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Plus a current Gloucester vintage store guide below the photographs
ADRIFT ON MAIN, 284 Main Street, Gloucester, MA (978) 515-7888
Adrift on Main, a new second-hand and collectibles destination, opened December 2016 on the east end of Main Street. Owners Ryan and Sarah Goyette reside in Byfield and chose Gloucester over their home town, Essex, and other north shore communities for their new store. Coaster sets are made by Sarah. Welcome to the neighborhood!
Gloucester MA vintage shopping guide
2016-17. Most are a mix of then and now objects, clothing, and collectibles; some with work by contemporary artists and artisans. Three mainstays:
BANANAS 78 Main Street
MAIN STREET ART AND ANTIQUES 124 Main Street
VINTAGE 211 East Main Street
Adrift on Main 284 Main Street
Alexandra’s Bakery and shop 265 Main Street, (978)281-0364
Alma’s Art and Antiques, 214 Eastern Avenue (formerly on Rocky Neck) now located in “The Commons Gloucester” marketplace
Annisquam Exchange (for the the historic buildings of the village, open seasonally) 32 Leonard Street
Cape Ann Auction 82 Main Street (formerly Fred Bodin’s Historic Photo)
Cape Ann Thrift Shop Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street
DIVA 161 Main Street
Dogtown Book Shop 132 Main Street
The Dress Code 159 Main Street
Eastern Point Lit House 261 Main Street
Fireflies Boutique 100 Main Street
Gloucester estate buyers, 45 Main Street
goodlinens, 130 Main Street (featuring some reissued classics)
Lynzariums flowers and … 186 East Main Street
Mystery Train Records 21 Main Street
Past Present Shoppe, 30 Railroad Avenue
Pop Shop 67 Main Street (vintage nod and inspiration)
RAD estate Jewelers, 45 Main Street
St. John’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop 48 Middle Street
St.Vincent de Paul Society of Gloucester and Cape Ann (donations for charity ‘Clothes Closet’ and food pantry at St. Anne’s)
The Urchin Exchange 214 Eastern Avenue, Unit 8, located in “The Commons Glocuester” just after Pond Road
Artist Jill Feron preparing to paint new restaurant Tonno’s window, which she reports will be opening in May.
Cat Ryan submits-
Main Street’s best-dressed list:
Fred Bodin’s masterclass in pirate chic layering, shopping super local over time from his longstanding retail neighbor, Bananas.
Among the many second-hand stores in Gloucester, some are “generalists” (the church and charity-affiliated thrift shops, Main Street Arts and Antiques, etc..) and others are specialized in things like books, music, or clothes. Today we look at one that specializes in vintage clothing and accessories: Bananas (78 Main St)!
I have heard from many people that this is the go-to place for vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories for theater productions, but Bananas also sells contemporary clothing. I picked up a nice pair of suspenders here not long ago.
The store hours are 10-5 Monday-Saturday., 11-4 Sunday. Click here to see a GMG interview with the proprietor, Richard Leonard, from four years ago. Most of the time when I go in, I see local artist Debbie Clarke behind the counter. Her beautiful work has been seen on this blog on more than one occasion.
I can’t help but mention that frequent GMG contributor and all-around nice guy Fred Bodin’s gallery is practically next door. But then again, there are so many cool places and GMG contributors and friends in close proximity downtown, that if I were to list them all, I’d end up making a map of downtown Gloucester… And I mean that!
A woman I know from Bayview, Marianne Spencer, invited me to Saturday night’s Bananas Benefit Extravaganza, and here are my
photos from that event: http://finedesign.net/photo/index.php?/category/22 .
Click for slideshow-
David Cox was there with the big camera and as he didn’t have two monkeys climbing all over him during the performance I’m guessing he’s gonna have some fantastic photos to share over the next couple of days.
Good Morning Joey,
Event visionaries Kathy Slifer and Jan Bell along with the amazing Maggie Rosa have once again teamed up to provide an exciting event of fashion and fun to benefit our City Hall restoration efforts. They have enlisted the mastermind of style, Richard Leonard, and his Bananarettes, to produce an elaborate and high class revue, Stepping Up for City Hall. You will feel you have been transported to Broadway from the minute you step into our historic Kyrouz Auditorium, and you will leave uplifted and entertained. Tickets on sale now for the two limited-seating shows, Saturday evening May 4th and Sunday afternoon, May 5th at Bananas. All details are contained in our attached flyer. Don’t miss out – tickets are selling fast!!
—- Friends of City Hall
Here are the reviews from the last one this team put together-
From Maggie Rosa-
Gloucester has many treasures – two of them were celebrated in a unique way this past weekend as vital contributors to the vibrancy of Gloucester’s downtown.
At the invitation of Kathy Slifer and Jan Bell, maestro and treasure RIchard Leonard staged one of his renowned Bananarettes shows in our treasured City Hall as a fundraiser for the restoration of CIty Hall. During the two shows, one on Saturday evening and one on Sunday afternoon, the genius of Leonard to excite and tantalize with a hint of naughty but nice thrilled all in attendance.
City Hall was transformed from the center of city government to its second function, the center of our community. During its almost 140 year history City Hall seen circuses, Buffalo Bill shows, many parties and the 375th City Anniversary Sculpture Show but as Maggie Rosa, Chair of the City Hall Restoration Commission, remarked during the shows “Nothing, nothing can match the excitement of a Bananas show in City Hall – truly an historic event in an historic building.
From Erika Hansen-
Joey, you totally get how important this event was!
As you know, I have been looking at things that “lift my heart, open my mind and take my breath away” and the Banana Glam O Rama Fashion Show at City Hall did all those things and more!
I am intimidated to even take a stab at recording it, out of fear that I am not doing it justice, but I can’t resist your plea so here goes:
As Jackie Hardy commented, from the moment the lights dimmed and the music started, there was a palpable feeling that we had been transported to Broadway.
And then the first set of gorgeous women glided onto the stage looking like a 30′s Hollywood extravaganza come to life.
The production values were incredible: everyone and everything looked and sounded stunningly gorgeous against the dramatic backdrop of City Hall’s Kyrouz Auditorium. (And the silhouettes underneath the “Build not for today alone, but for tomorrow as well” quote were astounding!)
As a producer/director, Richard Leonard channeled Florenz Ziegfeld and Busby Berkeley; as a performer, he channeled Maurice Chevalier and Nelson Eddy. Most importantly, he added his own inimitable flair and essential Richard Leonard-ness to all of the above and gave us the show of a lifetime!
Each routine was masterpiece: from Carmen Miranda to Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell to (yes!) Tom Jones…and all points in between.
It was a perfect mix of costumes, beauty, talent, humor, music, history and culture.
A special shout out to my sissy, Elise, whom many thought was a dancer by the way she moved so gracefully across the stage. She epitomized 30s glamour and as Sue Ferhmann said (looking striking and elegant herself in a classic tuxedo), it doesn’t hurt when you look like Elise!
And to Maggie Rosa’s very apt assessment that this event was a celebration of 2 Gloucester icons: Richard Leonard and City Hall, I add a third: Margi Green’s legs! Her already popular Relax and Lengthen stretching classes at the Arts & Wellness Center (222 Eastern Ave.) will now have waiting lists I’m sure!
I could go on and on (but I won’t!)…instead I will just leave you with this point: my daughters, who were mesmerized for the entire performance (although my younger daughter did cover her eyes with her program during Tom Jones‘s gyrations!), were so inspired that they promptly acted out their own version of the spectacular Sisters act they had just witnessed (nuns (!) singing the song made famous by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen in White Christmas). As event visionary and organizer Kathy Slifer put it, “that’s what it’s all about!”
Christmas Shopping. Done in 60 minutes. Bananas, Fred Bodin Photo, The Cave, then a speed run in Rockport to finish it off at Tuscan Designs and stocking stuffers at Tucks Candies.
If you screwed up, don’t have that killer gift then go to Rockport and hit the last store on the right before you turn to Front Beach. Grab anything. They go with everything and you can put pasta on them, olive oil in them, then hang them on the wall when you’re done because it’s art. Rubber Duck doesn’t even clash and the blue really shows off her eyes.
Started today at 1PM and got to the dock to pick up lobsters by 2PM. Martini time.
The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.
Main Street photos from Toodeloos!, Art Haven, Supreme Roastbeef Diner, Dress Code, and Bananas. Click any photo to see slideshow.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten, glistening once again
With candy canes and sliver lanes aglow.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door. Meredith Willson (1902-19840)
Meredith Willson (1902-1984) was a composer, songwriter, playwright, and conductor and was best know for writing the book, music, and lyrics for The Music Man.
From deb Clarke;
Bananas always has incredible window displays. If you drive by in the early evening, you can see the a similar scene with reflections from all directions.
I posted this last night on the 365 Project. Today is Day 67 and I’m learning constantly!
I bet Paul Morrison would concur on the Bananas top gift for a man.
From Debbie Clarke;
Here’s Kerry McNally and her Mom in front of my work at the Bazaar. We were so busy I was lucky to get any pics at all. I thought the folk on goodmorning gloucester would enjoy seeing pics from a ‘sales person’s point of view’. There were so many peeps and every now and then, I got to see some of my friends (Loretta and Adara, my friends from Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church).
I would like to thank the readers of gmg that came down to the bazaar to see my artwork, and search for Paul’s ‘rock art’. I know of one other family ‘team’ that printed out directions to locate your rocks. Many folk thought they were supposed to find the rock, have a picture taken to document the event, then move onto the next clue. This might be a future development of your ‘rock art’ project Paul.
also: I sold three paintings at the Bazaar! (thank you to Richard and Sabine for allowing me to use some of their bazaar ‘real estate’). This was the most financially succesful bazaar for me, as I have been putting my work on Bananas’ sidewalk for several years. Thanks to word of mouth and the shout out by goodmorninggloucester, lots of folk came to see bananas and my work! I generated sales inquiries, networked like crazy, sold a lot of vintage, and had a lot of fun! Thank you to the folk that volunteered on behalf of the Chamber to organize the event.