Little in size but big on quality
Savin Hill Supply is a cute-as-a-button food shop that fills a definite neighborhood need. Owner Kristine Hoag, a Savin Hill resident since 1988, was tired of traveling to the South End or Beacon Hill for good bread, New England cheeses, and other local and organic products. Her solution was to set up shop in this tiny storefront and offer those goods to her neighbors. The small but well-curated collection includes Maple’s gelato from Maine, bread from Roslindale’s Fornax Bread Co., spreadable fruit from Deborah’s Kitchen in Littleton, and a really nice selection of cheeses, pickles, condiments, cookies, crackers, and more. Says Hoag (who lives in a house that once belonged to her great-grandfather), the neighborhood’s changed, gradually becoming more gentrified — but a taste for good food knows no boundaries: “I have just as many customers who’ve lived here all their lives as those who’ve just moved in.’’ Savin Hill Supply, 99 Savin Hill Ave., Dorchester, 617-379-1613.