Get Back in the Swing of Things at the Upcoming Watertown Business Coalition’s Event

Charlie BreitroseThe Commander’s Mansion in Watertown. The Watertown business community will gather for the first time in more than a year to network, enjoy some music, and have a drink and something to eat. The Watertown Business Coalition invites you to “Get back in the Swing of Things” at a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event will be outside under a large tent at the Commander’s Mansion. Providing the entertainment will be Watertown’s own Rosedale Ramblers.

New Cafe in Watertown Square Serves Coffee from Local Roasters, A Variety of Teas and House Made Baked Goods

Coffee and tea lovers have a new option in Watertown, O’Some Cafe, where you can also grab a freshly baked treat. Owner Ricci Cheng has turned a former vape shop into a cafe right in Watertown Square (100 Main St.) across from the Fire Station. O’Some Cafe opened in mid-August. Before that, Cheng worked at Cupcake City in Reading for about five years. She moved the the United States from Hong Kong a dozen years ago.

Watertown Has Dozens of Open Houses to Visit This Weekend

Check out the open houses in town this weekend. $929,900 – 278 Westminster Unit 0, Condo – 2/3 Family, 1,744 Living Area Sq. Ft., 6 Room, 3 Bedroom, 2 Full & 1 Half Bathroom, Open House: Saturday 12-2

$575,000 – 29 Sawin St., Single Family – Detached Bungalow, 900 Living Area Sq. Ft., 4 Room, 2 Bedroom, 1 Full Bathroom, Open Houses: Friday 1:30-3 Saturday 1-2:30 Sunday 1-2:30

$728,000 – 123 Worcester St., Single Family – Detached Colonial, 1,234 Living Area Sq. Ft., 6 Room, 3 Bedroom, 1 Full & 1 Half Bathroom, Open Houses: Friday 5:30-7 Saturday 11:30-1 Sunday 11:30-1

$749,000 – 26 Royal Unit 2, Condo – Duplex, 1,815 Living Area Sq.

Small Businesses in Watertown Can Apply for Microenterprise Grants

Small businesses in Watertown can still apply for Microenterprise Funds, including those that have received grants in the past. Businesses with up to five employees can qualify. The Town of Watertown sent out the following announcement:

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 $25,000. Criteria for businesses to apply for the grant: 

– Businesses that opened prior to October 1, 2019 are eligible- 2020 tax returns may be used to fit the LMI requirements. 

– You can apply for grants of up to $25,000 for microenterprise businesses (defined as a commercial enterprise that has 5 or fewer employees). 

– If you have previously been awarded this grant you may apply again but the total amount of funding may not exceed $25,000.

Local Dance Studio Survives the Challenges of the Pandemic, Uncertainty About Home at Watertown Mall

The Watertown Mall recently changed owners when Watertown Mall Associates Limited Partnership sold it for $130 million to Alexandria Real Estate Equities on April 21. Business owners in the mall spent much of the early summer wondering what the new changes would mean for them, including Maria Zullo, owner of Miss Maria’s School of Dance. Miss Maria’s School of Dance (MMDS) was founded 10 years ago in Watertown and has grown into a thriving local business. The studio was originally located on Waverley Avenue in the current location of Suzyn Day Spa, and has since moved three times, growing larger with each move. 

The first location had a single dance room, and after two years, MMSD expanded into a three dance room location on Main Street. In its eighth year of business, Zullo was able to secure a lease at the Watertown Mall in the location where the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) used to be.