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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.

Upcoming Events

So Much to Celebrate!

Belmont-Watertown Local First invites you to join us as we celebrate our 3rd anniversary and the publication and distribution of our first annual membership directory on

Thursday, November 20, 2014
From 6:00 to 8:30 PM

At The Mount Auburn Club
57 Coolidge Avenue
Watertown, Massachusetts

Enjoy networking and light refreshments from our wonderful member restaurants and markets.

There will be a moderated panel of independent business owners who will share their success stories.

Enter your business card in our free raffle for a chance to win great prizes! Learn about our organization, its members, and our exciting plans for our 4th year, as we strive to build a vibrant community and a strong local economy.

RSVP to info@bwlocalfirst.org

For more info, contact:

Rena Baskin, Community Liaison
Belmont-Watertown Local First

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Member Profile

Peace of Money was established by Charlo Mauer in 1999 as an independent financial advisory firm in reaction to the large financial institutions that are mostly interested in selling their clients life insurance and investments with high fees. She believes that everyone has the ability to understand financial matters, and that most of us never learned much more than how to manage a checking account. Coming from an education background, her general philosophy is one of educating clients about all areas of personal finance.

Charlo and Vera Kelsey-Watts are the financial advisors in the firm, and work interactively with clients to create practical and goal directed plans rather than to simply tell people what to do. In every meeting clients become a little more comfortable with the investment world as well as more secure in feeling that they are on the right path for their individual goals. The name of the business explains what we hope to give our clients: Peace of mind regarding their finances.

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