Check It Out: Floral News, Deli Delights, Specialty Shampoos, and More

Karen Plourde, Editor, Weavers Way Shuttle

Garden Variety

A new home for flowers in the Hill. And a new line of seeds in Ambler and Mt. Airy.

Have you gotten to the checkout in Chestnut Hill lately and been perplexed about the lack of flowers there? Fear not: Floral options can now be found by the front door, in the produce department. The move was made to avoid the many instances of flower buckets full of water getting knocked into by shopping carts and dumping their contents. The new spot makes for a lovely welcome to the department and the store.

If you’re more of a floral (or herb or veggie) grower than a buyer, you’ll want to peruse the new selections from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in Ambler and at Across the Way. They’re based in Mineral, VA, and mainly offer seed varieties that perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast ($1.99/ea).

The Daily Deli

Savory Vermont salamis and an eye-popping chevre from Down Under in Chestnut Hill.

The cheese case in the Hill is now home to all five varieties of Vermont Salumi of Plainfield in the Green Mountain State. The four-ounce sticks are $6.49 each, and feature flavors like clove and citrus, juniper, and red wine and garlic. All the pork they use is free of antibiotics.

On the shelf above the salamis, you’ll find one of the prettiest cheeses out there — Woodside Cheese Wrights’ Monet, a South Australian chevre pressed with herbs and edible organic flowers. A four-ounce block is $13.99.

Looking for a sweet finish for your spread? Try La Malva Rosa walnuts in acacia honey ($8.49 for a seven-ounce jar) from Borgo San Dalmazzo in Cueno, Italy. A spoonful on chevre or another soft, mild cheese should do the trick. Jars can be found next to the Hill’s deli counter.

All Wellness and Good

New Acure shampoos in Mt. Airy. And a local entry to the CBD oil lineup.

Family-owned Acure Organics products are no stranger to our wellness locations. But now their collection of shampoos and conditioners designed for color-treated and/or stressed hair has been added to the hair product lineup at Across the Way. They include:

  • Daily Workout (for oily, workout-heavy hair);
  • Buildup Balancing with hemp and apple cider vinegar (for styled hair or locks that undergo harsh conditions, such as frequent swimming);
  • Juice Cleanse with supergreens and adaptogens (for stressed hair);
  • Detox Defy (for brown, autumn or dark-toned color-treated hair); and
  • Unicorn Shimmer (for color-treated hair)

Eight-ounce tubes of the shampoos and conditioners are $9.99. As with all Acure products, they’re 100% vegan. They’ll make their debut at Next Door in the near future.

On the shelves now at Next Door is the first local hemp oil extract to land in our stores. Wild Fox Provisions, an offshoot of Wild Fox Farm in Barto, Berks County, makes a full spectrum, flavorless version in two strengths (500 and 1,500 milligrams) and a 1,500-milligram tincture (Farmer’s Batch) with a wild cherry strain that gives it an earthy, tobacco-like flavor. The 500 milligram tincture is $39.99; the 1,500 is $79.99.