Boston General Store!

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Planning A Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

Planning A Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

November 11, 2016 1 Comment

The first time I organized my own Thanksgiving, I was so exhausted I think I may have fallen asleep at the table. But what I remember most - what left me with the greatest feeling - was when everyone finally sat down together in my home, their eyes wide, and shared the meal I prepared.

For people who've hosted Thanksgiving before, you're all too familiar with the amount of planning and preparation involved in getting everything on the table, hot and ready to serve to your guests on time.  For those that haven't experienced cooking this epic meal, there's a lot you need to familiarize yourself with in order to get it right. Don't let that intimidate you though, because there are ways to simplify the process and make it a little bit more manageable. The outcome will be worth the effort, trust me. 

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Easy Recipes for a Thanksgiving Menu

Easy Recipes for a Thanksgiving Menu

November 11, 2016

A couple of weeks into November, you'll sit down, with coffee in hand, and finally arrange the menu for your Thanksgiving dinner.

We always hope it's a quick process but it usually isn't. What tends to happen is we overcompensate for expectations and create a complicated menu that's unrealistic, or we act too quickly and choose recipes that sound great without considering if their preparation is practical for the biggest dinner day of the year. 

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(A Second) Home for the Holidays!

(A Second) Home for the Holidays!

September 06, 2016 1 Comment

Just about a year ago, when the Boston General Store was opening in Brookline's Coolidge Corner, there was a certain sense of uncertainty during the shop's inaugural days. Long nights of restlessness rotated like the Earth eventually turning into long days of distracted deliberation.

It wasn't that we grew skeptical of our vision. The ideal that folks needed an outlet to buy honest, well-made, long-lasting products is what drove us to expand from an unassuming online store, and it hadn't faltered in any way.

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The cost of shaving is rising, but the quality just isn't cutting it...

The cost of shaving is rising, but the quality just isn't cutting it...

July 29, 2016

There are things you should – nay, things you must - know as an adult that shaves.

Whether you're a man or a woman, and whether or not you're shaving your legs, your face or whatever else it is you shave, one of the most important "must-knows" is that you ought to be shaving with a safety razor because what you're using now just isn't cutting it, literally.

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FLEUR SPICED STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES by Hey Modest Marce

FLEUR SPICED STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES by Hey Modest Marce

April 17, 2016

You're probably asking "What are fleur spiced shortcakes!?" Well, I will TELL you!

They are shortcakes mixed with a flower-filled spice blend of pink pepper, hibiscus, lavender & rose made by Curio Spice Co's Fleur Spice from Boston General Store.

While this spice blend can be used in both sweet + savory dishes, strawberries are one of the recommended fruits to use, so I knew I had to do strawberry shortcakes. I decided to go with the classic biscuit-style strawberry shortcakes that are portioned individually, because...biscuits. The flaky, buttery biscuit and the sweet whipped cream compliment the fleur spiced strawberries perfectly.

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Food Photography + Styling Workshop

Food Photography + Styling Workshop

March 21, 2016

Join the talented ladies behind blogs Bread + Barrow and Betty Liu for an immersive 4-day food photography and styling retreat in gorgeous, iconic Martha’s Vineyard this May. 

Workshop attendees will spend four nights in a beautifully renovated 19th century Victorian beach house and dive into photography from the onset. There will be picnics by the beach, a visit to an oyster farm, lessons on how to shuck, and a chance to try your hand at quahogging.

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Sale: Spring Cleaning!

Sale: Spring Cleaning!

March 07, 2016

It's March now and you may have noticed the air starting to become a little less dense. Those morning jogs aren't as frosty, the flowers you wish you knew the names of are budding too, and you swear Edvard Grieg's "Morning" plays in the background just about everywhere you go.

The seasonal changes are coming, folks. With them also comes some changes at Boston General Store as well. Don't worry nothing too drastic. 

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Work Hard, Live Well: A Scrappy Entrepreneur

Work Hard, Live Well: A Scrappy Entrepreneur

February 29, 2016

In a world driven by big business, big banks - virtually big everything - small business owners have to be ready to fight to survive. By that very nature then, I believe this special community of shopkeepers, proprietors, makers and more can be aptly described as "scrappy"; defined by Websters as having an "aggressive and determined spirit”.

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Stay Sharp, Use Opinel

Stay Sharp, Use Opinel

February 23, 2016

The French have this saying, "Impossible n'est pas français." It literally means "Impossible isn't French." 

It's equal parts patriotic and whimsical and folklore helps to explain the proverb, stating the word simply doesn't exist within the French language. Napolean too claimed not to understand what it meant when, during a battle with the Spanish, his soldiers explained to him that it was "impossible" for them to overtake an enemy artillery unit.  

Who knows if any of this is true? You should really check with your friendly neighborhood Francophile to confirm. 

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