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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.


If you missed our Self-Love Sunday event on February 22nd don't despair. It was a great success, and we intend to follow it up with another, bigger self-care event! So watch this space and once our next date is posted don't forget to plan ahead! Come network with our members, enter the raffles, and learn how to improve your health and appearance from our self-care sector members!

For more info, contact:

Rena Baskin, Community Liaison, 617-510-1648

For more info, email: inf@bwlocalfirst.org

The Planning (Steering) Committee will gather on Monday, April 6th from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Community Room at Eastern Bank in Watertown Square.

For more info, contact:

Rena Baskin, Community Liaison, 617-510-1648

For more info, email: info@bwlocalfirst.org

HOORAY! Spring is finally here (or is it??)!

After being snowed out several times, we are hoping to reschedule our B2B Networking Night for April, and... as long as it doesn't snow... we'll see you there! Watch this space for details!

You are invited to stop by after work to enjoy light local fare, beverages, and networking with other local independent businesses and potential customers.

Come learn more about Belmont-Watertown Local First and our members, and share ideas about how we can help our local independent businesses thrive!

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Now there's an alternative to investing in big national corporations: Invest locally! Learn how: http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/like-shopping-at-local-businesses...

Member Profile

Olympia Moving & Storage was founded by Michael Gilmartin in 1993, a year after he graduated from Northeastern University. Michael had worked on moving crews while in school, and it became clear to him that there was a need in the Boston area for a quality moving company. He started what was then called “Olympic Moving & Storage” with just a few friends and a truck. The company quickly gained a reputation for providing fast, efficient, and quality moves, specializing in running furniture up and down the stairs of Boston’s many walk-up apartments.

The goal of the company has always been to raise the standard of quality in the moving and storage industry. Olympia has continued to achieve this goal by hiring and training a moving crew that pleasantly surprises our clients with their work ethic, skills, and friendly personalities. Bring a local business has also enabled Olympia to get to know every family we help with their relocation, resulting in high quality and personalized service. Despite being the company’s president and founder, Michael still spends much of his time moving alongside the crew.

Michael has always strived to grow and diversify Olympia. As the company’s reputation grew, he continued to grow his fleet and crew to meet demand. Michael expanded the company’s services to include interstate moves just three years after company was founded. Olympia opened the original warehouse and storage location in Allston, then moved to a larger storage warehouse and headquarters in Watertown in 1999. Although the headquarters remains in Watertown, Olympia opened a satellite office in Alexandria, VA in 2001. Olympia also acquired the executive moving brand Clark & Reid in 2013.

Today, Olympia Moving & Storage employs over 200 staff and crew members. The majority of the employees work in Watertown. Much of Olympia’s growth is thanks to the company’s strong relationships with other local businesses, such as real estate companies. The company also strives to work with other local vendors and be involved in local charities.

Olympia Moving & Storage moved over 2,500 families in the Boston area in 2014. Whether the client is moving across the street or across the globe, Olympia provides full service moving, storage, and packing services. The company also offers specialized office and commercial moving services, including work for Boston’s major universities. To request a free estimate for your move, call 800.222.4744 or visit http://www.olympiamoving.com

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