Boston's Fenway Neighborhood Is More Than Just a Baseball Destination
Touring Boston's Fenway Neighborhood
Bostonian Barber Shop
As a little boy, Erik Zaiatz recalls the smell of aftershave and talcum powder and the communal atmosphere of his grandfather's barbershop. Nostalgic for a place where men could go for respite and a proper shave, he opened Bostonian Barber Shop in Whitman, Massachusetts in 2014. Last summer, he followed up with an even larger location in the Fenway. Refurbished barber chairs from the early 1900s give the space an old-school vibe and the city's hipsters book well in advance for classic cuts and razor shaves. "I was shocked that there were no barber shops in that area," he says. "The neighborhood is really coming into its own and we're happy to be a part of it."
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The Handle Bar
Reservations for a bike at the Handle Bar sell out nearly as fast as Red Sox tickets. The hip indoor cycling studio founded by Jessica Fracalossi in 2013 has quickly earned a cult following for its music-driven, low-lit classes and motivating instructors. Fracalossi admits she was slightly dubious when she opened her second outpost of the Handle Bar in the Fenway in 2014. "There was tons on planned construction in the neighborhood, but not a lot of foot traffic or residents," she recalls. "Over the past three years I've seen it totally transform into a unique pocket of Boston, different from any other neighborhood. The high rise apartment buildings and influx of offices make this area feel like a true metropolis."