Sunday, March 28, 2010

Exploring Downtown Lynn: Munroe Street

Over the next week I'm going to make good on my promise to start making my way over towards Market Street in our Exploring Downtown Lynn series. I hope you will be pleasantly surprised with the amazing developments on Munroe Street.

The first block contains one of the coolest buildings that wraps around from Central Square. There is a clothing store on the corner followed by a hair salon (We have about 80 of those down here), followed by a jewelry/fine gift shop, and ending with one of the best Mexican food places on the North Shore, Tacos Lupita. I have not been there in a long time, but I hear from others they are still very very good.

The Food Project is very cherished by the folks who live downtown. Not only did they beautify this store front with a white on green sign, they also developed a beautiful garden on Munroe where residents can have small gardens to grow their own plants and vegetables.  Come check it out this summer. It's a very nice addition to the community.

Across the street are a few more hair salons and some storefronts that are available for rent (not too many left on Munroe).

OASIS development was the developer behind this entire stretch of Munroe and I believe had a lot to do with the public garden I mentioned above. They are an amazing group and we hope they will decide to develop more of Lynn over the coming years.

Beden Hardware is on Munroe. Their hours make it difficult for the residents to shop here, but if you are around during the week, during business hours, they seem to have a great selection.  For all you complaining about Lowe's and Home Depot, this is where you should be shopping, if you're not already.

There are some great residential buildings on Munroe. I love the look of the Munroe Lofts' facade.

Another gem for lunch or dinner is Pho Lynn. Great food and great service. I need to get over there again soon and do a better review for you all. I loved it the last time I was there. I have several friends who perform at Lynn Arts occasionally and this is where they always meet up for dinner before a show.

This may be my favorite loft building in all of Downtown Lynn. A very unique slim design. The lofts are very spacious front to back and they have a great exterior facade.

You've all heard me raving about Juan's sandwiches at Fernando's. If you haven't gone yet, you really don't know what you're missing.

So, what are you waiting for? Come back and re-discover Munroe Street.

Next up: Oxford Street



  1. Had no idea Fernando's was serving breakfast.. will look into it next weekend.

  2. I believe Gordon College is on Munroe Street, too. I was just reading their website today, and the students are doing some phenomenal work with children and adults in Lynn. I was impressed with how these students loved the people in Lynn they worked with, and learned so many valuable life lessons from Lynn's immigrant population.

  3. I love the fact that you are exploring different streets and posting info about it! I learned some new things reading this and will definitely check out the hardware store. I'm already a big fan of Taco Lupita and Pho Lynn. Looking forward to hearing about other streets!

  4. So doesn't the spacing of the letters on the munroe lofts building drive you insane?

  5. Colleen,
    I thought Gordon was there too but I either missed the sign or they are gone now.

    Thanks. Let us know about the Hardware store.

    Never noticed an issue with the spacing. I'll check it out next time.

  6. Seth,
    I think they are only open Saturday, but they definitely serve breakfast. I haven't tried it yet.


  7. Corey - My husband and I tried to find Fernando's on Munroe Street and could not find it. Is there a sign that says "Fernando's"? I was driving and my husband was checking the building signs and he did not see it. How did we miss it?
    Ellen E.

  8. Right across the street from Pho Lynn. Only open for breakfast and lunch.

    I don't think they have enough money for a sign on the building yet, but it must be coming soon.

    I will let Juan know.



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