Shea Rose’s Favorite Things
The genre-bending singer talks Tofurky and Dâ€™Angelo.
To see Shea Rose command the mike onstage with her blend of hip-hop, rock, and funk, youâ€™d never guess she was once a shy teen growing up in Braintree. After enrolling at Berklee in 2007, Rose says she found that â€śperformance and songwriting and being in front of an audience is really where my heart was and is.â€ť Queen Latifah took notice, selecting Rose, who now lives in Mattapan, to be one of the faces of her CoverGirl Queen Collection. Rose then won a Boston Music Award in 2011, and has been dazzling audiences ever since. Here the singer, whose Kickstarter-funded EP, D.T.M.A., will be released this fall, shares her personal favorites.
Flowers â€ş Fern Exotic Flowers.
Baked goods â€ş Blue Frog Bakery. The chocolate croissant is exquisite.
Fish â€ş Whole Foods.
Wine â€ş The Urban Grape. I like it because you can do tastingsâ€”Iâ€™m a big shiraz person.
Cheese â€ş Boston Cheese Cellar.
Ice cream â€ş FoMu cookies and cream. Yay for vegan ice cream.
Jeans â€ş Free People. All of their jeans have a little hippie flavor to them. They always have a bell-bottom or a â€™70s vibe, and thatâ€™s what I love.
Jewelry â€ş Mattei Galleria. I have a pair of stunning earrings from there. Their pieces are always fresh and elegant.
Gifts â€ş Ten Thousand Villages. Thereâ€™s a story for every product they sell.
Stationery â€ş Papyrus.
Tailor â€ş Boulevard Cleaners. Iâ€™m very petite…. Iâ€™ve had a lot of bell-bottoms hemmed there.
Hairstylist â€ş Nancy V. Brown does my hair for all of my photo shoots. Sheâ€™s a creative artist, for sure.
Yoga instructor â€ş Nina Hayes. She also makes vegan dessertsâ€”ask her after class.
Personal trainer â€ş Jason Sibley-Liddle, at Healthworks. Heâ€™s the perfect trainerâ€”not too pushy, not too light, and handsome, too.
Cobbler â€ş Odessa Instant Shoe Repair.
Band â€ş Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Museum â€ş ICA.
Style icon â€ş Solange Knowles. I want to steal her closet.
New England getaway â€ş Singing Beach, in Manchester-by-the-Sea.
City that makes you glad to come home to Boston â€ş Itâ€™s a little more work, but everything you can find in New York you can really squeeze out of Bostonâ€”and you can breathe a little easier and the airâ€™s a little cleaner.
Movie you saw â€ş Black Orpheus.
Concert you attended â€ş Dâ€™Angelo, at the House of Blues.
Memorable restaurant meal you had â€ş Salmon with pancetta, corn, and radicchio risotto, and the tomato gnocchetti with morel mushrooms, zucchini, house-made ricotta, and basil at Steel & Rye.
Splurge that was worth it â€ş Staying at the Mandarin Oriental.
Beauty product â€ş Whipped body scrub from West Indian Soap Company.
Item of clothing â€ş A warm and fluffy sweater. Iâ€™m always cold.
Drink order, alcoholic â€ş The basil-grape mojito at Canary Square.
Drink order, non-alcoholic â€ş The â€śHive Aliveâ€ť juice with bee pollen at Life Alive.
Takeout â€ş Tofurky on focaccia from City Feed and Supply.
Travel essentials â€ş Aldo high-heel wedge sneakers, an afro pick, Poland Springs water, Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in â€śBean There,â€ť and Apple in-ear headphones.
Green space â€ş Franklin Park. Itâ€™s the closest all-green place to me.
Club â€ş Foundation Room at the House of Blues.
Boutique â€ş Cambridge Artists Cooperative.
CafĂ©Â â€ş Ula CafĂ©.
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