CoC winners 400 32019Arlington Global owner Abe Sahli, left, Sweat Fixx ownery Elise Caira and Bob Bowes, realty company owner. / Mira Whiting photo

UPDATED, March 20: The Arlington Chamber of Commerce honored its winners in three business categories for 2018.

At Town Hall auditorium, the chamber praised are Bob Bowes, owner of his real-estate company, Citizen of the Year; Arlington Global Service Station, Business of the Year; and Sweat Fixx, Community Business of the Year.

In choosing Bowes, a news release  quoted Beth Locke, executive director of the chamber“Bob is a pillar of the Arlington community. We were so pleased to receive the nomination for Bob, which acknowledged his strong sense of civic pride and highlighted his involvement in numerous town-wide events and organizations."

The nomination made particular mention of Bowes' involvement in Patriots Day activities noting that “By his example, he has encouraged [others] to participate in a variety of events and activities that show pride in our town." Many Arlington business owners have come to expect a friendly reminder from Bowes in early April to display bunting and flags during the month of April.   

Bowes has contributed his time and resources to a number Arlington’s organizations including the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, Arlington Tourism and Economic Development Committee, the Arlington Parade Committee, the Children’s Room, Arlington Health & Human Services Committee, Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Committee, and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.  

Bowes received the award at a dinner celebration on Tuesday, March 19 at Town Hall.  

Global, Sweat Fixx

At that event, the chamber also recognized Arlington Global Service Station as Business of the Year and Sweat Fixx as Community Business of the Year.

Arlington Global’s owner, Abe Sahli, was nominated by a group of residents for “envisioning and implementing the station's redesign in 2018 and for being an exemplar of the business/town/arts development partnership that was intended by the Mass. Cultural Council in designating the new Arlington Cultural District.”

Salhi was inspired by the cultural-district announcement to partner with local artist Johnny Lapham in creating a new color scheme and design for his station’s exterior. 

Sweat Fixx, an Arlington Center fitness studio owned by Elise Caira, was chosen as Community Business of the Year for its “Karma Fixx” initiative to raise funds for a number of local charities including the Catherine Malatesta Fund, the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, and the Chamber’s campaign to add year-round festive lighting to Broadway Plaza.

In a Feb. 12 email, the Chamber announced that the winners were surprised at their places of business, as shown in these photos.

The chamber thanks all who placed nominations and wrote letters of support.


This news announcement was published Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, and updated March 20.