Allium is an independent, locally-owned specialty foods market, cheese shop, and cafe located in Brookline, Massachusetts.
We cater to local foodies and food lovers with hard-to-find specialty items, freshly baked pastries, toasts and salads, full cafe service and the largest selection of domestic and imported cheese in the area. At Allium Market we strive to serve and sell the very best food we can find, from near and far, while providing a customer service experience unlike any other.
How We Began
When Allium founder Talia Glass and her husband moved to Brookline from their home in Michigan in the summer of 2014 they were excited to find themselves immersed in a diverse, creative, energetic and food-loving town. With plenty of restaurants and bars on every street, they figured they had found their foodie heaven. However, it quickly became apparent that while the local food scene was saturated with exquisite restaurants and bars—and headed up by some of the area’s most skilled and versatile chefs—there seemed to be a void when it came to the need for a comfortable, casual, and exciting place to eat and shop in the neighborhood. Talia quickly realized that the type of neighborhood grocer she was used to seeing in abundance in her hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan—the type of place that sold both local salad greens and rare imported olive oils and cheeses, while also serving the local crowd specialty coffee and pastries in the morning—was sorely lacking from the otherwise foodie-filled area. And thus, the seed of Allium Market was planted!
With her background in specialty food training from the world renowned Zingermans in Ann Arbor, and retail experiences that ranged from independent specialty markets to large corporate grocers, Talia realized that she had found her calling here in Brookline. In the late fall of 2015, with a nudge and the help of her brother, Ben, Talia quit her job in leadership with Whole Foods Market and has devoted every day since to making Allium Market a reality. She is excited to bring her passion for great food, beliefs in the importance of stellar customer service, and excitement about a shared food experience to the amazing community of Brookline!
Talia Glass: Founder, General Manager, Retail Buyer
Chelsea Germer: Head Cheesemonger, Cheese Buyer
Kelly Fernandes: Executive Pastry Chef + Kitchen Goddess
Nick Wickstrom: Lead Barista + Tea Master
Olivia Maal: Front of House Manager
Dan McElligott: In-house Cheese Educator