Serendipity’s Playhouse 88 Bass Avenue #GloucesterMA | Grand Opening Friday March 29, 2019 4:30PM

Serendipity's Playhouse_Gloucester Massachusetts_20190325_grand opening March © catherine ryan (15)

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.

Serendipity's Playhouse_Gloucester Massachusetts_20190325_grand opening March © catherine ryan (14)
special offers for grandparents, police, fire, military and twins!

Chronicle Re-Airing “Women on the Coastal Byway” on 3/8 just in time for spring travel plans

“WCVB #Chronicle 5: Along #MAshoreline scenic byway, a sisterhood of shops invites browsing” All images in this post are from the Chronicle story shot by Carl Vieira

CHRONICLE Business Meeting the Women of the Byway, Ipswich
STILL FROM CHRONICLE VIDEO, meet the women of the Byway, trail #5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich

“…Many of those entrepreneurs are women that (narrator) may have met on a very scenic north shore shopping trail!”

“(Narrator) The Essex Scenic Coastal Byway. Ninety miles of salt marsh and working waterfronts, dotted with famous clam shacks, antique stores, and open coastal dreamscapes, stretching from Lynn to Salisbury. The (Essex) Coastal (Scenic) Byway is ONE OF THE PRETTIEST, MOST INTERESTING and DISTINCTIVE DRIVES IN THE STATE. Now you can approach it from a distinctly feminine point of view. A group of women have joined forces to market themselves with a brochure, a sort of coastal byway treasure map.”

Fun route is easy to follow– original trail below. The map has been updated twice since the endeavor began. Look for fun events throughout 2019~

#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, Ipswich
#8 Lost Treasures, Rowley
#9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley

Byway CHRONICLE Business Meeting the Women of the Byway

Valentine’s Day handmade sweets & treats and vintage street at Alexandra’s Bread

Valentine’s Day shopping  is a delight at Alexandra’s Bread,  a scrumptious artisan bakery and destination vintage and contemporary gift shop located at 265 Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts. One hopes for a line long enough to while away some browsing yet short enough  to reach the counter before the bread and treats sell out.

Discover unique finds to share with everyone on your gift and just because lists at Alexandra’s Bread bakery. 

Design of Mine has been busy creating their Funky Flannels ~ Get em while they’re hot!

Don’t settle for “boring” Super Bowl Wear, get in the game with our Funky Flannels …one-of-a-kind handmade, and repurposed .
20 more shirts just hit the floor and are selling fast !!
Come on down so you don’t miss out !!

 

 

Design of Mine
33 Main Street
Gloucester, MA
978-491-7495

 

Happy New Year from Design of Mine !

Everything is 40% Off!

New merchandise added to our inventory just for the sale !

We want to thank all of our customers for an amazing year!

Sale ends January 8th

*All sales final!

*excludes prior sales!

Design of Mine
33 Main Street
Gloucester, MA
978-491-7495

New Business opens in Gloucester – Cape Ann Electric Bikes – “portable convertible”

Owner Kathy Reed opened the first and only AddMotor exclusive retail shop in the country a month ago, in the off season, in order to gear up and be fully ready for a busy 2019 rental season

Cape Ann Electric Bikes rolled into “The Commons” plaza at 214 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester, MA, in the corner space formerly occupied by The Urchin Exchange. “The Commons” shopping center is just past Pond Road and Common Crow along Rt. 127. Stores include Cake Ann and O’Neil Fitness.

Cape Ann Electric Bikes are bikes (“not scooters!”) equipped with an optional motor assist that’s set to a maximum 20mph for safe rentals.  There are many styles and options to try out. All of the bikes are fitted with fat tires to accommodate year round enjoyment, all terrain, and New England weather. Snow? Sand? Wet leaves? Check check check. Bicycles built for two? Check. There are accessory trailers for tools, coolers, pets and kids. The shop will deliver rentals to your home or business. Cape Ann Electric Bike offers free assembly for bike sales and will comp a full day’s rental towards any purchase if you want to try before buying.

Fun facts:

Cape Ann Electric Bikes will be showcasing their NEW business –and Gloucester and Cape Ann– at booths in the New England International Auto Show, host to 75,000 visitors annually and  “voted the #1 consumer show in Boston by Bis Bash Media for the last 3 years.” Stop by January 17-21.

Owner Kathy Reed grew up in Gloucester and resides in Essex. She is a Mayor’s daughter. Can you name the Mayor? She’s currently favoring that bike with the blue wheels.

Owner Kathy Reed_Cape Ann Electric Bikes_buy or rent_20181215_© c ryan (4)

 

sale at goodlinens and everyone’s favorite penguin is fishing now

 

photos above- holiday window 2018 goodlinens studio, 130 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

photos below – They’re my towel of choice for piping plover watch at Good Harbor Beach, body surf days, and rainy camping. I love how quickly these towels dry out, and how light and compact they are– perfect to pack down.

Shop Local WITH THE COOLEST GUYS AROUND! – Cape Pond Ice Gift Shop – Fort Wharf, Gloucester

Shop local – Gloucester Christmas on Commercial Street – Fort Wharf / Cape Pond Ice Gift Shop – good time for replacing worn out, out-grown, or stolen (by your brother) Cape Pond Ice gear for the holidays – or for that “Cool”  friend or family member who just never got one, now’s the time…  good inventory & choices in stock.

Open Saturday 9 – 1, weekdays 9-5, or on-line:  www.capepondice.com

Hope everyone is resting up for a busy shopping weekend. Shop Local, Shop Small

Time to get out and shop local for the holidays.  We have Downtown, Middle Street Walk, Sip N Shop welcoming our Veterans Home, The Magnolia Library and Maritime Gloucester.  Should be fun.

Sunday, December 9 from 11 -3 at the Back Shore Elks

Ladies Night @ Design of Mine ~ Live music with ToniAnn Enes, Live Mannequins, 20% off and of course Wine. 5-10pm December 6th

 

Don’t miss out : December 6th

5:00-10:00

20% OFF


LIVE music with ToniAnn Ennes

LIVE MANNEQUINS
&
WINE

33 Main Street

Gloucester, MA

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NEW on Ladies Night – Pop Up Gift Card Shop making it easy on Main Street

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – NEW for Ladies Night Gloucester, MA.

Gloucester shops are coming to the easiest address on Main – 123 Main Street home of the YMCA fundraising offices on the corner of Main and Hancock Street. (Kids Unlimited final location.) “Save time and do all your local Gift Card Shopping in ONE location on ONE night!”  

Cape Ann Lanes, Common Crow, George’s Restaurant, Maplewood Car Wash, Ryan & Wood, Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, YMCA…

Pop Up Gift Card Shop Ladies Night Gloucester MA 2018

Just a shave away | The Black Bear Barber Shop opts for a different Main Street location

East End Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, street-level retail news

Before building out a new space at 261 Main Street, next door to Alexandra’s Bread, The Black Bear Barber Shop will set up instead across the street at 260 Main Street. The business will be the first commercial tenant in the new 260 Main Street multi use building. (Cape Ann Animal Aid was the last tenant in the razed building.) There was a chance to customize plumbing for a ground floor retail space and it might mean more customer parking.

Blackbear Barber Shop moving to 260 Main Street Gloucester instead ©c ryan.jpg

Settling into 260 Main Street rather than 261 means that 261 Main Street (Eastern Point Lit House was last there and seasonally PRESENT) is available to rent.

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The Black Bear Barber Shop coming to 260 Main Street

*Christmas is in the air @ Design of Mine *

 

Angels have been sighted on main street. Specifically at 33 Main St., Gloucester.

Design of Mine, participating in the Downtown Gloucester Holiday Window Contest , has decked their halls with custom made angels consisting of hundreds of silver balls and tinsel, finished off with wreath halos. Take a stroll down main street to see ALL the windows festively lit and get into the holiday spirit.

 

vote here if you like > https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BP7YJB2

Design of Mine
33 Main Street
Gloucester, MA
978-491-7495

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First snow fell before Thanksgiving- here’s how it looked on Main Street and goodlinens studio #GloucesterMA

Main Street Gloucester, MA- First snow of the season Nov 15, 2018 

goodlinens studio useful goods and gifts for bath, kitchen and home, functional art, fine art and featured artisan panels

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NEW! custom order trays– featuring local work by artists Loren Doucette and Coco Berkman– were designed by architects Ann Clark and Lena Georas and digitally printed on Baltic birch plywood, each piece of LAMOU serveware is created in Rhode Island.

 

 

Christmas in Gloucester


Gloucester Downtown Association’s $1500 Shopping Spree starts on Monday! Every time you make a purchase fill out a ticket for the chance to win $750, $500 or $250 of gift certificates. The more you shop the better chance you have to win! Shop local this holiday season!

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

All Purpose Flowers coming to Magnolia November 1_20181012_©Catherine Ryan

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/

All Purpose Flowers coming to Magnolia November 1_20181012_©Catherine Ryan (2)

 

Design of Mine is celebrating their 1 year anniversary in the West End…Thursday September 13th at 5:00pm

 

And what a year it has been!! Thank you to all of our amazing customers!
Join us for our Anniversary Celebration
Sept 13th 5:00pm

 

Featuring the soulful music of Toniann Enes

Refreshments, giveaways, and specials!
Don’t miss out!

33 Main St Gloucester, MA
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