WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

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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Despite an ongoing thrust of cars and trucks, customers nonetheless make a beeline for Fells Market. Inside, they find a store that still has the familiar staples offered by George and Diane: milk, bread, boxed foods, produce, sodas, potato chips, and many of the products found in tradi- tional convenience stores. But the feel of the store had started to change before George and Diane passed away. The couple's sons, Paul and Peter, slowly took over operations prior to 2015 and started to incrementally make changes that would shift Fells Market from a convenience store to a gourmet shop. Alongside those familiar staples are homemade sandwiches, and Fells Market now offers baked goods and prepared meals. And three years ago, the Katsikaris family carved out additional interior space to accommo- date shelves of wine and refrigerated coolers for beer. The store was the first retailer to sell alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption in the history of the town; the Cheese Shop, Roche Brothers, and Tutto Italiano followed afterward. "My father was here for that," Paul Katsikaris said with a proud smile this summer as he gave a tour of the store. "It worked out well for the town." The shift in sales reflects the changing pace of customers' lives over the past four decades, Peter Katsikaris said. People are busier than ever, with both parents working and their children involved in several extra- curricular activities, and they have less time to prepare meals, he said. Customers need more than bread and milk on their way home, Peter said. They also want marinated steak tips and chicken, prepared meals such as chicken Parmesan and mashed potatoes, or a deli sub, he said. "They're in a rush and want something quality they can take home and heat in little time." While the store has expanded its list of offerings, the Katsikaris broth- ers vow to remain true to their parents' attention to detail and desire to work hard. Paul and Peter started working for their parents when they were teenagers. "We try to remember everything they taught us and carry it forward," Paul said. Stepping Back to Move Forward at Lyn Evans About to accept a job with a national clothing retailer in 1978, Linda Evans Shotkus instead took a big leap and opened her own store. Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs flourished into a seven-store chain with an anchor location on Church Street in Wellesley. Beyond the success of her business, Linda gave back to Wellesley and the Boston area through fashion-show fundraising events and other charitable contributions. When she died suddenly in May 2016, she left a predictable void. That emptiness spread to greater depth when her husband, Stan, retired this year following heart surgery, and he and his daughter, Jenn, closed the four remaining Lyn Evans stores in June. But Jenn Shotkus isn't ready to let go of her mother's dream. It's her dream, too, and she considers the closing of Lyn Evans only to be a re- boot. She found an investor — longtime retail executive Charlie White — who will finance the eventual reopening of the four stores (including one in Wellesley at a location to be determined) and the strengthening of the business's online presence. Interviewed in the largely empty Church Street store late this sum- mer, Jenn detailed how she intends to carry forward her mother's O J R T P H O T O G R A P H Y Jenn Shotkus 124 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 business "intends to carry forward her mother's legacy"

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