Spring Fashion Trends From Marla’s Obsession

Marla's 3Is there anyone who isn’t excited to wave good-bye to winter? Barring any freak snowstorms, we think it’s safe to pack up your snow boots, down coats, and warmest hats! Along with crocuses and the Easter Bunny – nothing heralds spring’s long-awaited arrival more than your wardrobe! The owners of Marla’s Obsession in Roslindale Village are in the enviable position of thinking of spring and summer clothing long before the last snows have melted. We asked them to give us their thoughts on what is “on trend” for spring. You might not be surprised to hear them say “Color!” Vibrant prints and saturated colors enliven anyone’s wardrobe.  Mickaila told us that they made a conscious decision this spring to move away from the “safe”  colors; red, black and cobalt blue, instead bringing in eye-catching yellows, pinks, and purples.

Mixing patterns and colors with coordinated accessories guarantees to renew both your wardrobe and your psyche – spring is here!

You can stop by Marla’s Obsession Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 – 6. Marla, Mickaila, Tricia or Melissa are all happy to help you pick out something bright and cheery.


Preparing Your Home for Sale

Roslindale has been in the news a lot lately as a neighborhood with a “hot” real estate market. RVMS sat down with Roslindale resident Linda Burnett, Realtor, Keller Williams Boston, to talk shop. Armed with nearly three decades of experience, Linda offers three tips to keep in mind when preparing to sell your home. 
1.  If you’re comfortable in your home while it’s on the market, it’s not showing properly.

2.  Buyers are happy to pay tens of thousands of dollars more for a home that’s clean, freshly painted, floors refinished, and with an inexpensive granite and stainless kitchen and updated lighting. (And use real light bulbs — not the inexpensive ones that take forever to get bright!) If you invest $20K, you’re likely to reap double that, if not triple!

3.   Today’s buyers shop with their eyes, online.  If your property doesn’t have excellent, professional-quality photos, you’re dead in the water.


The One Thing – Pet Cabaret

Pet Cab (dog)The one thing Pet Cabaret recommends you buy this week is more of an idea than a product. They say choosing healthy food for your four-legged friend is the only way to go.

 “Our notion is that feeding quality, well sourced foods helps pets stay healthy and helps pet parents stay out of the vet’s office,” said shop owner Lisa Di Pietro. “Feeding well equals staying well to us. It’s not that we don’t like vets. We just don’t want animals to be running to the vet for problems that could be avoided or mitigated with species appropriate feeding.”

 Lisa concluded by saying, “We want animals and their companion humans to enjoy long, healthy, and active lives.”

 Swing by their shop and see the many options they have available, and maybe Panda will let you rub her belly.

Sophia’s Grotto: A Roslindale Favorite Reveals Secret Recipe

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Fans of al fresco dining will be delighted to learn the courtyard surrounding Sophia’s Grotto in Roslindale Village is finally free of snow. To celebrate the return of warmer temperatures, they’ve divulged the special recipe for one of their refreshing signature cocktails, the “Sophia Loren,” and it promises to be your new go-to drink for the season.


  • 6 mint leaves
  • 3 lemon wedges
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 3 ounces sour mix
  • citron vodka


  1. Muddle mint leaves, lemon wedges, sour mix and cane sugar in a pint glass.
  2. Fill with ice and top glass with Citron Vodka.
  3. Shake until frothy.
  4. Strain into Martini glass and garnish with a lemon wedge.

The One Thing: Shell Dyed Jewelry

Add a splash of color to your outfit with a colorful necklace by Origin Jewelry. This Danish company employs fair trade practices in the Philippines to create light as air necklaces and earrings. The best part, many of the necklaces are reversible, giving you two colorful looks for the price of one. Find this now at Birch St. House & Garden.

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Each week we bring you the one thing you should have right now. Do you have something you would like us to spotlight? Email us your idea at rvmsprojectmanager@gmail.com for consideration. Include a brief description and a photo (high-res if possible).

Thrift Shop Expanding into New Location

As they get ready to celebrate their 90th anniversary, the beloved Thrift Shop of Boston is expanding and moving to a new space on Corinth Street that will better accommodate their shop as well as allow them to host the popular charitable drives and campaigns run by the Home for Little Wanderers, including the Big Wishes toy drive during the holidays.

Their new location at 33 Corinth Street (Bank of America building), will be remodeled  over the next three months  to include easier access for donation deliveries, a basement storage area, new lighting, and more functional retail elements like separate areas for different types of items and a full counter for purchases.  They plan to open in the new space in July of 2015 and will be offering many special sales and promotions between now and July to clear inventory in their current location. Check out their event schedule here for details.

Last year, RVMS began conversations with the Thrift Shop of Boston to help find a larger space in Roslindale Village that could better support their growing shop. Then, in spring 2014, RVMS welcomed Mayor Walsh to the business district to highlight community partners and anchor businesses, including The Thrift Shop of Boston. Noting that The Thrift Shop of Boston had an opportunity to relocate to an ideal location only one block away – one that would allow them, as well as the entire business district, to grow – RVMS asked Mayor Walsh for guidance on how best to engage Bank of America who not only owned the property but had been a longtime supporter of the Boston Main Streets program. Mayor Walsh, working through the Office of Business Development, helped to connect Roslindale Village Main Street and The Thrift Shop of Boston with leaders at Bank of America who worked with the local organizations to establish favorable rent and lease terms that took into account the challenges that The Thrift Shop was facing as a lean, primarily volunteer-run business. Thanks to this partnership and these efforts, a great space has been secured which will allow the Thrift Shop to establish itself more firmly as the business anchor we already know them to be.

Thank you to our many partners that have helped to make this move possible! “It really does take a village sometimes,” as The Thrift Shop boardmember, Dan, likes to say.

Stay tuned for more news and photos of the build-out, move, and future ribbon-cutting ceremonies. We hope you’ll join us for the big celebration in July!

The Thrift Shop is currently located at 17 Corinth Street, next to Quality Meat Market and ABCD Head Start South Side, and can be reached at (617) 325 5300.