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May 22, 2008 06:44 AM

Dairy Fresh

Checked out the Dairy Fresh building this morning on my way to the office. The "Closed for Renovations" sign has been removed and there is nothing going on that is visible to the eye.


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  1. Damn, that place was a must-stop for me every time I ventured into the NE.

    1. Drat! The owner's wife also closed her flower shop around the corner. Also one of my regular stops on my North End shopping cruises.

      Their website is still up so I emailed to find out if the web store is still operating.

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      1. re: BostonZest

        The email bounce back as a locked mailbox. I guess we'll have to hold a service for this long-time favorite next door at Neptune.

        1. re: BostonZest

          that flippin' stinks.

          With my sweet tooth, I thought I'd bought enough candy myself to help that place thrive!

      2. I stopped into Going Bananas yesterday. The girl who used to work at Dairy Fresh is now working here. She told me that they negated on reopening/renovating. Yet another great place bites the dust.

        1. The local papers in the North End are blaming it on the delayed renovations of Salem Street as a whole... but that doesn't explain it. Otherwise, places like Neptune and Beanstock Coffee wouldn't be thriving. Sadly, I think it has more to do with the fact that Dairy Fresh looked less then tidy and I often heard customers complaining that they'd found insects in their bags of candy. (No exaggeration.) Spiffing up the operation would have helped a lot.

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          1. re: emily88

            I have to admit: when I heard that Dairy Fresh closed down, I was incredibly bummed. And then I thought, "Well, I never actually bought much there. And I know of a place that has better fudge. And the store always was kinda dingy and a lot of the gourmet items were near or at expiration. Hm, I may be less broken up about this than I thought..."

            In some ways, I think I liked the idea of Dairy Fresh more than the reality.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              I loved their "reception sticks". Served them at every dinner party. I was told by them over and over that " we'll be getting them soon." Eventually, I found them on line. I guess they knew they were getting out, How very, very sad.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                Please reveal the place with better fudge! (I mean, I know of equally good fudge, but it's all out of the city, which may be for the best.)

                And I know of nowhere else with (1) those sweet counter guys who always remembered me and my chronic need for two square inches of penuche, even when I left the neighborhood amd (2) those tart dried plums--not prunes but dried red plums, they were delicious.

                1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                  The name, I cringe to report, is Ooh La La Fudge, at 381 Trapelo Road in Belmont. Terrible name, excellent fudge. I'm particularly fond of their peanut butter/chocolate, which can be hard to get a good version of.

            2. I was at Ernesto's Pizza on Sunday, down the street from DF, and the owner told me, more or less, the same story as birdy30. They had the best candied fruit slices - like the ones I always had at Passover. Any suggestions for another place to get them? (Not TJ's - theirs don't come close!).