Longtime real estate professionals Chrissie Lawrence and Betsy Kessler are pleased to announce that they began the new year as the proud new owners of Rutledge Properties. Rutledge was established in 1974 and Betsy’s mother, Sheila Cohen, owned the business from 1979 through 1990. Roberta Swenson had been the sole proprietor of the business since 1990, and she also happens to be Chrissie’s mom! Rutledge is a local, woman-owned business with 20 experienced agents who live here in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.rutledgeproperties.com.
The Weston Garden Club presents its 2022 Garden Tour on Saturday, June 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Twelve unique gardens will include native plants, pollinators, garden rooms, water features, and more. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. Program pickup and day-of-tour sales begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Josiah Smith Tavern, 358 Boston Post Road in Weston Center. Purchase advance tickets and find updates about the tour at www.westongardenclub.org.
Wellesley resident and architect Jan Gleysteen, AIA is pleased to have been awarded “Best of Houzz” for 2022. Gleysteen’s work has been recognized for design excellence by Houzz.com eight times, garnering over one million saves and making him a Houzz influencer. For more information about Jan Gleysteen Architects, please visit www.jangleysteeninc.com or follow on social media @jan_gleysteen_architects.
Jimmy Kane, a personal trainer at One2One BodyScapes Wellesley, is one of the few Boston area trainers certified to provide golf specific fitness assessments. The TPI assessment is a 13-point evaluation that addresses physical capabilities and limitations to help the golfer better understand how these affect their body during the golf swing. By improving physical limitations in the body, injury can be prevented and player performance can be enhanced through increased power, distance, accuracy, and enjoyment. For more information, please visit www.one2onebodyscapes.com/wellesley.
A.J. Rose Carpets & Flooring is making it easier to shop for a new floor with their convenient new Shop at Home service. Customers may set up an appointment online or over the phone, and after a brief phone consultation an A.J. Rose flooring expert will bring samples to their home, answer all their questions and provide a no cost quote. Call 855-4-AJRose or visit www.ajrosecarpets.com/shop-at-home to schedule your appointment today.
Sean Clarke, Wellesley resident and president of Clarke, New England’s official Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove showroom and test kitchen, invites you to explore your outdoor kitchen options at Clarke’s South Boston Showroom at 7 Tide. “Beyond an extraordinary great gas grill, Wolf and Sub-Zero will make your outdoor kitchen perform like its indoor counterpart,” says Clarke. Sub-Zero outdoor refrigeration and ice makers keep fresh foods and cold drinks at your fingertips. Achieve predictable cooking performance with Wolf outdoor grills, side burners and ventilation. Visit www.clarkeliving.com for more information.
With spring here and summer around the corner, now is a great time to prune your shrubs and trees and install new plantings for privacy and shade. It’s also the right time to add flowering ornamental shrubs and trees to enhance your landscape and transplant shrubs and trees to better locations within your property. Acorn Tree and Landscaping, Inc. offers total plants care programs and mature tree and shrub installations up to 35-feet tall. To learn more, visit www.acorntreeandlandscape.com.
Capello Design is now open at 24 Church Street in Wellesley. If you enjoy shopping online, you’ll love Capello Design’s website where you’ll find a fabulous array of thoughtfully curated and meticulously edited items to add style and beauty to your home. Founded in 2001, Capello Design is a full-service interior design company that specializes in sophisticated residential spaces. Owner Tanya Capello strives to create spaces that will enhance her clients’ lives and ensure they’ll enjoy their homes for many years to come. Please visit www.capellodesign.com.
Eye Care and Laser Surgery of Newton-Wellesley is pleased to call 40 Walnut Street, Suite 101 in Wellesley its new home. In addition, Dr. Marc Leibole has been recognized by Boston magazine as a Top Doctor in Ophthalmology for 12 consecutive years. Dr. Leibole and his staff provide laser eye surgery as well as comprehensive eye care including routine eye exams and treatment of eye pathology. For more information, please visit www.eyecareandlasersurgery.com.
After a long winter, the spring and summer months are the perfect time to refresh and rejuvenate with Elizabeth Renee’s Longevity skincare line. Formerly located in Wellesley, you can now find your favorite products and discover new ones online at www.elizabethrenee.com. Elizabeth believes 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781.235.7546.
First Rugs SoWa Boutique is now open in the South End at 500 Harrison Avenue in the new Boston Design District. Cynthia First is pleased to add the boutique to the First Rugs family and says to watch for exciting events in the months to come. The curated collection of four generations of hand-knotted rugs specialists includes exquisite antiques, creative custom rugs, vintage finds, and the only local collection of authentic Gabbeh rugs. You can also visit the new flagship First Rug Gallery of Acton at 13 Great Road and find them online at www.firstrugs.com.
Donahue Maley & Burns Team of Compass is proud to introduce its newest team member, Cheryl Cotney. While Cheryl has been at the Compass Chestnut Hill office since 2017, she has been helping clients find their place in Boston, Brookline, Chestnut Hill, and Newton for over 20 years. With an MBA from Babson College, Cheryl has a high-level understanding of each transaction and brings a passion for collaboration, ensuring a best-in-class real estate experience. Cheryl can be reached at email@example.com.
Madrona Brothers Landscaping is celebrating 28 years of outstanding landscape services that include exceptional gardens, hardscape installation, maintenance, and truly amazing planters and window boxes. They are also pleased to announce the addition of Tom Fletcher as director of landscape services. Formally of a Blade of Grass, Tom brings his friendly style, interactive designs, and deep commitment to every relationship he builds. Madrona Brothers welcomes him to the team and looks forward to his fresh perspective. Visit www.Madronabros.com or call 508.620.9369.
Adriane Esthetics Spa & Boutique is celebrating two years at their South Natick location at 21 Eliot Street. Treat yourself this summer by renewing and refreshing your skin at this little oasis, where you can indulge yourself with the best ingredients, receive a magical massage, and be pampered and rejuvenated. For more information, please visit www.adrianeesthetics.com, call 508.975.3019, and see their ad on page 102.
This coaching experience packs it all in. At FIERCE, we’ll work together to uncover what’s holding you back by assessing habits, current physical health, stress levels, and nutrition to identify the areas you want to change, the steps to make those changes, and the strategy that allows you to fully integrate these steps into your life. FIERCE’s habit transformation coaching is 100 percent customizable so that your program is the exact fit you need to feel fit, FIERCE, and fabulous! Learn more at www.fiercebychoice.com.
Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to announce its two newest real estate professionals. Christina Santangelo has joined the Mizner + Montero team in Weston and Meaghan Gay is the newest member of the Benoit | Robinson | O’Rourke team in Wellesley. Both Christina and Meaghan are known for their superior client services, local market knowledge, and strategic thinking. To reach Christina, call 617.593.0889 or email ChristinaS@GibsonSIR.com. To reach Meaghan, call 508.596.8574 or email Meaghan.Gay@GibsonSIR.com.
Coldwell Banker Realty is pleased to announce that Tom Aaron and Melissa Dailey have been recognized with the Coldwell BankerR International Society of Excellence award for 2021. This is Coldwell Banker’s highest designation. In addition, Melissa was named the #6 Sales Agent in the US and the #1 Sales Agent in Massachusetts and New England. For more information, please visit www.ColdwellBankerHomes.com.
Eleni Kaplan, president of E.K. Sanford Builders, Inc. recently completed an interior remodel and addition to a private residence in Waban. The stylish home is bright and inviting and shows the level of detail rendered by all team members including David Boronkay of Slocum Hall Design Group and Jill Litner of Kaplan Interiors.
Gabrielle Clemens, JD, LLM, CDFA, AEP, has been recognized by Forbes as a 2022 Best-In-State Wealth Advisor and Top Woman Wealth Advisor. Gabrielle focuses her practice on helping individuals make smart financial decisions as they go through divorce. Marriage is About Love, Divorce Is About Money(TM). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617.725.1702.
Wellesley resident and local classical architect, Patrick Ahearn FAIA, was recognized by Boston Home‘s editorial team as Best of Boston Home 2022 for Restoration Architect. Please visit www.patrickahearn.com for more information and follow the firm on Instagram for more updates @patrickahearnarchitect.
Congratulations to Kathy Kelley, named Top Producer at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Town and Country Real Estate congratulates Kathy Kelly, who was recently named a top producer. Kathy is also a Chairman Circle platinum award winner, honored as one of the top one percent of BHHS agents nationally. Congratulations also to Erik Pearson and Erica Lockberg Sullivan, who were named Chairman Circle Gold Award Winners, recognized in the top two percent of agents nationally for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
Barry Mann joined Carpenter & MacNeille in 2022 as a senior construction manager, heading up the firm’s fast-moving Boston/MetroWest construction operations. A graduate of the North Bennet Street School Preservation Carpentry program in Boston (where he is now an advisor), Barry has worked in residential construction for over 20 years and has a keen knowledge of the nuances and challenges of residential design and construction. Please visit www.carpentermacneille.com for firm details and follow on Instagram @carpentermacneille.
Jared Wilk, a broker with The Shulkin Wilk Group at Compass has been elected the vice president of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR)for 2022. Serving the membership of more than 10,000 residential real estate agents, Wilk will help govern the association’s policies, programs, and business activities, while also acting as a liaison between GBAR and state legislators through participation in “calls for action” on legislative and regulatory issues important to the real estate industry.
Dean Poritzky, founding principal/license partner of Engel & Völkers Wellesley, and several advisors from his office recently traveled to Las Vegas for EVX. Once a year, the very best in real estate from across the Americas come together to collaborate, celebrate, and share in being members of Engel & Völkers’ truly unique global and highest-caliber network. For the second consecutive year, Dean was awarded the Chairman’s Circle Elite Club distinction, the highest level of achievement for annual sales in excess of $1M gross commission income.
Masks might be in our rearview mirrors, but what do we see in our reflections? After wearing masks and suffocating our pores, ravaged skin may be the result. Fortunately, Jesamondo Salon & Spa is offering rejuvenating treatments including an assortment of facials, HydraFacials, spot removal, and more to renew skin to its splendid perfection. Celebrate and be proud to reveal your beautiful face again. Schedule an appointment online at www.jesamondo.com or by calling 508.907.7171.
If you’re recently divorced, become inspired this summer with Wellesley resident Caren Stanley’s “Journey of Divorce” courses. These courses help people move forward in their lives during and after divorce with dignity and grace, and provide tools and positivity, guidance, and support. If you want to heal from your divorce and want to be better and not bitter, then this course is for you. All small group sessions are currently being taught on Zoom. To learn more, please email email@example.com or call 617.794.9898.
Enrollment for the new summer programs at Meadowbrook is filling up as families and children look forward to summer. Consider exploring their collection of traditional camp programs, enrichment offerings, academic discovery classes, trips, and teen leadership options—designed and implemented by Meadowbrook’s new full-time Auxiliary Programs department. Hiring for summer staff is also in full swing for those interested in joining their team. Visit www.BranchesMeadowbrook.org for more details.
Needham Bank is committed to doing its part to build a more sustainable and healthier future. With the leadership of Wellesley resident James Daley, SVP-director of structured finance, Needham Bank has expanded into the renewable energy industry and has closed deals that finance commercial solar and wind farms, which provide clean energy to our communities and help drive the global energy transition. Needham Bank is located at 458 Washington Street in Wellesley.
Tyler & Sash is open for walk-in visits and appointments. Visitors will enjoy a refreshed assortment of home décor products and new collections of wallpaper, including Phillip Jeffries natural grasscloths, classic Cowtan & Tout patterns, and bold designs by Schumacher, along with a handful of specialty lines. Tyler & Sash is located at 540 Washington Street in Wellesley and 880 Main Street in Winchester. For more information, please visit 781.729.6639.
Led by “Boston Top Doctors” Dr. Christopher J. Kwolek and Dr. R. Todd Lancaster, Board-certified vascular surgeons with a combined experience of over 40 years, The Vascular Care Group’s Wellesley office is a state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot facility designed to provide comprehensive vascular and vein care. The nationally accredited facility includes advanced imaging suites to perform outpatient procedures, ultrasound rooms, training and educational facilities, as well as access to cutting-edge technology, including participation in clinical trials.
Terrazza and Advisors Living recently celebrated their dual Grand Opening. The new luxury Terrazza condominiums, developed by TRAX, are now available to purchase. Advisors Living is the residential real estate brokerage subsidiary of Boston Realty Advisors. Merit McIntyre is the president and CEO of Advisors Living and Janice Dumont is the CEO of the New Development Sales and Marketing division. Sales offices for Terrazza and Advisors Living are located at Linden Square.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Sonja B. Selami Law Offices hosted a private dinner at the new Quin House in Boston to toast the many remarkable female leaders on her team and within the Boston real estate community. International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. Guests enjoyed a curated menu by the Quin House’s new executive chef, Amber Lancaster—a new bright light on the Boston culinary scene.
Wellesley resident and photographer Lisa Neighbors recently launched her newly-designed website. A professional photographer for over 20 years, Lisa is now offering kids’ photography workshops this summer and fall. Visit www.lisaneighborsphotographs.com for information about the various workshops offered from weeklong and drop-in summer camps to one-day workshops featuring night photography, pet photography, trips to Boston, and more. Lisa also specializes in senior portraits, family photos, and branding images for companies of all sizes.
The MacDowell Company would like to recognize Mike Nowicki for his upcoming four-year work anniversary. Mike is a registered Landscape Architect in Massachusetts, serves as lead designer at The MacDowell Company and has over 20 years of professional design experience. The MacDowell Company is a landscape architecture firm that has been designing award winning projects in New England from more than 50 years.
Architect Jacob Lilley and his team at JLA have been headquartered at Hathaway House, 103 Central Street, in Wellesley for the past 12 years. Interior Designer Sashya Thind will be collaborating with JLA and sharing the expanded office suite. With the new reception area, added conference rooms, and kitchenette, the JLA-Sashya Thind space will welcome clients by appointment in style.
Fallon Custom Homes and Renovations, a local luxury home builder, established an internal comprehensive woodworking shop 19 years ago. The award-winning firm recently announced that Carlos “Ricky” Barbosa, who has been with the company for over 11 years, will be managing the shop and its talented team of craftsmen. Barbosa’s promotion ensures the company’s continued success in crafting custom-designed furniture, cabinetry, millwork, and historically accurate reproductions.
Avid4 Adventure summer camp is coming to Weston this summer. Avid4 Adventure empowers kids to choose active, healthy lifestyles in the outdoors and offers day camps and overnight camps, with programs for PreK through 12th grade students. The Avid4 Adventure experience enables kids to gain confidence, make new friends, and develop decision-making skills that will translate to every aspect of their lives. For more information on Avid4 summer camps, visit www.avid4.com.
Wellesley retailer London Harness is now selling the world’s first single-use mask made using plant-based materials. The G95 Oceanshield biodegradable masks are now available in store or online. “Everything from the ear loops to the nose bridge and the G95 filtration technology built-in are all made out of plant-based materials,” said Demian Wendrow, owner of London Harness. “They are lab tested and certified to biodegrade in approximately 90 days in comparison to the 400 years it takes for cloth and surgical masks to biodegrade.” For more information, call 781.237.5950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellesley resident Molly Shively recently launched a new business called A Pretty Neat Place. With expertise in both home decor and organization, Molly aims to make her clients’ homes feel more beautiful and functional. She helps clients with a variety of home projects to overcome whatever styling, disorganization, or stress-inducing challenge they’re facing. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, please visit www.aprettyneatplace.com.
The Elizabeth Seton Residence, a leading skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Wellesley, has been recognized as a “Best Nursing Home” for 2021-2022 by U.S. News & World Report. This is the tenth consecutive year the Elizabeth Seton Residence has earned top honors. The Elizabeth Seton Residence is a Catholic, nonprofit skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, offering short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. As a Ministry of the Sisters of Charity (Halifax) they are deeply committed to delivering quality person-centered care in a welcoming environment.
Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) student Alex Irwin won a Freddie G award for Outstanding Performance by an Individual. Wellesley Theatre Project students won other recognition and earned praise at the 2022 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta. The monumental weekend dedicated to rewarding and celebrating student-driven musical theater programs happened online and in-person in January. WTP students Arabella Hardgrave, Lydia Harrison, and Andrew Ho made it to the callback for future video shoots for “how-to” choreography videos. Students Lexi Greeley and Alex Ho were distinguished as All-Stars.