New Photography Exhibit Showcases Lynn's "Home Markets"

Photo: Carl Stevens (WBZ)

LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A photography exhibit at the Lynn Public Library is showcasing some of the city's most unique convenience stores.

The exhibit, called "Home Markets," is by photographer and Washington Street Baptist Church pastor Rev. Peter Balentine. It can be found on the first floor atrium of the library and features a series of 15 photos of local mom and pop convenience stores that are built below people's homes.

"They are small little grocery markets, convenience stores, that are in actual, largely wooden-constructed triple decker homes, and Lynn has about 40 of them," said Balentine.

Balantine's fascination with photographing "home markets" comes from his youth.

"I grew up in Rhode Island, and in the 70s there were little neighborhood markets all around, and then they all disappeared," Balentine said. "Coming to Lynn, they're still here."

Balantine also sees his exhibit as an act of preservation.

"I think with gentrification, we'll probably see some of these [stores] go," he said.

WBZ's Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports.

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