Why Is The Liquor Store Called The Packie?

In North Carolina they call it the ABC store, and in Pennsylvania, it’s the “state store.” Michigan residents make runs to the “party store.” And in Massachusetts, the liquor store is known as the “packie,” short for “package store.”

If you ever asked where our slang term came from, you were probably told it’s because the Boston Brahmins wanted drinking to be discreet. So, the story goes, they used their clout to get laws passed requiring liquor to be packaged discreetly in nondescript, brown paper after it was sold.

Hence, the package store.

But food historian Robert F. Moss says that origin story came from the historical research method he calls “just making stuff up.” That story, after all, doesn’t explain why the term is also used in South Carolina, where the Brahmins had no influence over lawmakers. (more…)

Open Houses weekend April 10/11

Here are the weekend’s Open Houses. Be aware that with such low inventory, many new listings receive offers before the weekend Open Houses.
This list will be updated on Sunday morning (because of the quirks of MLS many of the Sunday Open Houses don’t show up on Saturday.)

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New Listings week ending April 9

A few more New Listings:

New Listings
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New Listings after Easter

A modest increase in New Listings this week:

New Listings

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Marblehead New Listings
Swampscott New Listings
Salem New Listings
Beverly New Listings
Lynn New Listings

These tables show that inventory is greatly reduced from a year ago, when levels were already low: (more…)

Open Houses weekend of April 3/4

Here are the today’s Open Houses. There are none currently scheduled for Easter Sunday. If that changes this list will be updated tomorrow morning. Be aware that with such low inventory, many new listings receive offers before the weekend Open Houses.

Open Houses

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