Today we’d like to introduce you to Pauline Bresnahan.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Worrying about what I would do with my days once my children started school my husband asked what I wanted to do with my time during the school day. After sharing my dream with my husband he helped make it come true.
After purchasing a small antique shop right next to my home we converted it to my shop, Pauline’ s Gifts. That dream began 20 years ago and is still where I spend my days long after seeing all of my children graduating from college. I have lived the dream every one of these past 20 years.
Has it been a smooth road?
I am sure there have been times that were more difficult but I have tried to learn and grow from those times and instead always be positive and appreciate the learning moment. I have the support of a wonderful community in Gloucester where I grew up and now run my business. Gloucester people embrace small businesses and support them.
Social media has made it even easier to reach potential new customers. Finding a way to educate the younger consumers on how important our small businesses are to the community is a challenge. The ease of purchasing online for many has given small stores a new hurdle. I have confidence we will overcome that challenge too.
Nothing like going into a small shop and meeting the locals and building a relationship. It’s important to small communities. We support our community with our small businesses every day.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Pauline’s Gifts – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I have been a decorative artist for over 30 years. I sell my decorative art, such as mailboxes, watering cans, ornaments and much more. We are the largest supplier on Cape Ann of decorative and American flags.
We also have nautical gifts, jewelry, greeting cards and many of our items are Made in America or are made by local artisans.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I am a native of Gloucester Ma. I was raised here and went to Gloucester Public Schools. The best thing about my city is its history and heritage and how we embrace it here.
It is one of the most beautiful seaside communities on the East Coast and its people are some of the most giving. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.
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