This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
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August 5th, 2006

I wanted to like this place, and I guess it’s ok but they don’t really have anything I want. Just cookies that look old and what looks to be an interesting deli counter although I’m not a big deli person.  I did get some lox there once, which was really good but is randomly available, When I asked them if they had whitefish salad the lady behind the counter didn’t know what I was talking about.  They also have beer and vodka and chocolate and a bunch of other stuff.

They don’t acknowledge you or seem to want you in there if you don’t speak Russian got the Skazka out of there.  I’ve actually stood in front of the door pondering if I should go in there again but so far I haven’t made it back inside.


  1. My husband asked a Russian co-worker what Skazka meant and he said it means “fairytale”.

    Comment by Tracey August 9, 2006 @ 2:14 am

  2. This looks like one of those many business’s in town that front for money laundering. You the picture frame shops and jewelry stores that are always closed.

    Comment by dave August 12, 2006 @ 2:56 am

  3. I have visited this place often over many years – and yes, they are rude. My Russian co-workers are similarly rude too, so I guess it is really a cultural difference. In any case, they have the best whole brined herrings that I have had this side of Brooklyn, and the hot smoked lake tout that is delivered in huge chunks twice a month is amazing. Try to see past the behavior and just shop for the food that interests you.

    Comment by Joel December 19, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

  4. I went into this store last weekend and beside it smelling a little odd it was pretty helpful with some candies for my ukrainian grandmother. The young woman at the deli is very helpful and knowledgable about all the products, but the older lady at the front is a big rude and cold if i dont sya so myself. I suggest going inside and taking a lookaround too. Yes, like any ethnic store in framingham they seem not to want you there if you dont speak the language but i know it shouldnt be like this.

    Comment by Eric December 27, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

  5. This store has all the variety of Russian food that a store of that size can hold. If the product is not familiar to you – it doesn’t mean that it’s odd or bad, it only means that you just don’t’ have a taste for it, so there’s nothing to complain about.
    For Russian people who shop there – most of the food looks great. As one can tell by how busy it gets on weekdays when people are getting back from work or weekends. As to the rudeness – please don’t confuse accent and somewhat limited vocabulary for the desire to turn non-Russian speaking customers away. I’m sure every customer is welcome there and if they don’t know what whitefish salad is – that would most probably mean that they don’t sell whitefish salad, just like someone non-Russian wouldn’t know the name of 90% of the products sold there.
    So be open-minded, come shop there for the good food, try new things even if you don’t know what they are. I bet if you ask for the taste before buying something no one there will refuse you.

    Comment by PM January 22, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

  6. I don’t consider this post complaining. This is my personal blog about my personal experinces in Framingham, this was my experince in this store. I’m not closed-minded about trying new things (hence going in this store) so I don’t think that’s an issue. But some things are universal like friendliness or lack thereof and cracking a smile or being straight faced- and short worded. I have the same feelings about any “american” store that does the same.
    I personally did not have a language barrier problem when I asked about the white fish, I was just surprised that they didn’t know what it was. I am, though 2 generations past now, of Russian heritage and whitefish salad is common at family gettogethers.  So I was surprised, that’s all. 
    I actually enjoy going into different ethnic grocery stores to try new things and I don’t expect everything to cater to my liking.  Obviously you like this place and that’s great but I think customers are allowed to have opinions.

    I didn’t say they should be shut down or anything so, to each his/her own : )

    Comment by michelle January 22, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

  7. Here is a bit from Russian-speaking person. The owners of this place are rude even by any Russian standard and their practices are sleazy in the purest sense of this world. Avoid buying any salamis and other meats there, or generally any product that can go bad easily in room temperatures – changes are stuff you’ll buy will stink already. Yes, it is that bad. Not always, but quite often enough to avoid the place like the plague.

    The owners do not give a damn if one complains.

    There are number of other Russian stores in Boston area which offer a much bigger choice of much better quality and really there is no excuse for visiting Skazka. Stop by them once, see for yourself and NEVER come back. Hopefully they’ll get the message and either will go out of business or straighten their act some day.

    Comment by Kan March 25, 2008 @ 12:17 am

  8. I speak Russian, and I emigrated from USSR, and guess what, the older lady doesn’t want me there anyhow. Let me just say to all those non-speakers, it is not about the language, the lady is just feirly rude to Russian speakers as well. My parents had the same experience.

    The store sells food and is arranged (deli) so cater to former USSR emigres, it is not for Amricans or Brazilians…it is too specific or to ethnic to appeal to them. But hey, how many Russians and other people from former USSR go to Brazilian shops and cafes?

    Comment by Ben Kosakov April 23, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

  9. is this store still open?

    Comment by Scott May 6, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

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