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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.