Historical Photo Courtesy of Boston Public Library
Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Lisa McGinley – Owner, Musically Yours
Musically Yours is a unique retailer that sells specialty musical-related gifts that has been at Faneuil Hall Marketplace for 26 years. Lisa McGinley is the owner of this pushcart. She says there’s something special about being located in the historic Marketplace.
“There is honestly no other place like it in the world. I am surrounded every day by the incredible history of these buildings and property, I work in the heart of the city,” said Lisa.
We asked Lisa about her customers. “Our customers are from all over the world, I love that one day I can meet someone from South Carolina and then an hour later someone from Hawaii. I have a cruise customer that comes every year from Canada and he said the main reason he takes the cruise is so he can come shop here.”
What’s the best sellers at Musically Yours? The handmade (in the USA) nuts and bolts figurines. “We have some great miniature replica instruments, my mini violin is definitely the favorite. The musical puns that we carry will have any musicians in your life in hysterics. We really have something for everyone from Beanies to Bow ties,” Lisa added.
Lisa has her own favorites when it comes to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. “My absolute favorite thing to do since I can remember is shop on the pushcarts, I always find items that are unique, and I know I wouldn’t find any place else. I love finding that perfect gift. I love supporting my amazing coworkers and small businesses. There is such a great array of merchandise this place is in my heart it’s an incredible place to work and to shop.”
For the perfect gift for your music loving family members or friends, please stop by and see Lisa at Musically Yours, located in the North Canopy of Quincy Market. And, visit the Musically Yours Facebook page too!