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Shop admirers recall 45 years of memories at water’s edge

The rear portion of the Quarterdeck sits on pilings jutting into the sea. The Scituate gift shop’s owner, Joan Noble, served a young customer (below) as she prepared to close its doors this Saturday.
The rear portion of the Quarterdeck sits on pilings jutting into the sea. The Scituate gift shop’s owner, Joan Noble, served a young customer (below) as she prepared to close its doors this Saturday.Photos by Jessica Bartlett for the Boston Globe

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The Quarterdeck gift shop, perched atop pilings on Scituate Harbor, will close this Saturday after 45 years in business.

During that time, the shop survived both the Blizzard of ‘78 and the No Name Storm of ‘91, and was the site of filming for “The Witches of Eastwick” in the mid-’80s. But mainly, it was beloved place for South Shore residents to shop and create memories.

Owner Joan Noble and a few of her customers reminisced recently about the shop’s colorful history.

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