By Dedham Square Circle
Wicked Local Dedham
Posted Nov 18, 2010 @ 07:00 AM
Welcome Back, Scoop Fans!
With the holidays just around the corner, the Dedham Square Circle elves are busy at work behind-the-scenes planning a fun-filled celebration this holiday season!
Ring in the Holidays Square Style - Mark your calendars for the Dedham Square Circle’s Annual Dedham Square Holiday Stroll on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5-9 p.m. Merchants will stay open late to offer special discounts, free raffles and holiday treats while roving carolers from First Church of Dedham circle the Square. WODS 103.3 FM will be on hand in front of Mocha Java to play your favorite holiday tunes and give away prizes while the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s mobile pet adoption vehicle will set up nearby. New York Times best-selling author Anita Shreve will host a book signing at Nest and at 6 p.m., jolly old St. Nick will lead the countdown for the ceremonial lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. Follow him over to Paradise Café afterward for a free sing-a-long holiday concert. Street performers, costumed characters and more. Special thanks to our sponsors Needham Bank, Norfolk & Dedham Group, Dedham RotaryClub, Dedham Transcript and DedhamCultural Council.
You Gotta Have Art – Hey kids, help us transform the Square into a winter wonderland with your beautiful artwork! Draw, paint or create a collage of what the holidays mean to you! Bring your picture to The Blue Bunny between Nov. 19 and Dec. 1 and we'll display your masterpiece in one of shop windows throughout the Square just in time for the Holiday Stroll! Kids up through grade 5 may participate. Everyone who enters gets a holiday prize from the Dedham Square Circle when you turn in your artwork, and all get entered in a raffle to win a kids’ holiday gift basket . Visit www.dedhamsquarecircle.org for more details!
Buy Local – No other season reflects the power of the dollar quite as clearly as the holidays. In fact, many merchants count on holiday sales for as much as 40 percent of their annual revenue. Where you choose to do your shopping makes a big difference. Square merchants are hoping for a strong holiday season to end the year on an upswing. As you check your holiday gift list ask youself, “Could I find it in the Square?” I bet you'll be surprised just how many times the answer will be yes!
Give Back - Research has shown that nonprofit organizations receive an average 350 percent more support from smaller locally-owned businesses than they do from larger ones. Square merchants, despite difficult economic times, continue to support dozens of local nonprofits, community groups, youth sports and PTO’s. You can show your appreciation for their support by patronizing them.
Support Small Businesses – Large retailers have Black Friday and online retailers have Cyber Monday. This year, starting on Saturday, Nov. 27, small business owners will have “Small Business Saturday.” The campaign was created by American Express to encourage nationwide support of small businesses. The company will give a $25 credit to 100,000 of its cardholders who pledge to use their cards at independent businesses on Nov. 27.
You’re Welcome - There was a great turnout for the DedhamWelcome Wagon’s first Welcome Party for new Dedham residents on Sunday night at Deli After Dark. Hats off to DWW founders Jen Barsamian and Monika Wilkinson for organizing such an enjoyable evening. Among those on hand to offer a warm welcome were state Rep. Paul McMurtry, Selectmen Sarah MacDonald, Paul Reynolds and Mike Butler, Maribu owner Jen Gibbs, Dedham Square Circle Chairman Peter H. Reynolds and Executive Director Amy Haelsen, Donahue Real Estate’s Jay Donahue, artists Derek Aylward and Brendan Hayes, shutterbug Kerry Hawkins, Deli After Dark’s Matt Cawley and Greater Boston Gala Girl Alex Shumway.
A Family Affair – Salem Food Market’s new owner, Freddie Zagami, is glad to be back in the Square. A Hyde Park native who went to high school with Kouzina’s own Xeno Sontoulidis, he worked at SFM years ago. While there have been some changes to the business, one important ingredient has stayed the same - the talented Lina Ballarano continues to make a variety of mouth-watering authentic Italian dishes from scratch every day. Also working alongside Zagami are his sister Sheri and his brother Richie. Drop by to check out the new selection of imported Italian delicacies and ask about the special order holiday cakes. The shop is open Mon-Sat. from 8–8 and makes deliveries all day every day throughout Dedham for only $1! Head over to 331 Washington St. and taste for yourself why people are raving about Salem Food Market!
New Face in the Square - Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Michelle DeSimone, the new manager Needham Bank in Dedham Square. A resident of Newton, Michelle tells us she is excited to be in Dedham and be part of such a great community. Stop in to the bank sometime soon to say hello!
Dedham SquareTrivia – Answer a fun trivia question or solve a riddle about our historic downtown, get it right and you’ll be entered into our quarterly drawing to win a gift certificate to a Square merchant! The answer to last week’s Trivia Question: The Norfolk County Courthouse is the Square landmark that was built in 1827 in the Greek Revival style by Solomon Willard, the architect who designed the Bunker Hill monument. Congratulations to Joy Christie and Marcia Cardinale who answered correctly!
This week’s Trivia Question: Where would you go in the Square if you were looking for shabu-shabu? Submit your answers by Friday, Dec. 3 to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our P.O. Box listed below.
Are you a member? Our revitalization efforts in Dedham Square are made possible only through private contributions. Join or renew your annual membership to the Dedham Square Circle today. Membership benefits include special offers throughout the Square. Donate online at www.dedhamsquarecircle.org or send a check ($35 individual, $50 family) to: Dedham Square Circle, Box 593, Dedham, MA 02027. Donations are tax deductible. Thanks for showing you care about Dedham Square!