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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145444
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A handful of local bookstores and bookbinders are among the dozens of century-old shops and establishments chronicled in a new pocket-size guide. The Historic Shops and Restaurants of Boston, by Phyllis Méras (Little Bookroom), addresses both colorful beginnings–from a silversmith-turned-flute-maker to a factory that made hardtack for the Union Army–and enduring longevity.” –The Boston Globe

"This is a very charming book indeed...Neat!" --The Providence Journal

In this "handsome little book...Author Phyllis Meras covers not only Boston proper but also outlying towns and includes hardware stores, barbershops, bookshops (including the Brattle Book Shop, believed to be the oldest continuously operated antiquarian bookshop in the country), clothing and general stores (Filene's Basement was founded in 1909), fishmongers, grocers, jewelers, bakeries, art galleries and musical instrument makers. Well-known cultural landmarks are also featured, such as Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury and the Omni Parker House, the oldest continuously operating hotel in the nation." --The Chicago Tribune

"This little guide to century-old businesses in the Greater Boston area packs a practical and historical punch. If you're an architecture buff, you can use it to scope out old buildings. A shopper can use it to find companies known for their longevity. The foodie can discover long-enjoyed restaurants to add a taste of the past to the repast...[E]xperience the city in a way most residents don't." --Cape Cod Times

About the Author

Phyllis Meras, for many years the travel editor of the Providence Journal, has a long acquaintance with Boston, both from her days as a student at Wellesley College and later, as editor of its alumnae magazine. She has written about Boston for many publications and is the author of fourteen books. She is a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol E. Lodi on September 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful book, rich in the history of establishments in and around the city. My parents are from Cambridge and I remember walking to Masse Hardware with my grandfather. I didn't know about the origin of the business until I read it here, it made sense that my Canadian grandparents were comfortable with this merchant.

Later on my parents moved out to the suburbs and we would shop at Wilson's Farm in Lexington and dine at the Colonial Inn in Concord, two establishments that I learned more about in this book. This is an important documentation of these businesses, it is informative and entertaining. With each listing there is an address, phone number, directions and hours of operation making it easy to locate and visit.

This is a great size to carry around and dip into and makes a great gift.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chaim Rosenberg on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The title gives the impression that it is about Historic shops and restaurants. It is more about shops and restaurants once at historic locations. Stoddard's dates back to the early 19th century but there is nothing historic about its present store in a suburban mall. New Balance is now a modern sport shoe company, but began as a shoe repair shop. Shreve, Crump & Low moved. Long's jewellery has gone. Necco moved from Cambridge years ago.

Many of the places mentioned are NOT in Boston but in Concord, Lexington, Revere, Milton and other towns.
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