Do you have an account with Watertown Savings Bank? If so, you can help our organization by writing in Belmont-Watertown Local First as your choice to win funds in the WSB Customer Choice Awards. Go to https://www.watertownsavings.com/community/cast_vote.html If you don't have an account at WSB, get one... they are a wonderful local bank, and a sponsoring member of our organization.
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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New Member Profile
Born and raised in Watertown, Mass., Vicki Lee Boyajian grew up under the hand of a strong, self-made and well-respected woman, her mother Sonia Boyajian, a local businesswoman and entrepreneur. She had the opportunity to grow and learn at the Palfrey School, and an impromptu dinner with fellow students led to a career in the culinary arts. She studied under Leo Romero, a beloved friend and mentor, refined her skills and built the foundation for her future business endeavors. Taking her business from Arlington, to Westwood, to Needham, and, in 2006, to Belmont, Vicki Lee expanded to include not only dining components but also retail and full service catering in an upscale and chic environment, both in her shop and off-site. She aspires to elegant simplicity, and insists that her work should be interpreted as a teachable craft as well as an art form. Boyajian is a fierce proponent of leading by example: Industry insiders know her as a designer of practical systems that allow her products to be produced reliably by apprentice staff. An alert and methodical trainer with a strong record of inspiring staff loyalty and multi-year commitment, Vicki Lee has seen many staff move on to open their own business ventures.