Agent Spotlight On. . .
Cadien Shaw!Cadien moved to Boston from Mississippi in 2009, after deciding that city life was for him. Upon arrival in the city, Cadien broke into the real estate business as a licensed salesperson at the age of 19. He initially worked in the North End, both as a salesperson and a server, before moving his work to the South End. Still living in the North End, Cadien enjoys all aspect of life from dancing and sunny vacations to coaching competitive cheerleading for kids aged 5-19. Cadien is looking forward to telling you about all the best restaurants while assisting you in your search for your next home.
- You decided to pick up and move to Boston five years ago. What was it about the city that made you choose to live here?Well, I had a friend from home in Mississippi, who lived here for about a year. I came up to visit once then moved a few weeks later. Quick decision, right? Upon landing at Logan, I was in love with all of the big buildings (I had never experienced a "big" city before), parks, and cleanliness of the city. After a weekend stay full of sight -seeing, I was set on Boston for a few reasons: the open mindness that most Bostonians tend to have, the fact that I didn't need a car to get from point A to point B, the love that Boston has for its sports teams, and the nightlife/bars.
- You're very active in the nightlife here, whether it's restaurants or out dancing. What are some of your favorite spots around the city to go for each?For dancing, I usually try to stick to the gay nights around the city or bars that tend to cater to predominantly gay men. These include "Glamlife" on Thursdays at The Estate, Friday nights at Club Cafe, and sometimes "Epic" Saturdays at House of Blues. I also really like Faneuil Hall dance venues, if I'm staying close to my home in the North End. For restaurants/bars, I frequently visit Anchovies in the South End, Boston Chops in the South End, Vitos Tavern in the North End, and Bricco in the North End. I also enjoy dive bar places like The Waterfront Cafe or Tias in the North End, when the weather is nice.
- As a relative newcomer to Boston, are there any tourist attractions that you still haven't been able to see? Which ones?I still havent been to ANY of the museums throughout the city. (Ed.Note: Shameful!) I also have yet to go on a Duck Tour. Since I live in the North End along the Freedom Trial, I have seen most of that area, including Paul Revere's House, Old North Church, and the Paul Revere monument.
- On the other side of the coin, what are some spots, whether in the South End or North End, that you can normally find the locals?You can normally find the locals of the North End in the smaller dive bars like the 4 Winds, Vitos Tavern, and Waterfront Cafe. Or the smaller named restaurants in the North End like Lucca, Al Dente, and Panza. You can NEVER find a local at places like Giocaccamo's or Mikes Pastry, which are a huge tourist destinations (not to say that they're not great places to go). In the South End, you can usually find locals at places like Stella, 5 Horses, and Parish Cafe on Mass Ave.
- What advice can you give to students who are just moving into the city and looking to find an apartment for the first time? Any other advice for newcomers to Boston? From area gyms to traffic tips to best sporting venues, you've come across it all.For people who are looking to find an apartment in the city, I would suggest finding an area that is convenient and near to work/school first. If that neighborhood is above price range, I would suggest the Cambridge area for a short commute on the Red Line into Boston. I would also suggest to newcomers to make it to a sporting event as soon as possible. You really get a taste of the people and love the people have for their sports teams and city, whether it's the Bruins (MY FAVE), Red Sox, Pats, or Celtics.