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Old 01-17-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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My husband was in Boston last month on business and heard about these two places so he went to check them out. Waiting in line for over 10 minutes at Mikes, he was looking at all of the wonderful treats, but couldn't find a price anywhere. He then asked a couple where the prices were, and they told him that you find out after you order, he felt that this was wrong and walked out and then walked over to Modern Pastry waiting in a similarly long line. The same thing happened; he was looking at all of the delectable pastries, but again, no prices listed anywhere. He asked the couple in front of him, and they gave the same response as the couple in Mike's did. At this point he was pretty ticked off and said that that was insane and walked out, the girl in front of him looked at him like he was crazy. lol

My question is, why do they do this? He travels all over the country for work and had never encountered such a thing before, and even in Boston, he went to other places and it was only at the pastry shops in the North End. I know a lot of regulars obviously have no issue with this as evidenced by the long lines, but this has to be pretty offensive to a lot of out of towners, especially after they wait in line for over twenty minutes.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:46 PM
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That's odd. I don't visit Boston's North End. But I have gone to Modern Pastry's shop in Medford to buy a cake. And I am pretty sure that everything was priced. And Modern Pastry's website has prices and online order forms. And I don't think that any of their baked goods are priced out of the norm for what they are. So I would not be afraid of placing an order without knowing the prices first.

Sometimes very late at night, my boyfriend and his buddies go visit Bova Bakery in the North End. I think that their goods are priced as well. I'll have to ask him.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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That's odd. I don't visit Boston's North End. But I have gone to Modern Pastry's shop in Medford to buy a cake. And I am pretty sure that everything was priced. And Modern Pastry's website has prices and online order forms. And I don't think that any of their baked goods are priced out of the norm for what they are. So I would not be afraid of placing an order without knowing the prices first.

Sometimes very late at night, my boyfriend and his buddies go visit Bova Bakery in the North End. I think that their goods are priced as well. I'll have to ask him.
Yeah, these were the stores right on the main strip, don't remember the name of the street. He even went into a third place that was empty and even they had no prices listed. It was odd, but what was funny was how the one girl reacted when he mentioned it. lol
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:33 PM
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Maybe this falls under the... "if you have to ask the price, then you probably can't afford it" attitude of a really high end designer goods store. lol
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:06 PM
 
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Does it really matter if a canoli is $3.25 or $3.50? Either way, a dessert at Mike's isn't going to break the bank!
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:07 PM
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Does it really matter if a canoli is $3.25 or $3.50? Either way, a dessert at Mike's isn't going to break the bank!
I agree!!!
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: North Adams, MA
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The lines at the stores should have told you something.

They are not typical, and that's why people like them.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:12 AM
 
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It doesn't matter how much it costs at Mike's - it's well worth it!
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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That is odd; Mike's certainly has its prices online: mikespastry: Pastry.

I don't really care how much stuff costs at Modern (not that you asked!), 'cause I don't like their stuff anyway.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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Does it really matter if a canoli is $3.25 or $3.50? Either way, a dessert at Mike's isn't going to break the bank!
You're missing the point: What if someone has a budget of $4 dollars for a pastry, they wait in line for 25 minutes and then when they order, having no idea how much said pastry costs, they're told $5.25? They're now facing the embarrassment of saying "never mind" in front of dozens of people, not to mention wasting 25 minutes in line and not getting their treat. Again, all of that could have been avoided had they just listed their prices like virtually every other store in the country does.

As I stated, my husband travels around the country and likes to try different food places and had never encountered this before, ever. He found this really off putting and walked out. He wound up going back to Fanuiel (sp?) Hall and getting some Greek pastry that listed their prices as a matter of principal and really enjoyed it.
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