Historical Photo Courtesy of Boston Public Library
Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market
When Faneuil Hall Marketplace (FHM) was reopened in 1976, there was a conscious effort to provide an eclectic mix of shopping options but with an emphasis on locally sourced items and on quality. The Marketplace had artisans selling their handmade wares from antique-style pushcarts while the South Market and North Market buildings hosted signature retail shops. The Marketplace has always had a mixture of large, brand name retail stores with smaller, locally owned boutiques and shops.
Boston Baked Beans, Indian Pudding, clam chowder, lobster rolls, oysters on the half shell…all New England delicacies that join a cornucopia of foods from around the world to create a unique dining experience at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. For over 40 years, the Marketplace has been a food destination featuring top restaurants and the world-famous Food Colonnade.
America’s first retail specialty carts program began at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in 1976. Local artisans and craftspeople were sought to sell their wares from wooden carts to provide a historic flavor to the Marketplace when it first opened. Today, our 40 local businesses sell unique, hand crafted items to throngs of visitors who seek out a unique shopping experience in one of the most historic retail locations in the world.
Visitors interested in the history of Faneuil Hall Marketplace from the 40th Anniversary and beyond have numerous free opportunities! Whether it be a walking tour throughout the property or a glimpse at original artifacts in Historic Faneuil Hall, history fanatics are sure to be pleased.
For many, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is synonymous with world-class street performers showing off unimaginable acts of juggling, acrobatics and more for throngs of tourists and locals who gather to watch. The street performances that visitors have come to identify with Faneuil Hall were born with the Marketplace’s historic revitalization, and have been going strong since 1976.
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Jessica Barsheshet – Manager, Michal Negrin
Michal Negrin, located in the North Market Building at Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been selling items featuring a unique lifestyle for more than two decades with hand-made vintage-inspired designs, including jewelry, fashion, home décor and accessories that are ageless, feminine and therefore “timeless.” The brand has been around since 1988 and has more than 65 international concept stores in many countries, with Faneuil Hall Marketplace being the only Boston area location.
Store Manager Jessica Barsheshet has been a fan of the Israeli designer since she was 20 years old. When she and her husband, Tzion, found out they were moving to Boston from Israel, they called up the designer and asked if she was interested in opening a location at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. They both were thrilled when Michal Negrin agreed to the new location.
Jessica has been working at Michal Negrin for almost 10 years now and says she loves all the history at the Marketplace with historic Faneuil Hall and the Quincy Market Rotunda. Her favorite activity is to sit outside on the bench with a cup of coffee and take in the hustle and bustle of the Marketplace.
She says the store attracts all ages from young girls to older women, locals to tourists from Europe to Asia. Many tourists are already coming in to purchase gifts for next Christmas. When asked her secret to success, Jessica said “It’s magical here. We are unique and different and every piece is homemade.”
What are some of the most popular items? Earrings, necklaces and bracelets. When it comes to the dresses, the black and white dress – pictured above – has been flying off the racks. Be sure to stop in before Mother’s Day for a unique and classic gift to show mom how much you love her!