“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.