The pear industry has thrived here for about 120 years thanks in
great part to Harry and David Rosenberg, two brothers who pioneered
their own mail-order fruit company back in the 1930s and turned it into
one of the world's top gift-basket retailers. Today, you can watch as
workers gingerly handpack pears, apples, and dip-ready giant
Reminders of Medford's earlier days also show up at Porters, inside a
restored 1910 railway station. Feast on tried-and-true entrées such as
fish-and-chips or innovations like meat loaf in a tangy chipotle
barbecue sauce while eyeing vintage rail posters, antique toy trains,
and photos of the station during its heyday.
The city's answer to suburban shopping malls is the historic Main
Street Market building, home to a medley of quirky shops including
Simply Posh (check out their great handbag selection) and Dancing Beads.
At the popular lunch spot Deli Down, the walls are lined with
autographed photos of Bill Cosby, the Indigo Girls, and other performers
who've appeared at the renowned Britt Festivals in nearby Jacksonville.
Pick up bargain reads for as little as a quarter at the Friends of
the Medford Library Book Shop, then head over to Mellelo Coffee Roasters
for a soul-warming latte.
The Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, a renovated performing arts
center named for the famous dancer—and former Medford resident—presents
an energetic mix of live entertainment, from the musical Cats to
concerts by multiple Grammy Award–winner Bobby McFerrin. It's the
perfect complement for a town that celebrates its past with a touch of
artistic grace while still remaining ripe for the picking.