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ARTS | BUSINESS | LIFE

BY PAUL E. KANDARIAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRACY AIGUIER


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straight shot 7 miles south on the expressway, you can see the

Boston skyline shrinking in the rearview mirror as you enter a region of the Bay State that is thriving: the South Shore. Abundant with rich cultural heritage, strong family ties, historical roots and a spectacular shoreline, the South Shore comes to life for those who seek a place to call home. Are you looking for a new museum to check out? Is community theater your thing?

Does your own

business need a supportive community to help it thrive? Well, the South Shore SOUTH SHORE DUNES

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South Shore Arts Scene Boston is well known for its cultural richness, but it is not the only region of Massachusetts with a variety of activities in the arts. The South Shore has evolved over the past 20 years to become a thriving arts center including music, dance, fine art, and theater. “The South Shore communities are coming together through and for the arts,” says Deb Cox, Managing Director of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.  The community’s focus can be seen in the region’s business support.  Cox notes “philanthropic business leaders are using art to balance their lives and, in turn, funding arts centers, projects, and investment in the arts in these communities.” 

Philharmonic Orchestra (Plymouth), the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (Weymouth), the South Shore Arts Center (Cohasset), the North River Arts Society (Marshfield Hills), and the Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton). Whether you attend a one-night orchestral performance, visit the craft museum (one of just eight in the country) or partake in the three-day arts festival over Memorial Day at the North River Arts Society (NRAS) or Father’s Day at the South Shore Arts Center, you’ll see why the South Shore is increasingly becoming known as a hotbed of culture.

Residents and art lovers on the South Shore benefit from a number of institutions including Plymouth

And the scene is not just for the adults. Affordable ticket prices (just $10!) at institutions like the Atlantic Symphony

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make it possible for an entire family to experience the arts together. Or perhaps you are looking for a program focused specifically for children.  At the South Shore Conservatory, there is music, dance, drama, and more for youngsters with music classes, and art-based preschool and kindergarten programs.  The Conservatory President, Kathy Czerny says “we try really hard to raise the visibility of all arts on the South Shore.  We have that sense of cultural richness here; you don’t have to drive to Boston for it.” The South Shore offers artistic inspiration for those who work in the art field, not just for those who take it in as a visitor.  According to Sarah Hannan, the Executive Director of the South Shore Arts Center, the South Shore’s coastline, rolling hills, and meadows are an endless source of inspiration.  “The environment is spectacular to paint and photograph,” says Hannan.  “And there’s a lot of talent down here.  It’s a painter’s paradise.”  Dianne Panarelli Miller of Abington agrees. She teaches at the center and has works on display, specializing in plein air creations. “There’s just so much to paint in this area: the ocean, the marshes, Blue Hills, the farmlands of Bridgewater,” says Miller, who also does portraits, many of which are of judges in the Brockton courthouse. “World’s End in Hingham is especially beautiful. I never run out of things to paint there: the sea grass, rocks, and sunsets.”

The South Shore Arts Center also puts on challenging and edgy productions, such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and lighter fare, including the upcoming “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” Also providing thought-provoking work is the Bay Players of Duxbury, which is producing the scathing David Mamet drama, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” in March. “Community theater is of the people, by the people. We have local amateur actors and are always looking for more,” says Bay Players President Phil Markella. “You get to see well-known shows in your backyard for cheap money, professional-quality productions for $20.” Markella, lawyer by day, actor by night, says one of the best parts of doing local theater is seeing people he knows in attendance, who, he jokes, “can see you up there making a fool of yourself.” So when seeking out whatever lights your artistic fire, set your cultural compass for the South Shore. Chances are very good that you’ll find what you’re looking for. “Cultural centers, theater programs, dance studios, arts academies, and festivals have arrived and are flourishing,” Cox says, “and have helped people find their craft and voice.”

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South Shore Chamber of Commerce

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Though many started small, businesses on the South Shore boast many successes and are largely recognized throughout New England. Thinking big when it comes to business is a good thing, but thinking small isn’t a bad place to start. Helping small and big business alike since 1901 is the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest Chambers in New England and the country!

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eter Forman, President and CEO of the South Shore Chamber, is committed to advocating for these businesses. “Helping business grow, creating more jobs—that starts with small businesses,” Forman says. Many successful businesses started small, he says, offering as an example something he saw while driving in Dover, N.H., when he spotted a Sullivan Tire, a Tedeschi Food Shops, and a Dunkin’ Donuts at one intersection.

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“All of these businesses started and are headquartered on the South Shore,” Forman says. “Two are family-owned and stayed in the family, and they’ve grown and are now all over New

England. That’s an example of why the Chamber focuses on helping existing and new business succeed.” And, all three of these businesses give back in a big way to the community they call home. Paul Sullivan and Peter Tedeschi serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Tedeschi will be Chairman in 2015. The bulk of Chamber membership is small business, the economic lifeblood of the communities and region they serve, he says. Most have five or fewer employees, many of those with just one or two. There is much less traditional manufacturing, but it still exists, he says, “not smokestack business, but 5, 10, 15 people in niche areas.”


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The Chamber collaborates with business leaders “to see what they think the region needs to be more attractive, to grow and attract more business,” Rivers says. “A lot of that has been around beefing up our infrastructure, making sure we have a transportation system that supports business on the South Shore to stay on the South Shore, so we have our own identity. We’re not just a suburb of Boston.” The expansion of the commuter rail, particularly the Greenbush Line, has been instrumental, says Paula Harris, 2012 Chamber Chair and longtime South Shore business owner, running WH Cornerstone Investments in Duxbury with her husband, Bill. “Widening Route 139 was huge, too. The way in and out of Marshfield was hard because it was narrow, but with state officials and the Marshfield chamber, we drove the agenda to widen it, and it now allows more businesses to move into an attractive industrial park.”

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The South Shore is quickly becoming the fastest-growing region in New England, Forman says, with thousands of housing units going up in Quincy and Weymouth, building off the success of places like The Pinehills in Plymouth, which generates business for thriving retail centers like Hingham Shipyard, also home to commuter boat service to Boston. Growing business comes from meeting other business owners and discussing what works, what doesn’t, and what’s needed. Which is where the Chamber comes in, Forman says. “There are so many new businesses here,” he says. “And that’s why the Chamber works. It’s a great forum to meet other business leaders and develop potential relationships.”

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Reaching out is key to the Chamber’s success in helping business thrive, with meetings and programs giving access to public policy makers, business experts, local decision makers, prospective

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customers, and peers in the business community, Forman says. They include programs like our Health and Wellness Symposium at the South Shore YMCA in Hanover in April and our popular Connect Expo in October, Business After Hours (up to 10 a year), and education sessions where topics such as marketing, human resources, and financing options are discussed, where he says, “you grab a sandwich and spend an hour and a half listening to a speaker, picking up information. Those are small but impactful.” As the business climate changes, the Chamber adapts to them, says Robert Rivers, President of Eastern Bank and 2013 incoming Chamber Chair. “We’ve adjusted our structure to allow Peter to do more advocating for economic development of the South Shore,” he says. “And we’ve got a great new Chief Operating Officer, Laurel Egan Kenny, to drive our member-services model.”

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With a fantastic team, as well as demonstrated success and reach in the community, the South Shore Chamber will continue to act as an advocate and asset to the area.

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South Shore

Successes

Being part of a community

Sarah Valentini, Principal at radius financial group in Norwell, says that when she and her business partner Keith Polaski started the firm in Boston, both lived on the South Shore, as did many of their employees. “We decided to move the company closer to home so that none of us had to deal with Route 3 rush-hour traffic,” she says. “It was a game changer for everybody, literally saving us hours of time and stress each week not being stuck in our cars.” Radius works with communities throughout New England, but “we have a particularly strong presence on the South Shore. It’s important that we’re actually part of the region we serve.” Sarah Valentini and Keith Polaski, radius f inancial group

A growing area for business

The following testimonials and anecdotes come from many South Shore business leaders. Each of these people has found the South Shore to be instrumental in their achievements and continued accomplishments. Through experiences both personal and professional they champion their community as contributing to these successes.

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Glenn Montgomery, Vice President and cofounder of Brownstone Insurance in Norwell, which provides master insurance for condos and apartment buildings, says “I’ve lived all over the South Shore and I would never live or work anywhere else.” For one thing, says Wayne Fick, Brownstone’s President and cofounder, “You can’t imagine the years shaved off your life sitting in Boston traffic. When we were in Boston, one week we had two fourhour commutes because of snow.” Now, he says, “I live so close to work, I’ve even rollerbladed here.” And you can’t beat the cost, he says: “Our square-foot cost here is about half of what we’d pay in Boston.” Glenn Montgomery and Wayne Fick, Brownstone Insurance

Enhancing a person’s look is what Duxbury plastic surgeon Dr. Christine Hamori is all about. “Offering good care in the area was foremost in my mind,” says Hamori, who lives less than two miles from her office. “This is a busy, growing area, and we draw a lot from Cape Cod, and also Providence and Boston.” She says there are a limited number of female plastic surgeons in the Boston area, and she’s the only one on the South Shore. “For certain procedures, women are more comfortable with a female doctor,” she says. “And we have a full medical spa, where we do things like chemical peels, laser hair removal, and laser resurfacing.” Dr. Christine Hamori, Christine Hamori

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South Shore Successes Enhancing their lifestyle

Roomscapes Luxury Design Center in Rockland, home of Kitchen Concepts, is a full-service design firm that is thriving on the South Shore. The work they do designing home renovations fits with the South Shore mind-set, says Mercedes Aza, who runs the business with her husband, Cameron Snyder. “We are witnessing a trend here to downsize the house while making the kitchen and master bath larger, hence the increase of open-floor plans.” They live in a golf community on the South Shore and find it a great place to live and work. “People move here in search of a better school and a safe environment for their children, and tend to remodel existing homes to fit their new style,” Aza says. Mercedes Aza, Roomscapes Luxury Design Center

Fine dining goes south

When you grow up in Dorchester, says Paul Wahlberg, owner of Alma Nove, an upscale restaurant with a stunning waterfront location in Hingham Shipyard, and the nearby Wahlburgers, you have only one way to go. “We all go south,” Wahlberg says smiling. Wahlberg worked in South Shore restaurants for decades before opening his own places. He also enjoys the relaxed lifestyle South Shore living offers, as well as “being able to provide jobs here and building relationships.” He opened Alma Nove a few years ago, naming it after his mom, who works there a few days a week, and the nine Wahlberg siblings. It wasn’t easy opening in a tough economy, he says. “You have to produce and keep customers coming back. We want to see familiar faces, and we do.” Paul Wahlberg, Alma Nove

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Great community for families

Kristin Dewey is South Shore born and raised and owns Kornerstone Brokerage in her native Marshfield, selling residential and commercial real estate while supporting local charities by giving a percentage of every transaction to them. Her company is very tech-driven, she says, where clients go online and shop not just for houses but for everything a community has to offer. “People are realizing that the schools on the South Shore are great, it’s beautiful in summer, we have the commuter rail and boat, offering different ways to get into the city,” Dewey says. “It’s a nice lifestyle, especially if you have children and want to live where you can play on the weekends.” Kristin Dewey, Kornerstone Brokerage

For these businesses and others, the South Shore has been a welcoming and encouraging place to work and grow. Many have also found a home there and are passionate about this connection. Need evidence? Just ask Glenn Montgomery. “The South Shore,” he writes in his blog, “is the best place in the world to call home.”¡


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