Friends of Norwood Center is a dynamic group of people interested in making the most of Downtown Norwood. The group is made up of residents, business owners, town employees, and advocates of the "shop local" movement. You don't even have to live in Norwood to be involved. You simply have to share our goal: making Norwood Center a thriving, vibrant, exciting downtown for everyone!
Want to get involved? We'd love to have you! Email email@example.com for an application or to share you thoughts. Come to some meetings! We want (and need) your ideas!
Don't have that much time to give but still want to make a difference? Start by making choices that focus on your local Downtown. Need a new shovel? Come to True Value on Washington Street (easy parking in the back). Need a new hoodie? Charles River Running has you covered! Going to dinner? Downtown has oodles of options! Need a new bank? Come to Downtown Norwood!
Each dollar you spend creates the community you want. We want you to come to Norwood Center -- the Heart of Norwood!
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to come to the Heart of Norwood. Come visit and you'll agree that Norwood Center has something for everyone!
-Flowers are nice - Silver and Sage and FLOWER POWER are right downtown!
-Dinner out? Perhaps a gift card? Yes, come to our many restaurants and pubs.
-Perhaps some pampering? Spas, nail salons, hair salons, massage therapists -- either make an appointment or buy a gift card.
-Live entertainment? Come to the Norwood Theatre or one of the bars featuring live bands and sometimes karaoke.
-Is your sweetheart an athlete? Charles River Running, CrossFit Florian, Burn Boot Camp, and Plie Barre Studio have equipment and clothing and gift cards available. Norwood gear is available at Day Street Sports.
-COFFEE? Perks, SPoT!, and the Common Cafe have gift cards!
-How about jewelry? Chelala Jewelers has a great selection of gems and gifts.
-Looking for something unique? Rethreads Consignment is where you'll find that!
-ICE CREAM! Daddy's Dairy has delicious flavors (some tipsy ones, too)
-Have a favorite photo? Get it framed at Custom Art Framing. Maybe pick up some artwork, too.
You'll find many options for Valentine's Day by coming to downtown Norwood. The purchases you make matter to our local businesses who then support our local community. It's a win win!
On Friday, Jan. 24, Charlotte Walsh, the newly-elected President of Friends of Norwood Center, was featured on Norwood News, broadcasted by Norwood Community Media.
During the interview, Walsh spoke about the exciting initiatives FNC will be working on this year.
Happy New Year from Friends of Norwood Center! FNC is a non-profit formed nearly a decade ago by committed residents and local businesses to provide organization and support to Norwood businesses to help build community and make Norwood Center the attractive destination we know it will be.
At the annual meeting held in December at local business NextHome Signature Realty, Charlotte Walsh, owner of Charles River Running at 679 Washington Street, was elected Friends of Norwood Center’s new President.
Charlotte hails from Wisconsin and has lived in many states and worn as many professional hats before settling in Islington and embarking on her business, Charles River Running. A veteran (along with two of her three children who have followed in her footsteps), Charlotte is passionate about creating vibrant, engaging and sustainable communities for everyone. She began her work with Norwood Center as a board member of the Downtown Steering committee 7 years ago, and has been an active Board member with Friends of Norwood Center for several years.
“As a Norwood Center business owner, I am excited to work with this board to help shape the future of Norwood Center’s economic landscape, be an advocate for our small businesses and build on our strong relationship with the community,” said Walsh. She continued, “With the involvement of more local business owners and all members of the Norwood community who are interested in the future of Norwood Center, together, we can continue to strengthen our downtown for all to enjoy.”
2019 was a year of community building and fact-finding for the Friends of Norwood Center. Walsh heralded the accomplishments of Friends of Norwood Center and is excited about the future:
In closing, Ms. Walsh states, “Our new Friends of Norwood Center board has already been hard at work setting some exciting goals for 2020 and developing a clear mission for the organization. We fully recognize the opportunities and challenges faced by the business community as Norwood continues to grow and expand. Our goals are to continue our work with the supportive town leadership, businesses – both new and existing - and residents to create a vibrant and exciting center that is accessible and relevant to all. Please join us!”
Join us at our first monthly meeting of the new year on January 27 at 6:00 p.m. at NextHome Signature Realty, 639 Washington Street, Norwood.
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Happy New Year from the Friends of Norwood Center
If you are looking for a year-end tax deduction, Friends of Norwood Center is a 501c3! Your generous support helps make possible many coordinated activities in Norwood Center like the Farmer’s Market, and Small Business Saturday, while working with Norwood businesses, residents and government to help make Norwood Center a thriving destination! Let’s work together in 2020 – we look forward to your ideas and support.
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When we redesigned the Friends of Norwood Center logo we were eager to make something dynamic and able to change to reflect the seasons and holidays. We have had logos showing the bandstand amidst summer stars, proudly flying our flag, decorated with pumpkins, festive for December with lights and a tree, and now with snowflakes!
If you are interested in contacting our graphic designer, it's our Board Member Marie Hoyt-Pariury of Pixel Artists in Norwood, MA.
Wishing you a Happy New Year! Come and celebrate Downtown!!
Norwood Center has what you need this holiday --
gifts, services, a show, a fun night out, ice cream, a workout, a drink -- so many options and all support our local economy.
Consider Downtown Norwood for your New Year's Eve plans, too. Many restaurants are taking reservations.
In the upcoming holiday celebrations, Friends of Norwood Center asks that you come Downtown. And in the new year, please resolve to Shop Local, Think Local, and Live and Love LOCAL!
Our Friends of Norwood Center logo, featuring the beautiful Norwood Town Common bandstand, has been given a makeover for the holidays! Thank you again to our Board Member, Marie Hoyt-Pariury of Pixel Artists Design. www.pixelartists.com/author/mhpadm/
With a beautiful day forecast, the Friends of Norwood Center will have a table on the Town Common and not in the civic center as originally planned. This card will be your ballot for the best decorated storefront!
Some of the specials our Downtown vendors will have for Small Business Saturday!
We will see you on the Town Common :)
In this season of thanks, the Friends of Norwood Center Board Members extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the merchants, residents, and stakeholders who help make Norwood Center a welcoming place to live and love local.
We hope to see on you Small Business Saturday on the Norwood Town Common. Members of the Friends of Norwood Center Board will be there to listen to your comments, ideas, and vision for Downtown Norwood.
We look forward to seeing you!
These blog posts are written by Friends of Norwood Center Board Members and blog contributors. Look for author attribution in each post.