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The Sav-Mor Sign Is Dead; Long Live the Sav-Mor Sign

Plus, a local bakery made a cake that looks like bibimbap, and more news

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An old sign reads “Sav-Mor Discount Liquors” with a letter board sign underneath reading “Thank you for 40 great years. Moved to Assembly Row. Don’t tell Todd.”
Sav-Mor has closed its longtime McGrath Highway location, but the iconic sign sort of lives on at the brand new Assembly Row location.

Alas, the previously reported Assembly Row expansion of Sav-Mor Liquors actually means the closure of its longtime McGrath Highway location — and the death of McGrath Highway’s favorite letter board sign that at times has feuded with and at times flirted with the McDonald’s sign across the way. (The small discount liquor chain also posts funny signage at its Medford location.)

The location at 15 McGrath Hwy., Somerville, is now closed, and today, January 10, is opening day for the new spot at 325 Canal St., Somerville, within the Assembly Row development. (“Don’t tell Todd.”) Fortunately, the chain assures its fans that the sign lives on at the new location. It doesn’t have quite the same visibility as the massive highway sign, but this is 2022, and we can’t have nice things.

Invest in local businesses

Mainvest has been one of the local crowdfunding — or rather crowd investing — platforms of choice lately, where restaurants-to-be give fans the chance to invest in the business with low minimums and revenue sharing up to a certain multiple of the investment. A couple exciting North Shore businesses are currently running campaigns: Speakeasy Donuts, a popular Salem-based doughnut pop-up looking to open its first permanent location, and Sin City Superette, a neighborhood market in Lynn from the Nightshade Noodle Bar team.

A local nonprofit urgently needs kitchen volunteers

Community Servings, the Jamaica Plain-based organization that has been working for over three decades to prepare and deliver medically tailored meals to local individuals with critical and chronic illnesses, generally operates a large volunteer program, but the continuing pandemic has decreased volunteer numbers and increased the need for meals. The organization is urgently seeking volunteers to help with kitchen prep work and portioning and packing meal bags. Find more information and sign up here for three-hour shifts on weekdays.

Look at this cake

Just look at it. (Find Oakleaf Cakes at 12 Westland Ave., Boston, and place orders for cakes, cookie decorating kits, and more here.)

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