These ambitious boys had quite a lemonade — plus snacks — stand going on Sunday afternoon at Maugus Avenue and Washington Street in Wellesley. I can vouch for the pink lemonade.
Wellesley’s Belclare complex was quick to fill its luxury condos with occupants starting at the end of 2015, but retail tenants have been much slower to come (one tenant that was announced back in 2014 has never materialized in Wellesley).
Thirst Juice was the first business to grab a spot, on the Grove Street side, back in November of 2016, and now Agnes Vision of Wellesley is readying to be the first retailer on the Washington Street front. The next big get for Belclare would be a restaurant, for which it is built to accommodate (rumors are already circulating about a restaurant that could open across the street).
We made a couple of inquiries to Belclare retail property manager Boston Realty Advisors recently about any word on tenants, but have not heard back. They’re coy about publicly listing how much it costs to lease retail property at the Belclare complex, but with the condos going for $1.4M or more, you know it isn’t chump change (we saw no rates listed on their public brochure, which could use an update since it still highlights the recently closed Blue Ginger restaurant as well as Boloco and Talbots, which are no longer in Wellesley Square).
If Agnes Vision sounds familiar, that might be because the business has been operating within DePrisco Jewelers in Wellesley Square. (More to come on Agnes Vision — we have a message in to the business).
Pressed Juicery, a Santa Monica-based seller of cold-pressed juices ranging from those steeped in roots and fruits to citrus and greens, has gone before a Wellesley board to get permission for signs for a shop in Linden Square that appears to be in the space occupied by Pinkberry since the summer of 2011.
While big on cleansing through juicing, Pressed Juicery isn’t coming clean yet on any details about its Wellesley plans (“Unfortunately, I don’t have any additional information to share at this time, however, I’ll absolutely keep you posted once I do,” a spokeswoman writes). It’s unclear exactly when Pressed Juicery might be arriving. Linden Square property manager Federal Realty doesn’t “comment on lease related matters” and Pinkberry hasn’t responded to our inquiry.
But Pressed Juicery has been given the town’s blessing for signs it wants to erect in Linden Square at 180 Linden St.
If Pressed Juicery does, as expected, set up shop in Wellesley, it will be the third juice business to target the town in recent months. Thirst Juice expanded beyond Boston into Wellesley in November as the only retailer so far to fill a spot in the Belclare complex. Cocobeet opened in Wellesley Square in February. Other new Wellesley eateries, such as B.Good and CrepeBerry, have also upped the healthy food ante in town.
Pressed Juicery started up in California, and has expanded into Las Vegas, New York and Massachusetts, including on Newbury Street and in Harvard Square.
As for Pinkberry, we don’t know what their plans are. But there is a space in Wellesley Square that has been home to at least 2 ice cream/frozen yogurt shops that’s begging for a new tenant.
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With Ming Tsai and Blue Ginger leaving Wellesley earlier this month, the scuttlebutt has begun to heat up about what might replace what was the town’s most famous restaurant. The presumption is that another restaurant will slide into this spot already decked out for an eatery, but which one?
The hottest rumor is that steakhouse Smith & Wollensky might head to Wellesley, though we’ve not been able to confirm this. The steakhouse already has a signature location at The Castle in Boston, plus other spots on the Boston Atlantic Wharf, and in New York, Chicago, London and elsewhere.
Meanwhile, as speculation swirls about what might become of the ex-Blue Ginger space, it makes you wonder whether anything will ever fill those vacant retail spaces below the sold-out Belclare luxury condos, which have been occupied since early 2016. We’ve reached out to the property management company for Belclare’s retail space, but haven’t heard back.