WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

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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commerce retailing entrepreneurship keeping track startups investments capital business What's Happening at Wellesley's Church Square? J A N E T M E N D E L S O H N writer in a pattern repeated across the country, the intersection of Church and Washington streets has seen a number of stores close shop in recent years. But here in the heart of Wellesley, the entrepreneurial spirit is still strong with local merchants determined to stay and see their business grow and newcomers moving in. Longtime favorites like women's and men's clothier J. MCLAUGHLIN (12 Church Street) and CACHET (16 Church Street) a go-to spot for home d├ęcor, gifts, and sleepwear, are staying put. DOVER SADDLERY, the source for products for horses and riders in the area since the mid-seventies is still flourishing. Well-known photographer ROGER PELISSIER (577 Washington Street) also calls Church Square home with his studio next to E.A. Davis. Stores have been revitalized, and recent arrivals have distinct character and style. Many see personal service as the key. E.A. DAVIS (579 Washington Street), a mainstay at Church Square, has evolved over the years. Founded as a department store in 1904 by Emma A. Davis, a woman ahead of her time, it has long been recognized as the area's retail anchor. Today, it is the local destination for contempo- rary classic apparel and home decorating. "E.A. Davis prides itself on offering remarkable service and selection of merchandise in a superior atmosphere," says Rob Skolnick whose family has owned the store since 1980. "Our customers return time and again for the timelessness of our hometown atmosphere that is always warm and welcoming." Skolnick points to a new menswear department on the mezzanine with a great selection of Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide, Peter Millar, and Johnnie-O. He says women's wear changes with B E T H F U R M A N 136 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 8

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