20 ?'s with Joie Busby of Joie Designs
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1. Describe your business in one sentence:

Unique Home Décor and Trendy Fashions

2. Why do you love what you do?

Because I do it well.

3. Why did you join The Bridge?

To expose the beauty of the world through my art.

4. Besides work, what else are you passionate about and why?

Traveling. It expands my mind in a creative way and inspires my imagination.

5. What are a few of your favorite local business to visit and why?

Virgilio’s. I visit my niece Samantha who works there. The food is awesome too!

6. Do you have a nickname? How did you get it? 

No

7. Any special talents (not work related)?

I have the gift of mercy and compassion.

8. Name a favorite geographical spot on Cape Ann and why:

Fort Square, I grew up here and my family still lives here.

9. Do you have pets? Who are they?

Yes, two cats, Zoie and Bella.

10. Any causes/charities that particularly move you?

Social Justice and Humanitarian Causes

11. Favorite local event?

Too many to list!

12. Favorite Bridge event?

Strawberry Festival at Mile Marker One

13. Favorite seafood?

I love all seafood!

14. Name one thing that a tourist MUST do when visiting Cape Ann:

Drive the coast

15. Name one of your quirks:

That’s a tough one!

16. Name one of your pet peeves:

When people who are sick with a cold or flu come into work and spread their sick germs.

17. Name one of your superstitions:

None

18. What is tops on your bucket list?

Go to College

19. Who plays you in “Joie Designs: The Movie”?

Hmmm…

20. What do you want to tell your customers?

Step out of line and buy "One of a Kind."

Joie’s Info/Social Media Handles:

Phone: 978-290-8900

Website: www.etsy.com/shop/JoieDesignsOriginals

Facebook: joiedesignsoriginals

Instagram: joiedesignsoriginalsonetsy

Twitter: Joie Busby

LinkedIn: Joie Busby

20 ?'s with Rob Cluett of Boston Autonomic
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1. Describe your business in one sentence:

Securing your business & its I.T. assets.

2. Why do you love what you do?

I've owned a computer since the age of 7. That's when I started programming. Technology has been my passion ever since. It's comes easily to me for some reason.

3. Why did you join The Bridge?

They are constantly innovating ways to connect companies & to bring awareness to the consumer. There's nothing artificial about what they do. They charge pennies to join & have established themselves as the premier provider of marketing services to small businesses.

4. Besides work, what else are you passionate about?

Hiking. Summiting a 4,000+ ft. mountain with an elevation differential of 2,000+ ft. is an awesome feeling. Summiting Mt. Washington while suffering the clinical effects of dehydration was one of my greatest achievements.  

5. What are a few favorite local business to visit?

The Cape Ann Brewery (although I do not drink). They have this geeky vibe that I love. Plus, I'm very fond of Dillon. Great guy. The Azorean because the food there may very well be the best food in town. Dunkin Donuts too. One large hot latte with whole milk & one Equal - & six doughnuts. Yes, every morning.

6. Do you have a nickname? How did you get it? 

Most just call me by my last name, "Cluett".

7. Any special talents (not work related)?

I can juggle & do some carpentry.

8. Name a favorite geographical spot on Cape Ann:

Dogtown. I've hiked it many times. Built a more modern map of all trails & paths using GPS. Don't ask me for it. Was lost when I was hacked. Also, any place on the waterfront because it conjures up images of what Gloucester once was; the history of its fishermen & their sea captains (which includes my grandfather).

9. Do you have pets?

A dog named Jay Jay. He's a Maltese we got from the local animal shelter. Clearly was abused as a puppy. He suffers anxiety & takes diazepam. 

10. Any causes/charities that particularly move you?

I give to the following annually. They are the causes I believe in: Wounded Warrior Project, National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Special Olympics, Boston Rescue Mission, United Negro College Fund, The Trevor Project, Shultz’s Guest House

11. Favorite local event?

Easy. St. Peters Fiesta, of course.

12. Favorite Bridge event?

I'm too new to answer but looking forward.

13. Favorite seafood?

Lobsta

14. Name one thing that a tourist MUST do when visiting Cape Ann:

Visiting Cape Ann Museum is a MUST.  The engraved rocks in Dogtown with the hope that one realizes who Roger Babson was & his influence on this country. He predicted the stock market crash of 1929 which fueled the Great Depression. Although I have an alternative perspective on this. I think he may have actually caused it by stating in his speech, "Sooner or later a crash is coming, & it may be terrific.” He also ran for President against Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

 15. Name one of your quirks:

I drink about 12 diet sodas a day.

16. Name one of your pet peeves:

Folks who park in handicap spots without a license plate or window tag. Folks who talk politics as if it's not an opinion but fact. That begets a third peeve. People who talk like they have all the facts when most of their statements are either assumptions or something baseless they saw on the news.

17. Name one of your superstitions:

I'm not superstitious but I go a little overboard when making sure the doors are locked.

18. What is tops on your bucket list?

Climbing Denali.

19. Who plays you in “Boston Autonomic: The Movie”?

Leonardo DiCaprio or Liam Neeson.

20. What do you want to tell your customers?

Your business isn't secure. Neither is your home or personal devices. I don't care what steps you think you've taken, it's not. I could help though.

Rob’s Info/Social Media Handles:

Phone: 978-879-7651

Website: https://bostonautonomic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bostonautonomic/?modal=admin_todo_tour
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/35548201/admin/

20 ?'s with Linda Brown of All Purpose Flowers
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1. Describe your business in one sentence:

A full-service florist shop.

2. Why do you love what you do?

I am in love with all things floral & brightening people’s day with floral beauty.

3. Why did you join The Bridge?

To become more active in our community & introduce All Purpose Flowers to more people.

4. Besides work, what else are you passionate about and why?

Being a mom to my 4 year old girl & 1 1/2 year old son because that’s what moms do, & singing in a choir because I love music. 

5. What are a few of your favorite local business to visit and why?

I love The Avenue Beauty Bar because they make me feel pretty, Inspire Barre & Fitness because they make me feel healthy, The Cape Ann Brewery because their food is so good & it is a great family restaurant, & Pauline’s Gifts because she is a delight & has some great gift items available (I really could go on and on).

6. Do you have a nickname? How did you get it?

Little Linda from my father and brothers 

7. Any special talents (not work related)?

I’d say more mediocre than special at art, piano, and guitar

8. Name a favorite geographical spot on Cape Ann and why:

Coolidge Point Reservation/The Great Lawn because it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.

9. Do you have pets? Who are they?

Not at this time, soon hopefully 

10. Any causes/charities that particularly move you?

St. Jude’s & Children’s Hospital

11. Favorite local event?

Fiesta, of course. 

12. Favorite Bridge event?

Strawberry & Fall Festivals 

13. Favorite seafood?

Oysters

14. Name one thing that a tourist MUST do when visiting Cape Ann:

Go to the beach & eat seafood

15. Name one of your quirks:

I am constantly trying to not be messy 

16. Name one of your pet peeves:

Loud chewing

17. Name one of your superstitions:

Sign of cross every time I pass a church

18. What is tops on your bucket list?

Taking kids to Disney

19. Who plays you in “All Purpose Flowers: The Movie”?

The actress who plays Bernadette in Big Bang Theory (Editor’s Note: Melissa Rauch)

20. What do you want to tell your customers?

If you love flowers as much as I do, you’ll love All Purpose Flowers. 

Linda’s Contact Info/Social Media Handles:

Address: 29 Lexington Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: (978) 526-1241

Website: www.allpurposeflowers.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/purposeflowers/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allpurposeflowers/

Twitter: @flowerspurpose

Pinterest: https://pin.it/qbp7kdhhcngju4

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20 ?'s with Stylist Lisa Schraffa Santin
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1. Describe your business in one sentence:

Bringing style to women of all ages, sizes and those who are budget minded. 

2. Why do you love what you do?

It’s just like being an artist - my canvas is my client. 

3. Why did you join The Bridge?

Community - my mantra is buy local & artisanal services and products always. 

4. Besides work, what else are you passionate about and why?

The Ocean- I had been coming up to Rockport, and Gloucester my entire life and loving this region so when I had a chance to move here in 2014, I jumped into it. 

5. What are a few of your favorite local business to visit and why?

Design of Mine, Pop Gallery, The Plant Shack, all the great Main Street business and restaurants. 

6. Do you have a nickname? How did you get it?

Devil Wears Prada- it must be the hair! #devilwearspradadoppelganger

7. Any special talents (not work related)?

 Bolognase sauce- many call it Liquid Gold -yum. 

8. Name a favorite geographical spot on Cape Ann and why:

Niles Point- Many retreats done out there over the years, a most beautiful and contemplative spot. 

9. Do you have pets? Who are they?

No

10. Any causes/charities that particularly move you?

Currently working on Rubbish to Runway a fashion show at the end of April to raise money for schools abroad.  Just became a member of the Board of The Zen Center North Shore. Love working with the Women’s Fund of Essex County on the Grants Allocation Committee

11. Favorite local event?

I loved the new Maker event rolled out in Rockport this past holiday season 

12. Favorite Bridge event?

Heck, how do you pick just one? Strawberry Festival is a great kick off to the summer season. 

13. Favorite seafood (or other local food if you don’t eat seafood)?

I do love fresh catch - we have so many great places to shop for seafood; Rowan’s, Chrissie’s…

14. Name one thing that a tourist MUST do when visiting Cape Ann:

Try to eat at the Market Rest in Annisquam 

15. Name one of your quirks:

Chasing full moons in my car up and down Rt. 127

16. Name one of your pet peeves:

People don’t try hard enough to find their style and then own it

17. Name one of your superstitions:

I am Italian so too many to mention 

18. What is tops on your bucket list?

Taos New Mexico vacation 

19. Who plays you in “LASS Stylist: The Movie”?

Meryl Streep, of course. 

20. What do you want to tell your customers?

Hiring a wardrobe stylist is easy and affordable and will end up saving you money, time, & a lot of aggravation. 

Lisa’s Contact Info/Social Media Handles:

Address: Beverly MA

Phone: (209) 789-5364

Website: www.lisaannschraffasantin.com 

Facebook: Lisa Ann Schraffa Santin Stylist 

Instagram: @lass_stylist 

Twitter: @style64

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisaannschraffa/

Pinterest: Lisa Ann Schraffa Santin Stylist 

20 ?'s with Brandon Pratt of Cross Country Mortgage
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1.    Describe your business in one sentence: 

Helping Homeowners and Homebuyers get the best mortgage financing they can get.

2.    Why do you love what you do?

I love helping people and I love numbers, so it’s a natural fit.

3.    Why did you join The Bridge?

To become a bigger part of the Cape Ann business community. 

4.    Besides work, what else are you passionate about and why?

Golf, because it’s something that is so hard, that it brings me back consistently. 

5.    What are a few of your favorite local business to visit and why?

6.    Do you have a nickname? How did you get it? 

Yes, it’s Bunga. Growing up in Magnolia my nickname was Tonga. Then in high school playing for GHS freshman football I was Butch. A Magnolia buddy who also played football said the two names were confusing, so they were merged into Bunga. 

7.    Any special talents (not work related)?

I like to cook at home. Working in restaurants around Cape Ann in high school and college allowed me to learn how to cook and get paid for it. Also being around family and friends in Gloucester, there was a lot of cooking going on. 

8.    Name a favorite geographical spot on Cape Ann and why: 

Long Beach, another place that I went to a lot as a kid.  I still love going there today.

9.    Do you have pets? Who are they?

Owen is a 8 year old border collie mix of other dogs.  We also just got Evie the cat from Cape Ann Animal Aid. She is just over a year old.

10. Any causes/charities that particularly move you?

Anything to do with kids.  I was on the board of directors at HAWC, and now a member of the Gloucester Rotary. 

11. Favorite local event?

Memorial Day…unofficial start of summer.

12. Favorite Bridge event?

Looking forward to my first one!

13. Favorite seafood?

Ahi tuna.

14. Name one thing that a tourist MUST do when visiting Cape Ann:

Drive around the Cape on Route 127 through Manchester, Gloucester and Rockport. 

15. Name one of your quirks:

I can’t sit still very well.

16. Name one of your pet peeves: 

17. Name one of your superstitions:

Being positive all the time. 

18. What is tops on your bucket list?

Playing Augusta National, but most likely I will settle for Pebble Beach because I don’t know any August National members. 

19. Who plays you in “Cross Country Mortgage: The Movie”?

Michael Chiklis

20. What do you want to tell your customers?

That buying a house isn’t hard when you have the right people helping you.  Sitting down with me is free, and I can let anyone know their financial home buying situation.

Brandon’s Contact Info/Social Media Handles:
 
Address:  180 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 
Phone: 617.688.6891
Website: capeannmortgagesccm.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/crosscountrybrandonpratt/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandon-pratt-ab71106/

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20 ?'s with Kathryn Wall of BankGloucester
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1.    Describe your business in one sentence:

Community Bank dedicated to individuals and business owners seeking complete financial solutions.

2.    Why do you love what you do?

I love marketing because it allows me to pursue my creative side. Marketers have the unique ability to decide what they would like to communicate, how they will communicate it and what channels they will use. Another aspect of marketing is that it is one of the few professions which gives you to opportunity to influence how someone feels.

3.    Why did you join The Bridge?

For networking and staying up to date on local going on.

4.    Besides work, what else are you passionate about and why?

 I am passionate about food. I love trying new food and I also have been into clean eating and the benefits of how clean eating makes you feel mentally and physically.

5.    What are a few of your favorite local business to visit and why?

Common Crow for their organic groceries and specialty products. The Franklin Cape Ann or their food and drinks.

6.    Do you have a nickname? How did you get it?

“KJ” My college roommates came up with the name since my Mother has the same name as me. “Kathryn Junior”

7.     Any special talents (not work related)?

Nothing that I can think of.

8.     Name a favorite geographical spot on Cape Ann and why:

Lighthouse beach is a favorite of mine due to the soft sand, clear water, beautiful view and private.

9.     Do you have pets? Who are they? 

I do not.

10. Any causes/charities that particularly move you?

Care Dimensions

11. Favorite local event?

Saint Peter’s Fiesta

12. Favorite Bridge event?

Strawberry Festival – great for families

13. Favorite seafood (or other local food if you don’t eat seafood)?

Boiled Lobster

14. Name one thing that a tourist MUST do when visiting Cape Ann:

Take a walk down the boulevard, see the fishermen’s statue and enjoy the view.

15. Name one of your quirks:

I always wear a hair elastic around my wrist

16. Name one of your pet peeves:

People that show up late.

17. Name one of your superstitions:

I don’t have any

18. What is tops on your bucket list?

Trip to Italy

19. Who plays you in “BankGloucester: The Movie”?

I had to ask around…the verdict was Sandra Bullock.

20. What do you want to tell your customers?

BankGloucester truly cares about our customers and offers them personalized service. We are also dedicated to supporting our local communities. We offer the same products and services that you’d expect to only find at a larger bank. Plus, our online/mobile banking products are exceptional!

 Kathryn’s Contact Info/Social Media Handles:
 
Address: 160 Main St. Gloucester/15 Martin St. Essex MA
Phone: 978-283-8200 
Website: www.bankgloucester.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BankGloucester/
Instagram: bankgloucester
Twitter: @BankGloucester
LinkedIn: BankGloucester

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20 ?'s with Justine Laurie, CPA
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1.     Describe your business in one sentence.

I provide small businesses and families with peace of mind by helping them meet their financial goals.

2.     Why do you love what you do?

Taxes scare the crap out of people and I love knowing that I can make a difference in people’s lives by alleviating a lot of this fear and helping them keep more money in their pockets.

3.     Why did you join The Bridge?

When I lived on the other side of the country, I followed The Bridge to keep up with what was going on around here. When I came back, I wanted to join because I love the closeness to the community that The Bridge fosters.

4.     Besides work, what else are you passionate about?

It goes without saying that my family is number one – my world pretty much revolves around my kids. Otherwise, I love to lift heavy things and am currently training for my second bodybuilding show (NPC Bikini)

5.     What are a few of your favorite local businesses?

Cape Ann Coffee because their iced Americanos keep me fueled, and when I am allowed some more “fun” in my diet they have the best breakfast sandwiches. The Hair and Color Studio, because no one knows color like Catherine (and her personality doesn’t hurt!).

6.     Do you have a nickname? How did you get it?

Bean/Beanie… My parents started it when I was little and looked like a jellybean in my red bathing suit. And somehow my childhood friends ended up adopting it as well!

7.     Any special talents (not work related)?

Sewing. I used to make dresses for my now 6-year-old when she was a toddler. I am also a pretty decent cook, but I do NOT bake.

8.     Name a favorite geographical spot on Cape Ann:

Folly Cove. Something about that inlet feels like a far away place, and the sunsets there are just perfect.

9.     Do you have pets? Who are they?

I have two Dachshunds, Oscar and Ernie. Ernie we have had since he was a puppy in 2007, and we adopted Oscar from the Florida Dachshund Rescue in 2011.

10.  Any causes/charities that particularly move you?

Being the spouse of a disabled veteran, I’d have to go with the Wounded Warrior Project. They have taken a lot of heat in recent years but, being on the receiving end of their charity, I have seen first hand the difference they make for these veterans and helping them gain some normalcy in their lives after the transition out of the military.

11.  Favorite local event?

Waterfront Festival – I missed it this year and I am bummed!

12.  Favorite Bridge event?

Because I haven’t been back in the area too long, I have only been to the Strawberry Festival so far… so we can go with that!

13.  Favorite seafood?

Bluefin Tuna. I could eat tuna tartare every day for the rest of my life and die happy.

14.  Name one thing that a tourist MUST do when visiting Cape Ann:

Take a ride on the water shuttle – it gives a great view of the inner harbor!

15.  Name one of your quirks:

I hate cold drinking water – I like it at room temperature

16.  Name one of your pet peeves.

When you hold the door for someone and they walk right through it like it’s being magically held open.

17.  Name one of your superstitions:

I don’t like to step on cracks in pavement

18.  What is tops on your bucket list?

A cruise around the world

19.  Who plays you in “Justine Laurie, CPA: The Movie”?

I took a Buzzfeed quiz to answer this question, and survey says Emma Watson.

20.  What do you want to tell your customers?

I am continuously taking on new clients, both individuals and businesses. No business is too small to have a CPA on board from day one!

Justine’s Contact Info/Social Media Handles:

Phone: (978) 381-3024

Website: http://justineelauriecpa.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustineELaurieCPAPC/

Instagram: justineelaurie_cpa

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justine-laurie-36790716/

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20 ?’s with Inga McCarthy of Cake Ann
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1.     Describe your business in one sentence.

Cake Ann makes delicious treats for everyday or special occasions.

2.     Why do you love what you do?

We get to be part of people’s special celebrations and their everyday.

3.     Why did you join The Bridge?

We joined to get a broader reach throughout Cape Ann.

4.     Besides work, what else are you passionate?

Food! I love local fruits and produce, as well as cooking and baking seasonally.

5.     What are a few of your favorite local businesses?

I love The Cave for their amazing cheese, wine and pâté.

6.     Do you have a nickname? How did you get it?

None that I want to share.

7.     Any special talents (not work related)?

Dog hugging.

8.     Name a favorite geographical spot on Cape Ann:

Front Beach in Rockport – makes me feel like I am on vacation any day of the week.

9.     Do you have pets? Who are they?

Maya and Frank, they are rescues from Puerto Rico via Cape Ann Animal Aid.

10.  Any causes/charities that particularly move you?

The Open Door and No Kid Hungry. It baffles me that there are people in this town and in this country who are food-insecure.

11.  Favorite local event?

Motif #1 Day.

12.  Favorite Bridge event?

How can I choose?

13.  Favorite seafood?

Fried clams at Nate’s or the lobster roll at Charlie’s

14.  Name one thing that a tourist MUST do when visiting Cape Ann:

Hammond Castle – Every time I go the building and the views amaze me.

15.  Name one of your quirks:

I hate the word “topping”.

16.  Name one of your pet peeves:

People who are late.

17.  Name one of your superstitions:

So many…

18.  What is tops on your bucket list?

Living in Australia

19.  Who plays you in “Cake Ann: The Movie”?

Jenna Fischer

20.  What do you want to tell your customers?

Every day is cake day!

Cake Ann Contact Info/Social Media Handles:

Address: 214 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester

Phone: 978-865-4100

Website: CakeAnn.com

Facebook: cakeann

Instagram: cakeann_

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Kory's Stories: The Week That Was
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Hope you had a great weekend! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

We finally caught our breath after the 6th Annual Fall Fest. The weather was perfect! Thanks to all who went, including the participants. Special thanks to Marshall’s Farm Stand for sponsoring and Cape Ann’s Marina Resort for hosting. See you at the 6th Annual Strawberry Fest on June 1, 2019!

Tables for our next Left Right Center Tournament are starting to fill up. The tournament benefits the Elks Scholarship Fund. It’s Friday, October 26, from 6:30-9pm. The Yellow Sub will be providing food for purchase! Wanna play? RSVP at BridgeCapeAnn.com: https://bit.ly/2t3d1NX

Check out our latest videos for two popular events happening this month at Mile Marker: Cigar & Wine Night on October 17 https://bit.ly/2QQsxH6 and the Drag Queen Invasion on October 24 https://bit.ly/2QQE3SU

Laughing for Lexington is a comedy at The Elks on Thursday, October 18 featuring 3 Boston comics to help benefit the Magnolia Library. Details here: https://bit.ly/2pSaipg

Tonno owner Anthony Caturano is donating 100% of sales of their Triple C cocktail to the Lenny Zakim Fund in honor of his late sister, Christina, who passed away from breast cancer. Details here: https://bit.ly/2IYjykh

Timeline Cape Ann is a series of minute-long videos Kory is producing for 1623 Studios that focuses on the backstories of local figures, landmarks, and geographic points of interest. He works with Cape Ann Museum for archival images and Gloucester Historical Commission for facts. This is The History of Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park: https://bit.ly/2Or1kxP

And if you missed the first episode, here’s The History of Gloucester’s American Legion Building: https://bit.ly/2zF28pQ

Word is that Gloucester businesses and residents plan to ramp up holiday decorations and the Chamber of Commerce is running a monthlong contest to promote the area. The Bridge is helping out.

Speaking of the holidays, The Bridge is booking important dates to round out 2018. So far, we have vending events at Riversbend in Essex and The Elks at Bass Rocks, Ornament Painting with Pauline Bresnahan at Trio Restaurant, and live coverage of the Kent Circle Christmas Tree Lighting as well as the Lobster Trap Tree Lighting.

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Kory's Stories: The Week That Was
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Hope you had a great weekend! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Kory was recently featured in Boston Voyager Magazine, where he talked about the evolution of The Bridge. Read the article here: https://bit.ly/2wWkZeg

We visited noted metal sculptor, Chris Williams, to begin video work showing the process of his latest piece: a dragon with a 12’ wingspan sitting atop a 15’ granite obelisk for the Convention Center in Boston. Stay tuned.

We snuck into The White Elephant Shop as it closed its doors for the last time. Owner Rick Grobe is keeping the famous antique store’s name and maintaining its online business. Here’s his goodbye: https://bit.ly/2y0dDq3

We met with Joanne & Scott of Aberdeen Home Care in Essex to capture a glowing testimonial from Patti Wysocki of Cape Ann Auto Body. Wanna see? https://bit.ly/2NNoGh0

The History of Gloucester’s American Legion Building that Kory produced for 1623 Studios did so well that a second episode has already been completed. Look for The History of Stage Fort Park soon. Did you miss it? https://bit.ly/2zF28pQ

Our 6th Annual Fall Fest at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is this Saturday, Oct 6 at Mile Marker One from 11am-3pm. FREE Parking! FREE Admission! Kid Zone with Bouncy Houses, Disney Characters, Sand Art Bar, Hula Hooping, Adoptable Puppies from Cape Ann Animal Aid, Farmers' Market & Alpacas, from Marshall's Farm Stand, Face Painting with Tabbi McKay, Vehicles from Gloucester Police & Fire, Food & Full Bar, Live Music with Pat & Fran, Cornbowl from Cape Ann Lanes, Sam Adams Beer, Tastings & Stein Hoisting contests, Local Vendors.

Our next Left Right Center Tournament to benefit the Elks Scholarship Fund is Friday, October 26, from 6:30-9ish. The Yellow Sub will be providing food for purchase! This event usually sells out, so please RSVP at bridgecapeann.com

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Kory's Stories: The Week That Was
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Hope you had a great weekend! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

We went live from Design of Mine last Thursday to celebrate the first anniversary of Melissa Tarr’s shop at 33 Main St in downtown Gloucester. If you dig free-spirited women’s wear & accessories, go visit or look up thefluttershawl.com

Visited encaustic painting artist Deb Gonet at her home in Lanesville. Encaustic painting involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The Cape Ann Artisans Tour is October 6-8.

Shot a quick video for the big Magnolia Pier Fundraiser (Friday, Sept 21 at Manchester Bath & Tennis Club. It’s a free event with a big turnout expected. We’ll be there to broadcast live. As a Magnolia kid, it was a rite of passage to jump off the pier. Watch the promo here: https://bit.ly/2NONQLa

Spent time with Carla at Captain Carlo’s to discuss their famous parties for the Patriots Sunday games. They give away free Pats ticket & gear all season long. Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/2pbhjkH

Met with Carol Pallazolla to promoted last Saturday’s Gloucester Harvest Music Fest. It was great event and turnout. Carol and I go way back to West Parish School. She’s involved in 100 different fundraisers and often pops up on The Bridge.

The White Elephant Shop removed the famous concrete elephant from atop their store on Main Street in Essex – with the help of Tally’s. We captured it live. You can see it (and all of our other videos) on the Bridge Cape Ann Facebook page. Watch it here: https://bit.ly/2xdV9mu

Hard to believe, but our 6th Annual Fall Fest at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is one month away. If you’re interested in being a vendor, email us at hello@bridgecapeann.com

And if you really like to plan ahead, our next Left Right Center Tournament to benefit the Elks Scholarship Fund is Friday, October 26, from 6:30-9ish. The Yellow Sub will be providing food for purchase! RSVP at bridgecapeann.com

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Kory's Stories: The Week That Was
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Hope you had a fun holiday weekend! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

We were at Pauline’s Gifts in West Gloucester to promote a donation drive for active female troops. Several women-owned businesses are collecting feminine products through Columbus Day weekend. See our video featuring local Purple Heart recipient Vee Chipperini here: https://bit.ly/2wEtqLd

The Chamber of Commerce’s Low Number License Plates drive ended Labor Day evening. Last we heard, nearly $70,000 was bid, with funds getting distributed to local nonprofits.

Visited Eric Magers and a group of eager interns at Seaside Sustainability, where they were working on coastal cleanups & marine bullshit. Look for their story soon.

Win-It Wednesday produced more than 60 winners who shopped, dined, & were pampered throughout the weekend. New prizes included a session with pet photographer Cate Partridge & free registration for Northeast Flag Football (which recently had a group of local girls compete during halftime of the Patriots preseason game against Carolina at Gillette Stadium).

Among other shoots, this week we’re visiting The White Elephant Shop to promote a big sale & working on a short video describing the history of the American Legion building in Gloucester for 1623 Studios. Stay tuned!

Hard to believe, but our 6th Annual Fall Fest at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is one month away. If you’re interested in being a vendor, email us at hello@bridgecapeann.com

And if you really like to plan ahead, our next Left Right Center Tournament to benefit the Elks Scholarship Fund is Friday, October 26, from 6:30-9ish. RSVP at bridgecapeann.com

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Kory's Stories: The Week That Was
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Hi folks! Here's a quick recap of The Bridge's most recent visits & events:

Met with new Pier 23 owner Matt Faletra, who vowed not to change the recipe for their famous burgers. See our video here: https://bit.ly/2wj1TxY
 
Went boating with Mike Duncan of Gloucester Boat Rental. Saw a dozens of seals frolic at Salvages & a minke whale a quarter-mile from Halibut Point. Our video from Crane's Beach: https://bit.ly/2MPvYiS
 
Covered the Gloucester Rotary Club’s Annual Pancake Breakfast from Stage Fort Park live on our Facebook page. The weather cooperated, the turnout was great, & Pauline Bresnahan chatted up the attendees.
 
We were also live for the Chamber of Commerce’s Low Number License Plate Launch Party at Drift Café (3 Main St, Gloucester). You can bid on numbers 1-100 through September 3rd. Someone has already bid $25k for number 1. See the available plates here: https://bit.ly/2vXGNG5 
 
Judged a Rum Cocktail Competition to benefit Action, Inc. at Mile Marker One. Eight local bartenders & four distilleries participated. 200 people sampled cocktails & apps all night. Had a blast!
 
Our restaurant visits this week included Lat 43, where Chef Joey showed off new local brews, plus Trio & Azorean, where the always-smiling Patricia & Chef Manny Lapa did double duty & announced weekend specials for both sister restaurants.
 
Our Win-It Wednesday giveaway produced 60 winners who will be shopping, dining, & getting pampered throughout the weekend thanks to over 40 local businesses. Play every Wednesday on Facebook. This week's winners: https://bit.ly/2wqYdKw

We secured dates for the 6th Annual Fall Fest at Mile Marker (Saturday, Oct 6 - interested vendors please contact us ASAP) & Left Right Center at The Elks on Friday, Oct 26. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2t3d1NX
 
Next week we visit Seaside Sustainability, Cape Ann Museum, Tonno, & Cape Ann Artisans. See you in the neighborhood! - Kory

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LRC on Friday the 13th
First Place Table Winner Julie Francis of Gloucester

First Place Table Winner Julie Francis of Gloucester

Just when you think our Left Right Center tournaments can’t get any bigger, Friday the 13th of April even spooked out. at The Elks was the biggest yet. Our sellout crowd with players from all over New England helped raised thousands for The Elks Scholarship Fund!

Thanks to Emily and The Elks at Bass Rocks, DJ John Budrow for keeping the crowd entertained, Salty Frank’s Dogs for the food, The Duprey Family Sugar House for the freshly tapped syrup, Referees Rob Shea & Brian Watson, Bridge associates Leneai Stuart and Caroline McBride, the Good Doctor Meredith Lockwood, and all of our players. Our next tournament is Friday, July 27th. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to our first Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 5th at Riversbend in Essex. Reserve your spots now: https://bit.ly/2IPaVYk

To find out about future Bridge events, sign up for our newsletter at BridgeCapeAnn.com and follow our social media outlets. A list of tournament winners is below. Bear with us on the name spellings. It’s chaos on the floor.

Round 1 Winners: Camille B., Connie Woundy, Irene T., Dave Osier, Kat M., Maryanne S., Paula B., Dan Leahy, Julie Francis, Kevin C., Will H., Kelly Mahoney, Jack Kelley, Deanna O., Gail M., Sam F., Alice N., Alycia G., Cathy R., Dale V., Mike D., Steven S.

Round 2 Winners: Amy S., Sue B., Millie M., Denise F., Nancy H., Liz Osier, Peter C., Vicki Raffle, Maureen, Davya, Melissa W., Tim H., Rita Budrow, Beth N., Jessey H., Julie B., John P., Jaime Jasko, Jen Gillis, Kristee F., Bill S., Helder Silva

Round 3 Winners: David Woundy, David K., Courtney K., Derrick T., Brenda P., John H., Rebecca Baylies, Cheryl O., Steve S., Steve F., Sean E., Jeff S., Joe S., Doli W., Dave W., Mandy Marino, Cat B., Mary L., Dianno F., Josie C.

Final Results:

1st Place: Julie Francis

2nd Place: Davya

3rd Place: Mandy Marino

Vermont Gift Basket Winner: Ro from Gloucester

Elks 50/50 Winner: Denise F. from North Andover

Bridge Ball Outlasts Great Flood of 2018
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The 3rd Bridge Ball finally happened, and it turned out the be our biggest celebration to date! Thanks to everyone who waited the extra few weeks while the area recovered from historic flooding. The sell-out crowd looked stunning, and there were no injuries or fatalities to report – our kind of party! If you missed it, we have the red carpet walk and photo booth shenanigans captured live on our Facebook page.

There are a lot of components to a formal event like the Bridge Ball, and many people to thank for helping it run so smoothly. Thank you, Emily Douglass and The Elks’ staff, for all your hard work. Thanks to DJ Scottie Mac for commanding the room and keeping people moving til midnight. Thanks to Jessica Lynn Photography for creating a true red carpet experience, and to Alessia LoGrasso for squeezing between everyone to snap additional photos. The biggest boost to the event was adding Mystery Meat to the bill. They were phenomenal and are already penciled in for next year. Thanks to Jessica, Marc, Steve, Jimmy, Bruce & Mike. You killed it. And a tip of the tiara to this year’s King & Queen, Eric Bachry and Rebecca Doyon, who looked even more regal with a beautiful bouquet from Celia’s Flower Studio.

Special thanks to Cheryl and Joanne (my mom!) for tirelessly coordinating the catering. It’s the hardest part of putting the Ball together. There’s no way we could’ve done it without their help.

Speaking of caterers, the food spread was awesome. Three cheers to Azorean Restaurant, Salty Frank’s Dogs, Lat 43, Yellow Sub Shop, Cape Ann Lanes, Cake Ann, Tonno, Mom’s Kitchen, and Cape Ann Fresh Catch.

Our Bridge Buddies stepped up again with contributions to the gift bags for all attendees: Foster’s Grill Store, Manchester Athletic Club, Maplewood Car Wash, Salty Frank's Dogs, Cazeault Solar & Home, Magnolia Library & Community Center, Sadie Green’s, Cutler Eye & Body Center, Action, Inc., Pier 23 Kitchen, Design of Mine, Sunbanque, and Andrew Michaels Salon.

Finally, there’s the Bridge staff and volunteers. Celebrity doormen Rob Shea and Brian Watson make their job look easy – it’s not. Special thanks to Leneai Stuart and Alana Horne for your hard work before, during and after the event. And as always, by my side is the good Doctor Lockwood who got a birthday surprise thanks to the rescheduled date.

Let’s do it again in March of 2019. Don’t put your fancy party dress away yet! We’re hosting our first Kentucky Derby Party at Riversbend in Essex on Saturday, May 5th.

Bridge Ball Postponed til March 31
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We decided this morning to postpone the 3rd Annual Bridge Ball until Saturday, March 31, 2018.
 
We fully expected to host the Ball on Saturday, but when we arrived Friday morning to set up, a telephone pole behind The Elks had snapped and live wires were on the ground. The power was out, water was being blown into the function room, and there was talk of being evacuated. The building is running on generators which means no credit card use, etc., and apparently Elks staff had gotten trapped during the last big flood. There is also a chance that Atlantic Road may close. Parts of the road are blocked already. Flooding is expected to be worse tonight and tomorrow.
 
Once we heard about the conditions on the Causeway, Commercial Street, the Mills – even at Logan Airport – we knew it was going to be tough to hold the event. Keep in mind, many of the restaurants involved were flooded and forced to close. So many folks are dealing with serious matters this weekend that our decision was easy.
 
Our choices were to either cancel the Ball or reschedule later in March (there were no dates available in April). Here’s why we settled on Saturday, March 31:

  1. Fridays are too difficult for businesses and other people involved with the Ball 
  2. Saturday, March 10 was booked.
  3. Saturday, March 17: St. Patty’s Day into St. Joseph’s Day are very difficult for our restaurants
  4. Saturday, March 24: Our photographer and deejay had schedule conflicts

We know Easter eve is problematic for some, but we had to make the best out of this situation. All of the businesses that are participating have been notified and are happy with the new date. So are the deejay, photographer, and The Bridge staff. Now that we have a few weeks to recover and breathe, we’ll be able to add a couple new wrinkles to the Ball.
 
For those who made reservations and plan to attend on the 31st, you’re all set. For those who cannot make it, please email us your full name and the name that the purchase was made under at hello@bridgecapeann.com for a full refund.
 
We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you all on March 31st.
 
Kory

Our Biggest LRC Tournament Yet
Grand Prize Winner Katrina Dukette!

Grand Prize Winner Katrina Dukette!

Well that was fun. Our January Left Right Center Tournament at The Elks was the biggest yet. We had players from as far away as central New York vying for the big money prizes. Nearly 220 players made the bar busy and the function room cozy.  50/50 helped raise $1250 for The Elks Scholarship Fund!

Thanks to Brittany, Emily, and The Elks at Bass Rocks, DJ Scottie Mac for keeping the crowd entertained, Pier 23 Kitchen for the food, Audrey’s Flower Shop for the bouquet, Sunny Variety for the scratch tickets, Referee Rob Shea, Bridge associates Leneai Stuart and Caroline McBride, the Good Doctor Meredith Lockwood, and all of our players. Our next tournament should be sometime in April. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to the 3rd Annual Bridge Ball on Saturday, March 3rd at – where else – the Elks. Reserve your spots now: http://bit.ly/2AZFlU0

To find out about future Bridge events, sign up for our newsletter at BridgeCapeAnn.com and follow our social media outlets. A list of the night’s winners is below. Bear with us on the name spellings. It’s chaos on the floor.

Round 1 Winners: Nick Curcuru, Marie Clayton, Brandi Bonds, Katrina Dukette, Alison Aiello, Andrew Murphy, Teresa Sadowski, Lesley Exama, John Penaloza, Sean Reardon, Jessica Quinn, Dale DeLuca, Eric Giordano, Barbara Halliday, Alana Horne, Brenda Leahy, Bob Cloutman, Elizabeth Osier, Rick White, Glenn Chesley, Leanne Merenda

Round 2 Winners: Loretta C., Kendall St. Peter, Peter Lane, Jamie Lane, Patrick Towns, Paula Foster, Maureen Cressey, Heather Dagle, Liz Sousa, Ed Muzio, Nick “The Greek”, Jolene Cary, Mandy Marino, Greg Potsner, Steve Bowles, Sara Roberts, Michelle Conklin, Darren Taylor, Nick DeCoste, Rachel Jackson, Kenny Stewart

Round 3 Winners: Kathleen Claypool, Alycia Gossom, Kathy Lundy, Marie Strauss, Dawn Carpenter, Jay Summerlin, Will Farley, Mike Camarro, Kathy O’Donnell, Jann Sonia, Lorenzo Burnham, Steve Sadowski, Craig Jonus, Heidi Fiahlo, Nick Scola, Eric MacWhinnie, Jackie Medico, John Hughes, Cathy Lawson, Michelle Burke

Final Results:

1st Place: Katrina Dukette ($600)

2nd Place: Greg Potsner ($400)

3rd Place: Jann Sonia ($200)

Audrey’s Bouquet & 50 Scratch Tickets Winner: Linda from Wilmington

Elks 50/50 Winner: Ana from Rye, New Hampshire

How things vibe out at Bridge events...

How things vibe out at Bridge events...

5 Tips on Playing Win-It Wednesday
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Week after week, hundreds of Cape Ann residents participate in Win-It Wednesday on the Bridge Cape Ann Facebook page. We've had over 500 Win-It giveaways, reached more than one million people, and given away over $500,000 in prizes to 10,000+ winners! Thank you for being so supportive of local businesses and The Bridge! There aren’t any hidden secrets or complicated strategies to winning but there are a few tips we can share that will help you become a winnah. Because of Facebook's regulations,  the rules for WIW are no longer listed in the caption. Here's a quick refresher:

How to Play Win-It Wednesday:

- LIKE the Bridge Cape Ann Facebook page
- TELL US which prizes you want in the comment field
- TAG friends and family who you think would also like to play in the comment field
- SHARE the post

Winners are revealed in a video every Thursday evening on Facebook and our website, BridgeCapeAnn.com. (FYI: Everything you see on the Bridge Cape Ann Facebook page - from our videos to events to WIW drawings - appears first on BridgeCapeAnn.com. So if you dig what we do, please bookmark our site, too. Finally, winners must claim their prizes by VISITING or CONTACTING the business by Sunday night. If they don't, the prizes expire (although most businesses are happy to bend that rule). Then we do it all over again the following Wednesday.

Now that we got the rules out of the way, here are some tips on playing Win-It Wednesday!

 

1. Be SpecifiC when choosing your prizes

Saying “All” works but narrowing is very helpful. If you really need a car wash, pick the number for Maplewood Car Wash. We break down the comments based on keywords, which could be a number or one of the categories. We recommend choosing a handful of specific prizes each time you play. 

 

2. mix up your selections each week

WIW is about exploring Cape Ann, trying places you haven’t tried before, and supporting the local economy. Our Bridge Buddies (the small businesses that are awarding these prizes) LOVE seeing new faces. Let us help you discover them! Besides, if you play regularly, chances are you'll win multiple times. That's a Bridge guarantee ;)

 

3. Claim Your Prize!

We understand that some people feel uneasy using coupons, gift cards, or claiming prizes, but business owners WANT you to use them! That's why they're offering. Make sure you ask for a prize you can claim by Sunday night. If you are unable, please contact them and explain the situation. (Most Bridge Buddies extend deadlines for those who reach out.) For those who play regularly and always claim their prize, you are noticed and we thank you!

 

4. Look Out for Special “Code” Words in the Caption

This isn’t as secretive as it sounds. Sometimes we offer special prizes from new Bridge members or local events. These are mentioned at the top of the prize list. Sometimes waiting for a newer prize to go a couple weeks before asking for it gives you a better chance on winning once the “new” feeling wears off. 

 

5. Thank Your Local Small Businesses

They participate each week and deserve our gratitude. We couldn't do this without them. Our Bridge Buddies rave about WIW (future blog post!) because you're visiting them, sharing your experiences, and becoming repeat customers. WIW gets bigger and better every year. So keep your eyes open for our weekly post with the amazing local photograph and let's have some fun!

 

Thanks for playing & good luck! 

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead
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We want to thank everyone who made 2017 our best year yet at The Bridge. The love, support and encouragement we’ve received since our launch in 2012 continues to push us to new heights and work harder to better connect you to the people, uniqueness and beauty of Cape Ann. We worked with nearly 200 Cape Ann businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community groups, and look forward to adding more Bridge Buddies in 2018!

Most folks find and follow The Bridge through Facebook; our videos and Win-It Wednesday giveaways nearly doubled our audience in 2017. Seriously, Win-It Wednesday has taken on a life of its own. We’re routinely giving away more than 50 prizes a week, which means more than 50 winners are discovering or revisiting local businesses around the clock. We want our videos to be “virtual icebreakers” and help acquaint you with the business owners and community leaders that make Cape Ann so special. We’re also happy to say our followings on Instagram, and Twitter grew exponentially, not to mention our hub of all Bridge activity – BridgeCapeAnn.com. Take a look if you haven’t already.

Truth be told, we really want people to equate The Bridge Cape Ann with fun, so we can’t wait to party with you in 2018. We’re adding new events to our calendar all the time. Our Left Right Center tournaments at The Elks have been a sweet surprise. (The next one is January 27th – RSVP now!) Then there’s the formal Bridge Ball on March 3rd (come hang out on the red carpet!) and of course, the family-friendly Strawberry & Fall festivals at Mile Marker (let’s hope we can match the weather from last year).

Keep your eyes open for more events at our favorite venues, like a Kentucky Derby Party at Riversbend! We have a few new venues and surprises, too, that we’ll share shortly…

Thanks again, everyone! As always, we’re easy to find and open to suggestions. See you in the neighborhood!

October Left Right Center Packs 'em In
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We put a bow on our fourth Left Right Center Tournament of 2017 at The Elks on October 27th. Folks from as far as Worcester, Cape Cod, and New Hampshire made the trip and fought for parking spots during the Elks’ notoriously popular Meat Raffle! More than 190 players participated and we’re happy to announce that the 50/50 helped raise a ton of $$$ for The Elks Scholarship Fund!

Thanks to Emily Douglass and everyone at The Elks at Bass Rocks, DJ John Budrow for the tunes, Salty Frank’s Dogs for the grub, Celia’s Flower Studio for the bouquet, Referee Rob Shea, Bridge associate Leneai Stuart, the Good Doctor Meredith Lockwood, and all of our players. Next tournament is Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at The Elks. Reserve your spot here: http://bit.ly/2yibh8J

To find out about future Bridge events, sign up for our newsletter at BridgeCapeAnn.com. A list of the night’s winners is below. Bear with us on the name spellings. It gets awfully confusing on the floor.

Round 1 Winners: Paula Foster, Corey Rabeau, Rita Budrow, Christine Mosher, Sandy Johnson, Janey Brancleone, Don Femm, Sydney Giordano, Elery LeBlanc, Mandy Marino, Mary Hubbard, Kristen Nicastro, Manny Nunes, Bob Murphy, Don Muniz, Mark Sylvain, Jamie Ferris, Nancy More

Round 2 Winners: Darlene Laffey, Kelly Brancleone, Nancy Kavanaugh, Amanda Michaels, Jacquelyn Rose, Carol Pratt, Rose LoPiccolo, Joanna Brancleone, Anne Porter, Karen Comeau, Tim Conklin, Kristie Muise, Beth Lanigan, Kathy Rowe, Liz Sousa, Barbara Cornell, Jay J Joyce, Nick Ciuluffo

Round 3 Winners: Heather Steadman, Arthur DiPaolo, Jamie Margiotta, Lisa Marino, Chris Phillips, Bob Orlando, Christine Leveille, Jack Kelley, Patricia Smith, Patty Hodgkins, Julie LaRocque, Anthony Giordano, Macny Sousa, Danielle Prat, Maria Davis, Jodi Cunningham, Jeannie Flaherty, Helder Silva

Final Results:

1st Place: Nancy More

2nd Place: Beth Lanigan

3rd Place: Julie LaRocque

Celia’s Flower Studio Raffle Winner: Tim Dudeman

Elks 50/50 Winner: Mandy Marino