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Hot Dog Heaven

In downtown Amherst -- which the locals call "uptown" Amherst -- Hot Dog Heaven has been peddling its all-meat Sugardale franks on Nickles Bakery buns for 27 years. A common hangout for students walking up the hill from Marion L. Steele High School, this hot-dog shop makes its specialty chili-and-cheese creations as the orders are placed. A huge order came from the suits at Wal-Mart a few years ago: The retailosaurus rex is letting this two-store "chain" sell two-pound tubs of its secret-recipe chili sauce at stores throughout the Midwest.