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BREAKING BUSINESS DISPATCH: Say thanks and goodbye G33K and welcome goodlinens on 130 Main St

G33K (‘geek’) a small business that was big in game will be closing its location in Gloucester, MA.

G33K is located in 130 Main Street between Dogtown Books and Main Street Art and Antiques. Make sure to stop by to say thanks and good luck! We were light customers–Pokémon packs and random t-shirt gifts—but always treated large. There is a store-wide closing sale on now.


When one door closes another opens. Welcome goodlinens opening July 1

Gloucester resident, business owner, designer and artisan JoAnne Chirico has been on the lookout for a ‘just right’ Main Street goodlinens headquarters for years, and boy has she found it! 130 Main Street is the one she’s been dreaming about as a retail work space, craft and creative show room. It is within an historic building and district, boasts 13 foot ceilings and has ample room for her vision and requirements. Did I mention great neighbors and the sunny side of the street?

As G33K moves out and goodlinens moves in to 130 Main Street, the space will be temporarily closed as it’s transformed in time for a July 1 soft summer launch and grand opening in September.

goodlinens new flagship store and open studio on Main Street will feature JoAnne’s handmade beautiful and functional designs along with selected hand made crafts from other artisans, local and beyond. The retail will include kitchen and housewares goods, unique and special objects, finds, and lighting. She embraces an open work studio concept in such an original and thoughtful way. This space will be a place for people making things. I expect it to be inspiring, playful, unexpected and comfortable. She has a lot in store for this store. She can’t wait to finally move boxes, case-goods and tables out of her home, her friends’ barns and other storage sites. Look for new Facebook and updates coming soon.

In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of JoAnne quickly sketching a layout with high points, and one of goodlinens videos shot by Gloucester cinematographers’ Yellow Hook Productions.



Bob Ritchie’s Grandkids Represent! In SE Asia

Hi Joey,

My dad, Bob Ritchie (of Dogtown Books) gave us a GMG Sticka for Christmas.  We brought it along on our trip to SE Asia this month.  Here are some photos, hope you like them!  Here are Evelyn, Daniel and Edward with The Sticka in:

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

GMG Angkor

Phuket Butterfly Garden in Phuket Thailand (no Monarchs here!)

GMG Butterfly

and on Gloucester Road in Hong Kong

GMG Glou Rd

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Dogtown Books

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.


2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Main Street Art and Antiques

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Dress Code

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Weathervane

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Menage Gallery

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- House of The Raven

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Village Silversmith

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Toodeloos

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Bananas

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Nelsons

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Alexandras Bread Co

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Lone Gull

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Kids Unlimited

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts

2012 Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co

Christopher Swain Checks In While On Cape Ann During His Canada-Washington DC Swim

I am swimming the coast between Maine/Canada border and Washington D.C. working on Cape Ann right now…
Got your name from Bob at Dogtown Books.
Christopher Swain

You can view the field reports from my swim here:

From the site-

Swim For A Healthy World


Some of my earliest childhood memories are of swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. As a kid, I loved to wade, snorkel, bodyboard and run in the waves. Now, I swim the entire length of dirty waterways like the Hudson, the Charles,and the Columbia Rivers, in order to put the problems facing our water planet squarely in the public eye.

In the process, I have survived collisions with boats, 12-foot waves, lightning storms, class IV+ rapids, giant storage dams, industrial chemicals, nuclear waste, oil slicks, raw sewage, toxic blue-green algae, and repeated Sea Lamprey Eel attacks.

Swimming in the Columbia River 
Near the Port of Vancouver, WA

Stories about my environmental adventures reached a worldwide media audience of more than two billion people, but the bulletins I sent back from the big wet world weren’t always uplifting: high levels of CO2 were acidifying the oceans, manmade toxics were spewing into rivers, and fisheries were collapsing as factory ships scoured the seas.

When I was a boy, this was business as usual, but now there is a worldwide scientific consensus that we need to change our ways before our planet becomes a place where we can no longer live.
My 1,500 mile swim from Maine to Washington, DC, isn’t just designed to raise awareness of the challenges facing the ocean, but to sample the water at over 5,000 locations along my route to measure and map the effects of pollution and Climate Change, and to challenge over 50,000 schoolchildren to launch projects designed to improve the health of our ocean planet.

As usual, it is not easy. I have to deal with frigid water temperatures, nasty currents, severe storms, and dangerous fish. But if I want my daughters to inherit a healthy world, this is the least I can do.
When the effort ends, I hope it will have benefitted more than just my children. I hope there will be tens of thousands of kids leaning on their parents, teachers and caregivers to protect our ocean planet.