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Sal's Barber Shop
665 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Sal's is a genuine old-time barber shop. Don't go there looking for fancy styling.  Sal's is the place for aMore great, affordable ($14) men's haircut.  Sal's can get busy on a Saturday, but with multiple stations the wait isn't usually too long.  A good selection of magazines and a TV can help if there is a wait. And, being old school, they only accept cash.

 

station8salon
761 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Station8 Salon's spacious and gorgeous salon gives first-time customers the confidence that they will leaveMore beautified and relaxed. Comfy leather couches line the waiting area, with complimentary water, coffee and tea on tap.

Station8s services include hair, skin, waxing and massage and their  versatile staff even includes a Curly Hair Specialist.

Frugal Furniture
315 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Opened in 2009 in Jamaica Plain, Frugal Furniture offers nearly 5,000 sqare feet of brand-new furniture. ItsMore well-stocked, well-lit showroom is staffed by several multilingual salespeople who will offer assistance in English, Spanish, Arabic, French and Italian. Wait times for all kinds of furniture are much shorter than usual in an industry that has made long waits customary. Frugal takes considerable pride in its product line,  which features Ashley, Home Line and Sealy. Frugal also offers flexible financing. 
Parking Clerk -- City of Boston
1 City Hall Sq Rm 224, Boston, MA 02201

If you're having trouble finding the parking clerk's office in City Hall, just make your way to the second floor andMore look for the longest lines. The office manages all parking permits and tickets for the city through its multiple service windows at City Hall and, on any given day at any given time, the wait can be serious.

The parking clerk adjudicates all fines and fees from parking tickets, so appeals are handled through the office too.

Full explanations of how to obtain a residential parking permit, how to get a special occupancy parking permit (for delivery trucks) and how to challenge or pay a ticket are available at the parking clerk's website.

The site also offers e-mail alerts for street sweeping in a particular neighborhood and a search function for towed cars.

The Video Underground
385 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

How does a video store survive in the time of Netflix and on-demand movies on cable?

The Video Underground hasMore done it since October of 2002 by making a home for independent films and the people who love them.

"We give customers a curatorial voice," said owner Evonne Hyla Wetzner. She opened the store "to fill a void for independent film in the city of Boston."

In addition to having more than 15,000 carefully chosen movies to rent or buy, the store hosts a "Backyard Film Series" on Thursday nights during the summer.

If a customer wants to know if The Video Underground has a particular title, visit its well-designed website, which has a continuously updated database. It's instant gratification versus waiting for a movie to show up in the Netflix queue.

Wetzner credits Jamaica Plain itself as a reason for the store's success. "I think people in Jamaica Plain are more focused on shopping locally," she said.