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Bunker Hill Barber Shop
26 Common St, Charlestown, MA 02129
Bunker Hill Barbershop is an iconic Boston barbershop. Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox paraphernalia line the walls,More Dropkick Murphys posters are taped above the mirrors and Sam Adams and Harpoon Brewery stickers can be found lingering around the shop. The fellows behind the barber chairs a friendly and willing to chat even when in the middle of an appointment.
Golden Age Senior Center
382 Main St, Charlestown, MA 02129
The Golden Age Senior Center is one of the most robust and highly trafficked senior centers in the City of Boston. ItsMore program supervisor, Beverly Gibbons, has been organizing and managing daily activities there for 25 years.

When the center opens each weekday at 9 a.m., there's often already a crowd of members waiting to come in. During the day, seniors have free time to chat, play cards or work on other projects. There are also organized bingo games, art classes, speakers series and overnight trips. Everything offered through the center is free or at minimum cost to residents.

Golden Age is managed by the Charlestown Community Center, which is part of the Boston Centers for Youth and Families.
Austria & Helaine Hair Salon
227 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown, MA 02129

While most people in Charlestown are busy at work during the late morning and early afternoon, Helaine and AustriaMore Tejeva finally find some time to relax. "There are always customers in the morning or after four because everyone is getting out of work," says Helaine Tejeva, co-owner of Austria & Helaine Hair Salon and she relaxes in  a salon chair. "Now it's just time for chit chat," she says as she laughs. 

The owners of A&H, as the salon is more affectionately called because  Helaine claims "the name is just too long to say," has only been open since 2003 but business is good. The two sisters long had the dream to own their own beauty salon one day as  they worked side by side at Glamourama in Cambridge. In 2003, they found a space right in Austria's hometown, Charlestown. "It was perfect because there weren't any Spanish salons in the area," says Helaine. "Most salons specialize in a specific type of hair, but we can work with all kinds, both men and women." 

While the salon is still relatively young, the sisters are looking to jump right ahead and expand their business. "We're possibly thinking about doing makeup," says Helaine. "We'll see where it goes."

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