Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway post on Facebook and Instagram. Contact Pauline Bresnahan firstname.lastname@example.org or Johanne Cassia email@example.com with any questions. Tours welcome.
Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway post on Facebook and Instagram. Contact Pauline Bresnahan firstname.lastname@example.org or Johanne Cassia email@example.com with any questions. Tours welcome.
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Essex National Heritage Heather Goss, Project Manager, shares save the date notice
IPSWICH, Wednesday, December 5th at 1:00pm
Location: 36 South Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938
LYNN, Friday, December 7th, 9:00am
Location: Intersection of Union and Broad Street, Lynn, MA 01901
SALEM, Friday, December 7th, 11:00am
Location: 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970
SALISBURY, Friday, December 7th, 4:00pm
Location: Maria Miles Visitor Center, Exit 60 on Route 95, South Bound, Salisbury, 01952
MARBLEHEAD, Monday, December 10th, 1:00pm
Location: Chamber’s Information Booth, at the intersection of Pleasant, Essex and Spring Streets, Marblehead, MA 01945
NEWBURYPORT, Tuesday, December 11th, 9:30am
Location: Information Booth, 35 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
ESSEX, Tuesday, December 11th, 1:00pm
Location: 113 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929
GLOUCESTER, Wednesday, December 19th, 10:00am
Location: Stage Fort Park, 24 Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
About the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway kiosks:
The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) is pleased to announce the installation of 9 informational kiosks in communities along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, a state-designated route linking 14 coastal cities and towns from Lynn to Salisbury. These kiosks are a part of a wayfinding signage project that has been ongoing for over a decade with the goal of supporting a tourism-based economic initiative by showcasing the region’s historic, cultural, and natural places. Envisioned as a sustainable form of economic development, the route of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway was established by the state legislature in the mid-2000s. The 90-mile Essex Coastal byway is one of 15 state-designated scenic byways in Massachusetts and guides visitors and residents through one of the country’s most picturesque and historically significant regions – Boston’s legendary North Shore. The route features mile after mile of breathtaking vistas, historic homes, access to world-class art and culture destinations, distinctive local businesses and visitor centers. With the addition of these kiosks to the existing wayfinding signage, travelers of the byway will be able to access visitor- related information about the communities and the Essex National Heritage Area, stimulating the exploration of the byway region’s extensive heritage sites, recreational resources, and visitor services. Additionally, these kiosks list byway access routes from local major highways and are an accessible resource for the public year-round. From south to north byway communities are Lynn, Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem, Beverly, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. “Essex Heritage is working to support our local economy and the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is an excellent vehicle for promoting tourism within these communities,” said Essex Heritage CEO Annie Harris, “The kiosks help bring attention to our enduring local landmarks and demonstrate how heritage sites continue to financially benefit the businesses and residents of this coastal region.” The wayfinding signage and kiosk system was funded by a grant from the Federal Highway administration (FHWA) with matching funds provided by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The hardware and panels were designed by Omloop Design based in Framingham, with strong support and direction from stakeholders within the represented communities*. The kiosks were fabricated and installed by Design Communications Ltd (DCL). Essex Heritage is organizing ribbon cutting ceremonies for each community receiving a Byway Kiosk.
*In Gloucester most recently those assisting ENA with the Kiosks include Marie Santos, Gloucester’s Community Development (and Voice of Gloucester HarborWalk narration), and Elizabeth Carey, Director Discover Gloucester.
About Essex Heritage and the Essex National Heritage Area:
Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that manages the Essex National Heritage Area by developing programs that enhance, preserve, and encourage recreation, education, conservation and interpretation projects on Boston’s North Shore and the Lower Merrimack River Valley. The Essex National Heritage Area is comprised of the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, MA. For more information, visit http://www.EssexHeritage.org or call (978) 740-0444.
Essex National Heritage has helped Gloucester produce 2D informational signage at the Stage Fort Park Visitor Center; one large arts focused placard has served multi use as a screen. These new kiosks are the first ‘in the round’ wayfinding markers for Essex National Heritage area and a natural progression for the Scenic Byway. The highway wayfinding signs for the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway have been in place and successful and took years to coordinate. David Rhinelander and others helped facilitate that endeavor in Gloucester and Cape Ann.
Save the date- Ribbon cutting December 19th
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce the installation of 9 informational kiosks in communities along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway at the end of November-early December. The Byway is a state-designated route linking 14 coastal cities and towns from Lynn to Salisbury. These kiosks are a part of a wayfinding signage project that has been ongoing for over a decade with the goal of supporting a tourism-based economic initiative by showcasing the region’s historic, cultural, and natural places.
The 90-mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway guides visitors and residents through one of the country’s most picturesque and historically significant regions – Boston’s legendary North Shore. The route features mile after mile of breathtaking vistas, historic homes, access to world-class art and culture destinations, distinctive local businesses and visitor centers. To celebrate the installation of the kiosk in Gloucester, please take note of the event details below.
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 19th at 10:00am
Location: Gloucester Visitor Center, 24 Hough Avenue, Gloucester
Cape Ann participated in the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) statewide cultural district convening which was hosted by the Natick Center for the Arts. Statewide district gatherings occur once or twice a year: the last two were held in Cambridge, and Beverly. Representatives from Gloucester, Rockport and Essex cultural districts were in attendance. (Manchester and Ipswich do not not have a designation at this time. Gloucester could have seven.)
Massachusetts Cultural Council Director, Anita Walker, welcomed the crowd, and introduced officials from Natick and new additions to the MCC staff. Jill Cahill, Gloucester’s Director of Community Development, brought a gift from the Mayor and the City to add to a send-off of thanks and well wishes for Meri Jenkins, longtime MCC leader who managed cities and towns through cultural facilities funding and district designations. Luis Edgardo Cotto and Justina Crawford will be taking over the MCC Community Initiative programs managed by Meri.
The MCC approved five year district renewals for both Rocky Neck and Rockport last year. District renewal for Gloucester’s downtown is underway. Essex received official citations for their renewal at this convening. Here’s a photo of Christopher Stepler, artist and Manager of Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and Lee Spence, former Director. One update they shared was that the successful historic exhibition The Women of Essex – Stories to Share displayed at Essex Town Hall in a renovated bright space on the top floor above the TOHP Burnham Public Library (thanks in part to Cultural Facilities funding) was selected to travel to the NPS regional Visitor Center in Salem.
Pauline Bresnahan shares photosand a message from Rick from Rowley, who is the chair of the local chapter of Austin Healey Owners Club:
“Rick zipped by to ask that I thank all of the Woman Businesses that hosted the group of ladies on Tuesday. Thank you to Heather at Essex National Heritage for recommending our trail to this group. There were over 150 members at the summit from around USA and Canada. The ladies told Rick they were thrilled with the shops and the refreshments and customer service. I Love This Car!!”
Thanks for sharing, Pauline. Cool car and positive message. There’s a Rowley stop on your Byway trail. The video looks like he’s heading back to Gloucester 🙂
Fun poster (note sponsor Lyon-Waugh) for the 2018 Healey Seaside Summit which has just one more day in our area. I look forward to seeing photographs of these beautiful cars zipping around our scenic shores; send some in to GMG!
Pauline Bresnahan shares this photo and writes: “Ladies from the Austin-Healey summit travelled along our Woman Owned Business on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. They are now headed to Beautiful Gloucester Ma to enjoy a sail on Schooner Lannon and the Schooner Ardelle. Thanks Ladies for stopping in.”
It has been just over 6 months since the first airing of the “ Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway” on Chronicle WCVB Ch.5.
Pauline Bresnahan writes, “We have seen a tremendous amount of visitors to our trail since because of that show. We have also mailed about one hundred copies of our trail map when we get a request either on our Facebook page or when they call a shop.
“We can’t begin to thank the Chronicle crew from the show. We have seen visitors from Needham, Pembroke, Roslindale, Methuen, Holliston, Quincy, Tewksbury, Chelmsford, Gardner, Andover, Gloucester, Rockport, Cambridge, Boston, Arlington, just to name a few. (courtesy photos – find more on the Facebook page)
“We were thrilled to have visitors arrive on a small bus from the Council on Aging in Topsfield MA. We encourage small tours when organizations contact us, including this exciting news:
“Recently we were contacted by an Austin-Healey Auto owners group. They will be holding a weekend summit in Beverly and have asked to do part of our trail on an early morning in August. They have a three hour window and have asked for information. We are very excited to host this group of about 60 owners and their spouses. Some of us will offer refreshments and small gift pack on information about our own towns. “We have connected four communities along a beautiful road by working together. It has been awesome!”-
photo challenge: can you name the stars with an Austin-Healey? Look forward to seeing photographs of Austin Healeys August 2018 in Gloucester and along the Byway.
My friend Briar Fandetti Forsythe is building a luxurious country inn estate in Rowley, on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The grand opening for Briar Barn Inn is scheduled for November. Last week I toured the Inn with Briar, while it is still under construction.
Set against a bucolic background, everything about Briar Barn Inn embodies relaxation, luxury, and comfort, from the full service restaurant to the art gallery, spa, and swimming pool. Designed by architect Gerald Fandetti, with interiors by artist Charlotte Forsythe, stunning and elegant architectural details abound.
Each wing of the Inn has a unique theme, and design to suit the theme–an elegant silo turned library for example–and each wing has a common area with gorgeous soaring vaulted ceilings. The guest rooms surround an inner courtyard; every guest room is actually a suite, with beautiful arching entryways leading from bedroom to living area, and every room has its own fireplace!
Construction photos of the Inn ~
The restaurant at the Inn is a beautifully designed post and beam barn, and will not only be open year round, but the rustically elegant decor also makes the perfect setting for weddings and special events. Ben Lightbody, Willowdale Estate’s renowned executive chef, partners with local farms, including Cedar Rock Gardens and Aprilla Farm, to offer the freshest seasonal produce and seafood. The full service restaurant will be open to hotel guests and the community, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, the year round.
Briar Barn Inn is located in Rowley on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway at 101 Main Street (Route 1). For more information about the Inn visit the Briar Barn Inn website here. To book your stay call 978-653-5323.
Artists renderings of Briar Barn Inn ~
The partners have been busy planning for 2018 and held their last meeting at Village Market / Sandwich & Coffe Shop in Essex, one of the newest local establishments to join this award-winning and Chronicle WCVB Channel 5 recommended trail: “Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”.
Village Market / Sandwich & Coffee Shop, 978-768-0001, 1 Martin St. Essex Ma. 01929 (On the corner of Rt133/Rt.22, across from the Essex Post Office)
“Owners Patricia Wright along with her Mom, Laura opened the Village Market Coffee shop almost 3 years ago. They are open 7 Days a week Monday – Saturday 7am-3pm and Sunday 8am-1pm. Their baked goods are made fresh daily with a wonderful asst. of flavors. They also have some amazing baked cookies and scones. I had a blueberry scone , OMG yummy. So moist and fresh. They have wonderful home made soups and great comfort food lunches packed and ready to take out. I enjoyed the atmosphere and talked to many of the people in the coffee shop. What a wonderful local friendly vibe. I have attached photos of their menus and learned that they also do small platters. They feature Boars Head deli meats and also use fresh breads and rolls from our own Virgilio’s in Gloucester MA. We are thrilled to Welcome the Village Market Coffee shop to our Trail Map “Woman” Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Byway.” Here is a link to their Facebook page
(All Photos this post credit- Pauline Bresnahan)
Barbara opened November 2014. Shop is open Wed. – Sun. Year round Hours are Wed. Thru Sun 10:30 to 5. Sunday morning opening at 8 when Todd Farm Sunday Flea Market runs April – November. Always open by appointment. “The focus of the shop is Antique, Vintage, Craft, and Handmade. I opened the shop because I fell in love with the beautiful 2,000. Sq.Ft. Restored historic Barn and wanted to start my own business after years of experience working for other talented business owners. The timing was perfect! We are a group of 12 dealers and artists in the shop. I run and manage the daily business. I enjoy being part of the creative expression of others and want to promote and support their growth and success both creatively and financially. The Todd Farm Flea Market has been running for 50 yrs and is an important part of the Rowley community. My shop offers a reflection of that experience in a unique way. We are hosting a Spring Open House Saturday, May 5th.” Like is on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram
Co-founders Pauline Bresnahan wrote the nice introductions for the new members and took the photographs. She did not include a note for her own business, but I will! Pauline’s Gifts will open April 17, 2018, at 11am for her 19th season. Spring days and hours: open Tuesday-Friday 11-6 and Saturdays 11-5.
COMING SOON: Don’t miss the Mother’s Day special SPRING event they’ve planned – May 5 & 12- “Moms are Everything”! They are planning a Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Farm to Home event in August and a Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Helping Our Woman Veterans Event during September, along with special days during Essex National Heritage’s annual Trails and Sails weekends.
These local businesses are bringing a lot of positive coverage and energy about our region. “Woman owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway“ re-aired March 9, 2018, International Women’s Day, on Chronicle with a new introduction from the hosts because of the trail’s continued success and expanded special offers and plans! Johanne Cassia and Pauline Bresnahan share the news for 2018: Our “Woman owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”, a full day shopping destination, is moving forward in several ways.
There are 49 National Heritage Areas throughout the United States. Massachusetts shares three of its four with neighboring states: CT, NH and RI. The fourth, Essex National Heritage Area, is the only one located entirely within the Commonwealth. The enviable Essex National Heritage Area was established in 1996 for all of Essex County, Massachusetts, its 34 cities and towns, nearly 10,000 historic places on the national historic register, 26 national historic landmarks and 2 National Park headquarters (Salem and Saugus Iron Works). Trails and Sails is just one of Essex National Heritage’s memorable rallying efforts. Make sure to participate! Another initiative is the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway which calls attention to our county via its lovely, historic roads. You may have noticed the brown byway signs which were installed in 2012 after years of establishing the best routes to re-connect and highlight Essex County. This is one of the signs installed in Gloucester, MA. David Rhinelander helped with the Gloucester and Cape Ann part.
The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) held its Annual Fall Meeting on Thursday, October 4 at the Flint Public Library in Middleton. Business and community leaders throughout the county were in attendance. John Farmer, Essex National Heritage President, mentioned that he joined Bass Rocks Golf Club and that he enjoyed visiting the Gloucester HarborWalk for this year’s Trails & Sails in his opening report. Farmer is the Senior Vice President & Senior Credit Officer, of Eastern Bank, Lynn, one of the major Lightkeeper Sponsors* for Essex National Heritage.
Can you guess how many guests the busy Salem vistitor center welcomed since 2013? Paul DePrey, the National Park Service Superintendent for the Salem Martime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, shared this update…
Emily Levin of Essex National Heritage has directed Trails & Sails for 9 years and seen its growth. Levin told me that 2017 is “one of the largest line ups of different events coming together to showcase the region’s best places in the area. The historic road is already right there. Plus you can stop in all the wonderful restaurants and shops.” The Essex National Heritage headquarters moved to 10 Federal in downtown Salem, next to most anyplace on your visit. I’ll miss steady and affable Bill Steelman who has moved on from Essex National Heritage. Congratulations to Kate Day, Danvers former Town Manager, who has joined to lead the Scenic Byway efforts.
is Essex National Heritage’s Essex County pep rally- annual back to back weekends packed with 150+ FREE, fun, and family friendly events. Here’s the working list of the 2017 Trails & Sails events in Gloucester September 15-17th and September 22-24th. Don’t forget to sign in! The count helps your favorite organization and locale, and you might win a prize like $150 from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Talking Walls of Gloucester Gloucester’s renowned Works Projects Administration (WPA era) murals. Hosted at City Hall by The City of Gloucester and Gloucester Committee for the Arts
September 23 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM open for self guided tour
September 23 1:00 PM guided talk and tour
September 16 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
September 23 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
September 23 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Historic Ice House Guided Tours Hosted by Cape Pond Ice Company
Sept 15 2-3PM
Sept 16 11-12 and 1-2
Sept 17 11-12
Sept 22 2-3
Sept 23 11-12 and 1-2
Sept 24 11-12
Hosted by Gloucester’s Magnolia Library & Community Center & Iris Weaver
September 23, 2017, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
September 16 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Step on FISH NET: Gloucester’s Award-winning 300ft Street Art temporary mural Hosted by city of Gloucester and Gloucester Committee for the Arts
September 15-17 (self guided – open all day) September 22-24 (self guided- Open all day)
Two more events September 16th:
Greenbelt’s 3rd annual bicycle ‘Tour de Greenbelt’ (begins in Essex)
Paul Cary Goldberg will be giving a short talk at 1pm on Saturday September 16th at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, about his photograph series, Here Still, fitting visit during Thoreau and #TrailsAndSails celebrations
Plus on Sunday September 17th
Fish Box Derby on Rogers Street at high noon
And talk back 4pm at Gloucester Stage following matinee “Flight of the Monarch”
One for All and All for One !
Local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley met early last spring about working together to market their businesses. These street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‘Main Street’ – Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The new Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway brochure will be in stores before Labor Day. I’ll re-post with higher resolution images and final copy when it’s unveiled. While you’re exploring this contemporary woman owned businesses trail, don’t miss the fantastic historic exhibition The Women of Essex – Stories to Share show sponsored by the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, on display on the 3rd Floor of the Essex Town Hall and Library, 30 Martin Street (Route 22), Essex.
Fun route is easy to follow
#1 Pauline’s Gifts, Gloucester
#2 Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex
#3 Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex
#4 The Essex Exchange, Essex
#5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*
#6 AnnTiques, Ipswich
#7 Be Modern, Ipsiwch
#8 Lost Treasures, Rowley
#9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley
*Johanne Cassia, who owns Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery –#5 on the new map–painted the illustration of their businesses featured on the brochure.
I’ve included a few scenes from The Women of Essex – Stories to Share exhibition at Essex Town Hall and the renovated bright space on the top floor, accessible for all.
photo- Women of Essex: Restauranteurs (detail from installation Essex Town Hall)
Just because it’s a happy stop and local flavor.
Danvers Putnam Pantry, established in 1951, is hosting an employee reunion this month:
“Did you work at Putnam Pantry for your first job? Did you work in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond? Please join us June 17, 2017 @ 12:30pm for food, drinks and to catch up with some old friends!”
brief background on history of candy in New England see New England Historical Society When New England Candy was King: 15 Sweet Facts
Overland employees from across the country cycle together for a summer leadership trip. Looks like a great group. Overland is based in Williamstown, and cycling started in Salisbury. They camped at Cape Ann Camp Site (see where to stay Gloucester). Photo op at Wolf Hill while they had a quick water break.
from their website: “Overland offers adventurous summer experiences worldwide for 4th to 12th graders”
Happy travels! Thanks for riding in Gloucester!