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Do Boston Merchants Retain Strong Work Ethic?

By Deanna Ross and Mark Salamone


It’s no secret that people on the East Coast are diligent and receptive. This holds especially true in the area of Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.

Three quarters of a century ago, Abram Lakin sold food and drink at Faneuil Hall near Quincy Square. In his 26 years working there, he developed a reputation for professional hard work and friendly customer service, setting the standard for future merchants in Faneuil Hall.

According to Susan Luongo, who has owned and run the Happy Hangup cart inside Quincy Hall for 32 years, the current vendors reflect Lakin’s work ethic.


“I’ve been here for a long time,” said Luongo, “but I have always seen the hard-working spirit.”

Artur Pinski, who has worked for 2 years at Oyster Bar, believes that people who work in Quincy Hall show dedication to their jobs in the long term.

“Those that I know personally have been working hard 14 to 20 years here,” said Pinski.

Justyna Erikson, manager of a store near Quincy Hall, emphasized another aspect of Lakin’s more heavily: being friendly with the customers.

“When I come here, I want people to have an amazing time,” said Erikson. “To make our customers return, we have to be hard-working, nice, and friendly.”

Some workers near Quincy Hall felt that Lakin’s work ethic wasn’t without exceptions.

“It depends on where you go,” said Davis Alianiello, cashier at Revolutionary Boston. “I don’t think you’re going to find that spirit at Urban Outfitters.”

Workers at both of two nearby Urban Outfitters stores declined to comment.

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