WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

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 business startups International Entrepreneurs J E N N I F E R B L E C H E R writer investments MAURA WAYMAN capital to some, Wellesley and Weston appear to be communities well rooted in the past: family-owned businesses are handed down from generation to generation, children attend the same elementary schools their parents once did, and century-old stone walls mark meandering property lines. But, look closer and you'll see that's only part of the story. Wellesley and "The only criteria to do well is hard work." Weston are home to some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the region, many of them – Mahmud Jafri / coming from across the globe to build their businesses right here. Some come for opportunity, We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 Dover Rug & Home some come by chance, and some even come for true love. But once established, these international entrepreneurs find a community that supports their dreams and allows their businesses to flourish. Here, three local business owners look back with gratitude, and a touch of surprise, at the paths that brought them to the area. Four decades ago Mahmud Jafri, the owner of Dover Rug & Home, left his native Pakistan to attend business school in the United States. After graduation he stayed in the country and 142

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