Meet Katy Meyer, who is the mom behind MetroWest Boston Moms. Based in Harvard, Katy’s piece of The Local Moms Network covers Acton-Boxborough, Concord-Carlisle, Lincoln, Lexington, Harvard, Westford and beyond!
Katy is a Carlisle native who moved back to the MetroWest area after college because she just couldn’t stay away. There’s so much to love about this area – amazing art & culture, beautiful scenery, interesting people, fabulous restaurants and things to do!
Please tell us a little bit about your background.
My career has been primarily in corporate marketing with a specialty in customer loyalty marketing. Outside of the office, I enjoy all things creative. I’m a weekend crafter, outdoor garden enthusiast, enjoy tending to my backyard flock of hens, traveling with my family, spending time sailing, adventures in Cape Cod, and most of all in the community enjoying local events!
What drew you to this opportunity with The Local Moms Network?
It’s all about bringing the community together through a curated site focused on all thing’s family. I absolutely love highlighting local businesses, people’s passions, local charities, events, and fun things to do in MetroWest Boston!
When I was first was introduced to The Local Mom’s Network through a friend in a Maryland, I knew immediately that there was a need for this platform in MetroWest Boston. I’m a busy mom of a 6 year old girl. I find myself constantly filtering through various sites, emails, and social media to find things to do in the area, as well as tracking down local services and companies that our family has a need for. Having a one stop shop that serves up relevant content targeted to my interests and needs as a mom, in one site was very exciting concept to me. I knew immediately that I wanted to bring this to my community! I also like that there’s a national focus as well. I find the content and stories shared at a national level to also be inspiring and something that is meaningful to me as a mom.
Where do you have friends/family stay if not at your house?
There’s so much history in the MetroWest area. My favorite spots to stay are centrally located near fun things to do. Top of the list is The Colonial Inn, in the heart of historic Concord, MA. In addition to great accommodations, they offer excellent dinning, and often have bands playing in the evenings, other fun events like brunch, high tea, and historic characters visit your table. Plus it is within walking distance to the Old North Bridge and shopping in the center of tow
The other hotel I recommend is The Inn at Hastings Park in the center of historic Lexington, MA. This adorable Inn is beautifully appointed, and close to everything downtown!
What’s your favorite spot for drinks?
My favorite cocktail is the classic gin & tonic, with a special twist. In the summer I head to my garden to find edible garnishes to add some pizzazz. I also found the best local spice company, Curio Spice located in Cambridge, which sells awesome garnishes like dried roses, and lavender to sprinkle on top of cocktails!
When we go out for drinks I’m often found ordering a gin based cocktail for ideas to bring back to our home bar. A few favorite places for drinks include Bar 25, located in Ayer, MA. It’s a newly opened bar focusing on local craft cocktails. It’s a small bar, and not suitable for children. Definitely a date night, or girls night out kind of place. Gibbit Hill in Groton serves amazing drinks, and also delicious dinner! Blossom Bar At Sichuan Garden in Brookline serves vibrant cocktails with a tropical touch. Another fun one is Yvonne’s Boston, located in downtown crossing. This is a great spot for girls night out on the town. A hip and modern vibe, with drinks large enough to share with friends. Oh and the desserts are outstanding!
Where do you like to grab coffee?
West Acton has a vibrant vibe with ever growing store fronts, like West Side Creamery, True West Brewery, and Wish. I love going to Acton Coffee House also located in the cozy West Acton Village. It’s the perfect place to stop and grab a coffee and pastry. My daughter enjoys tagging along with me for coffee stops, especially with the promise of a special treat!
Another great spot is the Harvard General Store. I enjoy sitting with my family on weekend mornings sipping coffee and watching happenings in the center of town.
Do you have a favorite place to shop for the kids?
Fritz & Gigi is such a fun little shop packed with clothes and accessories for babies all the way through kids! I’ve found the cutest most unique outfits for my daughter. It’s also my go to for buying baby gifts for expecting moms.
Buttons and Bows is a great consignment shop that sells top label wears like Mini Boden, Lilly Pulitzer, and more! Plus they have a mix of specially sourced accessories and brand new with tags on. My daughter loves shopping here!
Do you have any annual events visitors will love?
Yes! I’m especially fond of events in the town of Harvard. Top of the list is the Fall Festival hosted by the Harvard Lions Club. This annual event takes place on the scenic library lawn overlooking Bare Hill Pond. The event is packed with unusually fun activities such as human foosball and bed races! There is also a beer garden, and lots of local food and craft vendors. Fun for the whole family, including your furry family member!
Harvard is full of fun events throughout the year. Fourth of July has a fun old town vibe, with a great parade, activities for the kids, and awesome firework display at Fruitlands Museum! There are events almost every season in Harvard, which is one of the many reasons we love this town so much.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
When I was a teenager, I won a national business plan contest sponsored by “Independent Mean’s Inc.” an organization which mission is to drive financial independence for young adults. My business idea was to sell hand painted silk scarves and other wearable items. This launched an entrepreneurial venture where I handmade one one-of-a-kind silk art paintings sold at local stores, showed in various galleries, craft fairs, and worked with a corporate interior designer to place in office buildings and hospitals. Additionally I partnered with the MSPCC “The Massachusetts Prevention of Cruelty to Children” who mass produced my art work and sold for fundraising purposes.
So many wonderful networking and mentoring opportunities came out of the connection with Independent Means, as well as the opportunity to give back. Throughout my adult years I have participated in various summer programs hosted by Independent Means.