Dear Readers,

Thanks to all of you for your good wishes — and generous contributions — as we mark the one year anniversary of the Observer. We’re grateful for your support, and we hope we can continue to count on it through the year.

This week our stories mark some business transitions — the closing of the venerable You-do-it electronics store, a deeper look at what led to the closing of the Your CBD Store, and plans for the opening of a Le Petit Four bakery shop. We also hear about the value of integrating mental health professionals with NPD, and we have a baseball story about an NHS grad who now takes to the mound in Europe.

We also want congratulate our Observer board member Rinaz Mala who is the 2024 Commonwealth Heroine of Massachusetts for Needham, awarded by the Commission on the Status of Women for outstanding contributions to their community. 

Peter, Fred and Jeanne

Le Petit Four to open shop in Wellesley

By Jeanne Hopkins

Since she launched her French pastry business Le Petit Four, The Little Oven in Needham in 2018, Valerie Coullet has fulfilled online orders for her popular viennoisseries from her home-based […]

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DIY pioneer You-do-it to close

By Bob Clark

Another longtime Needham landmark is about to close its doors. You-do-it Electronics Center announced in an email to customers last Thursday evening it will shut down after 75 years in […]

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Riverside, NPD partnership supports mental health

By Frederica Saylor Lalonde

With the arrival of COVID in 2020, the occurrence of mental health crises increased — as did a focus on better understanding how to respond to them across all town […]

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CBD regulation not just a Needham concern

By Peter O’Neil

After close of business tomorrow, the last day of May, the Your CBD Store space at 1096 Great Plain Ave. will sit empty. It will stay that way until a […]

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From Needham to the Netherlands

By David Driver

HOOFDDORP, Netherlands – Baseball pitcher Eddie Aucoin walked slowly to the first-base dugout and gave a signal to his manager that he was through for the night, after having thrown […]

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