You've had a popsicle — now step up and really have a popsicle with Wild Pops! The gourmet popsicles business popped up recently on Washington Street with unique flavors like Tamarind Thai Chili, Spicy Pineapple and Dark Belgian Chocolate. The company was created in 2016 by Shira Gold when she lived in Los Angeles and fell in love with Mexican paletas. She eventually moved back to Boston to be closer to family and opened up a commercial kitchen at 3213 Washington St. with a storefront.
The Sam Adams Brewery just got even better with the opening of a new Brewery Tap Room and a “Bier Keller” for barrel-aging experimental beers. The new section opened Nov. 10, and expands Sam Adams' footprint in the historic Haffenreffer Brewery, originally built in 1871, which had its chimney topped off this past year with the letters "Haf" added to complete the spelling of Haffenreffer. Drinkers can now visit the new tap room to enjoy tapped pours from rotating experimental beers from the brewery like the new recipe for the Samuel Adams New England IPA. Fan favorites like the Boston Lager and seasonal brews are also available.
More than a month ago, the Happy Supermarket & Spirits moved into the space of the old dilapidated South Street Laundromat, and the market will soon be expanding its footprint after buying out the ownership of Fernandez Spa next door. The Happy Supermarket ownership completely renovated the old laundromat location and stocked it with a great selection of alcohol, prepackaged food and more. The market will also be expanding in the New Year, knocking down the wall of the old Fernandez Spa, and adding a new meat department, more fresh produce and more food options. The owners of the Happy Supermarket also own a Happy Supermarket on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. Unfortunately, the shop cat that lived in the Fernandez Spa is no longer working at the Happy Supermarket.
The old building that housed the popular James's Gate restaurant was razed recently and fans mourned its loss. The building is now gone with a hole in the ground taking its place, but the James's Gate mural is still visible on the outside wall of the old Fernandez Spa building. James's Gate quickly closed in September 2015, even though the restaurant at the corner of South and McBride streets was still quite popular. The building was then sold to a developer in March 2016. In January 2017 the city's Zoning Board of Appeals approved a four-story mixed-use condo building that will be built on the site.
Jamaica Plain's robust and varied restaurant scene is about to get bigger and healthier because Carrot Flower, a health-conscious business offering smoothies, salads and more plans to open on Centre Street. The menu includes vegan smoothies that are low in sugar, build-your-own and to-go salads, acai and pitaya bowls that you can customize with toppings, house-made nut milks, health shots like turmeric and wheatgrass, vegan soups -- and of course, avocado toast. Jamaica Plain resident Audrey White is the founder of the business and is focused on health and nutrition. White told Jamaica Plain News that she has teamed up with Cheri Clarkin, who knows the restaurant business from her 20 years working in the Boston area as a GM at Myers + Chang and Cunard Tavern, as well as other local restaurants. White began making her own smoothies and juices at home a decade ago and has spent the last 10 years creating and perfecting her recipes, according to Carrot Flower's website.