Wellesley Business Buzz: Pho Station restaurant seeks to open; Fran’s Flowers is back; An anti-bullying message

The latest Wellesley, Mass., business news:

Pho Station restaurant seeks to open

A new 24-seat restaurant called Pho Station is looking to open at 352 Washington St. across from the Wellesley Hills commuter rail station. The family-owned restaurant will offer Vietnamese food prepared by the co-owner-chef. Beef pho, lemongrass chicken sandwiches, and beef sandwiches are among planned menu items, along with avocado shakes, spring rolls, and more.

Cultural nights and cooking classes are planned, per an application submitted to the town by Juan Pablo Bellido Rocha.

Plans are for the restaurant to operate every day but Sundays.

This space had been home to the CrepeBerry restaurant from 2017-2023.

Updated 4/6/24

Fran’s Flowers is back in bloom

Fran’s Flowers if officially open for the season. The outdoor garden center has been a fixture in the route 9 area for over 40 years. You can find Fran himself, along with his brother and business partner Peter, at 1 Worcester Rd. (rt. 9, westbound side), Shoppers World, Framingham. Fran and Peter are always helpful, knowledgeable, and as dependable as their hardy perennials.

Fran’s Flowers, Framingham
Peter (left) and Fran of Fran’s Flowers. Photo by Fran’s Flowers.

Fran’s Flowers is a Certified Proven Winners Garden Center. Fran’s also sources annuals and perennials from local nurseries, and  source annuals and perennials, as well as produce from Massachusetts farmers.

Prepped and Polished head weighs in on bullying

SPONSORED CONTENT: As anyone knows who’s ever been bullied, the experience sticks with you. Alexis Avila of Prepped and Polished has got a story of his own to tell, along with great advice on how kids (and adults) can avoid getting bullied without necessarily getting into a physical altercation.

Prepped and Polished, Wellesley


“Honestly, life is a proverbial bully,” Alexis writes in a recent blog post. “You have to figure out what you’re going to do about it without getting arrested or getting into a fight. You have to focus on the things you can control.”

Check out his video on the issue, in which Avila encourages anyone who’s ever been bullied to take action by working on themselves mentally, physically, and socially.

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