hess1104051An employee approaches a customer’s car Nov. 3, 2005, at Gas With a Smile on Massachusetts Avenue. A Hess gas station won final approval two days earlier, replacing the legendary Gas with a Smile, at Massachusetts Avenue and Blake Street in Porter Square. No one at the Planning Board meeting opposed the application for a special permit, ending the battle with the Hessians with a whimper, not a bang; the plan initially caused much alarm. The decision means Cambridge has lost another of its most amusing business names — following the defunct Long Funeral Service and Huron Drugs. (Photo: Schuyler Pisha)