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STO 11: Balich 5 & 10


Balich 5 & 10 is located in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Arlington, Massachusetts at 1314 Massachusetts Avenue. Balich is a traditional American five and dime store which opened in 1954. The store is virtually unchanged since then. A variety of sewing supplies, toys, candy, and everything else you’d ever need is available at Balich.
Visit: Balich on Yelp

Directed, edited, and scored by Mark Robinson.
Thanks to Joe Balich.
Filmed on August 29, 2014. 
Premiered on January 12, 2015.
This is the 11th episode of STO, a short-film miniseries focused on unique and interesting interior spaces, almost always retail stores.

Brief documentary films. Movie trailers for retail stores. One-and-a-half-minute TV commercials that won’t air on television. You may also subscribe to STO as a video podcast via our handy-dandy podcasting partner.

MARK ROBINSON is a hero of American underground and D.I.Y. culture. Not only is he the founder and operator of the legendary TEENBEAT RECORDS (they recently released the SOMERVILLE SPEAKOUT CD), but he was also a member of bands that I love quite a bit, including UNREST and FLIN FLON. Currently living in the local burg of Cambridge MA, he performs in the duo COTTON CANDY with his wife Evelyn Hurley, among other uses of his time. All text in bold above by Mark Robinson.

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—Dan Shea

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