Lots to update you on. But first, we want to thank all of you for joining us for an in-person Coffee Connect at City Works last week! We couldn’t have been more grateful to Rep Steve Owens for leading us in such an interactive conversation around the state of the economy and the jobs crunch. Such a great mix of professionals, all asking great questions — it led to a very valuable conversation. Check out the photos at the bottom of this email!

And… JOIN US for our next in-person Coffee Connect in November! We’ll be meeting at Elan Union Market. Visit this recent addition to the Arsenal Street Corridor while getting a sneak preview of the coffee and treats Quebrada Bakery is about to bring to Watertown in 2022! See you on Wednesday, November 17, from 8:30-9:30am.

Register here! 

And, Happy Halloween! ???

Doug & Bob

WBC Top Picks
The top news, developments, and resources you need to know to run your business
  1. Election Day coming up… Watertown News is your source for all information regarding the candidates and their issues. Great job, Charlie. Inform yourself and make your voice heard on Tuesday! Read about Town Council at Large and Council PresidentDistrict CouncilorsLibrary Trustees, and School Committee
  2. Get involved with Career Launch@Perkins, an innovative job training and career service program designed with one goal: help blind and visually impaired young adults land career-track jobs. They currently need volunteers to help facilitate the following learning experiences for Career Launch trainees. All opportunities are remote.
    • Guest Speakers: share your professional expertise and experience as a guest speaker on a career-focused panel discussion. This panel discussions are 1 hour and take place over Zoom.
    • Being a customer in call center simulations: Their training also includes real-time customer service simulations that allow trainees to put their newly learned skills into practice.These volunteer-powered simulations provide trainees with an authentic, unpredictable customer service experience. To volunteer to be a “customer” caller in a simulation, CLICK HERE.
  3. The Don’s BBQ is now open!!! Go check them out on School St. (formerly Avenue Deli and Strip T’s). The brisket looks amazing. Welcome to Watertown, The Don! 
  4. Trick or Treating is Curbside… Gotta love the creativity in Watertown. Check out the 2021 Watertown Curbside Trick-or-Treating Map! There are over 100 households already on the map – add your house or business to get involved. Trick or treat! 
  5. Farmer’s Market Feedback – Help Create an Even Better Market for 2022! Please take this brief, yet important survey about your experiences at the market this year. https://forms.gle/Ma1ZqQDLVi4PkMvt6
  6. Too Tempted at Arsenal Yards! As Teddy said, it’s always nice to see a unique local business moving into Arsenal Yards. Best of luck to Belmont’s Too Tempted women’s clothing boutique. Shop local! 
  7. One more month for Microenterprise Grants! Attention small businesses in Watertown: Microenterprise Funds are still available for those businesses that qualify. Businesses who have already received a Microenterprise grant are eligible to re-apply until they have reached the individual maximum grant amount of $25,000. Businesses that have not yet applied and meet the criteria set forth in the grant can apply now for up to $25,000Please check out the Online Application and Guide (qualification requirements): https://massgcc.submittable.com/submit
  8. New England Food Fest TOMORROW – still on! Sample craft beverages and local foods at Arsenal Yards tomorrow (Saturday) from 3-6pm, thanks to Roche Bros. and Gordon’s. Craft beverage samplings in the River Green under a tent, and food sampling inside Roche Bros. Yum! Yum!
  9. Filling Russo’s void… loved this piece in the Globe that gave shoutouts to many of our beloved Watertown businesses: Arax MarketMassis Bakery, and Sevan Bakery — Let’s take their advice. 
  10. Plush Beauty Bar is a dream come true. Loved this piece in Watertown News that features the salon, a family collaboration with Francesca Vigliotta teaming up with her sister, Jessica. Visit this new business in Watertown Square!
  11. Women-owned restaurants? Apply for grants thanks to Massachusetts Conference for Women and Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Learn more!