Category Archives: Local Businesses

Welcome to Melrose, Lucky Cat Yarns!

I was happy to be there to cut the ribbon at the new Lucky Cat Yarns—and to get my first knitting lesson!

Lucky Cat Yarns is located at 167 West Emerson St., and owner Leanne Leno, a Melrose resident, offers an assortment of yarns from A to Z, literally: Alpaca Yarn Company to Zen Yarn Garden. She also gives lessons and has a drop-in class as well. The store is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday (closed Monday). Stop in and check it out!

Local Business Spotlight: Melrose Coop Bank Is Now Melrose Bank

Congratulations to our neighbors down the road, the Melrose Cooperative Bank, on their new name: They are now the Melrose Bank. The bank has been a great member of the Melrose business community over the years, and we wish them luck with the new name!

Come to the New & Expectant Parent Expo on March 18!

Melrose Birth to Five and Hallmark Health will be hosting the City’s 2nd Annual New & Expectant Parent Expo this Saturday from 10am to 12pm at Memorial Hall.

This will be a great opportunity for new and expectant parents to participate in an exciting morning that will cater to your child-rearing needs!

Come learn about local businesses, child-care options, and family support services.

Here is a sample of who you will see on Saturday…with more to come!


  • Hallmark Health- Newborn Services
  • Hallmark Health- Baby Café & Breast Feeding Education
  • Hallmark Health- WIC & Healthy Families
  • Hallmark Health- Obstetrician/ Pediatric/ Urgent Care
  • Hallmark Health- Family Resource Network
  • Melrose Family Room
  • Active Literature
  • First Steps Early Learning Center
  • Anelise Tubinis Photography
  • Nurtured Family Doula Care
  • Lilah Rose
  • Well Rested Baby
  • Suzaluna
  • Wild Tree
  • CL Baby Designs
  • High Water Design Company
  • Temple Beth Shalom
  • Melrose Public Library
  • Melrose Health Dept.
  • Melrose Family YMCA
  • Melrose Franklin Early Childhood Center
  • Roman Music Therapy
  • Melrose Birth to Five
  • Melrose Energy Commission/ Homeworks Energy
  • Happy Family Brands

Gately Donation Boosts Veterans’ Fundraiser

John Gately and John Gately, Jr., present a check for matching funds to Melrose VSO Alicia Reddin

The Annual Veterans’ fundraiser was a big success thanks to the generosity of the Melrose community. With matching funds donated by the Gately Funeral Home, a check for $4,500 was presented to Veterans’ Agent Alicia Reddin. The Gately event is the largest fundraiser of the year, and this year it was boosted by a collection on Veterans’ Day, from parishioners at Incarnation Catholic Parish in Melrose, and by a bake sale put together by a group of local children that raised $40.

The Melrose Veterans Relief Fund is essential for services that might not be covered by other agencies: food, fuel assistance and other incidentals. Alicia noted that one gentleman who benefitted had been in desperate need of a set of dentures, and the fund was able to cover the final cost so he can eat normally again.

Come Out for Local Eats Week through March 12!

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce has joined together with the Reading-North Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield Lynnfield Chambers to sponsor Local Eats Week to encourage diners to visit and our local restaurants and businesses in six member communities.

During Local Eats Week Melrose food establishments are showcasing special menus and offerings, while also introducing new culinary choices at prices that will attract existing and new customers who wish to explore the local dining scene. “Local Eats Week is a true celebration of food not only in Melrose, but in our neighboring communities. It’s also a way to encourage residents to try new places and patronize the many restaurants and businesses that give back to the community throughout the year.” said Lauren Grymek, Executive Director of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s event also encourages participation from non-food businesses through cross promotions and specials at area merchant businesses. Diners will receive shopping discounts and specials when they present a receipt from one of the Local Eats Week participating restaurants.

A list of participating restaurants, merchants and their promotions can be found on the Melrose Chamber website, as well as on the Facebook page @LocalEatsWeek. Diners are encouraged to check back regularly for details. Or, contact the Melrose Chamber at or 781-665-3033 with any questions or for additional information.

Come to the North Shore Home Show on March 5

Real Estate Logo Green

The Kim Perrotti Team of RE/MAX Leading Edge is proud to announce the second annual North Shore Home Show. The event takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 12 to 4 PM, and is located in Memorial Hall at 590 Main Street in Melrose.

The North Shore Home Show is a community-centric event, with home improvement vendors taking center stage. Expect to find businesses and individuals that specialize in remodeling, landscaping, moving, interior design, home décor, organizing, appliance and lighting, and kitchen and bath trends. The family-friendly event will also have food vendors and live children’s entertainment. Attendees get a chance to win raffle prizes. The undisclosed prizes are still a secret, but the 2016 winners received some amazing concessions, including Red Sox tickets, gift cards to home improvement stores, credit towards home improvement projects with local vendors, interior decorating services, other types of gift cards, and more.

Kim Perrotti, whose team sponsors the event, said, “I am so excited for our second annual home show this year. It turned out to be a wonderful way for the community to connect with great local contractors last year, and we have many new ones for them to meet this year. My team, who works on putting this show together, tries really hard to think about what types of vendors would be of interest to the community, and it strives to bring them to this local venue. We have a great list of exhibitors this year, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

For more information about the North Shore Home Show, contact The Kim Perrotti Team at (781) 254-5527, or check out the event website at

Local Business Spotlight: Melrose Massage


Massage gift certificates from Melrose Massage make great Valentine’s Day gifts!

Local Business Spotlight: Lecce Skin Care


Recently I attended the grand opening of a new Melrose business, Lecce Skin Care, which is located at 533 Main Street (above Whittemore Hardware). The owner, Ellen Lecce, offers facials, waxing, and other skin care services in a spa-like atmosphere.

She also sent me an e-mail this week with information about their products and specials:

We are advertising Repechage Chocofina facials. The products contain organic cocoa powder which is packed with vitamins and minerals that nourish the skin, improve skin’s texture and elasticity, and provide hydration while improving the complexion. Combined with a ten minute facial massage, this treatment is perfect for the month of February.

We are also having a few grand opening specials: 10% discount on all facials, waxing, and retail products…book 2 facials together for $20 off (great for a couples Valentines Day facial)…and book 2 half legs with bikini wax together for $20 off.

Check the Lecce Skin Care website for more information.

Plans Unveiled for New Building in Moynihan Plaza Space

The facade of the proposed new building at 530 Main St.

The facade of the proposed new building at 530 Main St.

As you saw last night on Chronicle, things are booming in Melrose! The latest news is the release of the new plans for the former Breads and Bits of Ireland building, located at 530 Main St. As you can see from the photo above, the new building will have a brick, glass, and metal façade, and there will be space for a business on the ground floor and apartments above. The rear of the building will be four stories but it will be set back in front, so the front façade will appear as two stories from Main Street. The plans include a patio area in the rear that a restaurant in the building could use for outdoor seating. As the building is within walking distance of two commuter rail stations and close to the bus line, it is a perfect example of transit-oriented development which is one of the factors that has made Melrose such a popular place to live.

The building in 1978...

The building in 1978…

“We wholly support a mixed use concept in downtown and the idea of bringing people to live downtown and the vitality that adds to the community,” said City Planner Denise Gaffey. “The storefronts on Main Street have been vacant for at least a year, although the building is located in a prime downtown location and it has historically been a hub of activity.”

The Historic District Commission will meet on January 17 to discuss issuing a Certificate of Appropriateness for the building. The Planning Board has already begun its discussion and will meet for a second time on January 23 for further consideration.

... and what it looks like now

… and what it looks like now

Fitzgerald Physical Therapy Is Open at Washington Street Office


Fitzgerald Physical Therapy Associates is now accepting new patients at its new office at 2 Washington Street in Melrose. Pictured above are Staff Physical Therapist Garrett McCarthy DPT, Staff Physical Therapist Ilya Gluskin DPT, Owners Holly and Sean Fitzgerald, Mayor Dolan, Front Desk Manager Heather Leahy, and Practice Administrator Kimberly Harding. FPT offers outpatient physical therapy services to a wide range of patients from Pediatric to Geriatric with a focus on orthopedic injuries and Sports Medicine.

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