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Videos spreading news on town’s businesses

The Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce is releasing a series of videos this month promoting the benefits of shopping, dining, and banking in Needham. The “shop local” videos, with a new one to be released each Thursday starting May 7, are being produced by a local company, Sha La La La Productions. They will be posted on the chamber’s website,, as well as on Facebook and YouTube, among other sites. Chamber president Greg Reibman said his organization “was especially interested in launching this campaign this spring following a historically harsh winter that was especially challenging for so many of our independently owned shops and restaurants.” The videos will feature Needham-based business people discussing the town’s distinctive offerings. Among those participating are Diane Huang from Gari Japanese Fusion Bistro, Brenda and Maggie Stark from the Closet Exchange, Jeff Morin from Needham Center Fine Wines, Steve Waller from the Centre Café, and Eric Morse from Needham Bank. The chamber is also planning a series of videos on Newton businesses.

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