So proud of our Pauline from Pauline’s Gift

No matter what the result of this is, being Nominated for a RAMAE Award is a honor as a retailer in MA. Organizing women business owners for our #womentowmen donation drive for our #womeninactiveduty🇺🇸 was amazing. Being a Woman Owned Business for 20years only happens because of Family, Customers and Community. Thanks for all your support. @sefi62 @capeannchamber @womanownedonthecoastalbyway @bridgecapeann @captjoe06 @rep_amf @senbrucetarr @acurcuru01930 @johannecassia_folkpainter #gloucesterma @chronicle5 #gloucesterproud #massachusettsgiftshop #womanownedbusiness @essexheritage #essexcoastalscenicbyway

2019 brochure is out! Woman Owned Businesses on the Byway

Trifold brochure see the front here and the back here. Donna Ardizonni, Johnanne Cassia, Bachman and Essex Heritage contributed photography for the new edition.

Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway post on Facebook and Instagram. Contact Pauline Bresnahan paulinesgifts@gmail.com or Johanne Cassia jwcassia@gmail.com with any questions. Tours welcome.

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ART@the Icehouse reception for Leon Doucette & Peter Herbert

Scott Memhard reflects on ART@The Icehouse reception for Peter Herbert and Leon Doucette Recent Works: “Good, appreciative crowd, in spite of all going on in Gloucester last night!” I heard it was packed and gorgeous.

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American Craft Week begins in 2 days: special events at Pauline’s Gifts, goodlinens, and Cape Ann Artisans

 American Craft Week Ocober 5th – 14th, 2018 

Pauline Bresnahan is featured on American Craft Week national site: “Proud to kick off American Craft Week in Gloucester MA. which was VOTED a Top 10 City for Crafters in USA. Thanks for sharing and please watch as I demonstrate Decorative painting on a Lobster Buoy.”

Gloucester listings:

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514 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA • Visit website • Jump to events page

Join us for our decorative painting in a LlVE event on @PaulinesGifts Facebook page at 4pm on Oct. 5th. And Oct. 6th. 2018 in Celebration of American Craft Week in Gloucester MA which was VoTed one of the Top 10 Cities this year.

Gloucester

130 Main Street, Gloucester, MA • Visit website

The work of 8 artisans will be on display throughout the week. Please check the website in October for demonstration schedule. TELL A STORY WITH JEWELRY: Join us for a jewelry making workshop hosted by Ellen Szaboon Saturday, October 13th from 1pm-3pm. Space is limited. Contact Ellen at stories@ellenszabo.com to register. Registration closes on October 8th. The workshop is $35.00. The fee includes materials to make a necklace (chain, charms, and beads). If you like, bring special or sentimental beads or charms to enhance the meaning and unique style of your creation.

 

Cape Ann Artisans

63 Langford Street, Gloucester, MA • Visit website

Cape Ann Artisans are part of a vibrant arts community along scenic North Shore of Massachusetts. Open Studio Tours are self-guided of artists’ studios in Gloucester and Rockport, important Massachusetts designated Cultural Districts. Tours are 1st weekend in June and Columbus Day Weekend.

 

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Woman Business Owners Donation Drive for Women in Active Duty is going great!

People are so generous! The donation drive for women in Active Duty has filled boxes many times over. Collections continue through Columbus Day and will be delivered to Operation Troop Support.

Courtesy photos below include GMG readers 🙂 

 

 

Pauline Bresnahan, Johanne Cassia (Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery) and Adam Curcuru, Director of Cape Ann Veterans Services, shared a quick video with veteran Vionette, “Vee”, Chipperini describing essentials that are great to receive when deployed. (Convinced me to go for bras!) Pauline said people have been creativite getting the word out and selecting special items to donate. 

 

 

Organized by Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, donation boxes can be found at particpating locations:

  • The Bookstore of Gloucester     owner  Arwen Severance 61 Main St. Gloucester MA
  • Cape Ann Olive Oil       owner Patty Gates 57 Main St. Gloucester MA 
  • Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply    owners Shelly Nicastro and Susan Eason 121 Eastern Ave. Essex MA
  • Pauline’s Gifts      owner Pauline Bresnahan 512 Essex Ave. Gloucester MA
  • Premier Imprints     owner Patty Gates 48 Main St. Gloucester MA  
  • Roamin’ Baths Mobile Pet Spa.     Owner Kathleen Silva Gloucester MA 978-835-3072

Women to Women – small business donation drive for women in active duty

Roughly 20% of each branch of the Military is Women –  Woman-Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway great idea donation drive in the works on Cape Ann

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We will have the boxes in shops Labor Day Weekend  thru Columbus Day. Any money donations will go towards the shipping of the boxes overseas. We will have a pick up date also with www. operationtroopsupport.com by the end of October.

As of August 11, 2018, the following Women Owned Businesses will have the boxes in their shops:

Pauline’s Gifts Gloucester
Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply   Essex
Sea Meadow Gifts and Garden   Essex
Olde Ipswich Shop and Gallery   Essex
Bookstore Gloucester
Cape Ann Olive Oil  Gloucester
Premier Imprints   Gloucester
Roamin’ Baths Mobile Pet Spa On The Road all over Cape Ann

 

 

Woman-Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway to welcome Austin-Healey auto tour

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)

 

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“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:

VINTAGE CAR ENTHUSIASTS INSPIRED TO BOOK A ROAD TRIP for our tour

“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.

 

Facebook HORRIBLES Parade LIVE! hosted by Kory and Pauline from Gloucester Tavern on the Harbor

Get a front row seat for Gloucester’s Horribles Parade broadcast LIVE for the first time on Facebook. The special coverage will be cohosted by  Kory, owner of the Bridge Cape Ann, and Pauline Bresnahan, owner of Pauline’s Gifts, from a booth above the parade at lovely Gloucester Tavern on the Harbor and boulevard. Suprise guests and special reporters from along the parade route will join in with the emcees.

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Painting with Pauline LIVE at Trio Restaurant and Bar

Check out Painting with Pauline LIVE at Trio Restaurant and Bar, Thursday 6:30-7:30pm, 64 Main Street, hosted by Bridge Cape Ann and Pauline’s Gifts. The weather forecast looks perfect for a fun event at that pretty outside deck.

Italiano’s has evolved into Trio: “Owners Deo and Paula Braga are creating a legacy of high quality family dining here on Cape Ann.  The acclaimed Azorean celebrates the classic cuisine of the Azores… and now they present the Trio Restaurant, Portuguese, American and Italian cuisine. Trio celebrates Italian American and Portuguese dishes, the ones we all know and love, crafted from the best ingredients, with the professional flair of chef Manny Lapa.  From salad to dessert, the menu is familiar, comforting, and always delicious.”

Nice touch that high geranium on Trio’s building.

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Red,White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop artisan fair Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 to benefit Cape Ann Veterans

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charming little dresses including Boston sports team

Red, White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop and benefit

Local vendors showcased a variety of wares –including patriotic items, fine art, original designs,  artisan crafts, and services– and for a good cause: raising awareness for Cape Ann Veterans Services Welcome Home Initiative. This award winning model program  helps local veterans adjust to life back home. The event was hosted by the Elks, The Bridge and Pauline’s Gifts. Partipating vendors included  

  • Haley Allision, Bare Cheek Beauty
  • Ariana Barron, Lampshades & stickers
  • Kate Bresnahan, graphic illustrations
  • Pauline Bresnahan, Pauline’s Gifts
  • Joie Busby, Joie Art
  • Johanne Cassia – Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery
  • Vionette Vee Chipperini, Victory by Design, flowers, bags, t-shirts
  • Nicole Dahlmer, Nicole M. Dahlmer Photography
  • Kathy Guardino Fernandes, photography
  • Dave Fernandes, photography
  • Meghan Frontiero, Style Street Boutique
  • Lisa Bella-harvey, Bella & Harvey sweets
  • Nicole Johnson, custom handbags
  • Lara Snackzilla Jardullo, hair pieces and headbands
  • Bethany Hurst, Bethany Hurst Photography and whale drawings for t-shirts
  • Brooke MacComisky Sanidas, Avon Rising Stars
  • Jodie Malatzky – Tupperware US & Canada
  • Jayne Morse, Gloucester Mass. Elks Lodge #892
  • Phil Peterson, License Plate & American Flag art
  • Karen Pischke, GloucesterTEASE
  • Fran Simon, Simply Simon Soap & Skin Care
  • Melissa Tarr, Design of Mine
  • Kathryn Roberts Wall, BankGloucester

 

Gloucester makes the list again! America’s Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers

Results from American Craft Week “Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers- 2018” are tallied. Gloucester, Massachusetts, made it again!  view alphabetized list of American Craft Week 2018 Top 10 winners- see photo of a Cape Ann Artisans stop.

And save the dates- annual American Craft Week will be Oct 5-14 in 2018

See my 2017 post “Gloucester Made the USA Top 10 List and you should be in the guide!…Here’s why Gloucester won. It’s tough to match Gloucester for the range and depth of fall art fairs and events –including American Craft Week– and Gloucester’s heritage of artists and artisans of yesterday and today (read more about the pioneers) ” 

Pauline’s Gifts is ready for ACW 2018!

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Red, White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop May 11 at Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 🇺🇸

Red, White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop 

hosted by the Elks, The Bridge and Pauline’s Gifts

Save the Date- just about a month away! Friday May 11, 4:30-8pm at Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 

🇺🇸”Join us as we raise awareness for Cape Ann Veterans Services’ “Welcome Home Initiative”- a program that helps local veterans adjust to life back home. Local vendors with patriotic items and crafts. it will be as American as mom & apple pie, Stay tuned for more details and features!” 🇺🇸

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Chronicle WCVB Channel 5 shares Exciting updates from Woman owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

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.  

EXCITING NEWS!

  • We are currently updating our brochure, creating special events and partnering with Essex Heritage Foundation. The 2018 printing will arrive in April and  include additional “Woman owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”. Shops will still be located on the 10 mile trail along the coast of Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley, MA. We have developed a Calendar of Events to market our serious fun businesses. All shops will have refreshments, special products, promotions and giveaways.  Mark your calendars for a trio of 2018 seasonal outings hosted by the Woman Owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway:
  • SPRING May 5 & 12- “Moms are Everything”, a “special event” , will be held on two Saturdays, May 5 and May 12. We will honor ALL MOMS and invite them to shop with us. This is a “Women helping business Women” event as well: we are inviting other local “woman owned businesses” to bring in their products to our shops. We will give them space in our shops to sell their goods and services during this event.
  • SUMMER August 22,23 – “Harvest Festival” weekend:  Each shop will invite a local farm to partner with them. Local Farms will have tents in front of our shops where they can offer farm products, flowers and tastings.
  • FALL Sept 21-23 and 28-30 “Trails & Sails Weekends” sponsored by Essex Heritage, Salem, MA. We are partners with Essex Heritage Foundation and part of 150 events offered by Trail or Sail on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. Each shop will offer a demonstration event on these dates. For more information about Trails and Sails :https://essexheritage.org/ts  Essex National Heritage is in the process of building a new and better website. We’ll have our own shopping destination page and sub pages for each shop!
  • Several organizations and groups have offered mini-bus tours since we unveiled our trail
  • People ask where can you find the brochure? Contact Essex Heritage they will have the brochures, or any of our businesses. Our FB page is https://www.facebook.com/Woman-Owned-Businesses-on-the-Essex-Coastal-Scenic-Byway-1945965882357445/?ref=bookmarks

 

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Rose Bowl parade photos floats plus UMASS band

Warm up with some photographs of the Rose Bowl parade specific to Massachusetts taken by Pauline Bresnahan. She made sure to find the Rose Bowl Float featured in the Gloucester Daily Times.  Pauline writes,

“Here are some of my favorite pictures from the Rose Bowl parade. The City of Burbank float is the one that was featured in the Gloucester Daily Times article. I love the flyover photo. It always gives me chills. I did not know until I got there that the UMASS band was in the parade. Their first appearance and they had the largest band in the parade with over 400 members…The Rose Bowl parade Theme this year was Making a Difference. Even a heart on the Poster. I think I was meant to go! The Grand Marshal was Gary Sinise, who played Sgt. Dan in Forrest Gump movie with Tom Hanks. He was just in Afghanastan with Gen. Milley, one of the Generals I met this year. Small world.” – Pauline Bresnahan

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Last chance

You still have time! Pauline’s Gifts is open through December 22, the last day of one of her busiest years of operation these last 18 years. They’re open seasonally and will reopen in late April 2018.

Spoiler alert for a few of the GMG contributors who couldn’t make it last night…Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz ordered custom painted Pauline ornaments for the GMG crew Christmas party and 10th year celebration. Thank you so much Pat and Jimmy!

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Road to Success!

Great title and read! Gloucester and Cape Ann in the news thanks to these businesses and Essex National Heritage. Ethan Forman article running in the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem, and more:  Road to Success: Scenic Byway Unites Woman Owned Businesses

TOMORROW: award-winning local trail featured 7:30pm Wed December 6 2017 on WCVB-TV Channel 5 CHRONICLE

from August GMG post “Local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley (#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) 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.”

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So proud of these women

Do not forget to watch Chronicle on Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 7:30 channel 5

From the Salem News

Pauline’s Gifts

512 Essex Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

www.paulinesgifts.com

 Shops are also featured on upcoming Chronicle television show, December 6.

Good going Gloucester girl !!!!

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SALEM — Instead of heading to the malls or shopping online this holiday season, you could head onto the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway to find that special something, and support some women-owned specialty shops along the way.

Last spring, a group of 10 women business owners banded together to create a brochure pointing out the locations of their shops along the scenic byway.

This grassroots effort came as a surprise to folks at the Essex National Heritage Commission, the Salem-based nonprofit that spearheaded the effort to designate the route from Lynn to Salisbury as a scenic byway. The designation is an economic development tool to guide to visitors and sightseers around the region.

The effort by the shops along a 10-mile stretch of the byway was the first time Essex Heritage had seen the roadway used as a marketing device since signs were installed for it in May 2016. For their efforts, the women received the Pioneer in Partnership award from Essex Heritage at its annual meeting this fall.

Kate Day, scenic project manager at Essex Heritage, said she was inspired by the women’s efforts to promote their businesses using the roadway as a guidepost.

The shopping brochure is a tool the shop owners use to urge customers to take a drive down the byway to visit all the women-owned shops on it. It markets shops that sell antiques, gifts, folk art, home decor, furniture, jewelry, flags, windsocks and pet supplies, among other things. It also establishes a connection among shops in neighboring communities that share the byway of routes 133/1A as a common thread.

“The women who own these specialty shops along the byway are driven by a personal passion that is evident in the success of their businesses,” said Johanne Cassia, owner of Olde Ipswich Shop and Gallery in Ipswich. “They provide unique products and services that benefit the economy and the vitality of their community.”

Katrina Haskell, owner of Essex Exchange in Essex, approached Cassia with the idea of putting together a brochure for some shops.

“We realized right away that the byway would be our connection,” Cassia said.

They spoke with other business owners and invited them to join.

“All the business owners jumped on board,” Cassia said, “and we are now collaborating special events together.”

About the byway

The state Legislature established the byway in the mid-2000s, and a corridor management plan in 2011 identified directional signs as a priority. The signs, all 175 of them, were installed in May 2016, paid for with state and federal grants.

The 90-mile byway starts in Lynn and heads north through Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem, Beverly, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury.

The brochure features nine businesses and 10 women entrepreneurs along a 10-mile stretch of the byway, from Gloucester to Rowley.

They include Pauline’s Gifts, which Pauline Bresnahan opened in Gloucester in 1999. She and her husband, Glen, live in her childhood home next to the shop. As a little girl, she said, she always wanted to own the shop, so she purchased the property about 18 years ago.

At first, it was an outlet for her own decorative arts; she paints more than 100 mailboxes a year.

“The rest of the gifts grew from there,” she said. Flags are one of her biggest sellers.

“We want to support each other,” said Bresnahan when asked why it was important for women business owners to promote one another. “I know that working with the other women, even if they are younger women, we can teach a little bit or try to mentor some young women business people.”

Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply in Essex is another of the shops on the byway. Susan Lufkin has owned the store with her sister, Shelly Nicastro, for nine years. They both knew the former owner of the business, Jane Perkins, and purchased the store from her.

Lufkin said she is a bookkeeper and has a degree in business, and her sister has a degree in sociology.

Lufkin said it is important for women business owners to support one another, “so that we are helping each other out with our thoughts and ideas.”

“It’s a wonderful project,” said Ann Orcutt, who owns two AnnTiques shops along the byway, one in Ipswich and one in Essex.

The women had already been referring each other to one another’s shops, but the initiative broadened their base of referrals, she said. The byway gave businesses along a 10-mile stretch a connection to one another.

“That was the key,” Orcutt said. “We are all on the byway.”–

Busy Days Black Friday and Shop Local on Saturday

Great turnout for Small Business, Shop Local on Saturday and also on Black Friday. Also shopping local helps our great businesses going. You would not be able to find Lobster P.J. anywhere but Pauline’s Gift or have an owner of a store welcome you dressed as a Christmas Elf, plus great olive oil with great gift ideas. Grateful to live here. Great progress on the best Lobster Trap Tree in the world.