Try the hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows at Blume in Rockport Massachusetts!

Step through the cheery pink door of Blume Coffee (“Flour Shop”) aside Mayflour Cakes & Confections at Whistlestop mall in Rockport Friday through Sunday for specialty coffees, teas, and hot chocolate (with to die for marshmallows), and not to miss Mayflour Confections daily bake treats.

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Cape Ann has so many great scone options with its stellar bakeries–there could be a scone trail!

New Business opens in Gloucester – Cape Ann Electric Bikes – “portable convertible”

Owner Kathy Reed opened the first and only AddMotor exclusive retail shop in the country a month ago, in the off season, in order to gear up and be fully ready for a busy 2019 rental season

Cape Ann Electric Bikes rolled into “The Commons” plaza at 214 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester, MA, in the corner space formerly occupied by The Urchin Exchange. “The Commons” shopping center is just past Pond Road and Common Crow along Rt. 127. Stores include Cake Ann and O’Neil Fitness.

Cape Ann Electric Bikes are bikes (“not scooters!”) equipped with an optional motor assist that’s set to a maximum 20mph for safe rentals.  There are many styles and options to try out. All of the bikes are fitted with fat tires to accommodate year round enjoyment, all terrain, and New England weather. Snow? Sand? Wet leaves? Check check check. Bicycles built for two? Check. There are accessory trailers for tools, coolers, pets and kids. The shop will deliver rentals to your home or business. Cape Ann Electric Bike offers free assembly for bike sales and will comp a full day’s rental towards any purchase if you want to try before buying.

Fun facts:

Cape Ann Electric Bikes will be showcasing their NEW business –and Gloucester and Cape Ann– at booths in the New England International Auto Show, host to 75,000 visitors annually and  “voted the #1 consumer show in Boston by Bis Bash Media for the last 3 years.” Stop by January 17-21.

Owner Kathy Reed grew up in Gloucester and resides in Essex. She is a Mayor’s daughter. Can you name the Mayor? She’s currently favoring that bike with the blue wheels.

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Small Business Saturday local specials

Small Business Saturday 2017 specials

Joey asked Pauline’s Gifts for information about the 6th annual Small Business Saturday and a list of specials. She was an early adapter. Here it is, and thanks Pauline!

“In 2011 the Senate unanimously supported Small Business Saturday, and in 2012 all 50 states had participants. This one day event is bringing awareness of the importance in supporting your Local Small Businesses and giving many small businesses a way to promote at no cost to them. If you are an American Express merchant you are able to use the tools made available to you by AMEX. Many of us receive banners, balloons, postcards, reusable bags, and lots of other swag to use for our businesses. Even those who do not take AMEX are able to utilize the promotion working with a Neighborhood Champion. These champions obtain the materials and are able to share with other businesses in their neighborhood. In 2016 there were over 6,700 Neighborhood Champions in the country. Small business owners embrace the day. Through their own promotional efforts small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion dollars on Small Business Saturday in 2016.” GMG search pulls up posts about Small Business Saturday in 2012. Some of the 2017 GMG posts: Bridgette’s post, Donna’s post, Kim’s post about PRESENT, and GMG podcast (timestamped!)

*GC = gift certificate

Call your other favorite shops to find out what specials they may be having!

7 Seas Whale Watch: Adult GCs $29 & Season Pass Discounts
Cake Ann: 10% off Next in-store Purchase When You Buy a GC
Cape Ann Olive Oil: Buy 6 Same Size Bottles, Get 1 Free
Design of Mine: 20% off Total Purchase
DIVA : 12-20% off
Dogtown Books unique gifts, rare & used books, work by local artists
Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply
, 121 Eastern Ave, Essex: 20% off Treats, Toys, & Accessories
goodlinens – Gloucester buy-two-get-the-third-50%-off special on all of our linen on Friday and through December
Hair & Color Studio, The: Buy $50 GC get $10 GC free
LifeBloom Massage & Spa: Refer a Friend & Both Get 10% off Any Treatment (no limit)
Magic Scarf Company: Wholesale Prices, Wine/Snacks
Manchester Athletic Club: $50 Join Fee thru 11/30, 1/2 Donated to The Open Door
Maplewood Car Wash: 25% off Book of 5 Washes, 10% off GCs
O’Neil Fitness: 20% off Package of 12 Personal Training Sessions
Pauline’s Gifts: 512 Essex Ave, Gloucester: 20% off Entire Purchase (Excludes Pauline’s Painted Items)
Pop Gallery 
Premier Imprints: Gloucester: 20% off Premier Imprints gifts
Present: Celebrate Small Business Saturday as we release our holiday ornaments!
R & B Carpet Cleaning Services: 10% off
Sand to City Style: 20% off
Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, 7 Main St, Essex: Up to 40% Off
The Urchin Exchange: 20% off

YMCA 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann at Cruiseport draws huge crowd

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YMCA teens help host & work the fundraiser

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“All set here,” Cameron checking in on the booths

photos: teens help the annual fundraiser run smoothly (click on photos to enlarge and see captions)

 

Who Brought the Magic for a great cause?

I don’t think that there are many individual YMCA or towns that could pull this fundraiser off so well. They don’t have Rick Doucette and the rest of the great staff in Gloucester or such a ridiculous abundance of local foodie establishments and culture. Here’s a list of Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore great eats and drinks establishments that participated this year:

1606 Restaurant, Beauport Hotel, Gloucester; Azorean Restaurant, Gloucester; Cake Ann, Gloucester; Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester; Cape Ann Foodie Tours, Gloucester; Captain Carlos, Gloucester; Classic Cooks Catering, Gloucester; Feather & Wedge, Rockport; Ipswich Ale Brewery; Italiano Restaurant & Bar, Gloucester; Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant, Gloucester; Latitude 43, Gloucester; Liquor Locker Gloucester; Mile Marker One Gloucester; Mojo coffee Beverly Cape Ann Farmers Market; Mom’s Kitchen Gloucester; Passports Restaurant Gloucester; Pigeon Cove Ferments; Pigeon Cove Tavern & Emerson Inn By the Sea, Rockport; Riverwalk Brewing Company, Newburyport; Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Gloucester; Sea Glass Restaurant @ Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester; Seaport Grille, Gloucester; Stones Pub & Eatery, Gloucester; Sugar Magnolias, Gloucester; Virgilio’s Italian Bakery, Gloucester

Dazzling fine food, desserts and drinks were at every turn. Feather & Wedge, 1606 Restaurant, Mile Marker One, Classic Cooks, Azorean, Sea Glass Restaurant, and Sugar Mags served winning main dishes. To die for desserts and specialty drinks were abundant. Virgilios cannolis were gone fast!

photos: Great fun taking snapshots at all the booths. (Apologies to Liquor Locker! The only photo that didn’t come out.)

 

Live Entertainment – Jerome Music

Sounds of Taste of Cape Ann thanks to fine musicians were John Jerome on guitar and vocals, and Steve Jerome on drums. Cameron sat in as a back up drummer.

 

Wouldn’t happen without the 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Institution for Savings and Cruiseport Gloucester

Presenting Sponsors: Beauport Financial Services, Robert Stewart PC, Tom Davis CPA

plus all the participating restaurants, hotels, specialty food and liquor businesses, and  local business support for all those gift basket raffles

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Featured restaurants and scenes from scrumptious good eats 2016 YMCA Taste of Cape Ann @Cruiseport #GloucesterMA

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All I can say is don’t miss it next year! Several new establishments joined this fantastic annual fundraiser for the Cape Ann YMCA held at Cruiseport, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA. All photographs from November 10, 2016.

1606 BEAUPORT HOTEL

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AZOREAN RESTAURANT

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CAKE ANN

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CAPE ANN BREWERY & PUB

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CAPE ANN FOODIE TOUR

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CLASSIC COOKS CATERING

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DINNER DEALER

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DUCKWORTH’S BISTROT

 

EMORY VODKA

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LATITUDE 43

 

LIQUOR LOCKER

 

MILE MARKER ONE

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MINGLEWOOD TAVERN

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MOJO COLD BREWED COFFEE

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PASSPORTS RESTAURANT GLOUCESTER

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PIGEON COVE TAVERN @ Emerson Inn by the Sea

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SEAPORT GRILLE

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SUGAR MAGNOLIAS

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TONNO RESTAURANT

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VIRGILIO’S BAKERY

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and WACHUSETT BREWING

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Judith Robinson Cox at Cake Ann

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Next time you are at Cake Ann, be sure to have a look at the fun and whimsical work of Judith Robinson Cox currently hanging in the bakery. Judith has arranged and photographed her miniatures atop Cake Ann confections.

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Kouign Amann Canyon

FOR VEGANS!

Inga and Eben Cake Ann 2016 Kim SmithCake Ann is now offering vegan cakes and cookies by special order. Egg and butter free, if anyone can make a delicious vegan cake, it’s Inga!

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Vegan cakes are available at Cake Ann by special order.

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OSCAR WEEKEND AT CAKE ANN

Inga and Jeannie from Cake Ann write in ~

In celebration of the Oscars this weekend, we’ve created some tasty treats:

Malted milk bar chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate ganache filling and a Malted milk bar buttercream frosting (because people often buy malted milk bars when they go to the movies!)

Sweet potato scones with a maple glaze frosting in honor of the Martian (the main character survived on potatoes)

“Big” Cardamom short bread cookies in honor of the movie the Big Short.

Thanks so much Kim.
Jeannie

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CAKE ANN’S RECIPE 4 LOVE!

A sampling of some of Cake Ann’s cupcakes that are available for your Valentine sweethearts.

Cherry cupcakes Cake Ann www.kimsmithdesigns.comCherry vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting

Cake Ann cupcakes www.kimsmithdesigns.comChocolate with salted caramel cupcakes

Cake Ann Carrot cupcakes www.kimsmithdesigns.comCarrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Cake Ann has extended their hours. They are open Valentine’s Day, and every Sunday, from 8am to 2pm. Cake Ann is located at 214 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester

Cake Ann www.kimsmithdesigns.comInga, Jeannine Daroga, and Karen Burbine

UPDATE FROM BEAUTIFUL CAKE ANN

The full menu is up and running! If you can’t get there early in the morning and are worried about missing out on a favorite pastry, call the day before and ask to reserve it. For Sunday brunch we served fruit galettes and kougin-amann and they were a HUGE HIT with the Fam! Along with Inga’s welcoming smile, I love the open, clean design of Cake Ann’s interior space and find both very inviting.

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One more of sweet couple Inga and Matt @cakeann_

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Cake Ann is located at 214 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester. They are open from 8am to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday from 8am to noon.

 

CAKE ANN!

After reading Joey’s post about Cake Ann, I just had to make a beeline when done filming today. The newest bakery in town had been inundated with customers all morning, and having sold out several times earlier in the day, were on their twentieth or so batch, of everything! I brought some blueberry muffins and Kouign-amanns (pronounced queen-a-mahn) home and they were quickly devoured by husband, son, and myself. Oh Lucky Us Cape Anners!

Cake Ann is located at 214 Eastern Avenue, in the small shopping plaza next to Common Crow.

Eben Cake Ann ©www.kimsmithdesigns.comEben

A Sweet Addition to Cape Ann: New Bakery Cake Ann Opens

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A Sweet Addition to Cape Ann: New Bakery Cake Ann Opens
Saturday at The Commons
Gloucester, MA, January 21, 2015 Cake
Ann  www.cakeann.com  , a new scratch bakery
featuring fine cakes and pastries using the best ingredients, will open its doors at 214 Eastern
Avenue this Saturday, January 23rd at 8am. The newest retail resident of The Commons
Gloucester, Cake Ann will feature a daily batch of fresh cupcakes, cookies, scones, and its
signature “Kouign Aman” pastries.
The brick and mortar location is the next step for pastry chef Inga McCarthy, who began Cake
Ann in the tiny kitchen of her home in Rockport. Since starting the business as a vendor at the
Rockport Farmer’s Market last year, Cake Ann quickly made a name for itself with a variety of
unique cupcakes and a small French pastry called the Kouign Amann, a buttery and sweet flaky
cake that soon stole the show. “We started with twenty on the first day and were sold out in the
first thirty minutes the market was open,” says McCarthy. “I doubled the batch each week, and
we’d still sell out within the first hour. People were coming to stock up for the whole weekend.”
At McCarthy’s new Cake Ann bakery, the daily menu will include her signature creations, as well
as a selection of cookies, muffins, scones and quiche made fresh daily using the highest quality
ingredients including organic flours, butter and cream, Valrhona and Callebaut chocolate and
eggs from Seaview Farms in Rockport. The shop will also feature fresh brewed coffee from
Atomic Coffee Roasters of Beverly.
McCarthy says it was their weekly appearance at the farmer’s market that introduced her to the
bounty of local farms on the North Shore. “That was the unexpected surprise,” she says. “Being
there every week helped us build relationship with so many local farmers.” Cake Ann’s baked
treats are a reflection these locally grown partnerships, featuring whole wheat flour from Alprilla
Farms in Ipswich, carrots from Seaview Farm in Rockport and seasonal fruits and vegetables
from Arrowhead Farm in Newburyport.
With the expanded offerings at the new storefront, McCarthy won’t abandon her roots. Cake is
still at the forefront of Cake Ann’s menu, and the new shop will offer custom cakes for events,
celebrations and weddings. Orders for standard size cakes require 48hour
notice and can be
reserved by visiting the store or calling 9788654100.
“We’re excited to meet a whole new group of customers in our community,” says McCarthy.
“And we’re thrilled to be building our business here on Cape Ann.” Cake Ann will be open
Saturday from 8am to 4pm, Sunday from 8am to 12 noon, and Wednesday through next
Saturday from 8am to 4pm, with expanded hours in the coming weeks. The shop’s official
Grand Opening celebration will be held on Saturday, February 6th.
Contact: info@cakeann.com
Inga McCarthy 9788654100
http://cakeann.com/