Saturday, November 24, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Needham. The American Express Shop Small website lists almost 100 Needham businesses participating this year. Among them (in no particular order): See the full list on their site. You can also “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook by …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
When people start lining up late Thanksgiving night to take advantage of door-buster deals in the wee hours Friday morning, will you be there?
Love it or hate it, Black Friday is the super bowl of shopping. And with its arrival only mere days away, Needham is abuzz with people talking about the potential savings stores big and small have to offer. Some people create their own Black Friday “game plans” on what stores to hit and when after they've poured over the announced bargains various retailers have to offer. There are those so keen on saving they set alarms to wake them up in the wee hours of the night. These folks line up early and some even camp out all night to be able to scoop up the deals they’re after. Are you one of those shoppers? Do you do Black Friday or do you prefer to stay as far away from stores on the day after Thanksgiving as possible?
Monday, November 19, 2012
Patch wants to know which local restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving.
While many people have the big Thanksgiving dinner at home with their families not everyone likes to make their own turkey with all the fixings in their own kitchen. Needham Patch is putting together a list of local restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving. If you have a special menu, send it over to me at Grahame.Turner@patch.com and we'll be sure to include it!
The 97th Annual Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce Achievement Breakfast honored a number of local entrepreneurs and business leaders. State Treasurer Steve Grossman, a Newton resident, was the keynote speaker.
It was all about keeping business local Wednesday morning at the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce 97th Annual Achievement Breakfast. The event, which was held at the Needham Sheraton, featured WBUR business & technology reported Curt Nickisch as master of ceremonies and State Treasurer Steve Grossman as the event's keynote speaker. Grossman focused on the importance of keeping small businesses strong in the Newton and Needham communities and across the Commonwealth. Among the many topics he spoke about, Grossman emphasized the importance of the "main street fairness" campaign, which looks to require online companies to charge the 6.25 percent sales tax to customers in Massachusetts. Keeping with the theme of local, small businesses, …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Wellesley Patch is compiling a list of Small Business Saturday deals. Share yours here.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses their community thrives on. This year, Needham Patch is putting together a list of local Small Business Saturday deals. If you are a small business owner, leave your deal in the comments section below, and it will be added to the list. You can also email your deal to Needham@patch.com or send a message on Facebook. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The local eatery has not been open all week.
Bickford's Grille in Needham has reportedly closed its doors. Though the company has not released an official statement about the closure, the restaurant at 669 Highland Ave. has not open all week. A sign on the door says the restaurant is closed, and many of the building's doors and windows are papered over. A call to the restaurant on Thursday morning was answered by a person who said they had been hired to clean the building. The woman referred Patch to the Bickford's corporate office for more information. A message was left at that number. One Patch reader said in an email that Bickford's employees had found out Sunday that the restaurant would be closing but had no other warning. Some of the employees have reportedly worked at the …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
This letter was submitted by a Needham town employee.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
As the holidays fast approach, it’s always a good idea to take time out of our busy schedules and give thanks for what we have. The Needham Merchants Association, the Needham Restaurant Association, and the Needham Business Association, as part of the Discover Needham Local First Campaign, are coordinating an effort to give thanks and give back to the community. They are sponsoring Needham Gives Thanks, a food drive—“20 Days of People Helping People in Needham”—from Nov. 1-20 to benefit the Needham Community Council. The council provides critical support to the less fortunate in our community. So bring your donations of nonperishable items to participating independent locally owned businesses—just look for the Discover Needham Local …
Friday, July 20, 2012
The bill was approved this week by the State Senate and will now go before the governor for final approval.
A new jobs bill designed to "stimulate economic growth and promote business in the Commonwealth" was passed this week in the Massachusetts State Senate and includes a proposed sales tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 11-12. On those days, the state's 6.25 percent sales tax would not be charged on purchases of up to $2,500. "The holiday, which has become a summer staple in the Commonwealth over the last nine years, will allow consumers to save nearly $20 million," according to a statement released Friday by State Senator Richard Ross, who voted for the legislation. Last year, several Needham businesses offered special deals to promote the tax-free weekend. “Individuals and families across the Commonwealth continue to struggle financially, …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Local merchants groups are hoping to encourage residents to keep their dollars in town.
The Needham Business Association and the Needham Merchants Association are hoping to keep more of Needham's dollars in Needham with a new campaign that draws attention to the benefits of shopping locally. Residents and visitors to town should soon begin seeing the "Dicover Needham! Local First" logo in locally owned business windows. These businesses will also be giving out Discover Needham! Local First Cards for free, which will provide discounts to area shops when presented at the time of purchase. A fact sheet distributed by the Needham Business Association on Thursday, June 14 asserts that not only does shopping locally help Needham but that shopping non-locally—online or at "big box" stores—actually hurts the local economy. "…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Needham burger shop shut its doors on Friday, May 25.
As Needham residents prepared for their holiday weekend cookouts last weekend, one local burger shop closed its doors for good—or at least for now. Wild Willy’s Burgers officially closed on Friday evening, May 25. The local restaurant celebrated its third anniversary in Needham last July (it opened in July 2008) and is one of six Wild Willy’s locations in New England, each owned by a separate licensee. An e-mail distributed by the Wild Willy's owners on Saturday morning announced the closure: "We just wanted to let you know that we have closed our doors last night. It has been a GREAT 4 years and we wanted to thank you for all of your support and patronage. We will be in touch when we find our new location." The message does not detail why…