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Welcome to Belmont-Watertown Local First

Belmont-Watertown Local First is a network of locally owned and independent businesses working to build a strong local economy and a vibrant community.

We love the people, the architecture, and the unique stores and shops that give Belmont and Watertown their special flavor. We’ve all seen the damage that can be done to a city when chain stores arrive: raising the rents, homogenizing the look and feel, driving out locally owned shops and stores and taking away a city’s distinctive character. It is a Belmont-Watertown Local First priority to prevent this from happening.

The character of our community is worth preserving. We hope you will join Belmont-Watertown Local First as a general or sponsoring member, or as a community associate, and help increase the strength and vitality of the community we cherish.

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In 1870 prominent local business men Charles Barry, Nathaniel Whiting and Joshua Coolidge saw the need for a savings bank to serve the expanding requirements of the town of Watertown. Manufacturing was overtaking farming as the town's major commercial enterprise. The time was right, and on November 10, 1870, in an upper room of the Noyes Building on Main Street, the bank opened with $924. Today, 12 bank presidents and 144 years later the bank continues the vision and traditions established by the founders. The result of the bank's commitments to the communities it serves, it now has nine branch offices and manages $1.2 billion in assets.

Watertown Savings Bank is proud to be an independent, mutual, community bank that you can count on for all your financial needs. And, unlike many banks that have merged or been acquired in the past, we are committed to staying independent. As a mutual bank, we do not answer to Wall Street, so we're free to concentrate on serving our customers and neighbors in the best possible way. We've been privileged to serve area communities, helping local families and businesses to prosper while contributing substantial financial and human resources to local charities and organizations. We strive to keep on the leading edge of a rapidly changing industry, always improving and evolving with you.

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