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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.