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Court Street's Marietta's Dry Goods Store has been in business for a whopping 72 years, and its two current owners, brothers Joe and Mat Chirico, have run the store for the past 60. Their advice for staying in business so long? Be friendly to your customers; always check the inside of gloves for forgotten engagement rings; and if you get robbed, don't be a hero. Mat says, "Why would I run after someone who might have a gun or a knife? I was taught if you get robbed, never look a criminal in the face. Make like you don't know them." [Carroll Gardens Patch]