GOURMET OR SPECIALTY FOODS: Dave’s Fresh Pasta
It’s hard for us to find fault with a place where the motto is “eat pasta every day.” But should you decide you’re done carbo-loading, DFP also boasts some of Somerville’s best sandwiches–we’re partial to the Brazilian Hangover Helper–and an unrivaled selection of cheese, olive oil, vinegar, beer and wine. (One last little tip from us to you? They’re super generous when it comes to samples.)
81 HOLLAND ST.(617) 623-0867, DFP.WEBSITE
WINE SHOP: Ball Square Fine Wines
There’s always something new at Ball Square Fine Wines, where the breadth of the selection is rivaled only by the knowledge of the staff. If your cellar’s stocked, they’ll help you find something new to enjoy; if you’re an aspiring somm, they know just where to get you started.
716 BROADWAY, (617) 623-9500 BALLSQUAREFINEWINES.COM
BIKESHOP: Ace Wheelworks
With the Beacon Street cycle track well on its way, there’s never been a better time to travel by bike here in the ’Ville. New to two wheels? Doesn’t matter! The folks at Ace will have you hitting the road in no time—the spacious shop has a great inventory with lots of cool accessories, and tuneups and repairs are done by mechanics who really care.
145 ELM ST., (617) 776-2100 WHEELWORKS.COM
THRIFT OR VINTAGE: The Goodwill Store, Davis Square
What does your heart desire? A sweater? A blazer? Patriots juice jars? Funky folk art? VHS tapes? They’ve got it all at the Goodwill Store in Davis Square, where the price is always right and both floors are brimming with stellar secondhand wares—from necessities like pants and furniture to things you decidedly don’t need but will walk out with anyway (kitschy salt and pepper shakers, souvenir mugs from places you’ve never been).
230 ELM ST., (617) 628-3618
PET SUPPLIES: Riverdog Daycare
It’s more than just a doggie daycare; RiverDog has all the toys and treats your companion needs. That means cats and canines, by the way. In fact, it’s a tabby named Dennis who oversees operations at the shop, making sure the shelves stay stocked with leashes and litter alike.
321 SOMERVILLE AVE.(857) 998-3343, RIVERDOGDAYCARE.COM
This story appears in the September/October print issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Somerville (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.