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Verna's Closing?

Velda Mae Sep 11, 2006 05:53 PM

I heard that Verna's on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge is closing this Saturday. Is it both the cake decorating supply store AND the donut shop or just the supply store?

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  1. maillard RE: Velda Mae Sep 11, 2006 06:09 PM

    I was over there a week or two ago and Verna's the cake shop had a big "closing soon" sale sign up. Verna's the doughnut shop had no signs up at all. So hopefully it's just the cake store that's closing.

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      Beanz RE: Velda Mae Oct 19, 2006 02:00 AM

      Please tell me there aren't any plans to close the donut shop though are there????

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        Joanie RE: NCPatty Nov 30, 2006 05:22 PM

        Ah man, another little hole in the wall bites the dust.

      2. MeffaBabe RE: Velda Mae Oct 19, 2006 08:43 PM

        The cake/candy supply store has closed. They are recommending that customers go to Eastern Bakers on Eastern Ave in Malden (just before rte 99 on the left if your heading east).

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          pastrytroll RE: MeffaBabe Oct 19, 2006 11:35 PM

          Aw man - I loved the cake decorating place: great advice, always had what I needed, and more. I've been to Eastern Bakers, once. Nasty artificial/commercial decos in half-closed bins with flies flying (duh!) around them. Lower tier commercial pastries. My pastry school friend and I went in to Eastern, looked at the stuff, sniffed the air, swatted the flies, and fled. Not even close to the boards and boxes and colors and professional cake pans that the old Verna's had. I'll miss them!

        2. hiddenboston RE: Velda Mae Dec 1, 2006 03:44 PM

          Very sad about Verna's. They will be closing at the end of December from what I hear. They just couldn't compete with the big boys, which is really sad.

          It's interesting that another news story that came just after this one today was the fact that Dunkin' Donuts may be expanding their outsourcing in the near future; that is, the outlets won't actually be making anything--they will be getting the food from an outside plant that makes much or all of the food.

          Tim's, Verna's, Quiet Man Pub, Zeppy's, etc.....I wonder what the Boston food/dining scene will look like in 5 years? So many of Boston's institutions are closing their doors these days...

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            BobB RE: hiddenboston Dec 1, 2006 04:10 PM

            Actually, from what I hear Zeppy's is still selling wholesale, they've just shut down their retail outlet. So you can still get their bagels etc at places like the S&S in Cambridge.

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              hiddenboston RE: BobB Dec 1, 2006 04:12 PM

              Yes, I heard that from a few people, which is good news for me, since I do like their bagels. I do miss going to their takeout shop in Randolph on Sunday mornings, though...

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              newhound RE: hiddenboston Dec 2, 2006 11:55 AM

              The Boston dining scene will be fine... while I hate to see venerable places like Verna's go (epecially when corporate/chains are part of the pressure), new places that are small, family run and chowhoundish open every day and become the places that will be considered "classics" a couple decades from now... it's the inevitable cycle...

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                Joanie RE: newhound Dec 3, 2006 12:27 AM

                I don't think that's true at all. Esp. with something like donut shops. Who the heck is gonna open a donut shop in 2007? There will be other "classics" but the little corner coffee shop or bakery or diner is not the same as a cafe or Starbucks or whatever else will go in that space.

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              Velda Mae RE: Velda Mae Dec 2, 2006 11:04 AM

              A story in today's Globe confirms that the donut shop will be closing at month's end.

              1. Maxinella RE: Velda Mae Dec 3, 2006 04:13 PM

                There used to be a little donut shop on Medford Street in Arlington Center. Anyone know if it's still there? If so,it might be what you're looking for for the donuts.

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                  MaineRed RE: Maxinella Dec 4, 2006 12:55 AM

                  Yeah, i think you're talking about Gail Anns. Still there, still good, but the donuts were a bit better at Verna's. :( Very sad and I wonder what will go in there...somehow I doubt an independent foodery will be able to survive the escalating rents on Mass Ave./Cambridge...sigh

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                  Velda Mae RE: Velda Mae Dec 11, 2006 05:36 PM

                  For those of you who want to have one last doughnut from Verna's, I advise getting there early. My husband and I went last Friday and learned that the hordes have been descending en masse since news of the closing got out. Apparently you have to get there by 7:30 a.m. for a full selection. We were there around 9:15 and there were just a few flavors to choose from.

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                    Valerie620 RE: Velda Mae Dec 31, 2006 04:18 PM

                    Good News!! Andy (baker/owner) is retiring but Verna's may not be. The shop will be open for another two weeks while they are in negotiations with a possible new owner!! They will keep everyone posted!

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                      hiddenboston RE: Valerie620 Dec 31, 2006 10:12 PM

                      This is potentially great news! I hope they can remain open. Fingers are crossed! Thanks for letting us know about this...

                      Happy New Year, everybody!

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                    huuvola RE: Velda Mae Jan 8, 2007 04:47 PM

                    The Cambridge Chronicle says the deal is done. Verna's will remain open. Full story here:

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                      hiddenboston RE: huuvola Jan 8, 2007 05:01 PM

                      Great news. After hearing about Cafe Apollonia closing yesterday I needed a bit of good news to pick my spirits up. Thanks!

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                      Valerie620 RE: Velda Mae Jan 11, 2007 01:11 AM

                      WONDERFUL NEWS!! Verna's will stay open under new ownership!! It's very exciting to see that someone will keep the tradition going - while adding some fresh new ideas to make it his own!! Best of luck to everyone!!

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