The Thistle & Shamrock, like many neighborhood stores, has always been a good place to buy cigarettes and copies of the Boston Herald. You could also get bread and milk, and potato chips. And of course lottery tickets. But it has become more idiosyncratic, and change is a constant.
I begin by confessing that I have a weakness for Taco Bell, though I don’t understand the menu. I visited one before or after foreign movies at the long-vanished Nickelodeon theater; at Prospect and Hampshire streets; and in North Cambridge, a KFC combination known to locals as “Ken-taco.”
Steve Herrell taught me how to make ice cream and taught everyone else how to once again enjoy ice cream. The Herrell’s ice cream store in Harvard Square will close soon, according to today’s Boston Globe.