Google made some changes to local results in web search to help you learn more about the results and save you time by saving you clicks. Now, when you search for places Google'll show "all search results that match a search query on the map". "Results after the first seven will be shown with small circle markers. This can be very useful in identifying the density of stores and helping you find right neighborhood to visit," explains Google. For e.g., when you search for [fabric stores nyc], you can now easily identify Garment District:
When you see a result on the map that you like, you can now click directly on the marker (the pin or the circle) and go to Google Maps with that place selected and the "Info" window open. The other results will still be there if you want to explore more places.