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18 Sep, 2012

Living in Westboro Village? Listen up yo.

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Westboro|Publishing/writing/career stuff

Westboro blogSome of you may know I launched a special little newsletter around this time last year. It’s been on hiatus this summer but it’s going to be starting up again very soon. I called it The Extra Helping because it’s an extra serving of kind of thing you’d get here at the Fishbowl. BUT (and you know there had to be at least one BUT in there) here’s the rub… the Extra Helping is just about Westboro. It’s super geo-focused and extra special awesome, and it is not published here on the blog or anywhere else.

If you live, work, play, eat, or shop in Westboro and like to support local businesses I think you will find it worthwhile.

The Extra Helping is short and sweet and it goes out two or three times a month. In the past I’ve written about great shopping finds of all kinds, sparkly things, special events, edible things, and I also undertook some very CHALLENGING field research to find out who makes the best hot chocolate in Westboro. (Sorry, that information is available to subscribers only.) ;)

In the coming months I’m planning a few giveaways from local shops (but you have to be a subscriber to win!) and a few extra things leading up to the holidays.

Interested? I kindly suggest you sign up right now before you miss the next issue… because it’s going to be delicious.

You can sign up right here! And please pass it on. Thank you!


4 Responses to "Living in Westboro Village? Listen up yo."

1 | Brenda A.

September 18th, 2012 at 11:58 am


I was wondering where my peacock friend went! Glad to hear more is on the way! I love the snippets and tips you write here. And I love the word snippets.

2 | andrea

September 19th, 2012 at 8:02 am


Thank you Brenda! p.s. I love the word snippets too.

I wanted to add that I’m so happy to see that so many new people signing up this week. Woot! Stay tuned for some good stuff.

3 | Lorrie Douthwright

September 19th, 2012 at 4:17 pm


I keep spreading the word! I love your writing, in it’s many forms. Thanks for helping me keep connected with the ‘hood.

4 | Shannon

September 19th, 2012 at 8:38 pm


I’m fairly new to this awesome ‘hood. Looking forward to reading more of your useful, fun, interesting stuff :-)

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