Most Influential Business People of Color

Spencer has been a leading champion of the economic vitality of downtown Needham for more than a dozen years. After eight years owning and operating the Petit Robert Bistro in downtown Needham, in 2015 Spencer moved diagonally across the street to open French Press Bakery & Café, where he works with his team of bakers and baristas to create, produce, and sell premium French-inspired pastries, desserts, food, coffee and tea. Spencer raised the bar on cafe offerings in Needham, creating a cafe atmosphere with a carefully curated menu and ambiance, and pushed to become one of the town’s first locations to offer outdoor seating in a “parklet.” Spencer is a newly elected member of the board of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber and committee chair for the chamber’s Newton-Needham Dining Collaborative, leading a large group of restaurateurs working together to navigate the current challenging business environment.

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