Serendipity’s Playhouse 88 Bass Avenue #GloucesterMA | Grand Opening Friday March 29, 2019 4:30PM

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John and Phyllis Linquata announce their new business, Serendipity’s Playhouse, Cape Ann’s first indoor play space! Join them at 4:30PM on Friday, March 29, 2019 for the Grand Opening!

Serendipty’s Playhouse
88 Bass Avenue
Gloucester, Massachusetts
(978) 283-4335

After a year of renovations & permits and the challenges & kismet of converting a former tile store into a family- friendly destination, Serendipity Playhouse is open! The entryway tile design became a plus, matching the new vision at the site. This welcome playland features amusing attractions, an expansive wooden climbing structure, pint-sized imaginative activity stations, foam pit, ride on train, airplane see-saw, and a separate padded toddler space. Families can sign up for extra programs like Zoomba’s “Zoombini” package on Saturdays at 9AM.

The Linquatas sussed out an ideal location with plenty of parking and neighboring businesses that are a natural fit. Families and caregivers can refuel, meet up and juggle errands with a play break: Cape Ann Coffees is right next door; Charlie’s Place is across the street; Stop & Shop plaza is out back; and Good Harbor Beach is a walk away.  The Linquatas are Gloucester residents and parents which is evident because 1)see their location intel and 2) the convenient hours…they open early enough for those families with wee early risers. The new venture is very much a family endeavor. John is running the day to day operations. Phyllis dreamed of opening an indoor wonderland and brings her professional expertise as a preschool teacher into building the business. Their daughter is helping out after school. They are determined to provide an active indoor play haven that’s super clean and engaging.

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special offers for grandparents, police, fire, military and twins!

Fun Night at Stage Fort Visitor Center and yes that’s Joey’s photograph

On a cover.

UPDATE: for more images please see Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken’s 40+ photos of the event

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Carol Thistle thanking Joey for the Discover Gloucester cover photo.

Stage Fort Visitor Center is officially open for the season. It was a full house last night.

Speaking of generosity: I recognized many of the returning volunteers who fill the shifts necessary to greet and assist all who walk through the door. Or around the gorgeous wrap around porch. The volunteers are a fun, dedicated group.

The opening always feels optimistic and festive. Local restaurants provided tasty signature appetizers and munchies. Laura Baker, proprietor of Castle Manor Inn, kept the table looking great all night.

Everyone takes a few moments to announce their business and any updates. Last night was no different, for instance: Vista Motel has a new, big pool; Cape Ann Marina will be making it easier for people to rent boats by matching clients with captains and vessels; the upcoming schooner race is not ‘competitive’, right?; the new concierge for Beauport Hotel put up his hand and a hello; and Sarah Oaks is fabulously readying the Maritime Gloucester shop.

I let people know that one HarborWalk marker may not be available for Hunt the HarborWalk tracing. It’s the marker at Norman’s Woe in Solomon Jacobs Park and public landing. The park should be open this weekend– and throughout the summer. Keep in mind it’s only a temporary look and opening. The park will close back up after the busy summer season. They may install that HarborWalk marker for the summer, too.

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GloucesterCast 158 Taped 11/8/15 With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast 158 Taped 11/8/15 With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include:

Shout out to Cape Ann Coffee sausage egg and cheese croissant
something exciting coming from James Eves
jason grow’s wwII exhibit got a good feeling seeing the faces, kudos to Donna for great coverage
Election signs and people that freak out if they aren’t down the very next day
Present pop up
no brainer- christmas presents
Thursday night at 7 Kim’s Beauty On The Wing Kim’s lecture and slide program about the life cycle of the Monarch and habitat destruction and migration update
Passports wine dinner the 19th
saw in the times that the Cameron’s site  new architect’s rendering

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GloucesterCast Podcast With Guest Ed Collard and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/19/13

GloucesterCast Podcast With Guest Ed Collard and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped May 19th, 2013

click to listen-GloucesterCast With Guest Ed Collard and Host Joey Ciaramitaro taped May 19th, 2013

Topics, Ed Collard, Safe Boating Day, Kim Smith Milkweed Project, Motif No 1 Day, Dog Park Opening, Alicia Cox, Sista Felicia, Crappy Coffee, Glosta Joe’s Coffee, Maxwell House, lone Gull, Pleasant Street , Cape Ann Coffee, Brewing Method, Keurig, Coast Guard Safe Boating Day, CERT, Rockport Merchant’s Group, Sara Kelly, Angela Cook, Kudos For Footbridge Repair Completion, Fans Of the Blog, Cameltoe, Cape Ann Images, Shooting My Universe, My View of life On the Dock,Pink Winged Sticka, Beavis and Butthead, Good Morning Gloucester Mug Ups, Khan Studio , Block Parties, Madfish Grill, Gig Medieros, Carol McKenna, Craig Kimberley’s Dodgeball Movie Gloucester Screening

Paul Morrison’s Warm Up Omelet At Passports

Paul sensing he was in for a long day of work helping erect the Lobster Trap Tree went all in on this omelet at Passports.

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I maintain that Passports has the best homefries in Gloucester. 

Some of my other favorite Gloucester breakfast’s

Crab Cakes Bene at Sugar Mag’s- my #1 Gloucester Breakfast

Best Homefries- Passports

Breakfast Boats- Georges Coffee Shop or Anadama French Toast

Sclafani’s Pizza at 9:00AM

Apple Cider Donuts –Willow Rest

Pleasant St Tea and Coffee Co Egg/Goat Cheese/Pest Croissant

Lone Gull Café Americano with a toasted sesame bagel

Cape Ann Coffee Egg/sausage croissant

Last Stop Variety Blueberry Muffins

Charlie’s Place Fried Dough

Boston Globe Caffeine Map Poll Omits Important Category- The Independents

In the Boston Globe’s Caffeine Poll in which they ask the question Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks they omit a hugely important category (well to me it is anyway)-THE INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS!

Click the map for the Boston Globe Poll-

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Personally I prefer Starbucks over Dunkin Donuts as I find DD to be weak and the people rarely make it the way I want it at DD and every once in a while I get one that tastes like burnt plastic.  But over both of those choices I would take The Lone Gull, Cape Ann Coffee or Pleasant St Tea and Coffee Company.

To leave the independent coffee shop out of the options for the poll I feel the poll is hugely flawed.

What about you?  I’ll add the right poll in here-

Cape Ann Coffee New Outdoor Cafe Seating Area

While stopping in for my sausage egg and cheese on croissant sandwich at Cape Ann Coffee, I noticed they are building a cool new outdoor seating area.  It’s a great idea.

I wish our downtown restaurants put in those cool fold away windows on the front of their buildings so we could have al fresco semi outdoor dining like they do on Newbury Street and in South Boston.

Dorthe Noonan’s Bad Ass Lobster Necklace

I promised Dorthe that I wasn’t taking a gratuitous shot of her boobs.

Here is Dorthe from Cape Ann Coffee who purchased this bad ass lobster necklace yesterday in Annisquam.

Where The Locals Go Coupon Spotlight- Cape Ann Coffees

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Today’s Where The Locals Go coupon book spotlight is on Cape Ann Coffees in East Gloucester. The meeting place for Gloucester’s Old Guard of politicians, Cape Ann Coffees offers three coupons in the Where The Locals Go coupon book.
The first coupon is buy one coffee/espresso drink get one free. The second coupon is buy one sandwich or wrap and get the second one 50% off. The third is for free soup with a lunch order.
So if you used all three coupons you would essentially pay for the paltry cost of the coupon book ($10) and still have a ton of other coupons to use and save more money.