Hidden Gem: Eggroll Lady & Fish Shack

Visiting the Eggroll Lady for lunch or dinner is like dropping by your grandmother’s house — it’s filled with laughter, comfort food and tradition. The sweet (egg roll) lady in the kitchen doesn’t worry about how much money she makes, but instead focuses on the quality of her foods and the love with which she makes them. Giselle Rivera-Flores takes a closer look.

Local Business Spotlight: Shrewsbury Street orders up The Usual

With a little help from Niche Hospitality, a husband-and-wife duo plan to put down roots in the heart of Restaurant Row with what they consider a fresh concept largely missing from Worcester’s already eclectic and wide-ranging food scene. What could be missing from the city’s seemingly endless bounty of culinary choices, and how will The Usual fill that void? Only one way to find out.

Editorial: ‘Yes’ on Question 3

 | Ballot Question 3 would mandate more humane treatment of egg-laying hens, pigs and calves. The key argument against passage is that it will raise consumer prices. That argument lays an egg (pun intended), so we urge you to vote ‘yes’ on 3.

Editorial: Crompton Place, Jane Jacobs and you

Crompton Place, home to such businesses as the Crompton Collective and Birch Tree Bread, is one of the feel-good stories of Worcester’s recent past. Now a local blogger has it in the final five of an international competition. We cast our vote for civic pride.

Local Business Spotlight: Shrewsbury Street orders up The Usual

With a little help from Niche Hospitality, a husband-and-wife duo plan to put down roots in the heart of Restaurant Row with what they consider a fresh concept largely missing from Worcester’s already eclectic and wide-ranging food scene. What could be missing from the city’s seemingly endless bounty of culinary choices, and how will The Usual fill that void? Only one way to find out.

Transgender ‘bathroom bill’ in effect, AG Healey anticipates smooth sailing

“We went through this a few years ago when there were protections for transgender people put in place in the law when it came to things like looking for an apartment or looking for a job or going to school,” the attorney general said. “We saw after that that once implemented there were no incidents, there were no problems or difficulties with implementation. I expect the same thing to happen here.”

Local Business Spotlight: Flying Dreams brewery crafts a unique story

It starts, as so many good stories do, in a buddy’s basement. “It was a natural transition. I picked [home brewing] up quickly,” said award-winning Flying Dreams founder Dave Richardson, adding his background in sciences played a huge role in the early success. “The first time was awesome. The second time was even better. By the fifth time, I wanted to start a brewery.” Sean Haley taps into the creativity and passion that make Richardson and his brew house one of a kind.

Local Business Spotlight: Dianna’s Neighborhood Bistro blends community, passion, fine cuisine

Diane George’s cooking experience began when she was 14 and started working at Central Kitchen, a bakery on Main Street. Diane says she found her niche early on. “I always loved cooking. It was something I wanted to do.” After decades of honing their culinary skills, Diane and her husband Richard were finally able to channel their passion for food into a business of their own. Sloane M. Perron checks out the new eatery at the corner of June and Chandler.