Tucked into a quiet residential area, The Training Field is a popular place for neighbors to sit and chat on benches…More or pass through with their dogs. There is a striking monument in the center of the park honoring Charlestown's veterans, and large plaques by the intersection of Winthrop and Adams Streets that list the name of the region's fallen soldiers.
Read more about the history of the park here.
Bunker Hill Barber Shop 26 Common St, Charlestown, MA02129 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.
High Pharmacy 54 High St, Charlestown, MA02129 The High Pharmacy, unlike a lot of "superstore"-type pharmacies, does not have shelves stocked to the ceiling full of…More thousands of products from which to chose. The little waiting area, however, provides a great opportunity for a chat with the friendly pharmacists behind the counter.
Golden Age Senior Center 382 Main St, Charlestown, MA02129 The Golden Age Senior Center is one of the most robust and highly trafficked senior centers in the City of Boston. Its…More 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.
While most people in Charlestown are busy at work during the late morning and early afternoon, Helaine and Austria…More 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."