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August 29, 2013, Medfield Hometown Weekly, Page 13

Family-owned businesses provide more than dollars to the community BY JOSH PERRY Hometown Weekly Staff


ales at local, independently-owned businesses provide 73 cents per dollar back into the community in terms of taxes, hiring local employees, and buying local services. But, the importance of supporting family businesses goes far beyond pure economics. Independently-owned businesses, like the ones featured in this section, are also part of the fabric of the community. Non-profit organizations receive an average of 350 percent more support from local businesses than from national chains, according to numbers released by Devra Bailin, the Economic Development Director for the Town of Needham. Local businesses are tied into the communities in which they are located and many of the owners are community members themselves.

town,” said Brandie Morris, the President of the “Independently-owned businesses keep out downtown Medfield Employers and Merchants Organization. vibrant,” said Greg Reibman, the President of the “Without the support of those businesses, things Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce. “It generates revenue for our schools, our police, our fire department, wouldn’t happen.” and our roads. It helps create jobs for our friends, our “These businesses are in the community and can react neighbors, and our kids. It encourages entrepreneurship quicker to its needs.” and it saves us gas, reducing our carbon footprint.” Morris noted MEMO members’ support of Medfield Reibman proudly point to the Discover Needham First Day, Discover Medfield History Day and projects with campaign as a successful way that the town has tried to the Medfield schools. Bailin added that local businesses keep residents buying local. Bailin, who has also been have provided donations for scholarships, food pantries, a leading proponent of the Discover Needham First and the public safety departments. The strength of campaign along with the Needham Business independently-owned, family businesses is the Association, remarked, “They buy their goods and willingness to react to the needs of its community. services and hire from the community.” Of course, the economics also provide a practical “They are a critical component of the local benefit. community.”

Betro Pharmacy

“Each business in some way becomes a part of the

60+ Years

Family Owned Since 1952

For over sixty years, Betro Pharmacy has been serving the residents of Walpole and surrounding towns. Started in July of 1952 by Peter Betro Sr., Betro Pharmacy is one of the oldest family owned businesses in Walpole. Peter Betro Jr. began working in the family business in 1970 as he worked his way through pharmacy school. In 1982, after the passing of his father, Peter Jr. took over the family business. He has continued to run the business with the intrinsic values that his father instilled in him compassion, loyalty and caring. The main focus of Betro Pharmacy has always been to provide quality service to their customers and to make the process of obtaining prescriptions and medical supplies easy for them. Customers of Betro Pharmacy have actually become extended members of the "Betro Family" and are known on a first name basis. Betro pharmacy has thrived over the years growing a larger customer base each year - serving generation after generation of families. The pharmacy had two prior locations in Walpole center before moving to it's current location in 1985 at 965 Main Street, Walpole. Stop by Betro Pharmacy for all your prescription and medical supply needs. You will be treated like family with the quality service all customers deserve. The Betro Pharmacy Family

We offer DELIVERY SERVICE We accept all major prescription insurance plans including: Harvard Pilgrim, HMO Blue, Tufts, Aetna, Mass Health, BCBS

We have a large selection of Home Medical Equipment. 965 Main Street, Walpole, MA • Phone 508-668-0018 • Fax 508-668-5590 Open 7 Days: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-8 p.m • Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m • Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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A Family Business Since 1996

aniel Freedman, owner/baker of Blue Moon Bagel Café, is a 4th generation master baker with over 40 years of experience. Former owner of the award-winning Freedman’s Bakeries of Brookline and Quincy Market, Daniel and his wife Linda opened Blue Moon Bagel Café in 1996. Today they continue to proudly serve the Metro West community with the finest baked goods.


After more than 40 years of baking, Daniel has developed a unique style of integrating old world technniques with modern technology and methods. He has won numerous awards by various publications, including “Best Cookie” (almond macaroon), “Best Bagel,” and “Best Challah.” Daniel’s Challah recipe is his great-grandfather’s and is over 100 years old. There is no better Challah in Metro West or even Boston. Daniel’s Rugalah, Bubkie, Honey Cake, Almond Macaroons and Coconut Macaroons are unsurpassed!


We encourage you to not only buy our authentic, delicious breads, but our wonderful desserts as well. All of our desserts are made at Blue Moon from scratch.

236 Main Street, Medfield 508-359-8880 M-F 6:30am-6:30pm • Sat 7am-6:30pm • Sun 7:30am-4pm

LOUISE CONDON REALTY “Needham’s Hometown Broker”

28 Years of Excellence

Louise Condon Realty is a family business and one of the Premiere Independent offices in Massachusetts. The firm opened its doors in 1985. Many original and longtime brokers have been here over 15 years and are considered “family”. Children, spouses and friends are always participating in town events, charitable auctions, dinners and fundraisers. Thank you notes abound from clients and customers who appreciate the fine services of Condon Realty Brokers. We are a vibrant and dedicated group. As “Needham’s Home Town Brokers” ™, we have seen many changes in the community and are proud to have a strong relationship within Needham. While located in Needham our agents work in surrounding towns and the Boston Metro Area. We enjoy what we do and are proud of our hard working team. Special thanks to them.

399 Chestnut St., Needham MA 02492 781.449.6292

Lovell’s Flowers, Greenhouse & Nursery Lovell’s is a family owned and operated florist, greenhouse, nursery and gift shop serving the Medfield area since 1918. At Lovell’s our staff is committed to offering only the finest quality flowers, plants and gifts. We also take pride in giving exceptional customer service and going the extra mile to satisfy you, our customer. We’re easy to find on Route 109 in Medfield, Ma. nestled in amongst a park like setting on 20 manicured acres. Stop in and take a stroll down past our koi pond to visit our 10,000 sq. ft. glass green house full of colorful plants and flowers or a little further into our beautiful well stocked nursery. Make sure when visiting us you also visit our quaint little gift shop called Accents, located right next store.

We specialize in the following services:

160 Main Street • Route 109 • Medfield 508-359-4191 •

Large inventory of colorful fresh cut flowers

European dish gardens

Contemporary and traditional arrangements in both fresh or silk

Unique gifts for the lawn and garden

Seasonal flowering trees and shrubs

Elegant wedding designs

Gourmet food, fruit and gift baskets

Beautiful funeral pieces

Gift certificates

Exotic tropical and flowering plants

August 29, 2013, Medfield Hometown Weekly, Page 15

Happy 40th Anniversary


Ellis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, September 12, 2013 • 4-7 pm Anthony A. Franchi Sr. began his healthcare business when he opened the doors of The Ellis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in 1973. A contractor by nature, Mr. Franchi was building The Ellis for someone else, when the intended owner was not able to fund the project. Thus began the transition from builder to owner of one of the finest short and long term care facility's in the area. The Ellis is proud to have received a 100% deficiency free survey given by the Mass Dept. of Public Health.

Mr. Franchi also owns and operates Meadow Green Rehab and Nursing Center in Waltham, MA and Grove Manor Estates in Braintree, MA. Meadow Green Rehab and Nursing Center (which celebrated their 25TH Anniversary last year) also received a 100% deficiency free survey given by the Mass Dept. of Public Health which they have received several times in the past years. Grove Manor Estates an assisted and independent living facility has been in the community for over 15 years and are the finest in serving the senior population in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

• • Visit: • The Ellis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center 135 Ellis Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062 Phone: 781-762-6880

Grove Manor Estates 160 Grove Street Braintree, MA 02184 Phone: 781.843.3700,

Meadow Green Rehabilitation and Nursing Center 45 Woburn Street Waltham, MA 02452 Phone: 781.899.8600

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They Make Wood and Furniture Beautiful...Again Wayne and Debbie Towle have been in the wood and furniture restoration business since 1980. They will strip and/or finish your woodwork or furniture to it's original splendor. "We work with the customer to help choose the correct color and finish to create that special look" says Wayne. "Stripping away years of paint to reveal the wood underneath is very exciting. During one project we found the wood in the room was English Sycamore, a wood that is not readily available. The contractor was changing some details and adding others and was forced to use American Sycamore, which is very different in tone. This is where our color expertise came into play. It all matches perfectly." They also work with area contractors on new construction. They can make a new walnut library look like it is straight out of a 200 year old tavern or "change it up" and finish it to look very contemporary. "My biggest goal is to be consulted during the planning stage so I can assist in the correct choice of the wood species to match the vision in the customers head. It is discouraging to view a room full of mahogany and hear the owner hates red" says Wayne. In addition to all the site work they do, the Towle's take in hundreds of furniture restoration projects each year in the shop in Needham. These projects run from gluing loose joints in chairs and replacing missing veneer to refinishing dining room tables, bureaus, and armoires. "We recently had a customer whose table was water damaged. The table had a chevron pattern in oak, which had lifted. This table had a lot of sentimental value to the owner and she was heartbroken. We took the table in, repaired the substrate, reset the blocks that made up the pattern and refinished it. She loves the table and we were all psyched too" say Debbie. Other services offered include color blending and matching, fine wood repairs, touching up and reviving existing finishes, as well as finishing new work for cabinet makers. "When it comes to wood and finishes, we do it all."

178 Crescent Road Needham, MA 02494 Tel. – 781-449-1313 • Fax – 781-449-1182

As a leader in the field, it is important to Wayne and Debbie that all employees are skilled and up to their exacting standards. When it comes to training and expertise, they chose employees with backgrounds in furniture refinishing, painting, color theory, art, conservation, furniture making, and other related trades. They are fully insured. Two years ago Whitney Towle joined the family business.

Family Owned & Operated!

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Special: 10% OFF With This Ad 445 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA 02062 • 781-762-0013

APC Pest & Termite Control, Inc. Medfield’s Only Locally Owned and Operated Pest Control Company

APC Pest & Termite Control, Inc. was started in 1981 by Ralph and Betty Godin and remains Medfield's ONLY locally owned and operated pest control service. In 1999 the Godins were joined by their son Ralph, Jr. Sean Gorman and Charlie Feeley round out the service team, which has 60 years of experience combined.

We are residential specialists in the control of termites, carpenter ants, bees, wasps, mice and more. We offer organic yard sprays for the control of ticks and mosquitoes. This is a popular service that minimizes the threat of Lyme Disease,West Nile Virus and EEE.

If you see any suspicious-looking insect, or if you just want to be sure your home and yard are safe, contact us TODAY at 1800-400-ANTS for a FREE inspection.

APC Pest & Termite Control, Inc. • 1-800-400-ANTS

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oan and George Cocuzzo owners of Flooring America Design Centers in Franklin, Westborough and Natick, have been dating since they were 14. As their family grew so did the business they started 49 years ago. Helping family, friends and businesses in the area find the perfect floor for their needs and desires have been the major force driving the Design Centers. “Our children grew up in the business and now our grandchildren are participating in the daily workings of satisfying customers. Implementing the latest and greatest designs and colors for the 2013 Now generation has been the driving force behind their newly renovated Showroom in Franklin at 950 Chestnut St . Twenty four hour services and after the sale back up have made Flooring America Design Centers your resource for beautiful floors.

Left to right: MaryBeth, patriarch George and his wife Joan, Anthony, Jenney, Christopher and Kelley

Your Resource for Beautiful Floors

(508) 520-2624


“We have a wonderful vehicle that our customers can use to talk about their experience at one of the Design Centers” The link is We look forward to sharing our decorating ideas with both the new folks that move into town and our previous customers that need to update their flooring.

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A Family Owned Business Celebrating Our 40th Year Anniversary! Celebrate with us September 14th 2pm-4pm! We will be raffling off 40 days of prizes!

BACK-TO-GYMNASTICS Classes start September 3rd -sign up now or stop by our OPEN HOUSE for sign ups August 29th 5:30pm-7:30pm 95 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood • (781) 769-6150 •

We Fix it Right the First Time Family Owned & Operated Since 1977

“Where There’s Still Service” • Auto Repair • Tire Services • Free Local Shuttle Service

508-359-4409 26 Spring Street (Route 27) Medfield, MA 02052 • Service Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

• Massachusetts State Inspection Station

• Specializing in Cars, SUVs & Light Trucks • AAA ‘Top Shop’ Status for Southern New England • Lifetime BG Protection Plan

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wning a business is the American dream, and Gerry Pelissier has been dreaming about it since he was a kid. Having owned a small coffee shop franchise called "Quikava" back when his kids were young, he has been in the restaurant business for many years. His youngest daughter, Nicole, recalls the days when Gerry was opening his early stores. "I remember when I was a kid, I thought it was the coolest thing ever that my dad owned a business. I loved going to visit him and getting smoothies and muffins with my mom and older sister, I felt like such a big shot because the owner was my dad!" Fast forward 15 years, Gerry has moved on to bigger things. He currently owns 3, soon to be 4, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Locations in Needham, Natick, Canton and Mansfield. His youngest daughter Nicole is now his "right-hand man" working as the Marketing Manager for all of his stores. "I'm really proud of him," Nicole said, "He is the hardest working man I have ever met. I love that I am old enough now to actually help him with his dreams, and to be part of it's success." The Pelissier family also deals with allergies. Gerry is gluten free, his oldest daughter Michelle is dairy free and Nicole is allergic to coconut, so their stores are all very allergy friendly. "We always make sure that our yogurt is safe as well as our toppings. We are really cautious and we want families with allergies to feel safe when they come to get froyo! We know how hard it is to trust a food establishment when it comes to allergies." Gerry said. Their locations always cater to every kind of allergy. eing a family owned business, Nicole and Gerry love when families stop in for dessert. "Come on by our Needham location! We're right across from Needham High School, next to Subway at 1185 Highland Ave and introduce yourself to us! We love to chat!"



1185 Highland Ave Needham, MA


Eighty-two years ago, Dr. F. X. "Doc" Maguire returned home to Walpole - "the only place he belonged". In 1932, he opened his veterinary practice in East Walpole and continued caring for companion animals in his office and large animals throughout Norfolk County until his death in 1975. Maguire Kennel, Inc. is run with unequaled service and knowledge; "Doc" Maguire had a basic instinct for making animals comfortable. Susan Maguire has spent her 72 years applying that which she learned from her father and passed it on to Pamela Cutler, her corporate partner, groomer and kennel manager for over 30 years. You can expect the continuity of dealing with the same people - all trained to a very high standard based on paying strict attention to their charges. They establish close relationships, so they recognize what is normal with each dog and cat. Our staff represents approximately 38+ years of experience.

508-668-0544 168 Union St. East Walpole, MA 02032

Maguire Kennel provides a wide range of services - boarding, daycare, grooming, dog show handling, breeder referral service and THE PAWSITIVELY PURFECT PET - a retail outlet for all natural, premium foods and treats and toys.

Pam Cutler and Tiffany Cardin with Van, Willow, Eloise and Fe.

We take our responsibility very seriously - when your pet comes here, he or she is treated to the same gentle care as our own. Generations of Families have shared their furry friends with us. Call or email to visit the kennel and meet us and our animals

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