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Owner, French Press Bakery & Cafe

Spencer’s decades of experience in the corporate sector has catapulted him as a leader and mentor in the industry contributing to the economic vitality of downtown Needham for more than a dozen years. Spencer’s French Press Bakery & Cafe, which he opened in 2015, raised the bar on cafe offerings in Needham pushing it to become one of the town’s first locations to offer outdoor seating.


Through his work as chair of the Charles River Chamber’s Dining Collaborative throughout the pandemic, Spencer created and facilitated a positive space for local restaurateurs to share insights, education, best practices, and more in order to navigate the tough situations that face the industry. Spencer is currently first vice chair of the board of the Charles River Regional Chamber and a tireless advocate for creating new economic opportunities for small and diverse businesses.  

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