Water Wizz Announces They Will Open For The Season On June 19th

In a welcome return to normalcy, Water Wizz of Wareham announced earlier today that they will be opening for the summer season on June 19th. As one of the most popular and closest family attractions in the greater New Bedford area, they were sorely missed last year. Tickets will go on sale on June 14th. Locals should also expect them to hang out a NOW HIRING sign shortly so if you or your kids are looking for seasonal work keep your eyes peeled and follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/waterwizz

We’re still waiting for an announcement as it relates to any discounts or deals; for those who purchased tickets last year there is every indication that they will be honored in full. As capacity in the state continues to increase we should see a domino effect on outdoor attractions like Water Wizz. From their website: “Due to Covid restrictions we will have limited capacity for June and July. We ask that you visit our website daily to make sure we have tickets available on the day you are looking to visit. We greatly appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you all this summer!”




Tank Exchange Will Take The Stress Out Of Your Backyard BBQ

We’ve all been there. You’re stepping outside, a tray of burgers and brats in one hand, spatula and tongs in the other. You click on your gas grill and … nothing? You lift up the tank. Empty.

The burgers and dogs are shoved back in the fridge and you’re heading out in your car to get your propane tank refilled. You drive to a store, stand in line and wait for someone who can make the exchange and then drive home hoping no one rear-ends you at the next red light.

Jay DeMello wondered the same thing.
So he started his Bristol County business, Tank Exchange Inc, with a simple idea: What if I could just order a tank of propane to be delivered with an app, and it could even show up the same day?

Not only that, but he could do it cheaper. As opposed to the 15-pound tank that costs $20+ to fill up at your neighborhood store, Jay offers 20 pounds for $19.99, which includes delivery to your home and exchange of your old tank. doesn’t that seem a heck of a lot easier?

Last November he opened up shop in Dartmouth and began offering delivery throughout Bristol County. As with any new business owner, he was nervous at first. He had rented a building, bought a 1,000-gallon truck, developing an app, built a website, printing tank labels and more.“I just go all in with anything I do or believe in,” he says, “and I really believe in this service.”

His belief was validated last summer when families were stuck at home due to COVID-19. Wanting to get outside while also enjoying a different style of cooking, demand for at-home grilling grew quickly. Plus, Jay and his cousin, Justin, who helps with deliveries, offer contact-less exchanges.

With five years experience working with Co2 and training from AmeriGas in propane safety and a HazMat certification, Jay continues to build his business.
You can order propane tanks up to 100 pounds, as well as Co2, draft beer tanks and forklift tanks. If you know ahead of time when you’ll need it, you can schedule your delivery. But there’s also on-demand RUSH delivery available within an hour until 7 p.m. at night. (and 9 p.m. on holiday weekends, so the grill can always stay lit!)

“Ordering online was quick and easy,” wrote customer Rob Dasilva online. “Way better than having to drag a tank to the store for an exchange.”
To order from Tank Exchange, you can use their website, mobile app (Apple or Android) or call 1-818-MY-TANKS. Want to give it a try? Use code nbg15 for 15% off your first order!

https://www.facebook.com/trademytank
Website: https://www.trademytank.com/
Phone: 818-MyTanks
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tank-exchange/id1527533480
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tankexchange.inc




Bask Announces 4th Annual Arbor Day Celebration with Community donation of 1,000 trees

The “Free Trees” event will be held May 1st and Continues Bask’s Commitment to the Environment and Community

FAIRHAVEN, MA – April 25th, 2021 – Bask, Inc. (“Bask”), a locally owned cannabis dispensary in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, has announced plans for their 4th annual Arbor Day event. The event will be held at Bask’s adult-use and medical dispensary on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 from 10am to 7pm at 2 Pequod Road in Fairhaven, MA.
“This will be our fourth ‘Free Trees’ event since opening Bask in 2018 and will be our biggest yet,” explains Bask CEO, Chapman Dickerson. “Our goal is to give away 1,000 blue spruce tree seedlings this year and we welcome everyone in the community to take one home to plant.”
Tree seedlings will be available in the parking lot outside the company’s Fairhaven dispensary for contactless pickup. There is no purchase necessary to pick up a free tree seedling.

“As a company, we are committed to sustainable practices and reducing our carbon footprint is important. Getting 1,000 trees in the ground is a great benefit to the environment and a fun way to get the community engaged in the process,” says Dickerson.
Bask’s purchase of the seedlings from the Massachusetts Tree Wardens Association contributes to the association’s annual scholarship fund.

Bask has been serving registered medical patients at the Fairhaven dispensary since 2018. The multi-award-winning cannabis dispensary, cultivator, and manufacturer was named Best Dispensary in 2019 by south coast residents and recently expanded its cannabis retail operations in Fairhaven with the addition of recreational sales to adults 21 and older. Follow the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/460031868583771

About Bask, Inc.
The founders of Bask are experienced medical cannabis cultivators, educators, and advocates. The team came together over a shared vision to create an environment where patients could learn and have safe access to quality products. Bask opened its doors to medical patients in February of 2018 as the first cannabis dispensary on the South Coast of Massachusetts. In February of 2020, the company moved its cultivation and processing operation to a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility in Freetown, MA in partnership with AmeriCann, Inc.

Bask, Inc.
2 Pequod Road
Fairhaven, MA 02719
www.cometobask.com
(774)305-4749




New Bedford’s Ma’s Donuts to open soon!

There are few businesses in New Bedford’s history that have culled the favor of everyone. The popularity of Ma’s Donuts is almost unparalleled and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say fans of the doughnut shop can be fanatical about these heavenly creations they’ve been churning out since 1984.

So, in 2016 when news that owners Ed and Sheila Lemieux were closing their doors and retiring there were a lot of disappointed souls. New Bedford foodies spiraled downward into a deep depression but held out hopes that someone would buy the shop and carry on the tradition since owners were also offering the recipe to potential buyers.


Ma’s Donut’s Facebook photo.

When those hopes were dashed and no one decided to pick up the baton they plummeted even deeper into their foodie gloom and doom.

Well, those people were positively thrilled when Eddie and Sheila Lemieux’s son Scott and daughter-in-law, Lauren announced they would reopen the business!

On Monday, a post made on the Ma’s Donuts Facebook Page said “Who’s ready for the doors to open?!! Hopefully it will be very soon we can’t wait!” accompanied with what appears to be freshly baked doughnuts.


Ma’s Donut’s Facebook photo.

The bad news? Can you imagine the clamor to get our grubby hands on the donuts? The long queues? We all know it will be worth it.

Ma’s Donut’s will also come with a first: it is the only one of our “Who Remember’s…?” article that we can “unretire.” Gladly so! You can read that article and take a trip down memory lane with some mouth-watering photos here.


Ma’s Donut’s Facebook photo.


Ma’s Donut’s Facebook photo.




Bask, Inc. Teams Up With Last Prisoner Project to Help Raise Awareness for Criminal Justice Reform

Did you know that there are 40,000 people in prison for cannabis crimes that are legal in most states? Small changes can make a big impact. Last month Bask, Inc. announced on their Facebook page the following: “We are thrilled to announce that Bask has teamed up with @thelastprisonerproject to support the “Roll It Up for Justice” program. You can help us by donating your spare change in one of these bins located at our facility in Fairhaven. Every cent donated goes towards helping to release cannabis prisoners and helping them to rebuild their lives post-incarceration.

Click the link below for more information about the Last Prisoner Project: https://www.lastprisonerproject.org/
The Last Prisoner Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cannabis criminal justice reform. LPP was founded out of the belief that if anyone is able to profit and build wealth in the legal cannabis industry, those individuals must also work to release and rebuild the lives of those who have suffered from cannabis criminalization.

As more states move away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of those convictions. Criminal justice reform is just one part of a multi pronged approach to fixing the problem.

Learn more about Bask,Inc.
https://www.cometobask.com/about/




Would You Eat a 3D Printed Steak?

Earlier this month Aleph Farms in conjunction with the Israel Institute of Technology unveiled the world’s first ribeye steak using 3D bio-printing and cells from a cow without the need to injure the animal. From their blog:

“This breakthrough reflects an artistic expression of the scientific expertise of our team,” enthuses Didier Toubia, our Co-Founder and CEO. “I am blessed to work with some of the greatest people in this industry.

We recognize some consumers will crave thicker and fattier cuts of meat. This accomplishment represents our commitment to meeting our consumer’s unique preferences and taste buds, and we will continue to progressively diversify our offerings,” adds Toubia. “Additional meat designs will drive a larger impact in the mid and long term.

This milestone for me marks a major leap in fulfilling our vision of leading a global food system transition toward a more sustainable, equitable and secure world.”

On Facebook they shared the following:

“Today, we’re excited to share our proof-of-concept of the world’s first cultivated ribeye steak. Made possible by our incredible team using three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting technology, we now have the ability to cultivate any type of steak of any dimension.

Addressing the growing demands of varying individual preferences and food cultures around the world is critical to our mission to drive the greatest impact possible, so we couldn’t be happier to share this update with our community.”

Would you be inclined to try the product? Can you see yourself buying a 3D printer and creating steaks instead of growing to the grocery store? Does the idea of a slaughter-free steak make you more inclined to eat meat?




Isaksen Solar – a thriving South Coast, Massachusetts business during challenging times

While working for Tesla in 2017, Ryan Rego and his partner Brad Camiel met over coffee to discuss their future and twenty minutes later decided to quit their jobs and form Fall River-based Isaksen Solar, one of the fastest-growing small businesses in New England. In fact, Isaksen is performing five times as many solar installations now than they did their first year in business.

While discussing his reasons for starting Isaksen Solar, customer service stood out the most. “I saw how bad larger company’s customer service was and as they got bigger it got worse,” Ryan stated. “I realized I could provide a superior product if I stayed local and small. When I quit, I realized I wasn’t good at operation so I reached out to Brad because he was good at sales. We met at a coffee shop in Rhode Island and within 30 minutes, he said ‘I’m in’ and the rest is history.”

A success story during challenging times

In the first half of 2020, the world got walloped by the coronavirus and caused significant death and economic devastation. Families lost loved ones and Americans saw the greatest loss of jobs since the Great Depression in the 1930s. Fortunately, America and the world have turned the corner thanks to several COVID-19 immunizations.

Due to hard work, an amazing workforce, and leadership, Isaksen Solar not only got through the pandemic but saw a booming solar installation business – growing revenue by 50% in 2020. This growth has not only ensured security for their current workforce, but they continue putting people to work with great paying jobs. Isaksen Solar has grown from three full-time employees in 2017 to 17 full-time employees in 2021.

The U.S. solar market saw $10 billion in revenue in 2019 and is expected to more than double to $22.9 billion by 2025. Unlike most industries, the solar industry makes a significant positive impact on climate change and helps people save money on their electric bills – if not completely eliminate the cost. Even in a booming industry, a lot can go wrong and Isaksen Solar has exceeded expectations due to Ryan’s obsession with customer service and high-quality products.

“From day one, I’ve always believed in using American-made, high-quality panels,” Ryan stated. “Everyone else is trying to get the cheapest Chinese products.”

In fact, Isaksen’s panels have a 25-year warranty, which means that if anything goes wrong with them, Ryan’s team takes care of it.

Isaksen Solar’s growth is partially due to tax breaks from federal and state governments, and incentives electric companies provide to install solar. In essence, customers that install solar panels on their homes can not only get rid of their electric bills but have the electric companies pay them for excess solar energy generated. Ryan and his team walk you through the process, every step of the way – filing all the paperwork with the government and electric company.

Isaksen Solars reviews speak for themselves

Isaksen Solar has 152 Google reviews, all 152 are 5 stars. That’s not only unheard of in the solar industry, I challenge you to find a perfect rating on Google with any company that has over 150 reviews. Also, Isaksen Solar has been voted #1 in South Coast Today’s “Best of the Best” for the past three years – another rare achievement that speaks volumes to their happy customer base.

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Isaksen Solar
Website: https://isaksensolar.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IsaksenSolar

8 Pocasset Street
Fall River, MA 02721
Phone: 508-567-0647




Bask, Inc. Opening for Adult-Use Retail Sales in Fairhaven on Saturday

Bask, Inc. (Bask) a vertically integrated, veteran and women-led cannabis operator will open for adult-use retail sales on Saturday, February 20, 2021 in Fairhaven, MA.

Bask will be providing adults, 21 years and older, with safe access to cannabis products and cannabis education services. Bask’s adult-use menu will go live at 9:00am on the Company’s Website and doors will open at 10am. Customers will be required to pre-order through Bask’s website or by phone (774) 305-4749 for the first few weeks of opening.

There will be a police detail at the intersection of Alden Road and Pequod Road and parking lot attendants will be available to direct customers with an order confirmation to the designated adult-use parking lots. Medical patients have dedicated parking spaces adjacent to the medical entrance on the east side of the building.

“We’re excited to open our doors for adult-use operations on Saturday. We have been cultivating cannabis, manufacturing infused products, and dispensing to the medical market for over 3 years. We are excited to provide that experience and our amazing products to the recreational market,” Stated Chapman Dickerson, CEO of Bask, Inc.

Bask cultivates over 15 unique strains of cannabis and has an exclusive line of infused products, including Harpoon Extracts, Howl’s Tincture and the recently launched 1906 “Drops.” All these products are only locally available at Bask’s Fairhaven store. The combination of experienced staff, exclusive products and ample on-site parking is expected to draw in cannabis consumers from throughout the region.

“As the first medical dispensary to open on the South Coast we’ve learned so much while serving the medical cannabis community for the last three years. Now, as we expand to adult-use operations, we will be providing adults, 21 years and older, with safe access to cannabis and our cannabis education services,” explained JoAnne Leppanen, Bask’s Director of Patient Education and Board Member.

“Our patients have provided a lot of great feedback about what they’ve experienced at other co-located dispensaries. We have taken that feedback into consideration with our opening plans and have divided our facility so that medical patients have their own parking, entrances, and dispensary counter separate from our adult-use operations. For three years, we’ve been dedicated to providing our patients with a certain level of service and we will continue to do so as we expand our operation,” says Dickerson.

Bask reminds customers to not trespass on the U.S. Postal Service property which is adjacent to Bask’s parking lot.

Full details about Bask’s opening can be found at the company’s website at www.cometobask.com You can browse all their recreational products by CLICKING HERE

About Bask
The founders of Bask are experienced medical cannabis cultivators, educators, and advocates.  The team came together over a shared vision to create an environment where patients could learn and have safe access to quality products.  Bask opened its doors to medical patients in February of 2018 as the first cannabis dispensary on the South Coast of Massachusetts. In February of 2020, the company moved its cultivation and processing operation to a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility in Freetown, MA in partnership with AmeriCann, Inc.




Dartmouth’s Cravings Cafe & Cakery closes its doors

“Here are the last of my cakes to be done at 98A State Rd.

Feels strange saying goodbye to the place a called my second home for 11 years. Once again thank you to each and every one of you who stopped in for a coffee or ordered a cake.

Maybe you enjoyed our paninis or my favorite, the Morning Special, no matter why you walked through our doors I thank you with all my heart. It has been quite a journey, and I am looking forward to what is ahead.

Don’t worry, I’ll be working from home. Time to simplify!”

Cravings Cafe & Cakery photo.

Cravings Cafe & Cakery photo.

Cravings Cafe & Cakery photo.

Cravings Cafe & Cakery photo.




Six best greater New Bedford spots to get an espresso

Americans have a love affair with caffeine, don’t we? Not just with coffee-based drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos but we also love it in our sodas, teas, energy drinks and even candy.

Coffee makes up the primary way we get our caffeine – three-quarters of America prefers that method – with a whopping half a billion cups per day. Who can imagine starting the day without a cup? Each morning all over the country Americans brew it at home or make a pit-stop to Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, or one of the many other chains, gas stations, independent small businesses or convenience stores. In fact, you probably only don’t have to drive far from where you are right now if you wanted a cup – it’s always within reach.

While it’s grown all over the world, 67% of all the coffee in the world is grown in the Americas. Coffee is the most sought-after commodity in the world only beat by crude oil. We Americans spend $74 billion dollars a year on coffee alone – that doesn’t include all the other caffeinated products – comprising 1.6% of the nation’s GDP and employing 1.7 million people. We rank 5th in the world in terms of consumption and 50% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee each day and on average we drink three and a half cups.

Yeah, we love the stuff!

Out of those hundreds of millions of cups of coffee, a significant number of those daily servings come in the form of one dear to my heart, the espresso. No – it’s not spelled or pronounced expresso, so don’t “axe” me again.

How is espresso different than coffee? Well, for starters its serving size is smaller, it is a bit thicker, has more dissolved solids and as every connoisseur knows, has a foam called crema on top which contributes to the tongue-feel and even flavor. In fact, the drink was originally called crema caffè. It is richer and stronger in flavor and has a bigger punch: more caffeine than regular coffee per serving. Espresso is part of many of the drinks you order including a Macchiato, latte, cappuccino, caffè mocha, or caffè Americano. If you frequent Portuguese restaurants, your Galão has it.

The term espresso refers to the high amount of pressure used to force the water through the fine grounds and it is done so very quickly when compared to drip brewing. The machine that does this was invented in 1884 by an Italian named Angelo Moriondo who just wanted to be able to handle the demand of impatient coffee drinkers in Italian cafes. His machine was a steam-driven “instantaneous” coffee beverage maker, and it originally made “pots” of coffee and not individual servings. That didn’t come until 1901 when another Italian named Luigi Bezzera patented a version that could produce single and double servings to a customer.

In the coming decades, Italian-Americans would serve espressos, but since necessity is the mother invention, they started to offer locals versions. Other Americans added ratios of ingredients or other ingredients all together and the cappuccino and latte were invented – the latter by Italian American Lino Meiorin in the 1950s. Thank goodness for Italian ingenuity!

Even the espresso has its variants and the best of all, in my opinion, is the café cubano or Cuban espresso. Typically using stronger roasts, the Cuban espresso cuts the strength and bitterness from the stiffer roasts by placing a bit of brown sugar or raw sugar in the cup that the steaming hot brew is dripping. This heat hitting the brown sugar “kisses” the flavor with a bit of sweetness – barely noticeable unless you are a regular espresso drinker. It is then vigorously mixed to get the afore-mentioned crema, which Cubans call espuma or espumita (baby/little foam).

In my opinion, there is no better caffeinated drink on the planet. Or solar system. Or universe. Or any reality even alternate ones. Ok, I don’t know that for sure, but it is certainly as good as it gets here on earth. I bet, even Giorgio Tsoukalos would agree with me.

Anyhow, who makes the best espressos in greater New Bedford? I don’t drink lattes, cappuccino, Macchiatos, or coffee – I only drink espressos and I have tried them anywhere and everywhere in the area. These are not the only spots that serve great espressos, just the spots I frequent most and who make the best. This, as stated earlier, is my opinion and if you disagree or if you know of a place I should check out because you think it should be on the list, please let me know!

Mirasol’s Cafe

Dartmouth’s Mirasol’s Cafe has been one of my favorite go-to spots in the region, since it opened. Owners Rich and Meegan and the entire staff are the pulse and life that make the cafe too irresistible to visit regularly. There are too many items on (and off) the menu worth mentioning – how about the whole thing? However, this isn’t a review of establishments, just about espressos and Sgt. Friday, wants us to stick to “Just the facts, ma’am.”

While locals are caught in a tractor beam that pulls people in for the beloved Chippi, I go there for the Cuban Espresso. You can get them in a variety of sizes and on ice. This is where I was introduced to the Cuban Espresso and had my first. Very few places make a better crema, so for you crema lovers, hop in your cars and race to Dartmouth. Ram through the traffic in the parking lot, push aside everyone in the line that wraps around the building and ends somewhere around Bishop Stang, and ride the winged llama over a rainbow until you arrive in one of the Seven Heavens. That’s just the first sip!

Sorry, you can have soy, almond, or hemp added to your drinks, but not ayahuasca.

Holiday Bakery

Don’t let the name fool you. Those in the know, know. Holiday Bakery is actually a legitimate, genuine Portuguese bakery and cafe. The women behind the counter are all from Portugal and though I’ve never been in the bakery in the back, I imagine it is a team of avós with magic wands baking delicious breads and pastries for jaw-dropping low prices.

While Holiday Bakery specializes in breads and pastries, they do offer a few shelves of imported Portuguese goods and coffee and espressos. There is an indoor patio with 2-3 small tables, so you can sit and enjoy their amazing pastries while sipping some of the best espresso in greater New Bedford. While it may just be a standard espresso from Portugal, it is made perfectly and with the loves of a million avós. Name a better ingredient to a recipe that grandma’s love? You can’t!

Java Shack

The new kids on the block, Dartmouth’s Java Shack are doing a lot of great things from mouth-watering food, friendly service, devilish pastries, drinks which include Kombucha on tap, and much more. What matters in my life is the quality of espresso and whether they “pull” a decent one. Why, yes. Yes, they do.

Don’t be fooled: Java Shack might be the newest addition to the cafe scene, but the entire staff – owners, chef, and baristas – are veterans who know their stuff. They know the best bean to buy, the proper grind, and how to make it consistently perfect. With welcoming faces and equally warm decor, you can sip the world’s worries away.

Starbucks

Don’t hate me. Starbucks provides a great working space, always working WiFi, friendly baristas and rewards for free food and drinks. OK, I’m a sellout.

While I don’t order the traditional espresso here, I also don’t order the venti iced caramel unicorn Macchiato, 2 shots of vanilla creme, extra extra Stevia, 1 Raw Sugar, Sweet & Low, splash of soy, splash of almond Frappuccino, shaken, not stirred. This is the only place where I get my espresso iced. I get the iced Double Shot Espresso, which is actually 5 shots when you order it in the venti size. So, it’s like an iced quintuple shot espresso.

Outside of selling soul to the devil myself for rewards, this drink is actually delicious and I’ve convinced a few other souls to try it and sell their own souls.

Novo Mondo

Yes, Novo Mondo is not only one of the best restaurants, Portuguese or otherwise, in all of the region, they also serve a world-class espresso. I’ve never been to Portugal, but I’d imagine that walking into Novo Mondo isn’t very different from walking into a cafe or luncheon somewhere in Portugual or the Islands.

Walking in, you will hear Portuguese spoking more than you will hear English spoken. That’s always a good sign when visiting a Portuguese restaurant, because they want that slice of back home. While the small restaurant isn’t conducive to just ordering an espresso and then sitting down and relaxing, there is nothing stopping you from meandering up to the counter and slamming back a single or double or even lingering there for a “few.” You can close your eyes, soak in the aromas of master cooks, while listening to Portuguese banter and transport yourself to a cafe in Portugal somewhere. It’s a great experience! Hi Carla!

Flour Girls

The Flour Girls Baking Company in Fairhaven is not only the best spot to get espresso…well, it’s the only spot. Don’t mean to shine shade on the chains, but Jill and company pull one of the best espressos in the area. And sandwiches. And smoothies. And breakfast. And scones. And pastries. And cakes. And…

Hands down, the Flour Girls is one of the best cafes around with an eclectic menu, friendly staff, and lots of pizzaz. An ideal place to chow down, get some work or reading done, and enjoy a stiff, rich espresso…or five.

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