In September of 2014, a sprinkler malfunction caused significant flood damage in a number of Wayland Square businesses – closing some for months and others completely. But, it looks like the famed block on the East Side is beginning to brighten up again, with a number of those businesses returning and new ones popping up. With the recent reopening of Wendy Brown Home and Mrs. Robinson Fine Lingerie, Wayland Square is one step closer to being the vibrant shopping scene we know and love.
Wendy Brown Home has been open for 15 years, selling beautiful bed, bath and table linens and home accessories, with a baby gift section as well as gift related items for the home. Wendy Brown caries the finest quality linens that have been in homes for generations, so you can fill your linen closet in one stop with the best quality products. The store is committed to creating a specific look for each customer, offering custom embroidery and sizing, creating fresh looks with ready-made collections that are unique to each customer’s style.
After an arduous process dealing with the flood damage, owner Wendy Brown moved the store directly across the street. The store held its grand reopening on December 3. “I’m thrilled to be open again,” says Wendy, “And it’s so nice seeing the square getting back to its old glory.” Wendy Brown Home, 190 Wayland Avenue. 455-4337, wendybrownhome.com
Mrs. Robinson Fine Lingerie offers a selection of sleepwear, daywear, loungewear, bridal and imported foundations. After being closed for three months, Mrs. Robinson’s offers the same merchandise as always – a great selection of bras, fine silks and high quality cashmere, but with a bit of a younger feeling in a small boutique space. The new space is smaller and more intimate than the previous store, but it works – owner Melanie Elman says, “Business is booming.”
She goes on to say of the changes in Wayland Square, “It’s just going to keep getting better and better. There’s a lot of positive energy that’s coming to Wayland Square right now and it’s long overdue.” Mrs. Robinson Fine Lingerie, 180 Wayland Avenue. 831-7740, mrsrobinsonfinelingerie.com
If you haven’t been by Wayland Square in the past few months, it’s definitely time to check it out. After a difficult year, the area has proven its strength, coming back as strong and fun as ever.