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Sweet and Special Ways to Say ‘Be Mine’

By Dena Zigun February 07, 2018

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Say it with flowers: From traditional red roses to a cyclamen with heart-shaped leaves to bunches of tulips in cheerful colors, our floral department is stocked with ways to show your love. Find all sorts of gifts for everyone you care about, including Valentine’s Day balloons and TY Beanie Babies, too.

Impress your love by serving a romantic dinner without lifting a finger: Our chefs are behind the stove preparing everything you need to serve a romantic dinner for two. With specialties such as Bourbon Grilled Steak Tips and Seafood Stuffed Lobster Tails and side dishes, including roasted Brussels sprouts and individual potato gratin towers, all you have to do is heat and serve … and spend more time with your company!

Show off in your kitchen with Surf and Turf: Pair fresh seafood – such as Alaskan jumbo king crab legs or pan-seared scallops with a roasted or grilled Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin for a mouthwatering combination that is sure to be savored.

Share sweets with your sweetheart: Our Bakery is offering desserts from the heart … from heart-shaped all-butter shortbreads with pink sugar to a chocolate heart truffle cake to share. Find individual heart-shaped tarts with fresh raspberries and heart-shaped tarts with a bright blend of fresh fruit for a group. Add a chocolate-dipped strawberry or mini chocolate heart to the plate.

Sprinkle the table with Hershey’s Kisses for a fun effect or give your love a box of local Lake Champlain chocolates. And make it easy to say what you really mean with Necco Sweethearts.

Or give a gift of organic shortbread cookies from Rustic Bakery in pink and white boxes.

Toast with something sparkling. At select stores, choose from a wide variety of sparkling wines for a special way to say cheers with your Valentine, such as Tattinger Brut La Francaise, Ruffino Prosecco and many others. Select from other fine beer and wine, including biodynamic and organic wines from Flowers Vineyards and Winery, in our Downtown Crossing, Sudbury, West Roxbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley stores.

If you’re looking for anything else to make your Valentine’s Day celebration stand out, just ask a Roche Bros. associate. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

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Top 10 Ways to Add Flair to Your Christmas Celebrations

By Sara White December 19, 2017

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It’s time for festive celebrations with friends, family and, of course, great food. Create new signatures that everyone will enjoy and remember with these tips:

 

Have quick bites ready when your guests arrive.

From bacon-wrapped fingerling potatoes to mini beef or chicken wellingtons, your celebration will be great from the first bite with tempting finger food ready and waiting – and easy to find in Our Kitchen. Also, choose from a wide variety of our own dips, including the popular Seven-Layer and Spinach & Artichoke selections.

Turn your cheese display into something festive and fruity!

Your cheese board will be merry with our Ready to Bake Brie topped with your choice of Apricot, Cinnamon Apple, or Fig & Ginger and wrapped in puff pastry.

Deepen flavor with fresh herbs.

Whether you’re serving a spiral cut ham, a Frenched rack of Berkshire Black pork or another show-stopping main course, give it flavor with fresh herbs. Add springs of thyme, sage or rosemary when you’re cooking meat or vegetables.

Make-your-own sauce.

Turn your home-cooked meal into a restaurant quality centerpiece with simply prepared homemade sauces. Make your sauce in the same pan you used to braise the meat, and deglaze the pan with stock or wine to get all the rich, flavorful bits into the finished product. Check out 4 tips for a better sauce in our Tidbits Magazine. Or change up a classic rib roast with a hot horseradish cream and a zip sauce, the sort of steak sauce you find in restaurants.

Elevate your menu by adding flavorful jams to your recipes.

Take your usual holiday recipes to a new level by stirring in some sweet or savory jam. Add a few spoonfuls of Stonewall Kitchen’s Roasted Garlic Onion Jam on the side of your cheese and crackers display, or use it to glaze green beans or carrots. For something sweet, fill butter cookies with Black Raspberry Jam or blend it with Balsamic Vinegar for a quick-and-easy sauce for pork or chicken.

Choose something new and seasonal for a standout side dish.

Serve your main course on top of mashed potatoes that aren’t basic. Add horseradish and roasted garlic or try our recipe for Caramelized Onion & Gruyere Mashed Potatoes. Find new twists on holiday sides made in our kitchen and ready-to-go, from Wild Rice & Kale Stuffing to Cauliflower Gratinee.

Make it fun for the kids.

The children at your celebration will have smiles on their faces – and will eat well, too – when you serve pizza cut into festive shapes with cookie cutters! Set up a cookie-decorating table to keep them busy while the food is cooking, with gingerbread cookies, icing and a variety of candies.

Give the day a sweet and spicy punch.

Get ready to toast with holiday punch! Stir up something sweet and sparkly with pear puree and Prosecco. A red wine punch with brandy, raspberries, oranges and lemons is sure to please a crowd. Or make it warm and spicy with apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and allspice.

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Bake up some little sweets.

Bite-size sweets and treats make dessert exciting, and they’re fun to make, too. Try our recipe for Apricot Linzer Cookies. Or make mini chocolate mousse cheesecakes and serve them with whipped cream and crushed peppermints on top!

Serve sweet, warm gingerbread … your way.

There’s something nostalgic about gingerbread. Find one type to add to your dessert table or serve a mix of gingerbread treats, from a loaf cake to trifle, with a trip to our bakery.

 

From all of us at Roche Bros., we wish you wonderful holiday celebrations!

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Our 65th Anniversary

By Sara White October 13, 2017

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In honor of our anniversary as your locally owned and operated family supermarket, join us in celebrating 65 years of local food and local traditions. Find a wide array of great products sourced from all over the region, as part of our New England Cheese & Food Festival, now through Oct. 26th.

Start off your next celebration at home with a New England Cheese Board, featuring a selection of local cheeses. For an all-Massachusetts board, display Great Hill Creamery Blue Cheese from Marion, MA, Buzzard’s Bay Cheddar, and a Westfield Farms Goat Log.

Or sample some cheeses from throughout the region, including Chevre from Beltane Farms in Lebanon, CT, Raw Milk Cheddar from Brookford Farms in Canterbury, NH, and a Pineland Farms Monterey Jack Cheese Bar from New Gloucester, Maine.

Find a wide array of crackers and jams to add to your spread from Stonewall Kitchen.

Take home our own potato salad, a tradition ever since Bud Roche starting making it in 1978, and serve it with sandwiches made with local deli meats from Kayem and Pearl Brand.

For dinner, select from top-of-the-catch seafood from our fresh fish partner of many years, Foley Fish. Foley’s natural, wild-caught sea scallops from Georges Bank are sugar sweet, naturally, with a firm texture. These delectable scallops caramelize in the pan for a stunning plate presentation, simply cooked with butter, lemon and your favorite fresh herbs. Or try local, wild-caught Snapper Haddock, in our 4-ingredient recipe with tomatoes and basil.

Serve up a seasonal dinner straight from the cheese department with pumpkin ravioli made in Wellesley, drizzled with Boyajian Oil from Canton.

The produce section is always brimming with local flavor, from New England grown apples to Vermont Hydroponic tomatoes to FreshBox Farms hydroponic greens grown in Millis.

And, of course, it isn’t a celebration without cake! Join at your local Roche Bros. on Saturday, Oct. 14th from 11am-2pm.

We are proud of how much we’ve grown since 1952 and it means so much to us to carry on the family tradition with 20 stores across Eastern Massachusetts. Thank you for allowing us to serve you!

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Celebrate Oktoberfest

By Dena Zigun September 29, 2017

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From brats to beer and schnitzel to sauerkraut, the celebration of Oktoberfest highlights the flavors of fall with a European twist.

Enjoy a taste of this time-honored German tradition in the comfort of your own home.

When it comes to this celebration, the focus traditionally is the beer. And the key to the menu is that it has to pair nicely with beer, too. From Oktoberfest lagers to pale ales, find a wide selection of beer for the occasion at Roche Bros. in Downtown Crossing, Sudbury, West Roxbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley.

Get sophisticated with “beer cocktails” that capitalize on fall flavors. It isn’t a New England fall without something “pumpkin spice” on the menu. Blend pumpkin ale with warm, seasonal spices like nutmeg and cinnamon for a Pumpkin Shandy. For a beverage with a different style, stir a pale ale or Oktoberfest lager together with whiskey, brandy and the relaxing, floral notes of chamomile tea.

For the main course, serve up plump and juicy brats. Top them with sauerkraut and spicy mustard. Offer a classic chicken schnitzel, with boneless breasts of Roche Bros. Organic Chicken, pounded thin, coated in breadcrumbs and seasoning and cooked in a skillet until they’re golden brown. Or make pork roast the centerpiece, with our recipe for Brown Sugar-Mustard Pork Roast with Sauerkraut.

It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without soft pretzels on the side. Try your hand at a homemade version, or visit the frozen section for an easy fix, and pick up some mustards for dipping.

Add a German-inspired potato salad to your spread, with smoky bacon and Dijon mustard.

End the party on a sweet note with German Chocolate Brownies, filled with chocolate, coconut flakes and chopped pecans.

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Passover Menu Tips and Choices

By Dena Zigun April 06, 2017

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Whether you want to cook a spectacular Passover dinner yourself or take the meal home with you to heat and serve – or something in between – Roche Bros. has everything you need to make this Passover a special one. This year Passover is April 10 to April 28. The first night of the holiday is celebrated on Monday, April 10.

Here’s what you need to know to plan your best seder menu yet, and to make your family’s meals throughout the whole eight-day holiday flavorful and easy:

 

Appetizers

Passover appetizers are full of tradition, and for many people, they’re the best part of the meal.

Take home Chopped Chicken Liver and Gefilte Fish, with a side of horseradish. The holiday just wouldn’t be the same without the aroma of Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls simmering on the stove.

You’ll also find all the matzo and matzo crackers you need – both regular and gluten-free – in our grocery department.

 

Entrées

Whether you make your own or bring it home, you can’t go wrong with brisket as your Passover main course.

Other traditional choices include roast chicken or turkey, and chicken breasts stuffed with matzo stuffing. Try our recipe for Whole Roasted Lemon-Thyme Chicken, with fresh-squeezed lemon and savory thyme. Find all of the main course meats you need for any recipe in Roche Bros.’ meat department – or take it with you, from Our Kitchen to your table.

 

Side Dishes

From fresh spring vegetable side dishes to traditional Passover accompaniments, your options are virtually endless.

In Our Kitchen, we’ll be roasting fingerling potatoes, as well as Brussels sprouts, and making our own Homemade Potato Kugel. We’ll be glazing carrots with maple syrup, grilling asparagus and making matzo stuffing, with mushrooms or spinach or plain and simple.

If you’re looking to make a colorful side dish, pair your chicken or brisket with a  rainbow of vegetables. Mix fresh sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, zucchini and onions, with olive oil and your choice of fresh herbs. Roast them slowly in the oven at a low temperature so they’ll come out bursting with beauty and flavor.

Dessert

Just because everyday cakes and cookies aren’t part of the Passover tradition, that doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert. Roche Bros. has all sorts of great unleavened choices  to satisfy your family’s sweet tooth.

Find all flavors and sizes of macaroons in our bakery department. And steal the show with Our Own Flourless Chocolate Decadence Cake. This rich, fudgy creation will be the pinnacle of your meal and wow all of your guests. Bake your own dessert centerpiece with our recipe for a light and airy Mocha-Almond Meringue Cake with rich mocha filling.

The whole meal catered for you!

If you’re looking for a home-style Passover meal without all the work, order everything you need from Roche Bros. catering service by special order.

In addition to Roast Brisket as an entree, we are offering Stuffed Matzo Chicken Breasts, Orange Honey Chicken Breasts and Roast Plainville Turkey, ready to heat and serve at home.

A full dinner for 8-10 people with the entrée of your choice includes the following: 1 pound of Chopped Chicken Liver or 8 pieces of Gefilte Fish, 3 quarts of Chicken Soup and 12 Matzo Balls, your choice of two 4-pound Side Dishes, and a Brownie and Macaroon Platter.

Happy Passover from all of us at Roche Bros!

We encourage ordering ahead to ensure availability. 

Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms are not kosher establishments.

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Munchie Madness Round-Up

By Sara White March 14, 2017

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Cheer on your favorite team during March Madness with a wide selection of finger food and snacks. Find easy-to-serve choices for a big party or a small gathering throughout the store. And then sit back, relax and enjoy the game!

Get your party started with chips and dips available in Our Kitchen, from fresh-made guacamole  to Seven Layer Dip. Serve up melt-in-your-mouth Spinach & Artichoke Dip and Buffalo Chicken Dip, with a balance of spice and a creamy texture. Pair the spread of dips with a selection of chips, including our own tortilla chips, made from soft tortillas and baked in the oven.

Stop by the deli for March Madness Snack Platters, featuring the high-quality deli meat and cheeses from Dietz & Watson and other popular brands of cheeses and snacks, as well as an array of Ciabatta Sandwiches.

As the game gets going, bring out a round of warm finger food. From sweet honey stung monster wings to hot, spicy buffalo to dip in blue cheese dressing, our Hot Wing Bar is full of options for everyone at your party. Or skip the bones with hand-breaded chicken tenders in three flavors, buffalo, BBQ and plan. Don’t forget extra sauce for dipping.

Choose from three types of tempting potato skins, Pulled Pork, Bacon Cheddar or Buffalo Chicken, available in packs of 4. And straight from Our Bakery, Bloomin’ Bread is always a slam dunk. Loaded with mozzarella, pepperoni and garlic butter, it’s ready to pull apart and eat!

Add some easy-to-heat bites from the freezer, such as mozzarella sticks, bagel bites and Davio’s Spring Rolls. For bigger appetites, heat up some Uno Grab & Go Calzones, Tina’s Burritos and Drive Through Bacon Burgers.

Finish everything off with some desserts from Our Bakery. Offer a choice of brownies, cookies and cupcakes, plus Mini European Bar Cakes with layers of fruit and cream filling.

We hope you enjoy March Madness and all the finger food and snacks to go with it!

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Questions About a Position?

By Sara White March 06, 2017

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Thank you again for your interest in joining the Roche Bros. family!

At Roche Bros., we are always interested in connecting with qualified individuals interested in a position in our stores.

 If you have individual inquiries, please send a message or post on our Facebook Careers Page for the quickest reply.  

Apply on the website and then stop in or call the Store to interview.

 

Don’t miss out, APPLY HERE!

 

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Your Big Game Party Checklist

By Sara White February 01, 2017

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Get ready for tailgating during the Super Bowl this weekend – and have all the food you need for your whole crowd – with this checklist:

 

A big pot of chili: Feed everyone with a warm and flavorful pot of chili! Try our recipe for Beef and Bean Chili Verde, with spicy green chiles and salsa verde. Or change it up with ideas for Turkey Chili, Italian Chili with Sausage and Vegan Three-Bean Chili. And if you need chili but don’t want to cook, stop by and pick up chili from Roche Bros. Kitchen, ready to heat and serve.

An array of dips and chips: Everyone loves a table full of chips and dips. From Seafood Dips to Buffalo Chicken Dip, Seven Layer Dip, fresh guacamole and more, our kitchen has the dips covered. Don’t forget the chips! Find your favorites in the grocery aisle, or take it up a notch with our homemade chips. Or make it fun and easy with our Build-You-Own Nacho Kits.

A slider bar: Make a slider bar with mini-burgers and all the fixin’s to go with them! Include pickles, caramelized onions, marinated mushrooms, sliced avocado, lettuce, tomato and red onions. If you want to serve sliders ready to eat, check out our recipes for Sliders 3 Ways: Rancher, Buffalo and Mexicali.

Lots of wings: Wings are must for your Super Bowl gathering. Visit our Wing Bar for a host of choices, from Buffalo to Bourbon to Teriyaki. Or make wings at home with this recipe for Sweet & Spicy BBQ Drumettes.

Tasty Tailgating Platters & Trays: Stop by the deli for your choice of Tasty Tailgating Snack Platters – high-quality deli meat and cheeses from Dietz & Watson and other popular brands of cheeses and snacks – and visit the cheese department for Tailgating Tapas Trays – with tempting cheeses, olives and more.

More finger food for your spread: You can’t have too many options for finger food! Bake up potato skins with bacon, cheddar and chives. Cut zucchini into long slices, coat with flour and spices and bake for homemade zucchini fries. And take a spin through Our Kitchen for quesadillas, chicken nuggets and tenders, potato skins, deviled eggs and more!

Beer New England style: Toast to the Patriots with a choice of New England beers, available in our Norton, Sudbury, West Roxbury, Westwood, Marshfield, Wellesley and Downtown Crossing stores.

Cake: Finish the game with treats from the bakery, including a football-shaped Game Day Cake, Chunky Brownie Platter, and a wide array of cookies and cupcakes.

 

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Tasty Tailgating Roundup

By Sara White January 16, 2017

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Don’t come up short when game time rolls around. Let Roche Bros. make it simple and flavorful with Tasty Tailgating offerings that are fresh and ready to go. Sit back, relax, enjoy the game, and we will help you make your tailgating party easy, with options for everyone at your party.

First Half

Everything starts with the Guacamole Outpost. Game-day weekends feature fresh guacamole, made to order at our Guacamole Carts. It works well as a dip, or as a spread on sandwiches. Or if you’re more of a do-it-yourself kind of person, fresh Haas Avocadoes are available in our produce department.

Make your game-time finger food spicy and fun for with our Build Your Own Nacho Kits, with pre-cooked seasoned ground beef, homemade chips and all the fixings!

Swing by Our Kitchen for a wide assortment of appetizers and finger foods for all types of parties. Try some of our homemade dips, such as 7 Layer Dip,  Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Spinach & Artichoke Dip, with crackers, chips or cut veggies. Also select from other finger-food favorites, including chicken tenders and stuffed potato skins, with three types of fillings, buffalo chicken, BBQ pork or bacon & cheddar.

Football season is prime time for our Wing Bar, with long-time favorite Honeystung Monster Wings, and crispy flats & drummies, as well as our all-natural Bell & Evans wings in four flavors: buffalo, sweet teriyaki, maple bourbon and Carolina BBQ.

Catch everyone’s attention with our Bakery’s Bloomin’ Bread, a tailgating staple.  Loaded with mozzarella and pepperoni, your guests will pull it apart in seconds!

Second Half

Our USDA Prime Burgers and sliders are ready for half time.  Switch things up with our flavors such as the Steak Bomb, Bacon and Cheddar, or Portabella Swiss.

Italian sausage and Bratwurst or marinated steak tips are also crowd pleasers. Grill them up and finish them off with onions and peppers.

If  you don’t want the hassle of cooking a big meal, our BBQ Pulled Pork and St. Louis Ribs are tangy, flavorful, ready to heat and serve. Add our deli’s cole slaw or homemade potato salad to complete the spread.

Visit the seafood department for a Shrimp Cocktail Platter. We arrange our fresh cocktail shrimp with slices of lemon and plenty of tangy, spicy cocktail sauce on a tray that’s ready to serve. Or serve up our Buffalo Shrimp Dip tray.

Finish the party off with desserts from our Bakery. Football Field Dessert Cakes and Football Whoopie Pies are festive additions to your spread. For a smaller gathering, try a brownie and cookie snack plate.

We hope to see you every weekend during football season to help with your tailgating parties. Enjoy the season, and of course, go Pats!

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Celebrating Our Signature Items

By Sara White October 14, 2016

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As we mark our 64th anniversary as your locally owned and operated family supermarket, it means so much to us to have you shop at Roche Bros. every week. In honor of this milestone, we’re celebrating the items we sell that make us who we are … and keep customers coming back every week.

Stop by the deli for our own homemade potato salad, made with the original recipe Bud Roche created in 1978. While you’re there, pick up some of our juicy home-cooked roast beef, made with only Certified Angus Prime beef, known for superior marbling, firmness and tenderness.

Speaking of Prime beef, you’ll also find signature offerings in the meat department. Our Certified Angus Prime Grinds start with the same Certified Angus Beef as our roast beef and then is ground in store the day every day. For memorable night on the grill or easy dinner in a pan, try it in the form of Pub Burgers, Sliders, and six mouth-watering flavored patties: Mushroom & Swiss, Onion & Pepper, Bacon, Bacon & Cheddar, Cracked Black Pepper and Steakbomb. Also find our own marinated meats, ready-to-grill, sear, braise or roast, with all-natural marinades – from spicy, sweet Honey Buffalo to tropical Caribbean Mango.

When there is cause for celebration, plan your menu around our extra thick cuts of steak, including Kansas City Sirloin Strip Steak, Cowboy Semi-Boneless Rib Eye Steak, Big Daddy Porterhouse Steak and our Double Thick Tenderloin Steak. And don’t miss the chance to serve our sweet and beautiful Honey Crunch Ham or Turkey for the holidays.

And enjoy one of our newer offerings, Local Harvest Natural Beef, from humanely raised, antibiotic-free, Angus-breed cattle, locally raised here in New England.

We’ve had some traditions in Roche Bros. Kitchen for years, and our smoky, tender Bourbon Grilled Steak Tips certainly fit the bill for a satisfying, flavorful and ready to heat and serve meal. And visit us on Thursdays for “Six Buck Cluck,” when you can get our rotisserie chicken for $6. Complete the meal with your choice of sides, such as butternut squash and curried cauliflower.

Our Kitchen’s Soups, made from scratch using all natural ingredients and homemade stocks, are warming up in time for the cooler weather. Find comfort in classics, such as our rich, creamy and thick, the New England Clam Chowder and spicy Angus Steak Chili with Beans.

In the produce department, find what’s fresh and in season. We make it easy for you to eat your fruit and veggies with freshly cut options, including cut fruit in crystal bowls, ready to serve at your next party.

Our Own Cheese Spreads, available in the cheese department, combine fresh cream cheese, gourmet cheese selections, and our favorite seasonings. From our best-selling Cheddar-Blue Spread, to Spicy Gouda, blazing Buffalo and sweet Chutney, we have a cheese spread for every palate.

We’re proud to partner with our fresh fish partner, Foley Fish. They search search high and low for the best source for each seafood item, bringing you fresh, off-the-boat, local fish and seafood. From Block Island Swordfish to wild Georges Bank sea scallops to fresh salmon portions, our seafood department has memorable choices for any meal.

Your visit to Roche Bros. isn’t complete without a stop at our bakery. Grab a bucket of cookies, and we won’t tell if you eat one before you leave the store. Select from a wide array of everyone’s favorite pies… Natural Juice Pies, Ricotta Pie, Pumpkin Pie and more. Impress guests with a trifle in a beautiful bowl and celebrate special occasions with Our Bakery’s sheet cakes.

Decorate your table or make someone smile with our floral arrangements, designed and assembled in the store and focused on in-season offerings.

From all of us at Roche Bros., thank you for shopping with us for 64 years and counting!

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