South End residents and those considering moving to the neighborhood have lots to be excited about. A 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market opened there over the weekend, and it’s Boston’s largest. The store is situated in the Ink Block development on Harrison Avenue (on the site the former Boston Herald building) that features luxury apartments along with the high-end, high-style Sepia condos as well planned restaurants and other retail establishments.
Besides the usual assortment of health-conscious groceries, innovative prepared foods and organic produce that will be familiar to Whole Foods shoppers, the South End store will feature a few offerings that are unique to Whole Foods in Boston. For example, shoppers can expect a frozen yogurt window, a fresh juice and smoothie bar, a full-scale Allegro Coffee Co. shop, an organic protein-powder station and a Cape Cod-style seafood “shack” that fries fish and steams mussels to order. In addition, this store will sell beer and wine and will be the first Whole Foods location in Massachusetts to carry spirits.
The most unique amenity, though, is Milk + Honey, a brand new day spa that’s located inside the Whole Foods South End store. Set off with glass walls behind the Whole Body department, Bostonians can pamper themselves with relaxing treatments and services including manicures, pedicures, facials, hot shaves, a shoe shine station and good-for-you-products.
The store’s one-of-a-kind décor pays homage to the property’s print journalism history. You’ll find iconic front pages of the newspaper at checkout counters, the original Boston Herald signage hung on the wall and touches of the old Boston Herald building incorporated in its interior.
Whole Foods South End hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Hallelujah! With all the South End has to offer, the addition of a Whole Foods makes the neighborhood even more appealing.