TO ATTEND: Wellesley High School Prom: Thursday, May 24
TO DO: Get tuxedo at Read & White in Needham
DEAL: $20 off when you mention The Swellesley Report
DONE: Your Prom ask. That is done, isn’t it?
Read & White in Needham has been the go-to place for men’s Prom-wear since way back. The iconic store at 1096 Great Plain Ave. in Needham features a complete selection of tuxedos and formal accessories for purchase or rental.
All tailoring is done in store, so last-minute alterations are never a problem.
Stop in and let one of Read & White’s formal wear specialists help select the perfect fit and perfect style of tuxedo and accessories for you.
Slim-fit tuxedos and shirts in stock now. Pierre Cardin; Chaps Ralph Lauren; Lord West; Bostonian; La Valiere; Kenneth Jay Lane.
Here’s a roundup of the latest Wellesley business news.
Smith & Wollensky job fair
The steakhouse plans to open in Wellesley in May at 583 Washington St., formerly occupied by the Blue Ginger restaurant. Smith & Wollensky is hiring for all front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house positions, and will be holding a job fair on April 5-7 and 11-13 from 10:30am-5pm at 575 Washington St., in Wellesley, where Susu Bakery used to be. Fill out the application here before attending the fair (click Apply/Job Search and click the Wellesley location).
Lyn Evans moving down the block
The closing of the Lyn Evans women’s clothing and accessories store on Church Street last summer after a 30-year run threw the local fashion scene for a loop. The store has since looped back for a pop-up store, and now has announced it will move 5 doors down the street to 32 Church St.
Grabbing Boston Marathoner eyeballs
A big sign on the former Yogurtology window alerts passersby — including those training on the Boston Marathon route — to the addition of a Sports Massage business in Wellesley Square. But that’s only part of the story.
Positive Pressure, a therapeutic and sports massage clinic, is operating upstairs from the former frozen treats shop, in Suite 14. Wellesley resident Ellen Thompson is not only a board-certified massage therapist, she’s also a family nurse practitioner and an holds a certificate from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.
She notes that her wellness business “is not a spa, but a clinic. It’s integrative medicine that’s a non-pharmaceutical approach to health care.”
So still nothing in the Yogurtology space, which has been vacant since late 2016, but another option for Wellesley-ites who want to be well.
B/Spoke celebrates 1st anniversary in Wellesley
Congrats to B/Spoke, the indoor cycling-plus studio at 50 Central St. in Wellesley Square, for celebrating its first anniversary in town. The business celebrated over the weekend with a mimosa bar, pancake bar, a live DJ and more. B/Spoke has expanded its business beyond indoor cycling to include other sorts of workouts.
The sudden closing last month of Bertucci’s in Wellesley Hills quickly gave way to nostalgic wishes for the old Community Playhouse to return to the space. Some have called on the owner of West Newton Cinema to branch out, while others have put out the call for a philanthropist to save us from a boring business from filling the location.
Meanwhile, a few real estate signs have popped up, so the game is on to find new tenants for the building. Let us know if you hear anything…
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La Mia Moda Boutique has popped up in Linden Square in the strip that also houses Kenzie and Blue Mercury while it waits for the finishing touches to be placed on its permanent location at Belclare in Wellesley Square.
The store announced last fall that it would become a tenant at the 580 Washington St. location, and Nunez’s plans are to move over there in the summer. Meanwhile, those windows are plastered with posters featuring leggy models wearing very high-end looking clothes and accessories. If you want to check out the real thing, you’ll have to head over to his temporary location in Linden Square for now. The upscale shop also has a store in Andover and says its general vibe has “a European touch with a New York edge.”
I stopped into La Mia Moda to meet owner Luis Nunez. He says he loves the bright space and is looking forward to getting his sign up within the next couple of days so that people will be better able to tell that he’s there. The stuff is definitely a cut above the ordinary, designed for the woman who absolutely does not want to be seen in TJ Maxx rags (how I love my TJ Maxx rags!). I asked Luis to show me some nice spring merchandise. He showed me a lovely dress by the label Apiece Apart priced at $595; a cute striped Khaite top for $480; and a couple of buttery-soft leather bags in the mid-$800 range.
Meanwhile, back at the Belclare storefronts, other businesses slowly but surely slated to move in are Agnes Vision and Laer Realty Partners, which has about two dozen offices located mostly in Massachusetts. Things might speed along in terms of businesses actually opening their doors in the Belclare retail spaces once Smith & Wollensky steakhouse, scheduled to open this spring in the former Blue Ginger space, opens its doors to hungry carnivores.
Adjacent to Belclare, Le Vernis Nail Studio will soon be moving into the former 2nd Time Around space at 574 Washington St. Nearby, the spaces that formerly held Susu Bakery and Terrazza remain empty for now.
MORE: Wellesley shopping
Clementine women’s clothing boutique has made its move from just off of Rte. 9 in Wellesley Hills to Church Square. The exterior sign over the 30 Church St. space may still say Xylem, but don’t be fooled. Outside, the bright orange paint on the door simply shrieks Clementine. Inside, the space is in a fresh state of transformation, with one lovely nod to the previous owner’s excellent eye for design — in evidence are former Xylem proprietor Madalene Sullivan’s signature white display frames. That must be good feng shui or something.
The Church Square shopping area has undergone significant changes over the past year; currently the former Terrazza, Blue Ginger, and Susu are shuttered. Smith & Wollensky is quickly filling up dumpsters as it renovates the former Blue Ginger space and expects to open in Spring. We’ve heard rumors here and there about what’s going into Terrazza and Susu, but time will tell.