WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 A Trip to 2025 92 willing to bargain when confronted with your iPhone (or whatever is the gizmo of the day). "We have to be diligent to make sure our prices are correct," said Demian Wendrow, owner of London Harness and president of the Wellesley Square Merchants' Association. "I think the majority of our customers would make the effort to support the local stores." Stores will employ high tech both to speed transactions and to bet- ter display merchandise. Wonder how many shirts will fit into that suitcase? Check the computer simulation. Already thanks to a change in liquor regulations, Wellesley has seen a growth spurt in restaurants. Expect that to continue, along with more diverse fare. Shops that entice the senses will have a particular advantage, as where else will customers enjoy the aroma of fresh-baked bread, sharp cheeses, and exotic perfumes? With more people working remotely, they'll still want companion- ship — even if it's just for the presence of other warm bodies. That should keep the coffee and tea shops thriving. Already, so many people use the library as an office-away-from-home affordable housing and/or senior housing. For the most part, expect to see new housing in pockets like that, not in large tracts. An increasingly popular alternative for seniors is aging in place, thanks to support services provided by the local councils on aging and community networks like Wellesley Neighbors. That trend will likely be bolstered by the wonders of high tech. Doctors will be able to make virtual house calls, for example. And there's no telling to what extent robotic devices will help with the daily tasks of living. Shopping: There's still a future for bricks and mortar While shop windows in Wellesley may go high tech with flashy 2-D, and perhaps even 3-D electronic displays, it's the human touch that will prevail inside. After all, no online dialogue box can substitute for the help of a salesperson you've known for years. If anything, expect stores to place even greater emphasis on getting to know their customers. And, recognizing that we do shop online, merchants will be more knowledgeable about their product lines and competitors' prices. Some might be { }

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