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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Days of wine and orchids in Southborough

SOUTHBOROUGH

Despite the hype over the recently-defeated Question 1, food stores have always been able to apply for liquor licenses. In Southborough, that means wine and beer should be for sale by January at a gourmet shop that has opened at the old Capasso Farms site on Framingham Road.

The Board of Selectmen voted last week to grant a retail package store wine and malt license to Amerish Foods LLC, which opened The Country Gourmet earlier this month, Selectmen Chairman Roger Challen said.

Robert Ciccarelli and Pauline Bownes-Ciccarelli of Natick are leasing the property from John and Elizabeth Sherry, who closed their roadside stand in June after almost 30 years in business. The new store offers organic products, homemade pies, prepared foods and has an extensive greenhouse with cacti and orchids, Bownes-Ciccarelli said.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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