Recently, two new temptations in Dorchester have appeared, testing my will and vying for my money.
The first temptation is the new Sea Breeze Mexican Grill, a small affair with delicious food that I visited last week. Compounding the deliciousness of the sea food is the fresh-squeezed lemonade made- to- order. The café is on the path of one of my regular walks so it will be hard to resist. It’s small, clean, has large windows, and attentive service – a perfect place to while away a bit of time. Sigh.
The second temptation is the new Home Goods store in the Field’s Corner Mall, which opened on May 5th. I have been to Home Goods several times over the past few years but always in distant environs. Now that it has landed a short 22 minute walk from my house, two train stops away on the Red Line, a mere 7 minute drive, and quite near the Post Office that I frequent, I have to figure out how to armor up against this convenience. It goes without saying that I have to support it. I want it to succeed.
As true shoppers know, Home Goods, like its sister stores of Marshall’s and TJ Maxx, gets new stock daily and so you have to go a lot to find that special thing you’re looking for. Meanwhile, certain stalwarts like linens, lamps, picture frames, etc., are waiting to be browsed. Turns out, everything I bought 7 1/2 years ago when I moved into this house is screaming to be replaced and so I have good reason to visit.
How wonderful to have these stores in my ‘hood! When I lived on Dorchester’s gorgeous Wellesley Park, a stone’s throw away from the mall, I used to go to my beloved Bradlees store there. I never would have imagined that this mall, which was going down then, would have been refurbished and reinvested in to the point that it could attract a Home Goods store (and before it the A.J. Wright).
The Field’s Corner Mall is a mall with something for all of the folks in Dorchester – all incomes, backgrounds and taste. You got your grocery store, liquor store, dollar store, Payless, and now Home Goods. It is a multicultural hub with the adjacent Blarney Stone being a wonderful place to stop in for some delicious food or to imbibe. I never even thought to go in the Blarney Stone in the mid-80s when I lived on Wellesley Park. Changes, positive changes continue to happen in Dorchester.
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Thank you T.J. Maxx