Originally Posted by Quercus
Still called 'frappes' around Boston. I suppose most spa* & ice-cream place owners think that explaining "No, you don't really want a milkshake, you want a frappe" is some charming tradition, because that's the only reason for keeping 'milkshake' on the menu.
And of course, in Springfield, they're called "Krusty Partially Gelatinated Non-Dairy Gum-Based Beverages".
*"Spa" being a corner drugstore/soda counter in New England (again mostly centered around Boston where stores have existed for more than one generation). So named because a soda or ice cream was a refreshing, relaxing treat, just like going to a hot-springs/massage type place.
Try and find a place called a "spa" anymore. I know of one for certain in Southbridge, and I think I've seen another in a northern Boston suburb. Aside fro,m a few old dinosaurs like these (there are undoubtedly others in the Boston area, but not all that many), the "Spa" of Old Boston is pretty much gone, and I'll bet most Boston kids have no idea what the term means.
A quick search turns up Sam's Spa in Everett, Winship Spa in Brighton, Montrose Spa in Cambridge, Hodgkins in Somerville, and Hillside/Cardoza Brothers near the MGH. I can't find any others near Boston.