Temptation in Dorchester 3


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


 


About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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