Where in the World is Waban and Why is it So Wonderful?
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Waban sounds like a place mispronounced by Elmer Fudd and a town that
borders Podunk, East Washbucket, Jethro and Boonville.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Waban actually resides as one of 13 villages in wealthy Newton, Mass.,
perhaps being the most appealing of them all in a very nice city.
Looking like a mix between a fashionable suburban neighborhood and a
quaint little, Upstate New York village, Waban delights with historic
buildings, old homes and just enough businesses to keep things
interesting. It's a very small neighborhood with a downtown district
that can be walked within a minute or two. Low-key Waban is a great
little spot to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a cup of coffee, catch up on
some reading at the library, take a walk down a quiet, tree-lined side
street, and buy locally at one of the independently-run stores.
Barry's Village Deli is one of the best New York style delis in the
Boston area. Enjoy a pastrami sandwich on rye, or perhaps a blueberry
muffin that brings back memories of the legendary Jordan Marsh
department store version...
The Waban Market has a retro feel -- like the neighborhood grocery
stores from yesteryear. It's a tremendous stop for grocery needs,
homemade foods, a sandwich from the deli, excellent produce, chocolate
sold by the pound, or something from the huge wine and beer section...
Stone L'oven Pizza serves hand-tossed, all natural pizza that gets rave
reviews from locals...
Waban Hardware is an old-timey place that jam packs virtually hardware
store need into a relatively small space....
The Pine Straw sells wonderful gifts and tabletop selections in a
There's also a Starbucks, but with a caveat: a show repair store
storefront is juxtaposed with the trendy, popular coffee shop. That is
the way of Waban...
The beautiful Waban Library Center is housed in a Tudor revival brick
building that dates back to 1929. What a fabulous place to read a
Oh, one more thing. Waban might seem isolated from the rest of the
world, but it is only a few miles from Boston and... get this... has
its own "T" stop for easy access in and out of the city. Incredibly,
Waban to Boston is only seven miles!
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