Meet our good friend Samantha Katzen, Director of Development Applications and Research at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, just upstairs from our shop. Samantha recently chose a LaFont frame that has an intricate structural detail and a fantastic color.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up outside Boston, in Easton, Mass. My mom still lives there, so I visit regularly. I've lived in the Boston area my whole life, except for college in Western Massachusetts. I enjoy traveling to other places, but Boston is always home. Currently I live in Norwood. It's near a lot of shopping, entertainment, and public transportation, but it also has a nice small town vibe that I enjoy.
Where are your favorite places for art and culture?
I love museums and the ballet. One of the things I'm really looking forward to is the Boston Ballet's production of Cinderella, which I'm seeing next weekend. I also have a particular fondness for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, though mainly for the building and the ambiance. But when it comes to the art itself, I prefer the MFA. I used to work at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, and I love that collection as well.
Any travel plans to escape the cold?
No travel plans right now, but I'm so relieved this winter is finally winding down! By this time of year, you start to think the old joke isn't so far off-- that New England has four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction. But I could never live without seasons, and Boston under a blanket of fresh snow is one of the most beautiful sights in the world.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy reading, movies, and spending time with friends. Boston is a great sports town, and although I root for all our teams, I prefer watching football and baseball. Never seen the Pats play in person, but I do try to catch a game at Fenway when I can.
Where do you work?
I work in nonprofit, which is an incredibly rewarding field. I manage fundraising applications and research at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. Knowing that my job contributes to helping the community means a lot to me. I also have a great team, and I love working with them.
When someone from out of town visits, where do you take them for a perfect Boston experience?
If they're museum people, the Gardner. For history buffs, I really like the Granary Burying Ground (and the Freedom Trail in general), and for sports fans, of course it has to be Fenway! The North End, the Boston Public Garden, and Concord, Mass. are also great options.
What are you reading now?
I love to read about colonial history and just started Nathanial Philbrick's book, Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution. I also enjoy fiction and mysteries.
How would you describe your eyewear style?
I would describe my style as tastefully distinctive. My favorite thing about my new glasses is their color and the architectural details around the rims of the frame. The color pops, but it's not too flashy, and it works well with my eyes. The rims have a look that feels somehow both futuristic and classic, and definitely stylish. They're also lightweight and very comfortable.