We’ll share more details when we have information confirmed…
Today is the day. The Wellesley Square Merchants’ Association will host the annual July Jubilation celebration on Saturday, July 15, 9:30am – 4:30pm. The shopping and family fun extravaganza traditionally offers great bargains for shoppers and plenty of activities for kids at an event that has been going strong for 25 years now. Maybe it’s the petting zoo or the chance to meet Suki, the Wellesley Police Department’s very own bloodhound. Maybe it’s the chance to drop a Wellesley firefighter into a dunk tank. Or maybe it’s just a great excuse to stroll around Wellesley Square and see what there is to see. Whatever your reason for going, you don’t want to miss today’s fun.
SHOPPING: A record number of over sixty merchants will join in with sidewalk sales from one end of the Square to the other. Whether you’re looking for toys, clothing, books, home decor, handbags, and more, merchants will be on the sidewalks and in the streets with deep discounts on good stuff.
FUN: Keep an eye out for the stilt walker, magic and balloon tricks, caricaturist, bubble zone, dance show, martial arts demonstration, bounce house, face painting, open police cruiser, and live music.
FOOD: Maybe your first stop will be Sam’s Hot Dogs at Church Square.
MUSIC: The Wellesley Symphony; sing-a-long; disc jockey; live music by The Collective
PARKING: All this and free parking too, thanks to the Town of Wellesley.
For more information, go to ShopWellesleySquare.
It’s with surprise and dismay that we find we must say goodbye to Lyn Evans, that Wellesley landmark that has kept fashion-forward women clad in contemporary clothing and accessories for the past 30 years at its 8 Church St. location. Business owner Stan Shotkus cites in a letter (see its entirety below) the challenges of carrying on the family-owned business after the sudden death last year of his wife Linda, and thanks the community for its decades-long support. The six Lyn Evans locations, all in New England, are expected to close within the next several weeks. The company’s support of local charities will be sorely missed, especially by the Wellesley Service League at its annual May fashion show.
There will be a blow-out of a sale, of course, and it starts Wednesday, June 28, 9am – 6pm. Better shop early if you want to scoop up all the best stuff.
Lyn Evans’ upcoming closure is one of a few recent changes in the business landscape in town. In Church Square, Blue Ginger closed its doors earlier this month, and the rumor is that steakhouse Smith & Wollensky might take over that space, though we’ve not been able to confirm this. Meanwhile, across the street at one of the long-empty storefronts at the Bel Clare, Agnes Vision is moving in as a relocation from its base of operations within DePrisco Jewelers in Wellesley Square. Adjacent to Bel Clare, Second Time Around has closed its doors, causing a fuss among some consigners who learned that they might not get paid for their gently-worn designer duds sold through the chain, according to Boston Globe reports.
Over at Linden Square, things look like they could be getting juicy. 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 (Pinkberry is still very much open for business).
Meanwhile, in Wellesley Hills, CrepeBerry, a new Wellesley eatery that owner Amelia Childs says specializes in “accessibly vegetarian” fare, has opened in the space at 325 Washington St. that Dorset Cafe previously occupied for 10 years. You can see our review of CrepeBerry here.
In Wellesley Square, last month Jarbo, a “lifestyle clothing collection with European designer sensibility,” according to the company’s website, brought its edgy and modern sophisticated fashions to Wellesley in the former Optical Designs location at 72 Central St. (Optical Designs is still in town, located just a couple doors down at 68 Central St.). Also, Ella Pava Footwear took over the Wellesley Square space at 85 Central St. occupied by Salon Danilo since 2013.
Here in Wellesley, the retail landscape shifts almost as capriciously as the sands of Cape Cod, where so many Wellesley families are right now. They’ll barely recognize the place when, sun-kissed and feeling the benefits of all that salt air, they wander back into town, gaping like tourists at the changes their absence has wrought.
Here’s the Lyn Evans letter:
The last butterfish has been served and the last Pollytini has been shaken. The party is over, folks. After nineteen years of serving the best in East-West cuisine, Blue Ginger has officially closed. (Here’s our exit interview with owner Ming Tsai). They ended things today in the Church Square parking lot with the yard sale to end all yard sales. Tsai sold off saute pans, food processors, chefs’ coats, cutting boards, plates, and pretty much everything he ever used (or bought thinking he might someday use) for every season of his TV show, Simply Ming, as well as stuff from the legendary Wellesley Blue Ginger kitchen, where it all began.
Seriously, they had more stuff there than Target, and people came in droves with money to spend. Some of the proceeds from the yard sale will benefit Family Reach, for whom Ming has raised over 5 million in seven years. The Church St. merchants set up a sidewalk sale as well, because why should Ming have all the fun?
The Shopper’s Corner Bag Sale is here! Wednesday, June 7, 8:30am – 12:15pm – Don’t miss out on our bi-annual store-wide clearance sale: for $5, fill a large bag with store merchandise of new and gently used clothing and accessories from infant to adult. All items must go as we clear the shop for the end of the season. Come early to find great bargains – or fill a bag to donate to charity. Shopper’s Corner is entirely parent-volunteer run, with many popular labels. All proceeds benefit the Schofield PTO. Located in the lower level of the school, entry to the rear of the playground. We hope to see you at the Bag Sale.