123 Eastern Avenue former Gulf Station

The temporary fence is down and clearing underway at 123 Eastern Avenue, formerly the Twin Stop Gulf station, convenience shop, and memorable Happy Taco food truck landing spot. Wonder what’s coming next? The site was rejected for development as a potential marijuana shop because of square footage requirements. There is quite a bit of property available for rent at the abutting shopping area properties.

Atelier Cape Ann great window displays | wedding gown bridal shop at 57 Eastern Avenue #GloucesterMA

Gloucester, MassachusettsAtelier Cape Ann, a new bridal wear and alterations shop located at 57 Eastern Avenue, opened winter 2019. The changing window display beckons dreams and brightens this stretch along Rt. 127 with alluring bridal gowns and flower girl dresses showcased on the ground floor of this charming New England building. At the traffic lights, turn on to Eastern Avenue heading in the direction of Good Harbor Beach and Rockport. (If you’ve reached Jeff’s Variety you’ve gone too far.) There’s ample parking out back. Alterations by appointment only. http://www.ateliercapeann.com

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photos Jan-April

 

Aspen Dental #GloucesterMA open

View back to Market Basket, April 2019. Heading into its third month, Aspen Dental, 501 Gloucester Crossing, Gloucester, Mass, openend January 31.

“we welcome all mouths”

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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!

From Morning Glory to Yella on the Water | Together at City Hall finalizing restaurant transition (targeting May 1 2019 opening!)

Nancy Cooney and her daughter Grace were at City Hall to support plans for Danielle and Carlo Berdahn’s new Mediterranean bistro, Yella on the Water, opening May 1, 2019 in the former Morning Glory space on Stacy Boulevard. They opened Yella Grille in Andover  (and catering) ten years ago.

The Gloucester  Zoning Board approved some deck work at their waterfront dining site. Grace spoke about how hard her mom works, the bitter sweet closing, and the plans and excitement of these impressive new owners. The Berdahns made the decision easier for her mom to transition to a well-earned retirement and for customers to welcome a new eatery. The family wishes them well and long success in Gloucester, too.

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Grace, Nancy,Danielle

 

All Purpose Flower Shop opens Nov 1| scenes from Magnolia show

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Grand opening coming soon for a new business in Magnolia- the All Purpose Flower Shop  29 Lexington Avenue, Gloucester, Ma.

There are no florists in Manchester or Magnolia so this is a welcome addition. Owner Linda Brown set up a booth at the Magnolia Sip n Shop with autumnal dried and silk arrangements. Her boutique will have fresh flowers and designs for special events and on line orders. Loved the festive on brand dress! Find her work on Instagram and Facebook https://allpurposeflowers.net/

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200 jobs coming to Gloucester

This article was on Bostonchannel.com on Sunday

 

GLOUCESTER, Mass. —An Illinois-based seafood processor is opening a facility in Gloucester that’s expected to bring 200 jobs to the city.

The Mazzetta Company has purchased a 65,000-square-foot plant in the Blackburn Industrial Park and plans to invest $10 million in the facility with the goal of opening next year. The 200 jobs will be full- and part-time.

The investments include modern processing machinery and an 8,000-square-foot tank house.

Highland Park, Illinois-based Mazzetta is an importer, processor and distributor of frozen seafood products to restaurants, retailers and the hospitality industry. The company has received tax incentives from the state and city.

Mayor Carolyn Kirk says Mazzetta realized that Gloucester offers “innovation, collaboration and an unrivaled environment for doing business on the ocean.”