A very well attended celebration and changing of the ownership of Dogtown Books. Bob and Andrea retire and give the keys of the castle to the new owners Lucas and Caroline. Best of luck to all involved. A new start for all!
How to get Out with the Old in With the New right!
Dogtown Books Grand Re-opening Celebration & Sale on Saturday December 1, 2018, 10am-6pm, 132 Main Street Gloucester, MA. Meet and welcome new owners Lucas and Caroline, and celebrate original owner Bob
Smiles all around as the torch passed from Bob Ritchie, rare and used books dealer and original proprietor Dogtown Books, to Lucas Cotterman and Caroline Harvey, Dogtown Books NEW owners. Happy to report there goes the neighborhood!
Posted on GMG yesterday- read more from the new owners “Gloucester’s Legendary Dogtown Books Under New Ownership Nov 2018 Founder and original Dogtown Bookshop owner Bob Ritchie embraces retirement as the torch is passed to Gloucester residents Lucas Cotterman and Caroline Harvey…Dogtown Books is still located at 132 Main Street in Gloucester, MA. Visit www.dogtownbooks or follow instagram @dogtownbooks for updated store hours and upcoming special events. Our business phone number is 978.281.5599. The Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Sale is scheduled for December 1st from 10am to 6pm.” There will be a toast to Bob- email them if you’d like to time that out.
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)
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
After major renovations to 120 Main Street, HUDSON GALLERY joins a great strip of businesses downtown. The ambitious inaugural exhibition features MJ Caseldon (sound sculpture) and Donna Caseldon (painting). Scroll down to see images of their art work and here’s a link to the Press release for the two person show.
G33K (‘geek’) a small business that was big in game will be closing its location in Gloucester, MA.
G33K is located in 130 Main Street between Dogtown Books and Main Street Art and Antiques. Make sure to stop by to say thanks and good luck! We were light customers–Pokémon packs and random t-shirt gifts—but always treated large. There is a store-wide closing sale on now.
When one door closes another opens. Welcome goodlinens opening July 1
Gloucester resident, business owner, designer and artisan JoAnne Chirico has been on the lookout for a ‘just right’ Main Street goodlinens headquarters for years, and boy has she found it! 130 Main Street is the one she’s been dreaming about as a retail work space, craft and creative show room. It is within an historic building and district, boasts 13 foot ceilings and has ample room for her vision and requirements. Did I mention great neighbors and the sunny side of the street?
As G33K moves out and goodlinens moves in to 130 Main Street, the space will be temporarily closed as it’s transformed in time for a July 1 soft summer launch and grand opening in September.
goodlinens new flagship store and open studio on Main Street will feature JoAnne’s handmade beautiful and functional designs along with selected hand made crafts from other artisans, local and beyond. The retail will include kitchen and housewares goods, unique and special objects, finds, and lighting. She embraces an open work studio concept in such an original and thoughtful way. This space will be a place for people making things. I expect it to be inspiring, playful, unexpected and comfortable. She has a lot in store for this store. She can’t wait to finally move boxes, case-goods and tables out of her home, her friends’ barns and other storage sites. Look for new Facebook and updates coming soon.
In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of JoAnne quickly sketching a layout with high points, and one of goodlinens videos shot by Gloucester cinematographers’ Yellow Hook Productions.
My dad, Bob Ritchie (of Dogtown Books) gave us a GMG Sticka for Christmas. We brought it along on our trip to SE Asia this month. Here are some photos, hope you like them! Here are Evelyn, Daniel and Edward with The Sticka in:
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phuket Butterfly Garden in Phuket Thailand (no Monarchs here!)
and on Gloucester Road in Hong Kong
The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.
I am swimming the coast between Maine/Canada border and Washington D.C. working on Cape Ann right now…
Got your name from Bob at Dogtown Books.
You can view the field reports from my swim here:
From the site-
Swim For A Healthy World
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. As a kid, I loved to wade, snorkel, bodyboard and run in the waves. Now, I swim the entire length of dirty waterways like the Hudson, the Charles,and the Columbia Rivers, in order to put the problems facing our water planet squarely in the public eye.
In the process, I have survived collisions with boats, 12-foot waves, lightning storms, class IV+ rapids, giant storage dams, industrial chemicals, nuclear waste, oil slicks, raw sewage, toxic blue-green algae, and repeated Sea Lamprey Eel attacks.
Stories about my environmental adventures reached a worldwide media audience of more than two billion people, but the bulletins I sent back from the big wet world weren’t always uplifting: high levels of CO2 were acidifying the oceans, manmade toxics were spewing into rivers, and fisheries were collapsing as factory ships scoured the seas.
When I was a boy, this was business as usual, but now there is a worldwide scientific consensus that we need to change our ways before our planet becomes a place where we can no longer live.
My 1,500 mile swim from Maine to Washington, DC, isn’t just designed to raise awareness of the challenges facing the ocean, but to sample the water at over 5,000 locations along my route to measure and map the effects of pollution and Climate Change, and to challenge over 50,000 schoolchildren to launch projects designed to improve the health of our ocean planet.
As usual, it is not easy. I have to deal with frigid water temperatures, nasty currents, severe storms, and dangerous fish. But if I want my daughters to inherit a healthy world, this is the least I can do.
When the effort ends, I hope it will have benefitted more than just my children. I hope there will be tens of thousands of kids leaning on their parents, teachers and caregivers to protect our ocean planet.