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Inbox Fall 2021

Abeles & Associates Architects is proud to announce their 30th anniversary. The firm has enjoyed three decades of providing architectural, interior, and garden design services for their residential clients. Lisa Abeles started the company in 1991 and was joined by Kevin King in 2001 and Melissa Greenlaw in 2005. They look forward to continuing to build on this successful relationship with each other and their clients. Reach out to them at www.abelesandassociates.com to see how you can work together.

Breana Falcucci has joined Tracy Korby and the team at Forever Young Laser & Skin Center as a nurse injector. A graduate of UMass Boston and Northeastern University, Breana also takes care of critically ill patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At Forever Young, she combines her clinical training, expertise, and caring nature with her love of cosmetics to help patients achieve their esthetic goals through safe and effective treatments. For more information, please visit www.frvryoung.com.

Elizabeth Renee has launched a new skincare line called Longevity by Elizabeth Renee. Formerly located in Wellesley, you can now find all of your favorite products online at www.elizabethreneee.com. Elizabeth believes in longevity skincare—the idea that beautiful skin will endure throughout one’s lifetime when utilizing the best that science and nature have to offer. For more information on how to keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant, email beautifulskin@elizabethrenee.com or call 781.235.7546.

Celebrating 36 years of excellence, Charles River Landscape is a full-service design, construction, and maintenance landscape company serving commercial and residential clients in MetroWest Boston. Now you can see examples of their beautiful work on their new website at www.charlesriverlandscape.com. The outdoor living environments the firm creates are purposefully designed to be cherished by their clients both today and for the generations that follow. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit their website or call 508.429.4688.

Weston residents Dava and Masayuki Muramatsu are reopening their eponymous boutique MATSU at 76 Charles Street in Boston. The creative team behind Eastern Accent and Thirteen Crosby in Soho and store owners on Newbury Street for 35 years, MATSU offers a curated selection of outstanding imported luxuries that include artisan-crafted products for the home from Japan, Italy, and France. Discerning clients will also enjoy shopping for unique gifts and fashion-forward items including clothing, jewelry, bags, and scarves. For more information, please visit www.matsu-boston.com.

The Women’s Community League of Weston (WCL) is kicking off its annual membership drive. The group has completed an extraordinary year of social activities and philanthropic efforts despite the pandemic. Members of the WCL are more committed than ever to the League’s mission of providing social, philanthropic, and educational benefits to the Weston community. Those seeking to strengthen their connections to other dynamic women can get more information and join/renew at www.wclweston.org.

Power brokers Debi Benoit, Chelsea Robinson, and Lara O’Rourke of Benoit | Robinson | O’Rourke are 12-time recipients of REAL Trends The Thousand, a national ranking advertised in The Wall Street Journal. The team was named the #1 Team in Wellesley, #1 Team in Massachusetts, #1 Sotheby’s International Realty Team in Massachusetts, and #33 Team Nationwide By Volume Category. Benoit | Robinson | O’Rourke sold over $217 million in 2020. Learn more at www.benoitrobinsonorourke.com.

This September, Eye Care and Laser Surgery of Newton-Wellesley is relocating to 40 Walnut Street, Suite 101 in Wellesley. The newly renovated office features a spacious waiting room and convenient, free parking. Dr. Marc Leibole and his staff provide laser eye surgery (LASIK, Advanced Surface Ablation, PRK and LASEK) as well as comprehensive eye care including routine eye exams for glasses and contact lenses and treatment of eye pathology such as dry eye, glaucoma, retinal disorders, and diabetic eye care. For more information, please visit www.eyecareandlasersurgery.com.

Fall is a great time to transplant your trees and shrubs. You may also want to consider planting new ones to enhance the beauty of your yard. Acorn Tree and Landscaping, Inc. can help with a free consultation and a wide variety of choices. Need inspiration? Visit their website at www.acorntreeandlandscape.com to view photos from their nursery and take a look at their transplanting video. To schedule a consultation, call 978.635.0409 or email acorntree@me.com.

Former Weston resident and Rivers School and Georgetown University alum Meghan Duplisea would like to help simplify your life and get you organized this fall. Meghan’s passion for organizing led her to start You, Organized. in 2019. Her goal is to help simplify your home in a realistic and attainable way. And she wants the entire process to be fun and fulfilling. No matter how large or small the project, Meghan will help create realistic organization solutions that bring ease to your home. For more information, please visit www.youorganized.com.

Get a head start on the holiday entertaining season by sprucing up your home this fall. Tyler & Sash makes it easy with contactless consultations for window treatments, wallpaper, and full design services. After missing out on so many special events last year, we’re happy to help homeowners put the finishing touches on their homes to welcome guests again. In addition to contactless consultations, clients are now able to schedule showroom and on-site appointments. For more information, please call 781.729.6639 and visit www.tylerandsash.com.

Adriane Miranda is pleased to announce that Adriane Esthetics Spa & Boutique, located at 21 Eliot Street in South Natick, is celebrating its first year in business. Visit Adriane’s lovely and serene oasis, where you will be pampered, rejuvenated, and refreshed. She is also now carrying Secret Glowing Fluid from the France Laure brand of skincare products. This serum, enriched with orchid flower and saffron stem cells, illuminates the skin with a natural glow. For more information, please visit www.adrianeesthetics.com or call 508.975.3019.

Art Wellesley, with support from the Town Celebrations Committee, the Community Fund for Wellesley, and Linear Retail presented a pop-up exhibition at 90 Central Street in Wellesley featuring the work of seven area photographers. Exhibitors included Eric Barry, Beth Furman, Lisa Neighbors, Gayatri Pardhan, Frank Schneider, Beth Shedd, and Christina Van Dyke. Art Wellesley was founded by Annie Newman, Laura Robert, and Julie Vari-Nikolewski to support community art projects.

a Blade of Grass is celebrating 27 years creating award-winning landscape design, installation, and maintenance throughout Boston and the MetroWest area. Tom Wilhelm, who is celebrating ten years with the company, recently presented to the Country Garden Club of Weston. The focus was on curb appeal and highlighted garden elements along with showcasing transformations of their many projects. To view before and after images, please visit www.abladeofgrass.com/transformations.

Wellesley resident and local classical architect, Patrick Ahearn FAIA, was voted Best Architectural and/or Residential Design Company at the 2021 Best of the Vineyard Awards. Every year, the Best of the Vineyard Awards provide local islanders and fans alike an opportunity to vote for the best in local food, shopping, entertainment, and more. Visit www.patrickahearn.com for more information and follow the firm on Instagram @patrickahearnarchitect for daily posts and more news.

AJ Rose Carpets and Flooring is excited to announce the revival of the Dream Room Makeover Sweepstakes starting this fall. Enter to win monthly prizes and a chance to receive free flooring for the room of your choice. This year AJ Rose is partnering with leading flooring brands Mohawk and Karastan to provide a selection of trendy styles of all kinds. Visit www.ajrosedreamroom.com or visit one of their three stores in Burlington, Natick, or Saugus to learn more.

Gail and Gary Lockberg of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town and Country Real Estate and their agents have helped thousands of people move, and now it’s their turn. The company will be moving down the street to 310 Washington Street next to Green’s Hardware this Fall. For more information, please visit www.bhhstownandcountry.com.

Loren Howard, architectural designer at Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders (C&M), works out of their Wellesley office, primarily on projects in Boston’s MetroWest region. Closing out his second year with C&M, Loren previously owned a local firm specializing in residential renovations and new constructions. Skilled in all phases of the design process as well as construction, Loren strives to deliver precise, uniquely-suited design solutions to his clients. To learn more about all C&M has to offer, visit www.carpentermacneille.com.

Weston resident Sashya Thind Fernandes LEED AP, principal designer and founder of ID8 Design Studio, spent the summer working on several waterfront vacation homes that were recently completed. Her work was also recently featured in Architectural Digest Italy. She is also looking forward to collaborating with Jacob Lilley Architects, Inc. on a new custom home in Wellesley, combining Lilley’s contemporary vernacular with ID8’s warm minimalism. For more information, please visit www.id8designstudio.com.

Wellesley resident and architect Jan Gleysteen, AIA, is pleased to have his “Modern Colonial” Residence featured in Prelude. Blending a traditional massing with modern detailing, Gleysteen’s innovative design has also been featured in The Boston Globe and on Forbes.com. For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

Local resident Jacob Lilley, AIA, welcomes three staff members to his Wellesley-based residential design practice. Michael Finch, AIA, brings 15 years direct experience to his role as managing architect. Architects Laura Van Hise and Nawal Benneouala offer expertise in custom homes in New England and coastal and mountain resort communities. The firm will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2022. For updates on JLA’s unique designs that foster indoor-outdoor relationships, follow @jacoblilleyarchitects and visit www.jlaarchitects.com.

JESAMONDO Salon & Spa is pleased to announce the addition of Sukie Hoang as its latest full-time nail expert to its professional roster. With over 15 years of experience, Sukie specializes in dip manicures now featured at Jesamondo. Dip powder manicures can last up to five weeks versus gel, which generally last two to three weeks with proper maintenance. Double the fun by scheduling a Couple’s Mani/Pedi. Visit www.Jesamondo.com or call 508-907-7171.

Shagun Sharma is pleased to announce the launch of luxury retail brand Naytra Couture. Naytra’s debut collection includes 100 percent mulberry silk tunics, tops, and scarves that feature Madhubani art created exclusively for Naytra. Naytra is a female-founded and female-run business that empowers female artists and promotes slow sustainable fashion. Naytra also donates a portion of the proceeds from each purchase to help cure blindness. For more information, please go to www.naytracouture.com or visit the Instagram page @NaytraCouture.

Needham Bank has completed another successful summer internship program, with 14 college-age students working to gain valuable real-world experience. Over the past three years, the bank hired interns to work in lending, risk management, finance, analytics, marketing, project management, human resources, and information technology. The program provides young adults with the opportunity to determine whether banking is the right field for them while providing an eager pool of talent to help with bank projects.

Jimmy Kane, the studio manager of One2One BodyScapes in Wellesley, joined the company in 2016 and has helped many clients achieve their fitness goals. He recently completed a golf specific training certification with Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). One2One BodyScapes, celebrating its 20th year, offers clients the opportunity to work in person and remotely with experienced personal trainers who will design a customized program that’s perfect for you. For more information, to book a workout, or schedule your TPI assessment, please visit https://www.one2onebodyscapes.com/wellesley/ or call 781.235.2262.

In this issue’s Artist Profile, learn more about local artist and manager at

Wellesley Square’s own Page Waterman Gallery, Ryan Black. Ryan is currently showcasing his Boston paintings as well as his newest Nantucket and coastal New England landscapes. Learn more at https://pagewaterman.com/ryan-black/.

The Wellesley Service League (WSL) announced that five graduating high school seniors were awarded the Centennial Youth Service (CYS) Award for distinguished community service. WSL has named three recipients and two co-recipients for 2021. The three recipients, all from Wellesley High School’s 2021 graduating class, are Grace Rodrigue, Seth Tobin, and Ben Workman. The co-recipients are Alex Abdelal and Jake Merritt, of the 2021 graduating classes of Nobles and Greenough School in Dedham, and Wellesley High School, respectively.

Engel & Völkers Wellesley’s Dean Poritzky has been recognized by Boston magazine as one of the Top Real Estate Producers in 2021. He has also been ranked #34 this year by the Wall Street Journal’s REAL Trends as a top individual by sales volume and was also included in the top 1.5 percent of America’s realtors. Dean is a wonderful leader and mentor, continuing to impress every year.

Wellesley resident and former Hardy School librarian Lisa Rogers has received the Julia Ward Howe award from the Boston Authors Club for her picture book, 16 Words: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow” (Schwartz & Wade/Penguin Random House, 2019). Featured in The New York Times Book Review, Lisa’s book has received starred reviews, is a Junior Library Guild selection, and has been named to several select book lists. Her most recent picture book, Hound Won’t Go (Albert Whitman & Co., 2020), was inspired by her rescue coonhound, Tucker.

Gabrielle Clemens, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), Accredited Estate Planner (AEP), Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management—U.S., and Managing Director at Clemens Private Wealth Management Group and Seaport Boston Private Wealth Management, recently received the 2021 Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors Award. This prestigious recognition reflects her consistent and outstanding excellence in serving her clients.

As children head back to school this fall, let’s recognize mothers and the extra work they have done. It takes a toll. Kumkum Pareek Malik is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her practice in Wellesley, About Motherhood, is founded upon the recognition of a mother’s invisible work. Everything changes when a mother’s work is respected as real work. Dr. Malik can be reached at drmalik@aboutmotherhood.com.

Pam Kubbins, owner of Pam’s Pashminas, is currently meeting with her customers to help them select and coordinate pieces from her scarf collection to match outfits for special occasions. In October she is looking forward to debuting her 2021 Fall/Winter Scarf Collection at the Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show. She is especially excited about the Fine Furnishing Show in November, where her gorgeous collection of unique scarves and shawls will be showcased at the historic and spacious WaterFire Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Please visit www.pamspashminas.com.

The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami recently co- hosted an open house for a $20 million oceanfront property in Beverly, Massachusetts. Other hosts were The Sarkis Team from Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Guaranteed Rate Mortgage. The firm is also pleased to announce the relocation of their Hingham office to 18 Shipyard Drive, Suite 1H. For more information, please visit www.selamilaw.com.

FIERCE By Choice and Coach D. are now tapping into all facets of wellness with a girl’s program called “I AM FIERCE: Educating the Mind through the Body.” This program aims to educate, empower, and inspire young girls through physical and mental fitness to develop the confidence to believe in themselves and their abilities in all aspects of life. Programs start this fall. For more information, visit www.fiercebychoice.com or contact Coach D. at 832.221.4966 for more information.

Wellesley-based Freshman Fresh Start is one of 140 local nonprofits to be awarded a $100,000 grant from The Cummings Foundation. Freshman Fresh Start provides dorm room essentials and school supplies to low-income, high-achieving college-bound freshmen, helping to lessen family financial burdens and ease the transition to campus life. Distributed over six years, this grant will allow Freshman Fresh Start to provide an additional 28 students each year with the goods they need for campus living.

Wash Me Auto Detailing, best known in the community for its convenient mobile car cleaning and detailing, is proud to announce its expansion. The Wash Me brand will now be offering power-washing, soft-washing, hardscape, and exterior house cleaning services to its menu. Convenience, relationship building, and customizing a holistic approach to your needs is what continues to make Wash Me a community favorite. Call or Text 781.467.9272 to schedule a free consultation or visit www.washmedetailing.com.

Dan Gordon of Dan Gordon Landscape Architects (DGLA), in association with Donaroma’s Nursery, led a private garden tour on Martha’s Vineyard this past July. The tour was donated to raise funds for Possible Dreams, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ largest annual fundraiser. DGLA was thrilled to be part of this event, which provided a unique experience for donors, while supporting the island community. For more information about DGLA, please visit www.dangordon.com or inquire directly at info@dangordon.com.

PBF Homes is now offering full home staging along with its extensive interior design and home renovation services. For all home staging projects, the company strives to excel in producing elevated interiors that showcase a high-value residence to potential buyers. PBF Homes has invested in a large collection of current and unique pieces and has the inventory to create stunning spaces that stand out from other homes on the market. Promote a quicker sale at a higher price by emailing pam@pbfhomes.com.

The Community Fund for Wellesley’s (CFFW) COVID-19 Relief Fund was created in partnership with the Wellesley Select Board to identify and address community needs during the coronavirus crisis. With the support and generosity of its neighbors, CFFW was able to grant over $125,000 in emergency relief funding in critical areas. The COVID Relief Fund was made possible by neighbors caring for their neighbors, and CFFW is incredibly grateful for the community’s support throughout the pandemic.

RAX Development and EMBARC hosted a groundbreaking celebration on June 23 to launch TERRAZZA Wellesley, the town’s new bespoke residential project at 100 Linden Street, scheduled to open in spring 2023. The three-story, 82,000 square-foot residential project offers a new level of luxury for those who seek unparalleled sophistication in a comfortable, suburban landscape. The homes feature carefully considered amenities including a concierge service, valet, sports simulator, fitness center, and private event spaces to name a few. To learn more, please visit www.terrazzawellesley.com.

Thayer Academy, an independent coed day school in Braintree for grades 5 to 12, will host two open houses this fall: a Middle School open house on Saturday, October 23 and an Upper School open house on Saturday, October 30. Held from 9:00 a.m. until noon on campus, both open houses offer a great opportunity to meet new Head of School Chris Fortunato. Thayer offers bus service from Needham. Learn more at www.thayer.org/discover.

The Wellesley Mothers Forum (WMF) is proud to kick off the 2021-2022 membership year with almost 300 members and over 40 dedicated volunteers. Co-Presidents Rachel Dulberg and Margaret Donahue, along with a new board, look forward to re-instating opportunities for social gatherings, kids’ events, playgroups, and couples’ nights, as well as time-honored gatherings like the fall carnival, while adhering to all recommended CDC guidelines. WMF is open to mothers from Wellesley and surrounding towns. To join the WMF, please visit www.wellesleymothersforum.com/join or email them at membership@wellesleymothersforum.com.

Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC) announced that the Wonder Run & Kitchen and Home Tour will take place this coming year and will be larger than in years past. The Wonder Run will be held on October 2 as part of Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend while the Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour is scheduled for May 7, 2022. Wellesley Marketplace will not happen this fall but will return in 2022. WHJWC relies on all three events to raise funds for many area charitable organizations. Visit www.whjwc.org.

Family Promise Metrowest, a Natick-based nonprofit that offers a community response to family homelessness, announced that it has received a $3,000 grant from the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC) for housing subsidies for families who are in the SAIL (Sustaining Achievements for Independent Living) program. SAIL supports families transitioning out of shelter into permanent housing by providing resources that assist them in establishing long-term stability and independence. WHJWC members also support Family Promise Metrowest by volunteering throughout the year. For more information, visit www.familypromisemetrowest.org.

Jim Grimm, a real estate agent at Pinnacle Residential Properties, was inducted into the Wellesley Rotary Club in May 2021. A Wellesley resident for 30-plus years, Jim’s community activities have included many positions within Wellesley Youth Hockey, Friends of Wellesley High School Hockey, and the Greater Boston Youth Hockey League. Jim is also a volunteer for the MassBay Community College Pathways to Success Business Mentoring Program, which helps first-generation students achieve lasting success in college and beyond.

Inbox Summer 2021

Former Wellesley resident Mike Walsh is now part owner and chief executive officer of One2One BodyScapes Wellesley.  Mike joined the company in 2002 as a personal coach and has helped many clients throughout the years achieve their fitness goals.  One2One Bodyscapes has strict COVID-19 safety measures in place and a limited number of personal trainers work at one time to allow for social distancing.  You can also participate virtually with Zoom training sessions and achieve maximum results in minimum time.  For more information, please visit www.one2onebodyscapes.com or call 781.235.2262.

Dr. Geoffrey Burns of Renaissance Family Medicine in Wellesley is celebrating more than 20 years as a board-certified family physician and seven years as a concierge doctor in Wellesley.  Dr. Burns opened his practice to provide patients with the care and respect they deserve.  He sees all of his patients personally, is on call 24/7, and takes extra time to explain diagnoses and treatment plans thoroughly.  His practice is open to patients interested in a more personalized level of care known as Concierge Medical Services.  For more information, please visit www.rfmofwellesley.com.

Coldwell Banker Realty is pleased to announce that Melissa Dailey and Donna Scott have been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International Society of Excellence award for 2020. This is Coldwell Banker’s highest designation. In addition, Melissa was named #1 Sales Associate in New England.  Coldwell Banker is also pleased to announce that Tom Aaron has been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International President’s Premier award for 2020.

The Bay Club, of Mattapoisett, includes an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Brad Faxon/Brad Booth. Opened in 2004, this high-end, private country club community takes pride in delivering exceptional experience to members. Located on the south coast of Massachusetts, less than an hour’s drive from the Wellesley/Weston area, the golf course is a parkland design with native fescue strategically placed to provide challenges for all level of players. Contact General Manager Greg Yeomans at 508.207.9216 or gyeomans@bayclubmatt.com  for membership information. Visit www.bayclubmatt.com.

Bob and Phyllis Totaro, founders of J. Todd Galleries in Wellesley, and now owners of Chatham Fine Art in Chatham on Cape Cod, celebrated 40 years in business in 2020. While the Wellesley gallery was sold to a new owner in 2015, the couple still operates their Chatham gallery, where they are beginning their eighth season this spring.  The Chatham gallery exhibits over 700 works by over 50 top-tier regional artists.  The Totaros invite you to stop by to say hello.

Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty kicked 2021 off strong by welcoming six consummate real estate professionals to its Wellesley, Weston, and Needham offices as of March: Keenan Flynn, Aimee Greenfield, Liz Kincannon, Julie Panagakos, Sneha Patel and Adam Shoulkin. With 24 offices throughout MetroWest, Boston, Greater Boston, North Shore, South Shore and Cape Cod, the brokerage now has more than 400 sales associates who are experts in their markets and represent the global Sotheby’s International Realty brand.  Visit www.gibsonsothebysrealty.com.

AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring recently established the Interior Design Affiliate Program. This program is designed to support and promote local interior designers’ members by offering rewards on qualifying purchases and referrals. As a family-owned business with over four decades serving the community, AJ Rose truly understands the importance of word-of-mouth referrals and supporting local businesses.  Learn more at www.ajrosecarpets.com or visit one of their three locations in Burlington, Natick, and Saugus.

Auburndale Builders is celebrating 15 years building and remodeling high-performance homes in the MetroWest area.  Owner Nick Falkoff and the Auburndale Builders team build new custom homes and also focus on renovations, additions, and historic restorations.  Combining their knowledge of historic homes and leading-edge building science, Auburndale creates energy efficient, net zero homes powered by renewable energy.  From the pre-construction meeting to the final finishing touch, Auburndale Builders is dedicated to turning your dream home into a reality. To learn more, please visit www.auburndalebuilders.com.

Pam Kubbins, the owner of her Wellesley based scarf design and manufacturing  business, Pam’s Pashminas, featured her 2021 Spring Silk Collection at the May Day Market in Providence at the WaterFire Arts Center on May 1 and 2.  Pam is looking forward to showcasing her lightweight, all-natural fiber sustainable scarves this spring and summer at outdoor shows throughout New England.   For more information, please visit www.pamspashminas.com.

Local resident and architect, Patrick Ahearn FAIA, announced that his first book, TIMELESS, is now in its fifth printing since it was published, including sales in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Asia. For more information, visit www.patrickahearn.com and follow the firm on Instagram for daily updates @patrickahearnarchitect.

Jesamondo Salon & Spa proudly welcomes Billy Noke to its roster of master colorists and stylists. Since 2016, when Billy entered the cosmetology industry, he’s had a passion for hair and coloring techniques. The cornerstone of his sterling reputation is in the form of “blonding” and where he’s earned his gold star. From balayage to simple foils, Billy delivers a distinctive creation that always reaches beyond his customers’ expectations. Schedule an appointment to rejuvenate your look today:  www.jesamondo.com or 508.907.7171.

Suzanne Bates, founder of Bates Communications, a leader in executive development, leadership coaching, and consulting, recently announced the acquisition of her company to BTS Group in Sweden, a leading global strategy implementation firm. With revenues exceeding $7 million and an experienced team of 23 employees, Bates Communications was acquired due in part to its solid performance and resilience during the pandemic. Suzanne will manage BTS’ Boston office, giving the company a significant Northeast market presence.

NatureWorks Landscape is opening a studio office in Wellesley’s Church Square this summer to be closer to the community it serves. Currently under renovation, the space will ultimately be staffed by their account management team, putting them just a stone’s throw from many of their properties, and enabling them to be more accessible for design and landscape consultations. The public is welcome to stop in and ask horticulture or design questions. The team expects to host some fun events, so stay tuned for invitations.  For more information, please visit www.natureworkslandscape.com.

ID8 Design Studio recently moved to Wellesley and was recognized as Best of Boston Home 2021 by Boston magazine.  Principal Designer and Founder Sashya Thind Fernandes LEED AP, a Weston resident, created the company in 2012 to enable the lifelong journey of learning and forming connections with interesting people.  She experiments with ways to design spaces that will ultimately nourish the soul.  Her favorite projects involve both renovations and furnishings.  To learn more, please visit www.id8designstudio.com.  Warm Minimalism™

Wellesley resident and architect, Jan Gleysteen, AIA, is pleased to have been awarded “Best of Houzz” for 2021.  Gleysteen’s work has been recognized for design excellence by Houzz.com consistently since 2013, garnering over one million saves and making him a Houzz influencer.  For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

Join FIERCE for FIIT Flow, their brand-new yoga meets cardio meets strength class. Fuel your inner fire while finding peace and clarity with FIIT flow: A FIERCE combination of yoga and HIIT. With your favorite yoga poses, cardio blasts, and strength moves in perfect harmony, you will build your strength, grace, and power! For more information, visit www.fiercebychoice.com or email coachd@fiercebychoice.com.

Congratulations to Kathy Kelley, who continues her Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town and Country “Legend Award” winning status. Kathy was recently recognized at The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 2021 Virtual Convention “UNSTOPPABLE” once again, as a Chairman’s Circle Platinum Award winner. This award honors the top one percent of over 50,000 BHHS agents nationwide. An amazing accomplishment in a difficult year.

Christopher P. Williams Architects, PLLC has been designing and building environmentally sensitive homes in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire for more than 37 years. Their LEED-certified architects have been honored with awards from the Green Building Council, AIA New Hampshire, PlanNH, and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. They have always focused on the principle of working to provide architectural solutions that complement their settings, are tailored to client needs, and minimize environmental impact.

Wash Me Auto Detailing rolls into its 12th year proudly servicing the Weston-Wellesley community and Boston’s MetroWest. With convenience at the forefront, Wash Me provides high quality mobile car cleaning and detailing services at your preferred location. Owned and operated by former Weston native Brendan Meagher, Wash Me makes enjoying a clean vehicle year-round as easy as possible.  Call 781.467.9272 or visit www.washmedetailing.com to schedule an appointment.

Pear Associates, LLC, a Wellesley consulting firm that helps nonprofit organizations and government entities become fruitful, is pleased to announce Caroline Conlin’s promotion to vice president, operations and administration.  Caroline joined Pear Associates in January of 2020 to support the company’s operations and project management.  As the firm has rapidly grown over the past year, her responsibilities have expanded to include human resources, finance/accounting, and client management.

PBF HOMES was recently awarded 2021 Best of Houzz.   “We are honored to be selected for 2021 Best of Houzz for the third year in a row” said Pam Forman, principal of PBF HOMES. “This award is selected by thousands of consumers who are searching for inspiration for their home renovations and interior design projects. We love that our work is inspiring to both our current and future clients.”  Thinking of renovating or adding interior design elements to your home?  PBF HOMES can handle every detail. Visit www.PBFHOMES.COM.

Adriane Miranda is pleased to announce that she is now carrying the France Laure brand of skincare products at Adriane Esthetics Spa Boutique, located at 21 Eliot Street in South Natick.  For three generations, France Laure has been drawing from natural resources to create products in perfect symbiosis with the skin.  Users of their products stimulate the original beauty of their skin through science.  Visit Adriane’s lovely and serene oasis where you’ll be pampered, rejuvenated, and refreshed.  For more information, please visit www.adrianeesthetics.com or call 508.975.3019.

Century Bank is excited to announce that its newest branch, opening this summer, will be located in Needham at 1433 Highland Avenue.  This full-service branch will be fully equipped to assist you with all of your financing needs. The Needham location may be new, but it will be staffed with experienced bankers providing the friendly, personalized service Century Bank is known for.

Artist Carolyn Mackin is excited to now offer her popular Cape Cod Stripes Workshop (CCSW) virtually for individuals and groups. You will learn a variety of professional painting techniques and create unique artwork that you will be proud to hang in your home or give. Absolutely no experience is needed. The CCSW is perfect for events such as birthdays, girls’ nights, bachelorette parties, team building, client outreach, and baby showers. Learn more and enroll at www.carolynmackin.teachable.com.

Gabrielle Clemens, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA*), JD, LLM, Accredited Estate Planner (AEP*), Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management – U.S. and Managing Director at Clemens Private Wealth Management Group and Seaport Boston Private Wealth Management, has been named to the Forbes’ 2021 “Best-in-State Wealth Advisor” List.  According to Forbes, each advisor—selected by SHOOK Research—is chosen based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative criteria, including in-person interviews, industry experience, compliance records, revenue produced, and assets under management.

Meet one of Boston’s top college admissions experts, Kevin March.  Kevin has helped over 200 students through the college admissions process with over 20 Ivy League acceptances.  Kevin is a senior college admissions consultant at Firat Education and an author of the recently published The Firat Guide for Private High School Admissions: New England Edition. Contact kevin@firateducation.com to learn more about the The Firat Guide or how he can help your child find the perfect high school and college fit.

Dan Gordon Landscape Architects is proud to be celebrating their 25th year of providing award-winning landscape architecture to Greater Boston, the Cape and Islands, and beyond. It has been their pleasure to create beautiful and enduring landscapes for their clients. For more information about Dan Gordon Landscape Architects, please visit www.dangordon.com or inquire directly at info@dangordon.com.

Robert S. MacNeille, AIA, founder and design principal of Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders (C&M), with offices in Wellesley and Essex, is celebrating 25 years in 2021.  Unifying the highest levels of architectural design and construction craftsmanship in one source, C&M provides award-winning architecture and the highest quality construction, along with comprehensive interior design, custom cabinetry and millwork, and dedicated, ongoing property services. To learn more, visit carpentermacneille.com or call 978.768.7900.

Kells Construction is celebrating 30 years building and renovating homes for local homeowners.  Founded by Martin Deane, Kells Construction has built a reputation for excellence and customer satisfaction with a team of professionals who work tirelessly to bring your vision to life with excellent craftsmanship and careful project management.  To see some of their latest work, please visit www.kellsconstruction.com.

The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami recently announced the opening of their spacious new office in Hingham on the South Shore.  This new office, located at 18 Shipyard Drive, has been configured to provide a comfortable and safe post-pandemic work setting.  All offices remained open throughout the pandemic and adapted their business practices to accommodate the unprecedented activity in the real estate industry.  Providing a safe environment for clients and employees will continue to be a top priority.  For more information, please visit www.selamilaw.com.

New Seabury, an upscale community that embraces a Cape Cod seaside lifestyle, is excited to announce their newest luxury gated community: Okway Village.  Featuring new home construction with all of the modern conveniences for today’s lifestyles, Okway Village is complemented by world-class neighborhood amenities.  Amenities include private deeded beach rights, championship golf, a tennis complex, fitness center, oceanfront pool, private neighborhood pool, amazing restaurants, beach bars, and much more.    There is a limited time incentive for new purchases. To learn more, call 508.539.8200 or email info@NewSeabury.com.

Freshman Fresh Start, a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is celebrating its tenth year of supplying low-income, high-achieving, college-bound high school seniors with packages of dorm room essentials and school supplies.  To date, they have provided over 600 students with goods.  One hundred percent of all donations go directly to supplying students.  For more information or to join this year’s efforts, please visit www.freshmanfreshstart.org
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The Vine Brook Group at Morgan Stanley is pleased to announce that Jordan King has earned the Family Wealth Advisor (FWA) designation at Morgan Stanley. Financial Advisors who hold the FWA designation have demonstrated their ability to work closely with families to understand their circumstances—not just their finances, but also their individual and collective goals and how they may impact one another. Jordan has nearly 30 years of investment management experience. Please see their ad on page xx. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Is a Member SIPC.

Needham Bank announced a $5,000 donation to the Wellesley Education Foundation to support their “See Yourself in STEM” campaign, aimed at encouraging youth from all backgrounds to pursue STEM careers. “Needham Bank is committed to supporting education in the community, and we are happy to help this amazing organization and their mission to advance innovation in Wellesley’s public schools,” said Wellesley Branch Manager Jaclyn Biancuzzo. Needham Bank is located at 458 Washington Street in Wellesley.

Shagun Sharma is pleased to announce the launch of her brand, Naytra, and online business www.NaytraCouture.com. Naytra offers 100 percent pure mulberry silk tunics and scarves based on the vibrant, exclusive artwork created and sourced directly from the artisans. Naytra is based on three pillars: empowering female artisans, championing sustainable products, and providing the gift of eyesight. Each purchase from Naytra, gives someone the gift of eyesight. This is their gift to the world.

Forever Young Laser & Skin Center is offering Plasma Pen, the newest and most advanced non-invasive skin lifting, tightening, and rejuvenation device to treat wrinkles, boost sagging skin, and brighten tone.  This FDA-approved device performs fibroblast therapy, a technique used to super charge the body’s production of collagen in the skin to treat crow’s feet, lip lines, and other areas of concern.  Visit www.frvryoung.com for more of the latest procedures, services, and tips of the week.

Marc Kaplan, president of Sanford Custom Builders, is celebrating more than 40 years in business.  Currently, he is building an 11,600-square-foot home at 21 Chestnut Street in Weston. The home has the potential for a swimming pool, cabana, and car barn. Designed by Marcus Gleysteen, AIA, the Federal style home reflects the golden period of American architecture in the early 19th century, considered a forerunner of modern architecture. The home will be presented by Amy Mizner, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

A Blade of Grass is celebrating ten years.  In April, their senior designer, Tom Wilhelm, presented to the Country Garden Club of Weston. The focus was on curb appeal and highlighted garden elements along with showcasing transformations of their many projects. To view before and after images, please visit  https://abladeofgrass.com/transformations/.

Advisors Living, a full-service residential brokerage and advisory firm, announced that it has engaged Merit McIntyre as the CEO of its growing brokerage business. McIntyre will work alongside Janice Dumont, CEO of New Development Sales & Marketing, as they collaborate and scale an unprecedented premium business to serve residential brokerage and new home development sales and marketing throughout Massachusetts and beyond. “Advisors Living is a distinct residential brand and with Merit leading residential brokerage, our footprint and unique brand is unmatched in the marketplace,” said Dumont.

The two premiere Wellesley family law firms of Gibbs & Heinle LLP and Maiona & Maiona PC are pleased to announce their merger. Laura Gibbs, Cal Heinle, and Justin Maiona will continue to provide litigation, arbitration, and mediation services exclusively in domestic relations together as Gibbs Heinle Maiona LLP.   For more information, please visit www.ghmllp.com or call 781.371.4940.

The Foundation for MetroWest, the only community foundation serving the MetroWest region of Greater Boston, announced that Jay Kim has been named the organization’s new executive director. Kim previously led day-to-day operations as the Foundation’s chief operating officer and replaces Judy Salerno who served as executive director for 15 years. Salerno has retired from this leadership role, but will continue to work for the Foundation in a part-time capacity and help to ensure a smooth leadership transition.  To learn more, please visit www.foundationmw.org.

Legacy Lifecare announced that it will provide management, operational development, and consulting assistance to Sisters of Charity-Halifax’s campus in Wellesley, which includes the Elizabeth Seton Residence, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, and the Marillac Residence, a Level IV Rest Home. “We are excited to partner with Legacy Lifecare,” said Sister Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity-Halifax. “By joining a network of nonprofit elder care organizations, we are better prepared to deal with today’s increasingly complex healthcare landscape while retaining our mission and community focus.”

Family Promise Metrowest, a Natick-based nonprofit that offers a community response to family homelessness, announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation (EBCF). The grant is part of a commitment from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to provide financial support to local organizations focused on COVID-19 relief.  The grant will provide funding for programs to assist families that have lost their homes or are facing eviction in MetroWest Boston.

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Renjeau Galleries, located at 79 Worcester Street in Natick, is celebrating 45 years as one of the premier art galleries in the Boston area.  In addition to a wide ranging collection of stunning contemporary and traditional fine art, Renjeau offers custom framing as well as art restoration.  Renjeau’s new e-commerce website enables filtering and saving your favorites from approximately 3,000 works of art by subject, style, color, and more.  It even includes a new “Uplifting” theme.  Visit www.renjeau.com and see their ad on page 59.

Former Wellesley business owner Stuart Swan is now working with retirees from the Northeast who are searching for a gentle climate, elegant surroundings, and golf 12 months a year.  As a preferred agent and realtor at Two Rivers Country Club at Governor’s Land in Williamsburg, Virginia, Stuart is proud to show why Williamsburg is one of the most beautiful communities in America and a place where it’s easy to make new friends.  Call Stuart at 774.368.5797 or email Stuartswan@HowardHanna.com for more information and to schedule a tour.

The Beechtree Development team has been designing and building homes throughout New England in select markets for more than 20 years. Beechtree has offices in Wellesley and Edgartown, and maintains a millwork shop in Waltham. Historically motivated and sustainably inspired, the team combines period appropriate design principles with the latest in LEED-certified, green building standards.  Beechtree delivers a full spectrum of luxury home building options, from remodels and renovations to ground-up new construction, all on budget. For more information, call 508.682.1600, visit www.beechtreedevelopment.com.

Acorn Tree & Landscaping, Inc., located in Boxborough, is celebrating 30 years as an owner-operated, full-service landscape design and construction company.  Acorn provides a range of services to care for your lawn and property.  Their experienced and knowledgeable team brings their expertise to plant care, landscape design and construction, tree pruning and removal, hydroseeding, and to creating a mature tree nursery.  If you have a landscaping project in mind, call 978.635.0409 to schedule an appointment.

At Eye Care and Laser Surgery (ECLS), Dr. Leibole prides himself on careful and thorough evaluations. He will spend plenty of time with you answering all questions and double checking all measurements making sure that LASIK surgery is safe for you. This produces excellent results. If you would like to visit ECLS for a complimentary LASIK screening evaluation, they would be happy to coordinate a visit. Call them to learn about a $500 discount, get your questions answered, and schedule a visit. Call 617.796.EYES (3937).

Let’s make 2021 your fiercest year yet! FIERCE By Choice has you covered for all your fitness needs. Yoga, HIIT, Pilates, strength, full body conditioning, Tabata, and their newest class, FIIT FLOW, which is a combo of your favorite yoga moves and short cardio blasts to give you the best of both worlds.  Choose from three options: in-person, Zoom or Facebook Live. No matter where you are or what you need, FIERCE has your back.  Visit www.fiercebychoice.com.

Millennium Marble & Granite and owner Jay Keefe have recently opened their newest design showroom in Natick at 231 N. Main Street.  With over 25 years in the industry, Millennium is a custom fabricator and installer of engineered quartz and all-natural stone countertop products.  Combining old world craftmanship and new age design, with an emphasis on customer service, the Millennium team will turn your vision into a beautiful reality.  For more information, please call the showroom at 508.647.8800 and see their ad on page 89.

Chris and Susan Bailey are celebrating ten years as the owners of CǀS Bailey Landscape.  As landscape architects, horticulturalists, and contractors, with more than 20 years of design and construction experience, the team is able to approach each project with a sensitive eye to what their clients have envisioned.  This thoughtful approach extends to their crews who have constructed and maintained some of the most beautiful properties in the Boston area. For more information, please visit www.csbaileylandscape.com.

Alora Frederick has joined Johnson Compounding & Wellness as an integrative and functional registered dietitian who strives to motivate individuals on their health journey. Alora loves to help people feel their best and has a special interest in gastrointestinal and mental health issues. She is also passionate about holistic lifestyle practices such as mindfulness, joyful movement, and intuitive eating. Book a consult with her at https://calendly.com/alorafrederick or join a video consult at https://doxy.me/alorafrederickrdn.

Wellesley resident and architect Jan Gleysteen, AIA is pleased to have been awarded two PRISM Awards for his Brick Story Residence.  The PRISM Awards are awarded annually for design excellence by the Builder’s and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston.  The project was also recently recognized by the American Residential Design Awards and the Master Design Awards.  For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

2020 was a record-breaking year for the Donahue Maley & Burns Team, Compass. For the ninth year in a row, they are ranked as the #1 Sales Team in Wellesley, with $160M in sales for 2020, and ranked within the top 10 agents in Massachusetts. For more information on how the team can help you, call 781.591.0671, email dmbteam@compass.com, and visit www.donahuemaleyburns.com.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town and Country Real Estate (BHHSTNC) is proud to announce that sales associate Donna Fessler was recognized as a “Patriots Difference Maker of the Week.”  The award is given to volunteers who go above and beyond to support their New England communities.  Donna was chosen for her work on behalf of Women’s Lunch Place, a nonprofit organization in Boston.  As part of this recognition, the New England Patriots Foundation will be making a $5,000 donation to Women’s Lunch Place.  Tendai Phiri of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town and Country Real Estate (BHHSTNC) led the effort to collect supplies from her friends, family, and colleagues to help the homeless population. Over 100 individual care packages were made with additional supplies left over. All items were donated to Haley House, a soup kitchen/transitional home for the homeless in the Greater Boston area.

Cottonwood Group recently unveiled The Alyx at EchelonSeaport, a luxury tower with 270 apartment homes located at 131 Seaport Boulevard in the Seaport District. The rental portion of the EchelonSeaport community, The Alyx sits adjacent to the condominium residences and presents a unique array of studio to three-bedroom apartments with a suite of premiere amenities.  The Alyx offers an exciting new way to live with access to 125,000 square feet of curated retail in a dynamic courtyard and enriching indoor and outdoor amenities.  To learn more, visit www.alyxseaport.com.

Needham Bank has been helping to build strong communities for over 125 years, and they’re pleased to continue these efforts by supporting the Wellesley Free Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign with a commitment of $30,000. This community-focused project will transform the library into a space that offers something for everyone in Wellesley—bringing residents together in an interactive, engaging, and creative space. Needham Bank is located at 458 Washington Street in Wellesley.

ID8 Design Studio was recently recognized as Best of Boston Home 2021 by Boston magazine.  Principal Designer and Founder Sashya Thind Fernandes LEED AP, a Weston resident, created the company to enable the lifelong journey of learning, forming connections with interesting people, and experimenting with ways to design spaces that will ultimately nourish the soul.  Her favorite projects involve both renovations and furnishings to realize the full potential of a space and complete the artistic vision.  To learn more, please visit www.id8designstudio.com and see their ad on page 41.  Warm Minimalism™

Century Bank is excited to announce that its newest branch, opening this spring, will be located in Needham at 1433 Highland Avenue.  This full-service branch will be fully equipped to assist you with all of your financing needs. The Needham location may be new, but it will be staffed with experienced bankers providing the friendly, personalized service Century Bank is known for.

Engel & Völkers Wellesley once again congratulates Renu Shukla in recognition of her outstanding real estate sales performance. Recipient of the Diamond Level E&V Elite Club Advisor award, Renu exemplifies the highest level of service standards and builds sustainable relationships with her clients throughout their home buying and selling journey. Interweaving her many life skills, Renu excels at creating the best possible home solutions. Learn more and call 781.608.2604, or email renu.shukla@evrealestate.com.

Coldwell Banker Realty in New England raised $98,611 this year for Community Servings during the 28th annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving bake sale fundraiser, ensuring the daily delivery of meals to thousands of Massachusetts residents who are affected by food insecurity and illness. Community Servings Director of Development Darcy Pfeifer said that, thanks to the support of donors like Coldwell Banker Realty, “We’re better prepared to face the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic and well-positioned to meet the unprecedented demand for home-delivered medically tailored meals.”

Pam Kubbins, the owner and founder of homegrown business Pam’s Pashminas in Wellesley, is excited to debut her new integrated marketing campaign.  She will be offering informative and entertaining online videos highlighting her updated Spring/Summer 2021 Scarf Collection. Her high-quality, all-natural fiber scarves feature unique images of Pam’s worldwide travel and nature photography, as well as images from her own local, organic home garden.   All of her original designs are on gorgeous artisanally crafted fabrics. Please visit www.pamspashminas.com.

Marc Kaplan, president of Sanford Custom Builders, was featured with Morehouse MacDonald & Associates and Gregory Lombardi Landscape in the story “Family Time” in Modern Luxury Interiors.  The article featured a custom built 11,000 square foot home influenced with the Arts & Crafts style, utilizing materials that fit and function within a New England neighborhood setting.  Sanford Custom Builders is an award-winning builder of fine residential homes in the Weston, Wellesley, and MetroWest areas, specializing in custom  homes, additions, and renovations. For more information, please visit www.Sanfordcustom.com.

The Meadowbrook School of Weston is thrilled to welcome Kristi Jacobi as the director of auxiliary programs. A new role for Meadowbrook, the director is responsible for overseeing the Meadowbrook Day Camp, Mazemakers summer program, after school and enrichment, facilities rentals, and transportation. Jacobi is looking forward to the opportunities this role presents. “I’m excited about a future of engaging the school and surrounding communities in creative and innovative programs,” she said. Kristi can be reached at kjacobi@meadowbrook-ma.org.

Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA*), JD, LLM, Accredited Estate Planner (AEP*), financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management – U.S., and managing director at Clemens Private Wealth Management Group, Gabrielle Clemens has been named to Working Mother magazine and SHOOK Research’s 2020 “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” list.  Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures derived from telephone and in-person interviews and surveys: service models, investing process, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, and firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as assets under management.

Power real estate brokers Debi Benoit, Chelsea Robinson, and Lara O’Rourke have launched Benoit Robinson O’Rourke, the #1 real estate team in Wellesley and #1 team in the single-family market in Massachusetts. At the time of the launch in November 2020, Benoit, Robinson and O’Rourke had sold over $200M in luxury sales. With a commitment to confidentiality and attentive personal service, Benoit Robinson O’Rourke is affiliated with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. Learn more at www.benoitrobinsonorourke.com.

Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders (C&M), with offices in Wellesley and Essex, is excited to announce the promotion of Dan Perednia as Boston MetroWest’s property services lead. The firm’s property services division specializes in high-level customer service and craftsmanship for existing and prospective C&M clients. In his new role, Dan manages client, vendor, and subcontractor relations; project management; and day to day operations. For more information, visit www.carpentermacneille.com.

Don’t spend another day waiting in line at the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).  Corcoran and Havlin Group (C&H) is one of the few insurance agencies in Massachusetts to offer RMV services for its clients. C&H can issue new license plates and decals, transfer plates to newly acquired vehicles, and process most registration renewals, saving our clients valuable time traveling to the RMV and waiting in long lines.  Contact Corcoran and Havlin Personal Lines Manager Jennifer Wheeler to learn more by calling 781.235.3100 or emailing JWheeler@chinsurance.com.

On Saturday, September 17, Wellesley resident and local architect Patrick Ahearn FAIA was invited to speak at the first Duxbury Historic District Day by the Local Historic District Commission to a socially distanced gathering outdoors about the value of historic districts. Please follow @patrickahearnarchitect on Instagram and visit patrickahearn.com for more information about the firm.

They say the eyes are the window to the soul. Jesamondo proudly announces its classic eyelash extension services with expert Emily Swartwout. Lashes are synthetic, lightweight, and come in different lengths to accommodate a variety of tastes. One lash is applied at a time for the most natural appearance and lasts for up to three weeks before the need for a touch up. Beautiful eyes without the need for mascara—what could be easier? Book today by calling 508.907.7171 or online at www.jesamondo.com.

Dean Poritzky, principal of Engel & Völkers Wellesley, reports that he and his team of advisors had a record-breaking year in 2020 with an all-time high number of homes sold. The shop continues to attract exceptional real estate professionals with the recent addition of Campbell Armstrong and Munjeet Geyer. Engel & Völkers Wellesley delivers a fresh approach to real estate with a focus on creating a personalized client experience at every stage of the home buying and selling process.  For more information, visit Wellesley.evrealestate.com.

Does your floor need a fresh look for spring? AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring has tools on their website that allow you to design your dream room from the comfort of home. Simply upload a picture of your room and choose your floor. Their physical store locations are open for all projects. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Visit www.ajrosecarpets.com or stop by one of their three locations in Burlington, Natick, and Saugus.

About Motherhood, a psychology practice in Wellesley, is celebrating four decades of unparalleled support and wisdom for mothers.  Now more than ever, let’s recognize mothers and the important work they do.  Kumkum Pareek Malik is a licensed clinical psychologist with an Eastern, mind-body-soul approach to the work of Motherhood.  She considers Motherhood to be a profound life journey in which a woman delves into the complexities and challenges of doing the work of love.  To learn more, email drmalik@aboutmotherhood.com and see her ad on page 21.

Wellesley Dental Group welcomes Orthodontist Dr. Marisa Reason. Dr. Reason earned her DMD from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and completed her CAGS/MSD in Orthodontics at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She is a Diamond Top One Percent Invisalign provider and was voted a 2020 Top Dentist by Boston magazine for orthodontics. For more information, please visit www.wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Lisa Abeles, Wellesley resident and principal of Abeles & Associates Architects, is pleased to announce that Kevin King is marking his 20th year at the firm this spring. On top of being a consummate architectural professional, he is an amazing father, friend, and gourmet chef.  They are looking forward to many more great years of collaboration.

PBF HOMES is celebrating its third-year anniversary helping clients turn their home improvement concepts into reality.  PBF HOMES is a full service award-winning residential design firm focusing on home renovations and offering complete interior design services.  PBF HOMES is proud of its top-level customer service and well-honed renovation process to connect your personal design taste, budget, and timeline. Visit www.pbfhomes.com to learn more.

The new year is here and has us reflecting on the importance of “home” and with an influx of new homeowners in Wellesley, Newton, and Chestnut Hill, Tyler & Sash will continue to offer their contactless consultations for window treatments, wallpaper, and full design services. Thanks to their safety protocols for sourcing and installation, they are excited to enter another year as a resource for the community and making home a place you want to be. For more information, visit www.tylerandsash.com.

The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami is proud of the many ways their team gave back to the community this year.  They donated to the Boston Rescue Mission, an organization that transforms lives by empowering people at risk to achieve healthy and self-sufficient lives, and sponsored Wellesley Luminary Night and South Shore Health’s Moonlight and Miracles Gala.  The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami specializes in providing real estate legal counsel and offers a full range of services.  To learn more, please visit www.selamilaw.com.

Wellesley interior designer Tanya Capello will be opening a new and larger design studio this summer in downtown Wellesley.  She will continue to offer her interior design services to clients while also featuring an exquisite collection of curated accessories and small cased goods for the home. Stay tuned for the grand opening in August 2021! For more information, please visit www.capellodesign.com.

Kertzman & Weil, LLP, a leading real estate law firm based in Wellesley, is pleased to announce they have named Jared Mardeuse and Christopher Swanson as partners of the firm. They have been with the firm for more than seven years working closely with Amy Reich Weil and have been instrumental in the firm’s success. In addition, Kyle Guilbault has joined the firm as an associate. Kertzman & Weil specializes in residential real estate purchases, sales, and financing.  Please see their ad on page 33.

The Weston School of Driving recently opened at 409 Boston Post Road in Weston.  Whether you’re preparing for your learner’s permit or are ready to get your driver’s license, the Weston School of Driving is here to help you get through this fun, challenging and sometimes anxious time.  The school offers driving education and lessons for parents, their teenage drivers, and adults. Custom classes are available to meet your needs.  Please call 781.703.5973 for more information on pricing, schedules, and registration.  Or, visit www.westonschoolofdriving.com, and see their ad on page 60.

If quarantine has negatively impacted your workout routine, you can change it for the better now.  One2One Bodyscapes, celebrating its 20th year, will get you back in shape safely with strict COVID-19 protocol in place including extra cleaning, temperature checks, mask requirements, and more.  A limited number of personal trainers work at one time so clients can get fit in an open space away from others.  You can also participate virtually with Zoom training sessions and achieve maximum results in minimum time.  For more information, visit www.one2onebodyscapes.com or call 781.235.2262.

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett is secretly nestled on 625 acres of tranquility close to the shores of Buzzards Bay, with six unique villages, each offering rolling, forested terrain. Create a one-of-a-kind home in one of New England’s finest residential country club communities. And now a brand-new village along White Pine Lane, is under development near the Audubon International Silver Sanctuary Certified golf course. For more information, visit www.bayclubmatt.com and contact Dave Andrews, director of sales/broker.

Rebelle, a cannabis store in Great Barrington, has announced a partnership with ROCA, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides job training and career opportunities to people of color, who have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of cannabis criminalization. “Can we be the destination of choice because we are doing the right thing and then being profitable?” Rebelle CEO Charlotte Hanna, asked. “I think we can lift people up with us.”

Adriane Miranda is pleased to announce the opening of Adriane Esthetics Spa Boutique, located at 21 Eliot Street in South Natick.  Adriane previously worked at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics in Wellesley and is pleased to offer state-of-the-art skin care, waxing, and brow and lash tinting at a place of her own.  Adriane looks forward to welcoming you to her lovely and serene oasis where you’ll be pampered, rejuvenated, and refreshed to reveal a gorgeous and radiant you.  For more information, please visit www.adrianeesthetics.com, call 508.975.3019, and see their ad on page 80.

Wingate is celebrating three decades as a family-owned business that takes great pride in its senior living communities: One Wingate Way and Wingate Residences at Needham. Designed for luxury, comfort, and security—and staffed with skilled and compassionate caregivers—Wingate communities foster social engagement, provide space indoors and out to promote wellness, and support lifelong learning. Their goal is to enhance the lives of their residents and their families by providing exceptional senior care with compassion, dignity, and grace.  For more information, please visit www.onewingateway.com and www.wingatehealthcare.com.

Dedham Country Day is offering live virtual connections with their admissions staff to explore their pre-k to grade 8 program. If you are interested in learning more, contact them at admissions@dcds.net or call 781.329.0850.

Tony Shu, a Wellesley High School graduate and the co-founder of Breaktime, was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 (2021) list for social impact. Breaktime is a nonprofit with a mission to end young adult homelessness through purposeful transitional employment. During the first eight months of the pandemic, Breaktime employed 25 young adults experiencing homelessness who led the preparation and delivery of over 500,000 meals to people experiencing food insecurity in Boston.

Shagun Sharma is pleased to announce the launch of her brand, Naytra, and online business www.NaytraCouture.com. Naytra offers 100 percent pure mulberry silk tunics and scarves based on the vibrant, exclusive artwork created and sourced directly from the artisans. Naytra is based on three pillars: empowering female artisans, championing sustainable products, and providing the gift of eyesight. Each purchase from Naytra, gives someone the gift of eyesight. This is their gift to the world.

Wellesley Service League (WSL) Committee Chairs Carol Morrow and Angela Kenny joined members of the of the WSL 2020 Holiday Giving Tree committee to prepare and deliver holiday gifts to over 75 children at Barton Road.  This replaced the annual Toy Shop event held at Barton Road at the beginning of the holiday season.

As so many continue to experience Zoom burnout, the Wellesley Historical Society partnered with Jack’s Abby on Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. for a virtual beer tasting. The sampler, provided by Jack’s Abby, was enjoyed by over 45 households. Parker Sammut of Gibson Sotheby’s International sponsored the event. The tasting supported the Society’s role in the community and contributed to its general operating fund. The Society plans to develop more new and exciting virtual programs this year.

Wellesley Weston Chabad Rabbi Moshe Bleich can now add a new accolade to his impressive list: He was a part of the world’s longest Zoom meeting. Bleich says every year he travels to New York to join the world’s largest Rabbinic gathering, the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis. This year, Bleich attended virtually via Zoom. He says the meeting is the world record longest Zoom call at over 120 hours long. Chabad is a Jewish organization known for its community outreach.

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Lynn Donahue, Donna Maley, and Stephanie Burns have been promoted to managing directors at Compass.  For the eighth year in a row, the Donahue Maley Burns Team is ranked as the #1 Sales Team in Wellesley and ranked within the top 25 agents in Massachusetts. For more information on how the team can help you, call 781.591.0671, email dmbteam@compass.com or visit www.donahuemaleyburns.com.

ZW Foundation donated personal protection equipment (PPE) to local hospitals, nursing homes, and police and fire departments to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-founder Zomana Majid of Weston said the foundation tapped into its contacts worldwide to gather resources for the humanitarian cause of saving lives threatened by COVID-19. ZW Foundation’s mission is to provide support to help mitigate the humanitarian crisis happening around the world. ZW Foundation founders have also been involved in women empowerment, illiteracy eradication, human trafficking awareness, and nutrition programs.

The Wellesley Conservation Council’s membership recently changed the name of the non-profit organization to the Wellesley Conservation Land Trust. The new name more clearly reflects the nature of the organization: that of a land trust.  In the past there has been confusion concerning the private or public nature and purpose of the “Council.” Established in 1958 by a group of 14 environmentally-minded citizens of Wellesley to protect, preserve, and conserve the town’s open spaces, it was incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization.

ETHIC, a wealth bank, with headquarters at 125 High Street in Boston, announced the appointment of Matt Morse, CFA, as chief investment officer of ETHIC Wealth Advisors, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor and Subsidiary of ETHIC, a Wealth Bank. A Wellesley native, Morse will lead the overall investment process which includes overseeing the global multi-asset platform and managing the firm’s proprietary equity and ESG strategies. He’s a seasoned investor with 20 years of portfolio management experience working with private clients as well as endowments and foundations.

Wellesley resident Bill Fine, only the fourth president and general manager in the history of WCVB-TV Channel 5—Boston’s ABC affiliate, -will retire later this year. Fine concludes a career in television broadcasting that began as a sports anchor and culminated in leading two of Hearst’s largest TV properties. Among the hallmarks of Fine’s career has been a commitment to WCVB’s prominent community-service role, exemplified recently by the station’s raising more than $13 million to provide relief for New England families hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis.

At AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring, your safety and the well-being of the community are their number one priority. That’s why they’ve put in place new safety protocols within their showrooms as well as with their installation teams to ensure that you have the best possible experience when shopping for your new floor. Visit www.ajrosecarpets.com or stop by one of their three stores located in Burlington, Natick, and Saugus.

Wellesley resident Gail Lockberg, CEO/principal of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Town and Country Real Estate (BHHSTNC), was appointed to the Greater Boston Real Estate Board of Directors for the fourth year in a row.  She was also appointed as chairperson of the Rental Issues Committee for a two-year term (2019 and 2020) for the Greater Boston Association of Realtors.  For more information, please visit www.bhhstownandcountry.com.

Karen Pappas is bringing decades of experience as a career strategist to her newest venture, CareerMode. She has helped countless people start and advance their careers, transition from one role to another, open a business, prepare for retirement, and more through employer-sponsored programs. Karen is excited to now offer professional career management and transition support services directly to individuals. For more information, please visit www.career-mode.com, call 617.585.3038, and view the company’s ad.

Traci Shulkin and Jared Wilk, principals of The Shulkin Wilk Group at Compass in Wellesley, are expanding their digital presence. “Live In The Know,” a new video series hosted by the cutting-edge real estate team, highlights industry professionals and local business owners and answers questions regarding current events and the buying and selling process. The series, which will later transition into a podcast, also includes interviews with local celebrities and tastemakers. New episodes are released weekly on the group’s YouTube channel and on @theshulkinwilkgroup Instagram’s IGTV.

Eye Care and Laser Surgery of Newton-Wellesley has stayed open during the global pandemic, and their team is continuing to see patients in person and via telehealth.  Your safety is their top priority with every possible safety measure in place to protect patients and staff.  When telehealth is not an option, your appointment in the office will be tailored to meet your needs while staying away from others in the office.  For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 617.796.EYES (3937) and visit www.eyecareandlasersurgery.com.

FIERCE is proud to offer FIERCE on Demand—FIERCE workouts to do in the safety of your home, both live streamed and “press, play, and go!” Workout anytime, from anywhere to fiercely love the skin you’re in.  Stay connected to the FIERCE tribe from home.  Remember, you’re not alone.  Gain full access to the FIERCE workout library with over 350 workouts.  Visit www.fiercebychoice.com.

Wellesley resident and architect, Jan Gleysteen, AIA, was recently featured in The Boston Globe magazine and Forbes magazine.  Both publications featured his “Modern Colonial” residence in Wellesley lauding the breakthrough style as a reinvention of the traditional colonial residence.  For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

Amy Kodak is celebrating four years with Gulf Coast International Properties and 10 years of selling luxury real estate in Naples, Florida.  Amy’s passion is helping northern residents find their dream homes from golf communities to the beach. Originally from the Boston area, with her summers spent on Cape Cod, Amy has been a resident of Naples for over 10 years. Contact her to learn the tax benefits of becoming a Naples resident.  Email amy@gcipnaples.com or call 239.877.6319.

Local resident and architect, Patrick Ahearn FAIA, presents his first online class, Patrick Ahearn’s Studio, where he teaches his philosophy on architecture, density, and scale in 15 episodes. Please visit www.patrickahearn.com/patrick-ahearns-studio for more information and follow him on Instagram for more updates @patrickahearnarchitect.

Calling all moms.  In response to coronavirus and the associated stressors, Mind Body Medical Associates (MBMA) of Weston is offering Mindful Moms, an online, nurse-led, mindful parenting series. Each weekly session will have a different focus or theme and will provide connection and community for you in these hard times.  Sessions will offer science-based information and tips and practical coping strategies to help you survive and thrive being a mom in the era of COVID-19. For more information and to enroll, please visit www.MBMAhealth.com.

PBF HOMES was recently awarded 2020 Best of Houzz. “We are honored to be selected for 2020 Best of Houzz,” said Pam Forman, principal of PBF HOMES. “This award is selected by thousands of consumers who are searching for inspiration for their home renovations and interior design projects. We love that our work is inspiring to both our current and future clients.” Thinking of renovating or designing your home? PBF HOMES handles every detail. For more information, visit www.PBFHOMES.COM.

It is with great sadness that Premier Dental Group announces the passing of their friend and colleague Dr. Jeff Damon on March 27,2020 of cancer.  Dr. Damon was a highly valued member at Premier Dental Group.  He was respected not only for his amazing skill and attention to detail as a dentist, but also for his ability to put patients at ease.  He always had a smile and a laugh for you and could talk about anything.  “Dr. D” will be terribly missed.

Foundation for MetroWest, the community foundation serving the MetroWest region of Greater Boston, announced it has received a $25,000 donation from the Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation. The donation will be matched by Jack and Carol O’Neil, who pledged to match all corporate gifts up to $50,000 given to the Foundation during the month of May. The funding will help support vulnerable populations across MetroWest during this unprecedented time.  To learn more about the Foundation and how to support its efforts, visit www.foundationmw.org.

Boston-based designer Marc Langlois continues to “weekend” in Vermont’s Green Mountains, where many of his Wellesley-Weston clients own homes where their design vision was realized under his guidance.  In addition to his design expertise, Langlois’ carefully curated concierge service ensures that clients can arrive to a well-stocked fridge, a blazing fire, and dinner in the oven. Langlois has established an outpost in Stowe for current and prospective clients, providing them with luxury and the comforts of home. For more information, please visit www.mr-marc.com.

Gabrielle Clemens, CDFA, JD, LLM, AEP, financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management, and managing director at Clemens Private Wealth Management Group and Seaport Boston Private Wealth Management, has been named to Forbes’ “Top Women Wealth Advisors” list.  Although she has a broad-based clientele, Gabrielle primarily works with high net worth and divorced or divorcing individuals and couples. She offers divorce financial planning seminars and workshops throughout New England and is a frequent guest on local and national media outlets.  For more information, go to https://us.rbcwealthmanagement.com/clemenswmg/about-our-team.

Enter Jesamondo Salon & Spa and notice its renovated lobby and fresh air. They’ve added an extra layer of silent protection with a state-of-the-art air filtration system called the Synexis Microbial Reduction System that’s proven to be effective against both surface and airborne contaminants such as viruses (including COVID-19, E. Coli, Staph, Norovirus, H1N1, and more), bacteria, and mold. They’re safe and can’t wait to see you! Call 508.907.7171 or book your appointment online at www.jesamondo.com.

The Law Offices of Sonja Selami honored their essential employees on June 5. The real estate industry has been outstanding in these challenging times, and the employees of the Law Offices of Sonja Selami have remain focused and dedicated to each and every real estate transaction despite the challenging days we have all had to face.  The firm also kicked off summer 2020 with an award ceremony for honoring Marsha Gomez for her extraordinary leadership.  For more information, please visit www.selamilaw.com.

Martel Metellus is a 2019 Babson alumnus turned tech entrepreneur who founded Soko, a discovery network app for the Black community to connect, collaborate, and find new opportunities in employment and business ventures. The first version of Soko will be launching by the end of the summer. Feel free to email Martel to learn more at martelmetellus@gmail.com or call him at 480.719.9358.

NatureWorks now uses leaf “duff” instead of traditional bark mulches almost exclusively on their properties because it offers many benefits over bark mulch. Many traditional mulches are dyed with chemicals that leach into soil and offer little nutritive value. Leaf duff is made from partially decomposed leaves, twigs, stems, and bark, and releases nutrients into the soil. With a finer texture than bark mulch, there’s no hard crust, and it still suppresses weeds and helps the soil retain moisture.  For more information, visit www.natureworkslandscape.com.

Lauren Rampello, owner of Pure Glow, a popular organic spray tanning studio with its original location at 176 Newbury Street in Boston, is opening a second tanning and wellness studio at 22 Church Street in Wellesley’s Church Square. Exclusively at Pure Glow in Wellesley, the studio will offer wellness services such as Pure LED Light Therapy and Pure Infrared Sauna treatments. For more information or to book an appointment online, please visit www.pureglow.com.

Betsy Kessler is celebrating 20 years selling real estate at Rutledge Properties, an independent real estate brokerage serving clients in Wellesley and Boston’s western suburbs for more than 40 years.  Rutledge is proud to be a local, woman-owned business.  Their single, well-established boutique office is home to 25 experienced agents who live locally and have access to valuable, historic information about nearly every home in town.  To learn more about buying or selling your home with Betsy Kessler, email bkessler4@gmail.com, call 617.306.6884, and visit www.betsykessler.com.

Marc Kaplan of Sanford Custom Builders recently completed an 11,000-square-foot Weston home that features amenities homeowners are now searching for to complement their modern lifestyles, including working from home.  The custom home features a sizeable first floor private office as well as a smaller office area off of the kitchen and a lower level custom wine bar and entertainment area. Currently, Sanford is working on a nearby 10,000-square-foot contemporary renovation with specific custom requests.

Catherine Truman is celebrating seven years in business as an architect and designer focusing on preservation, new design, and both historically sensitive and modern interiors.  She works closely with each client to determine the best design solution for their personal, spatial, and aesthetic needs.  Her work is characterized by great attention to detail, materials, and craft; and to keeping historic spaces relevant to contemporary life without compromising their history, legacy, or character.  For more information, please visit www.truman-architects.com.

Like the rest of us, Tyler & Sash has been working a little differently these days. With a few tweaks to their regular operations, the team is ready to deliver the same beautiful results with a slightly more socially-distanced approach. Even though their studios are currently closed to visitors, Tyler & Sash is offering their full range of services: window treatments, wallpaper, custom pillows and cushions, and interior design. Visit their website for more information at www.tylerandsash.com.

Now that you’re working from home, consider doing so in style and at a fraction of the cost of the Boston suburbs.  Governor’s Land in Williamsburg, Virginia offers several beautiful communities and luxurious amenities. Contact Stuart Swan, a buyer’s agent for Howard Hanna Williamsburg, for an all-day tour of the area.  Then join him and his wife, Georgette, for dinner at Two Rivers Country Club on the banks of the James River.  For more information, call Stuart at 774.368.5797 or email him at stuartswan36@gmail.com.

Tara D’Amato and Grace Glynn have joined Engel & Völkers Wellesley, at One Abbott Street. Both Tara and Grace are accomplished real estate advisors with exceptional records of business in their areas of expertise including Holliston, Hopkinton, and Natick for Tara; and Boston, Wellesley, and Weston for Grace. “The addition of these two talented, high-touch professionals will add a new depth to our already very active agent roster and provide extensive, hyper-local market knowledge in their areas of specialization,” said Principal/License Partner Dean Poritzky.

Tamara Luck, RDN, LDN is the new director of nutrition at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, a family-owned pharmacy and wellness store in Waltham. Tamara sees clients one-on-one to help them uncover and address root causes behind gut, hormonal, and weight imbalances. She also curates the nutritious array of healthy snacks and natural supplements in the wellness store. Visit www.naturalcompounder.com for more information on Tamara or Johnson Compounding & Wellness.

Kathryn Alphas-Richlen has earned the distinguished achievement of being ranked among the top 1,000 real estate agents and teams in the United States, as announced in the 2020 REAL Trends “The Thousand” report published in The Wall Street Journal. Alphas-Richlen is affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Realty office in Weston.  REAL Trends ranked Alphas-Richlen #27 on the list of the Top 250 real estate agents in the U.S. based on achieving $155,476,791 in closed sales volume in 2019.

The jewelry experts at A.M. DePrisco are excited about their newly remodeled store, located at 571 Washington Street in Wellesley. Inspired by love, the new setting showcases A.M. DePrisco’s passion for designing diamond rings and fine jewelry. As always, their special services continue with redesigning existing pieces, evaluating and purchasing estate jewelry, fine watch repair and restoration, and up-to-date, certified appraisals for insurance. For more than 40 years, A.M. DePrisco has provided customers with trust, quality, and value.  For more information, please visit www.amdeprisco.com.

Landscape design company a Blade of Grass recently won the 2020 APLD International Landscape Design Gold Award for the grounds of a Lincoln estate designed by company founder Jim Douthit.  In addition to creating award-winning landscapes for 25 years, a Blade of Grass also puts together beautiful fall planters to complement your entryway.  Contact them to discuss options and place your order. Call 508.358.4500 and visit www.abladeofgrass.com.

Needham Bank announced that James Daley of Wellesley has joined the commercial and industrial lending team as senior vice president. Daley will play a key role in the growth of the bank’s middle-market and structured finance portfolio.  Needham Bank is positioned to offer and maintain comprehensive and customizable debt instruments for a wide range of businesses specific to each company’s profile.  The commercial and industrial lending team focuses on building strong relationships and partnerships with underlying borrowers.  Needham Bank is a Member FDIC, DIF, and Equal Housing Lender.

Wellesley Dental Group has completely re-opened and is welcoming all patients for dental procedures and regular cleanings. To combat the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19, they’ve also welcomed additional safety equipment into their office: UV-sanitizing HEPA air purifiers, extra-oral aerosol suctions, sterilizing UV lamps, and hospital-grade H-VAC filters and ionizers. They’re happy to answer any questions you may have about these safety measures or dental inquiries at 781.237.9071 or visit www.WellesleyDentalGroup.com to learn more.

Have you ever tried a massage chair at the mall or nail salon? Nothing special, right? Dave and Chris Laidman of LaidBack have a new store at 588 Washington Street in Wellesley and invite to you stop by for a free trial massage to see what a premium massage chair can do! You’ll know why they say, “No matter how things are going at home or in the office, it’s nice to be kneaded.” For more information, call 508.934.7971 or visit www.laidbackMA.com.

Annette WELL Co. owner and registered yoga instructor Annette Goubeaux has created a boutique fitness concept devoted to keeping clientele looking and feeling their best right at home. Annette is known for a highly personalized and effective approach to addressing the body’s intricacies and its imbalances through the practice of yoga, resulting in improved health by stretching and toning muscles and calming the mind through meditation.  Schedule an in-home consultation today by visiting www.annettewellco.com.

Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders, located in Wellesley, is pleased to announce that Managing Director/Senior Architect Michael T. Gray, AIA, LEED AP will assume a new ownership role as partner/managing director with Founding Principal Robert S. MacNeille, AIA.  Gray joined the company in 2006 and has more than 25 years in the field, including new custom residential design and construction, historic preservation, residential restoration and renovation, and green building.  Gray is a member of AIA, BSA, NCARB, and the NE ICAA Board.  For more information, visit www.carpentermacneille.com.

Steve Snider, founder of real estate development firm Green Phoenix Development (GPD), is proud to announce that GPD’s latest project at 346 Highland Street in Weston is a recipient of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Homes Award in the Outstanding Single Family Project category.  This LEED Platinum® home blends classic craftsmanship with state-of-the-art building technology to create a sanctuary tailored for contemporary living.  It pioneers a new standard for ultra-efficient and sustainable luxury home design.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital announced Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS, as the hospital’s new chair of the department of surgery, effective May 1, 2020. Dr. Parangi is a dynamic surgeon with a national and international reputation and is highly sought after for her expertise in treating thyroid and parathyroid tumors. Dr. Parangi previously served as an endocrine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and is also a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston. For more information, please visit www.nwh.org.

Forever Young Laser & Skin Center is now seeing patients in their new and renovated office at 170 Worcester Street, just three doors down from their former facility.  Forever Young Laser & Skin Center was founded by Tracy Korby in 2005.  Tracy and her staff understand the relationship between looking great and feeling good and teach patients the latest techniques to repair and care for their skin.  For more information, please visit www.frvryoung.com.

Inbox Summer 2020

Wellesley resident and local classical architect, Patrick Ahearn FAIA, was awarded a Bulfinch Award for Residential (Restoration, Renovation, or Addition) by the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art at their Tenth Annual Dinner and Ceremony at the Harvard Club of Boston. Ahearn also launched his new website including new projects as well as his first online class: Patrick Ahearn’s Studio.  Please visit www.patrickahearn.com for more information and follow them on Instagram for more updates @patrickahearnarchitect.

NatureWorks Landscape is making your neighborhood quieter. Again this spring, they will install over 30 mowing robots that are virtually silent, truly green machines that replace traditional mowing. Mow robots eliminate noise and emit zero pollutants. While cutting, they return micro-clippings to the soil, which feed the lawn naturally. Custom- run schedules keep grass a consistent height so lawns never have that “need a haircut” look, and yards are always ready for the next family cookout.  For more information, call 508.660.3139 and visit www.natureworkslandscape.com.

AJ Rose Carpets & Flooring is once again proud to support the YMCA of Metro North as a sponsor of the 2020 Road Race Series, promoting health and wellness to the surrounding community. All proceeds go to the YMCA of Metro North Annual Campaign that provides more than $1.2 million in financial assistance to families in need. Stop by AJ Rose in Burlington, Natick, and Saugus, or online at www.ajrosecarpets.com.

For 40 years, W.F. Healey Co. has been turning back time for their many local clients who rely on the company to restore and enhance their antique furniture and art. Owner Bill Healey is an expert in the antiques and restoration field and has worked with the most discerning private collectors, antique dealers, interior designers, and museums.  The company also offers estate appraisals for insurance and antique sales.  To learn more and to schedule an estimate, call 781.820.3256 and visit www.wfhealey.com.

Krauss Dermatology has expanded and added an additional suite focused on aesthetic procedures and treatments. Visit them in their new space, located conveniently across the hall from their Wellesley Hills office at 1 Washington Street, Suite 401A.  The team is committed to providing innovative and outstanding care to all patients in a safe and comfortable environment. They are passionate about delivering an exceptional experience, whether medical, surgical, or aesthetic.

A year ago Tyler & Sash joined the neighborhood at 540 Washington Street and transformed a former package store into a light-filled design studio.   Next door, Wellesley Bakery founder and owner Mara Nuon and manager Sam Nuon liked what they saw and recently partnered with Tyler & Sash to give the 25-year neighborhood fixture a well-deserved facelift.   Led by Tyler & Sash designer Josh Bogart, the team’s goal is to create a fresh space for the bakery that reflects the owners’ heritage.  Visit www.tylerandsash.com.

Just in time for summer, Beauty and Main, located at 79 Central Street in Wellesley, is pleased to reintroduce the Beauty and Main Loyalty Card.  Purchase five services and the sixth one is free.  Services include custom spray tanning and makeup applications.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 781.237.1685 and visit www.beautyandmain.com.

Dean Poritzky, principal/license partner at Engel & Völkers Wellesley, is honored to announce that the following agents in the Wellesley office earned Elite Club Award status for exceptional sales in 2019: Veronika Bulkin, Sari Coduri, Karen Kirk, Rob MacLeod, Keith Magnus, Peace Nguyen, and Renu Shukla. Awards were presented at Exchange, the annual meeting of 1,000 members of the Engel & Völkers Americas network, which took place at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. Congratulations to all and best of luck in 2020!

The Wellesley Historical Society (WHS) has made great progress this past year and is now one step closer to being able to effectively use their new property at 323 Washington Street, also known as the Stanwood House. Thanks to fundraising efforts, an ADA-compliant bathroom has been added on the main floor, areas have been painted, and repairs have been made.  The WHS has also been working closely with town officials to have the Stanwood House designated as a Single Building Historic District.  For more information, please visit www.wellesleyhistoricalsociety.org.

Debi Benoit, whose company Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. was recently acquired by Gibson Sotheby’s, has been named senior vice president of Sotheby’s International Real Estate Company. Benoit exceeded $120 million in sales in 2019. She has maintained her status as one of the nation’s top real estate producers for more than a decade and the #1 broker status in Wellesley for 14 consecutive years. Statewide, Benoit ranks as one of the top producers for single-family home sales.

Jesamondo Salon & Spa proudly announces new people on the management team. Joining Matt Traiger, owner, manager, and longtime iconic figure behind the brand, are Artistic Directors Michelle DeCosta and Jenna Rose Pasquale; and Front Desk Coordinators Brittany Dillworth and Jessica Andrade. With new salon and spa expansions just a whisper away from completion, stay tuned as exciting new changes continue to emerge.  Visit www.jesamondo.com or call 508.907.7171 to schedule your salon visit or spa-cation.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town and Country Real Estate (BHHS) recently honored Kathy Kelley with the Chairman’s Circle Platinum Award for her excellent sales performance for 2018 placing her in the top one percent of all BHHS agents nationwide. Kathy was also honored with the Berkshire Hathaway HS Legend Award for her many consecutive years of award-winning performance. Kelley just celebrated 25 years as one of Wellesley’s top real estate agents. “The name you see all over town!”

Eye Care and Laser Surgery of Newton-Wellesley is pleased to introduce their new front desk administrative staff. With a focus on exceptional patient experience, triaging medical issues, and making timely appointments, the staff has extensive managed care and medical practice experience and is eager to meet and help care for you.  Eye Care and Laser Surgery provides laser eye surgery (LASIK, Advanced Surface Ablation, PRK, and LASEK) as well as comprehensive eye care. For more information, please visit www.eyecareandlasersurgery.com.

Needham Bank stepped up to the plate and gave a $10,000 sponsorship to the Wellesley Softball Field of Dreams project. The donation provided grandstands at Lee Field, where the Wellesley High School Varsity Softball team will play their home games. Needham Bank wishes the team many winning seasons on the new field!

The owners and staff at a Blade of Grass are proud to announce that Irrigation and Lighting Manager Abdul Abuhajeb achieved the status of Certified Irrigation Technician from the Irrigation Association this past winter. His passion for reducing water waste and improving system efficiency has led him to create the company’s new SMART Irrigation Plan. It’s based around understanding site specifics, multiple checks per season, using appropriate materials, and utilizing WIFI controllers that connect to local weather stations.

DermWellesley is excited to welcome Caren Droesch, MD to their team. Dr. Droesch, a Massachusetts native, will be seeing both medical and cosmetic patients of all ages and genders. She treats the entire spectrum of skin disease, performs skin cancer examinations, and is highly skilled in both laser therapy and injectables. She’s accepting new patients and will also offer urgent access appointments throughout the week for any patient that may have a more immediate need. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 781.591.4234 and visit www.dermwellesley.com.

One Wingate Way is celebrating its third year providing luxury independent living to seniors who seek full independence with peace of mind.  One Wingate Way, located at 235 Gould Street in Needham, features AQUA by Wingate, an engaging active lifestyle experience, encompassing mind, body, and spirit.   Residents enjoy smart-tech fitness equipment, a heated salt-water pool, yoga classes, massage therapy, a salon, and much more.  Other luxuries of leisure include cultural programs, continuing education, and museum trips, to name just a few.  To learn more, please visit www.onewingateway.com.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is pleased to announce that Melissa Dailey has been recognized with the Coldwell BankerR International Society of Excellence Award for 2019. This is Coldwell Banker’s highest designation. In addition, Melissa was named one of the Top 10 Sales Associates Nationwide. Coldwell Banker is also pleased to announce that Donna Scott and Tom Aaron have been recognized with the Coldwell BankerR International President’s Premier Award for 2019.

Wellesley resident and architect Jacob Lilley, of Jacob Lilley Architects, is pleased to once again be awarded “Best of Houzz ” for 2020, in Design and Service. The award is chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals. For more information, please visit www.jlaarchitects.com.  http://www.jlaarchitects.com

Wellesley resident and architect Jan Gleysteen, AIA, was recently named “Best of Houzz” for 2020.  This is the sixth time the firm has received the honor, granted to the top three percent of Houzz.com’s over two million professionals.  For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects and their work please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or contact Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. at 781.431.0080.

Owner and Certified Master Gardener Michele Fronk Schuckel, a Weston resident, works with her team to design and install four season gardens and containers, which always incorporate native plants. The designs draw pollinators (birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects) and are built to be climate resilient. With your health in mind, Natural Selections practices organic fine gardening.  Schedule a consultation at NaturalSelectionsGardens.com.  Mention WellesleyWeston Magazine and receive a 10 percent discount on container gardens and urns in 2020.

Amy Mizner of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, architect David Boronkay of Slocum Hall Design Group, Jeff Capello of Concept Building, Inc., and Jessica Tolman and Anne Mueller of Briar Design are featured in a new video called “Modern Trailblazers: Reimagining the Prairie Style.”  Created by Boston Design Guide, the video is Part One of a series documenting the land acquisition, design, and construction of a magnificent MetroWest private residence inspired by the prairie style of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neajGFkiNIk.

Sonja B. Selami, ESQ., owner and CEO of Sonja Selami Law Offices P.C., and Marketing Director Ashley Bernon recently attended a private event at Tiffany’s Newbury Street store to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The women attending the breakfast and round table discussion were international business leaders who work here in Boston.  The Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami is a leader in real estate law with offices in Boston, Wellesley, Lexington, and Hingham.  For more information, please visit www.selamilaw.com.

FIERCE is celebrating two years at the Garage Gym. Experience what it feels like to live fiercely through fitness, fuel, fulfillment, friendship, and fun.  FIERCE offers brand-new classes and new coaches to bring you the best of the best in women’s fitness and well-being! Your first class is complimentary.  From small group training classes to one-on-one personal training, to behavior coaching, FIERCE by Choice has you covered.  Visit www.fiercebychoice.com for more information.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art has awarded Dan Gordon Landscape Architects a Bulfinch Award for their work on The Pond’s Edge Estate. This once cherished garden, located in historic Chestnut Hill, had fallen into disrepair. The renovation has transformed and revitalized the property into a thriving ecosystem and inspiring environment for owners and community to enjoy once again.

Boston-based interior designer Marc Langlois, a long-recognized fixture on the Wellesley-Weston landscape, has been busy helping clients update their vacation homes in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  Many of Marc’s clients are heading north earlier this year and have asked him to update their weekend retreats along the slopes of Stowe and the surrounding countryside.  Langlois is known for working closely with each homeowner to bring a fresh perspective to their design views. For more information, please visit www.mr-marc.com and follow on Instagram @marcjlanglois.

Nicholaeff Architecture + Design, a premiere architect and design firm headquartered in Osterville, is honored to be named one of the “Top Fifty” coastal architects 2020 by Ocean Home Magazine.  Nicholaeff Architecture + Design, founded by Doreve Nicholaeff, approaches architecture in the analysis of the context, the site, its characteristics/topography, geology, indigenous vegetation, wind direction, orientation, surrounding houses, borrowed view paths, and the architectural vocabulary. For more information, visit www.nicholaeff.com or call 508.420.5298.

The Portland Group is proud to announce that they are celebrating 90 years of business in 2020. Nationally recognized as New England’s leading wholesaler of plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning, The Portland Group prides itself on the quality and variety of products offered to customers, providing top brand names in a warehouse space exceeding 300,000 square feet.  The company’s signature showroom, SPLASH in Newton features the industry’s premier brands and coveted designs. For more information call  617.332.6662 or visit their website at www.splashspritzo.com.

Stuart Swan, the former owner of Stuart Swan Furniture Company, is now living and working in Williamsburg, Virginia where he works as a buyer’s agent for Howard Hanna Williamsburg.  If you’re looking for tasteful resort living, add Williamsburg to your retirement considerations.  Enjoy elegant planned communities such as Governor’s Land at Two Rivers Country Club on the banks of the James River.  Choose from several planned communities offering custom homes at prices that are not to be believed in the Northeast.   For more information, email stuartswan36@gmail.com.

Engel & Voelkers Wellesley congratulates Renu Shukla, an award-winning luxury segment advisor for her third work anniversary! Renu’s demonstrated expertise in navigating various life transitions through critical real estate decisions continues to enable best possible results for her clients. A past Tenacre, Rivers, and The Roxbury Latin School parent, Renu is grateful for her deep roots in this community. Please reach Renu directly at 781.608.2604.

The sixth annual Lunch with Kate was held in March and celebrated Boston Medical Center’s (BMC’s) Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family. Special guest and First Lady of Massachusetts Lauren Baker joined BMC President and CEO Kate Walsh and the center’s Executive Director Dr. Megan Bair-Merritt for a discussion about how the center is revolutionizing care for pediatric patients and their families. More than $86,500 was raised in support of the incredible work being done to give all children equal opportunity to be healthy.

Wellesley Dental Group is excited to welcome board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and Wellesley native Dr. Jonathan Stephens to their team. Dr. Stephens received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Columbia University. He completed his general surgery internship at Tulane University, and oral surgery residency at Mt. Sinai/ Jacobi in New York City. He is a clinical instructor for oral surgery at Tufts University with the philosophy to deliver comprehensive and compassionate care to all patients.

Wellesley College is now offering an innovative approach to providing health care services to its more than 2,400 students. Through a collaboration between Wellesley College and Newton-Wellesley Collegiate Health, a service of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, hospital providers are based at Wellesley’s campus, providing students with convenient access to top-quality health care. This is a novel approach in Massachusetts for addressing the health needs of students. Highly-specialized care is also available through Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the broader Partners HealthCare network, including Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Bridgitte Carroll, a local integrative and functional dietitian, is celebrating two years at Johnson Compounding & Wellness in Waltham. In this role, she has worked with hundreds of individual clients, acquired new products for the store, and helped customers pick out personalized supplements. By practicing nutrition using a functional medicine lens, she is able to get to the root cause of any dysfunction. She is accepting new clients.

Mature Caregivers, a division of Age Friendly Ventures, announced that Gayle Thieme has joined the team as director of client care.  Thieme comes to Mature Caregivers after 16 years with the Wellesley Council on Aging.  Mature Caregivers provides companionship and personal care to elders in their homes.  For more information, please visit www.agefriendly.com.