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This Is Framingham
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September 20th, 2012

I haven’t been posting much because of my like/hate relationship with Framingham. We’re actually in the process of (as my friend refers to) a divorce from the ‘ham.  In the meantime we’ll still be here for a few months and when I feel like it I’ll post.
For all the “haters” that tell me to get a life, I just want to point out you could look in the mirror and say the same thing- writing a mean-spirited email to someone you don’t know because they don’t post what you want on their personal blog?  One order of life, comin’ up!
Anyway, my friend and I went to check out Sweet Spot Frozen Yogurt in the Trolley Square plaza (855 Worcester Rd).  The town of course, as is does with so many small businesses, made it go through tremendous red tape and they had to keep continually postponing their open date from May to September.  Pretty nice for a FroYo place to miss out on the whole summer huh?  I’m saying this as someone who has spoken to many small business in town and listened to all the hard time the town gives them.  Some people I spoke with have had businesses in other towns and they say Framingham is the hardest to have a small business in.  It seems to be THE place for storefront churches though.  Sorry, see this is why I haven’t felt like writing.
On to good things like frozen yogurt 🙂
The set up is the latest trend of do-it-yourself.  You get a cup, serve yourself as much as you want of whatever flavors are available (they change daily) and choose from a variety of toppings from fruit to cheesecake to candy.


Here are our finished products.  I got a chocolate and red velvet and my friend got blueberry-acai and cakebatter.
I was pretty impressed with the red velvet. As a baker, I’ve tasted a lot of red velvet batter and this froyo realy tasted like it.  There is a great variety of toppings and sauces.  They charge $0.45 per ounce once you have everything you want in your cup.  Not a bad deal considering you get to put exactly what you want in there.

Also interesting was that for the first time I saw the parking patrol working in the parking lot.  I used to come here daily and would often see 3 or 4 cars at a time parked in the fire lane.  Today there was just one car but it actually got a ticket.
I know the parking stinks in this plaza but as many times as I’ve wanted to, I never parked in the fire lane because it can make it hard for people to back out of their spots.  Most people don’t care though and I know I’ll sound like a square but it was mildly refreshing to see this.

Next post will probably be my debacle with Sullivan Tire..


  1. Sad to hear that this blog is coming to an end. Though I don’t comment often, and tend to read in spurts rather than regularly your blog has been a favorite of mine for years. I no longer live in The ‘Ham in fact I live on the other side of the country these days, but I love me hometown (enough to have it tatooed on my forearm) and your blog has been a welcome taste of the place I will always think of as home over the years.

    It’s definitely amore intimate and humanazing experience to get my glimpses of Framingham here than to just rely on. Reading metrowest news online.

    Very sorry to hear folks give you guff over this blog, though I think it’ssafe to say I’m not on the same political page as you or some of your commenters I’ve never had a bad thought about how you’ve maintained it.

    Anyway like I said I’ll be sorry to see it go, but best of luck wherever you land. Thank you for keeping this blog up for as long as you have!

    PS typing this from a phone on a bus, so appologie for typos and the like.

    Comment by Samm Hain September 21, 2012 @ 1:59 am

  2. The other thing I should thank you for is all the reviews of local eateries. I take at least a week of vaction a year in Framingham, and you’ve directed me to some nice meals.

    Comment by Samm Hain September 21, 2012 @ 2:22 am

  3. First of all, I love your blog and have it linked to mine as a favorite. It’s refreshing to get honest opinions about eateries and activities around the Ham. And secondly thanks for the heads up on Sweet Spot. Soft serve frozen yogurt is a family favorite and we’ve been waiting for it to open.

    Comment by Patty Hebert September 21, 2012 @ 5:38 am

  4. I love your blog and will be sad when it is gone. You have done a great job giving your opinions on everything Framingham.

    Comment by Jen September 21, 2012 @ 10:13 am

  5. I’m very sorry to hear about this blog coming to an end as well. I’ve really enjoyed reading it over the years. My favorite posts have always been the nostalgic ones. You’ve brought back so many great memories of Framingham for me.

    Comment by Michael Cohen September 21, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

  6. Sorry to see you go! I grew up in Framingham and live too far away to get back very often. I’ve enjoyed visiting home through your blog. All best in the future.

    Comment by CatherineR September 22, 2012 @ 12:13 am

  7. I started reading your blog when I was in college because I wanted to keep up with the happenings of Framingham. Yours was actually one of the blogs that made me decided to start my own. I have tried many new places and gotten much more “into” town things with your help. Thank you for your time and effort.

    Comment by Katy September 22, 2012 @ 9:23 am

  8. We moved to the ham in 2008 and I’ve loved your blog! Completely understand that you are moving on though. Except for being closer to my husbands work the town has been an obvious disappointment for what we pay in taxes. Schools, town services, etc. Nothing in our neighborhood is being sold for what it was bought for so sadly we are stuck here. Good luck to you! I will definitely miss this blog.

    Comment by Kyra September 23, 2012 @ 8:30 am

  9. Are you interested in passing this blog to someone? If so, I would be interested in taking it over….

    Comment by Edgar September 24, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  10. Hi Michelle – I love this post! It makes me happy someone FINALLY got ticketed in that spot. To me it is just like someone parking in a disabled spot who isn’t disabled. Sorry for your mood, but I hear the same thing from other businesses in Framingham. Anyway, I have a coupon to the yogurt place so I will be sure to visit this weekend!! Sue Budge

    Comment by Sue Budge September 27, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

  11. Michelle, I’m very sorry to see you leave us – both online and in the real world! Count me among the (likely large) number of avid readers who understand this is but a hobby/side gig/community service for you – post when you like! Given the way you describe leaving the ‘Ham, will you be writing at all about why you decided to leave? As a relative newcomer (8.5 years), I’m still curious to know why folks consider leaving the town. In any event, thank you for putting a great blog together – it’s been a lot of fun reading over the years! – Jay Burke

    Comment by Jay Burke October 9, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

  12. Wait are you just moving or are you deleting this blog? If so, please don’t delete it, it’s still really helpful to have the reviews etc.

    Thanks for all the helpful posts!

    Comment by SW October 17, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

  13. Jay, you really need an explanation as to why someone would want to move out of Framingham? Have you stepped outside lately? Read a newspaper?

    Comment by Mike D October 24, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

  14. Mike D – simmer down. Relax, take it easy, have a soda. No need to question my being up on matters.

    Comment by Jay Burke October 24, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  15. From everyone elses comments, this blog is a necessary and positive communication piece that Framingham needs. I completely understand why the web host wants to leave Framingham and not look back. It becomes difficult when you try your bex=st to produce a great web piece and others throw stones at it. . this a great websit and I hope you still run it. The nostalgia photos are fabulous!!! The new froyo place is awesome, go there twice a week. It is sad that Fram. gives small businesses the shaft when they try to set up in town. Thank you for your great website and wish you the very best as you move on up and out.

    Comment by Pierre November 4, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

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