Our round-up of the latest Wellesley, Mass., business news:
White’s Bakery opens, I eat
We’ve been writing about White’s Bakery coming to Wellesley since last July, and today, April 3, marks the business’s opening in town.
Customers had already started to filter in by the time I got there around 7:20am, with a bright-eyed crew serving up sweet and savory items. The shop is filled with cakes, pies, breakfast pastries, fancy breads and more. Some are pre-packaged to take on the road, back home or to the office, while others are free range, ready to be gobbled up.
I grabbed a blueberry muffin and an almond fruit muffin, paid via their slick card reader, and snapped a few photos. White’s had a photographer of its own ready to capture today’s frenzy as well.
I can vouch that the muffins are excellent (well, technically I’ve only eaten 1 today and hope to keep it that way). The blueberry muffin ($3) was sturdy: it withstood a commuter rail trip into Boston in my backpack. Both sweet and tangy. I didn’t bother myself with asking the White’s Bakery staff about any of that silly calories stuff.
White’s has other locations in Brockton, Hingham and Mansfield.
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Scalliwags is ready for your young rascals
Lorraine Cronin worked as a nanny in Wellesley for 20 years, most recently for a family with 4 children for 14 of those years. So the Ireland native has seen a few things, and is no doubt ready to handle the new challenge of running her own infant and toddler daycare program — dubbed Scalliwags — at 445 Washington St., across from Whole Foods.
How’d she come up with that name?
“Growing up in Ireland, a ‘Scalliwag’ would have been used as a term of endearment for a child who was a rascal or a fun loving kid, which, let’s be honest, most children are and should be!” Cronin says. “I was out for a walk one day last year. It was the very early stages of planning my center and I thought to myself, what will I call it if it does come to fruition, and lo and behold, Scalliwags was the first name that came to my mind.”
Cronin says she was inspired in part to start the business by a woman in Wellesley’s Northgate neighborhood who runs a pre-school. Another inspiration was the challenge she and her husband had finding a homey half-day program for their own son when he was very young
“Scalliwags is unique in a that we are gearing more towards children ages 0-3,” Cronin says, though notes that there will be spots available for pre-school aged kids, too.
We wish Lorraine and her crew the best of luck with the new venture.
Wellesley College welcomes new fundraiser
Wellesley College has selected Mary M. Casey as its new vice president for development. As a senior officer of the College, Casey will serve as lead fundraiser. Wellesley recently raised more than $500 million, the largest campaign ever undertaken by a women’s college. But no pressure, Ms. Casey.
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