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© Michael Ascanio Peguero
Back Bay

At first glance, it looks like any other convenience store, the window lined with faded bleach bottles and paper towels. Something's odd though—the kid behind the counter is a little too stylish, the water stains on the ceiling are too perfect, the horse race on the TV seems to be caught in a loop and none of the bottles of detergent seems to have moved in months. Step in front of the faux Snapple vending machine, to activate the hidden sliding door and reveal the secret store within a store. Inside is the ultra-modern interior of Boston's flyest sneaker shop—carrying rare kicks from Nike Tier Zero and Adidas Consortium, as well as deluxe streetwear and books on art and design.

Venue name: Bodega
Address: 6 Clearway Street
at Massachusetts Avenue

Opening hours: 11am–6pm Mon, Wed; 11am–7pm Thu, Sat; 11am–8pm Fri; noon–5pm Sun
Transport: Hynes T
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