Here’s a round-up of the latest Wellesley, MA business news:
Code Ninjas didn’t get by us
Code Ninjas is coming into the space formerly occupied by Massage Envy at 161 Linden St. in Linden Square. The computer learning center will welcome girls and boys ages 7-14 to learn to code by building their own video games. They have a blast while learning coding, robotics, math, logic, and teamwork.
The franchise has a few dozen of the centers open already, with a couple hundred more in the works as owners looks for spaces in towns where ninjas await their training. Look for the Wellesley Code Ninjas to open sometime in the fall.
Wellesley Roche Bros., produce manager a top banana
38-year Roche Bros. veteran Pat Ryan has been recognized as one of the top produce managers across the United States and Canada. He, along with others who work on the front line at grocery businesses, was honored during the United Fresh Produce Association’s convention in Chicago this month.
Ryan began his career at Roche Bros., bagging groceries, and after 6 months switched over to being a produce clerk. He has worked his way up over the years from assistant manager and then manager. Ryan has headed the produce department in the Wellesley store for 5 years.
Ryan’s nomination application emphasized his character and involvement in the community.
While it’s probably hard for Ryan to identify his favorite produce, he’s a big fan of cherries and is happy that they are in peak season right now.
Wellesley High students earn scholarships from local car dealer
Two fresh graduates of Wellesley High School will each receive $2,500 college scholarships from Wellesley Toyota as part of its partnership with the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation. The recipients are Gale Bennett ,who will attend Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, and Cheyanne Kingcannon, who will attend Clark Atlanta University in the fall.
The WSF Scholarship Committee selects recipients for the Wellesley Toyota scholarship who have demonstrated academic excellence and exemplary leadership skills in the community, their high school, or on the athletic field. Gale was a three-season athlete in high school and played on the school’s state champion lacrosse team this year. She demonstrated leadership as a coach and mentor to youth in the areas of athletics, art and STEM. Cheyanne volunteered at health fairs and community events helping the homeless.