Wellesley Theatre Project’s (WTP) is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a revival production of Legally Blonde, The Musical, August 19-21, at the Wellesley Community Center at the WTP Outdoor Theatre, 219 Washington St. Attendees are asked to bring a folding/lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Parking is located next door at the Wellesley Hills Church at 207 Washington St. Wellesley. Tickets are priced $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online at http://
Legally Blonde, The Musical features 23 hard working students between the ages of thirteen and seventeen years old, who have worked diligently over three weeks. These cast members reside in Wellesley as well as neighboring communities including, Needham, Newton, Natick, Framingham, Wayland and Cambridge.
Thursday, August 19, 8pm
Friday, August 20, 8pm
Saturday, August 21, 8pm
The Wellesley Free Library‘s main branch will remain closed for renovations throughout the summer, but its Temporary Main Library location at 50 Central Street in the former Talbots space has opened. Patrons can visit the Wellesley Square location to drop off returns, pick up holds, and express browse for 15-minutes.
We popped in to check out the lively scene. Here are some pics:
It’s worth noting that Talbots is still very much alive and well and selling modern classic clothing in Wellesley at its Linden Square location.
Good to know—book drop location; Temp, Hills, and Fells hours; parking
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Behl Designs textiles studio opens
Behl Designs studio in Wellesley Square, near The Wellesley Needlepoint Collection, has opened by appointment to interior designers; artists and artisans; and homeowners and shoppers interested in discovering the fabric company’s textiles (swatches available) and custom-designed products including pillows, shower curtains, and wall coverings.
Owner Priyanka Behl’s interest in textiles is rooted in the colorful festivals and celebrations of her native India. Her creative eye has led her to offer everything from hand-beaded window coverings to hand-embroidered furniture. Priyanka works with artisans in India, where she travels to oversee production, experiment with new textiles and techniques, and work side-by-side with the artisans to create the perfect patterns and textiles.
LOCATION: Behl Designs Textile Studio
30 Grove Street, Wellesley, MA 02482
HOURS: Mon. – Fri., 10am – 5pm; Sat., 10am – 2pm
Wellesley represents on 50 Most Influential Business People of Color list
Check out the Newton-Needham MetroWest 50 Most Influential Business People of Color list to find familiar faces and meet new ones.
Among those representing Wellesley either as people operating businesses here, working here, or living here are:
Prepped and Polished‘s Alexis Avila (South Natick, close enough…longtime Swellesley supporter)
Walter Bishop-Jones of Barber Walter’s barber shop in Wellesley
Jason Hurd of Wellesley’s Bunker Hill Capital
Wellesley’s Michael Price, owner of SpeedPro Imaging
COVID-19 scam drops Health Dept.’s name
The Wellesley Health Department and Wellesley Police Department are alerting businesses about a scam regarding labor law posting requirements for 2021. Local merchants and businesses are receiving notices like the one pictured here that appear to be from the Health Department.
There is no charge for posted signs in businesses that are required by Federal and State laws. These signs are free from State and Federal offices.
If you receive this notice or are contacted in-person by a representative wanting you to buy these signs, please report this to the Wellesley Police Department.
Breathing room at Papa Razzi
Newport Restaurant Group (NRG) has announced that it has boosted its COVID-19 protocols for indoor dining with newly-installed HVAC ionization systems that it says “will provide continuous disinfection within each restaurant space by deactivating and removing allergens and viruses including COVID-19.” Among its restaurants with the new gear: Papa Razzi in Wellesley.
SPONSORED POST: Welcome back to The Cashmere Sale of Boston‘s 10th big year.
This year is going to be a little different. So that all may shop at our Wellesley Square location with personalized service in a safe environment, we are offering shopping by appointment.
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Beth Urdang double dips in the Square
Beth Urdang has announced that after 31 years in Boston, she has closed down her location there and will focus on the Wellesley art gallery she opened at 16 Grove St., 10 years ago as well a new pop-up shop at 15 Central St., that she plans to operate through December.
“Yes, after 31 years in Boston I thought it made no sense to be operating galleries both in Boston and Wellesley in the middle of a pandemic, so I decided to work closer to home and focus on the Wellesley space,” she says. “Then this lovely pop-up next to Juniper became available so that clinched it.”
The initial show at the pop-up highlights Shawn Dulaney’s abstract paintings featuring handmade paint on Venetian plaster. The Grove Street gallery boasts Jean Feinberg’s paintings and interiors by Melanie Parke.
Hours at 15 Central ( where Urdang is working full-time): Tues – Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 12-5pm, and by appointment.
The Grove Street space will have limited hours while the pop-up is open—Saturdays 11am to 4pm, and by appointment.
Urdang says she opened the gallery at 16 Grove St., in 2010 “as a ‘temporary’ location while I was in between spaces on Newbury Street. I was set to rent just the window (which I’d known for years, we moved to Wellesley in 1994) and didn’t even realize there was a lower level space which turned out to be perfect for a gallery and storage area. ”
The Grove Street shop initially was open full-time, but converted after a few months to part-time and by appointment when it became too much for Urdang to go back and forth between that gallery and the one in Boston.
“Building over the stairs a couple of years ago to the lower level was a big improvement which enabled us to have that adjacent sliver of space with a desk, etc.,” she says. “People finally realized we were more than just a window installation!”
Urdang says when she comes to work “it feels like a touch of NY in Wellesley. In fact I was director of 2 great galleries on Madison and 57th St. for 11 years before moving to Boston in 1989, and opening our first gallery at 207 Newbury in 1989.”
There will be different one-or two-person shows on view at Grove and Central, each for about a month, with more in the back room on Central. “We’re adding a new sculptor and a couple of photographers to our roster of artists. Our client taste is very eclectic,” she says.
Urdang says clients have become increasingly comfortable buying online during the pandemic.
“Also the interior designers seem very busy as people want to improve their home/offices, not be looking at blank walls or the same works,” she says.
Bruegger’s officially done
The paper sign on the former Bruegger’s space in Wellesley Square still reads “We have temporarily closed this location,” as it has since at least April during the early days of the pandemic. But as sharp-eyed reader BK informed us this week, the location is no longer listed on Bruegger’s website, and we see that a real estate sign is now in the window.
We’d sent inquiries along the way into Bruegger’s “customer service” black hole/social media channels, but never heard back about whether “temporary” meant permanent, as it certainly appeared.
Will Natick’s new Bagel Table do the trick when it opens next month?
Jarbo cleared out
Fashion boutique Jarbo has also cleared out in Wellesley Square, though the company’s website still lists the location as “temporarily closed.” We’ve reached out to the business to check on its status, to see whether a comeback is in the offing.
Its Newton Highlands shop is open.
Update: 10/24/20: While Jarbo never got back to us, it has removed Wellesley as a location on its website.
Sunset Sale is on
Get great deals at this week’s Sunset Sale in Wellesley Square and Linden Square.
And based on the weather forecast, there should be a good dose of sun on Thursday!