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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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Whittemore's employees were also considered family and had many great get-togethers over the years." Attending two hardware conferences per year, Wally would be exposed to new goods and services. Over the years, it became his job to decide what would be sold in the store. Wally has always had a love of nostalgia and appreciated the small town feel of Ogilvie's. When he found a company in Wakefield that made the old balsa wood airplanes like the ones that he remembered from his youth, he knew he needed to bring them in. One year for their anniversary celebration, he brought a few cases of "Ogilvie Root Beer" to give away with the popcorn. Thinking it was a one-shot deal, he did not think much of it until a month later a young mother from Weston wanted to buy a case of it for her son's birth- day and pleaded with him to get some for her. Well, the rest is history. Ogilvie Root Beer soon became a staple and continues to be one of the store's best sellers! During the 1960s and 1970s, there were many locally owned businesses in Weston Center. Wally recalls Mary Murphy's Chinese Shop for gifts and watch repair, Phelps TV, two diners, a 5 & 10 Shop, and Knob Hill Press, to name a few. Wally became good friends with a few of the locals in town and would meet to go fishing at Foote's Pond after work on Friday or Saturday. Wally has been happy to see Ogilvie's con- tinue to thrive despite the impact of larger 141 s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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