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November 28, 2010

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The line to pay is always long at my favorite sub shop in downtown Boston. Since the folks at the cash registers always struggle to make change, I figured I’d help them out by paying with a bunch of $1 bills. “I’ll bet you like singles,” I said to the older woman behind the counter as I handed her six $1 bills. “I love singles!” she replied enthusiastically. With a twinkle in her eye, she looked right at me and asked, “Are you single?”

Stuart Saginor / Boxford

Boston’s Best One weekend I was in Boston with my 13-year-old daughter and two of her friends. We walked by the Steaming Kettle in Government Center, and I told them that the icon has been around since my grandmother, who is now 101, was a child in the West End. Her mother used to take her to get coffee for 2 cents. One of the friends said, “So was it a Starbucks back then, too?”

Jennifer Dolin / Marblehead

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