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I’ve been a bit out of the loop of late, thanks to a long trip and a short illness, but I was surprised to see that Bread and Chocolate closed its Newtonville location. I have no idea when it happened, but I first noticed it on May 1. The windows are papered over and a sign on the door reads they’ve closed, but that the Newton Highlands store remains very much alive.

I know it’s tough running two stores and I often saw Steve behind the counter. Also, the Highlands location offers so much more possibilities. Still, I’m sad to see it go. I did love stopping in for a scone or a biscuit. Of course, I can’t say that I was in there regularly enough to help keep them afloat.

To me, Bread and Chocolate represented the start of a transition that has swept through Newtonville over the past several years. The village went from being a dry spot in terms of food to having quite a great variety.