It’s Black Friday and everyone else is “over the bridge” and “up the line” bumping elbows at the malls, but we locals can stay on the island with our wish lists. The pop-up shop(see related Times article) Present has an incredible selection of unique gifts.
Present is a seasonal art collective made up of fifteen local men and women offering a bevy of eclectic fine craft. Living, creating and recycling on Cape Ann are common themes reflected in the goods including bags made from reclaimed sweaters and recycled sailcloth. Look for jingle flounder, lovely wreaths, hand-knit hats, pottery, felted flowers and bowls, fish prints, and photographs inspired by local people and landscapes.
Delightfully unusual wares also include unique prints and collages, hand-dyed clothing printed with seaweed and other found materials, clever clothing and accessories for children, iron-pressed sandwich keepers, hand-knit wire jewelry, beautifully sewn doll clothes, and itty bitty jewels. Present is a great place to shop for pretty things and one-of-a kind gifts and ornaments.
Present is Karen Chapin, Amanda Cook, Jane Cunningham, Jessica Demarjian, Elizabeth Grammas, Frieda Grotjahn, Jill Josephson, Pam Lally, Sharon Lowe, Stephanie Mason Thibodeau, Camilla MacFadyen, Melanie Murray-Brown, Erin and Scott Place, and Mary Rhinelander.
You can visit the holiday pop-up shop at 271 Main Street, Gloucester from November 6th through December 24th, 2010.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5; extended evening hours on Thursday; also open 6-9 on Men’s and Ladies’ Nights
BTW- You can get my Cape Ann calendars at Present, and for those of you who live out of town, you can order them here.
This is the back cover of the new Sun Up~Sun Down calendar. If you are the first person to identify all 12 photo locations, you will win a calendar of your choice! Some rules and regulations- Be as specific as possible- Atlantic Ocean or Gloucester harbor are just a little too vague.😉
So have fun and good luck! And if you need a closer look, check out the Sun Up~Sun Down calendar photos at Present! — Sharon
From the Sun Up~Sun Down calendar
The calendars have been a popular item this year! So much so, I’ve had find someone to print them. Well, Bill Loicano at Seaside Graphics and his crew have been incredible. We’re now on the third calendar and as soon as that’s done, they’ll have to re-print the first one! A big thank you to the guys at Seaside! What a huge time saver for me!
And another big thank you goes out to everyone who has been supporting the sales of the calendars –Joey,Paul, Joanne, Amanda, everyone at Present– THANK YOU!
Here’s the link to the calendars and if you’re around town this weekend, be sure to stop in at Present at 271 Main St. across from Animal Krackers!
Here’s the newest addition to the desktop calendars. You can pre-order your Sun Up~Sun Down or order other calendars here. And if you’re in town, they are available at PRESENT, 271 Main St.
Another calendar photo available at the opening of PRESENT today!
You can pick up yours at PRESENT or order it here.
Hey Friends! Present is set to open Saturday, November 6 — New location @271 Main Street between Sage and Leonardo’s! Come by and say HELLO from 2pm – 6pm!
Present is a seasonal art collective made up of fourteen local men and women offering a bevy of eclectic fine craft. Living, creating and recycling on Cape Ann are common themes reflected in the goods including bags made from reclaimed sweaters and vintage notions. Look for jingle flounder, lovely wreaths, hand-knit hats, pottery, felted flowers, fish prints, and photographs inspired by local people and landscapes.
Ok, Men….Come on down to PRESENT on the corner of Elm and Main and you you can get a big chunk of your shopping done. Beer, food, and gifts galore. Just go do it.
There are so many good people here on Cape Ann. A big happy family!
To add to Ed’s thank you’s for the help on the Lobster Tree, I’ll add mine to Laurie Lufkin and her crew of people from Essex and Gloucester who made the GMG Cookie Contest a great success. She worked tenaciously to gather the prizes, choose the judges, prepare the score sheets and run the whole show. And SMILING through it all! Thanks also go out to all the prize donors including those that I was able to get – Friendly’s Restaurant and Cape Ann Lanes. A huge thank to Jim Montanginio and his daughter Marcy for donating the space at Brown’s Mall. All good eggs!
And from all of us at PRESENT -a big thank to the Common Crow for the yummy cheese platter on Ladies’ Night.
More huge thank you’s go out to everyone who works at PRESENT. Without the invitation from Amanda to join the artisans this year, I would have never been able to create (and sell) the calendars that have become a huge hit. I’ve been crazy working two jobs, but it’s all been worth it as I’ve met so many creative people who are as whacko as me!
What an incredible night! The weather was great and the shoppers were out in full force. PRESENT was packed. It couldn’t have been a more perfect night for perusing the downtown stores!
Come downtown tonight and SHOP SHOP SHOP!! Be sure to stop in at PRESENT on the corner of Main and Elm and check out the unique gifts!
The GMG Holiday Cookie Contest will be taking place at 6:00 at Brown’s Mall. YUM!
The rain will be long gone by then, so shop local and have some fun!
Who’s that in the clam suit??!!??
Amanda said you can come up with your own way of using these cute colorful furry balls….Hmmmmmm…..Come down to Present and check ’em out.
Present is a seasonal art collective made up of fourteen local men and women offering a bevy of eclectic fine craft. Living, creating and recycling on Cape Ann are common themes reflected in the goods including bags made from reclaimed sweaters and vintage notions. Look for jingle flounder, lovely wreaths, hand-knit hats, pottery, felted flowers, fish prints, handmade leather pocketbooks, and photographs inspired by local people and landscapes.
Delightfully unusual wares also include clever clothing and accessories for children, iron-pressed sandwich keepers made from recycled plastic bags, beautifully handmade knitting needle cases, hand-knit wire jewelry, and itty bitty jewels. Present is a great place to shop for pretty things and one-of-a kind gifts and ornaments.
Present is Amanda Cook, Jane Cunningham, Jessica Demarjian, Elizabeth Grammas, Jill Josephson of Gloucester Oneseas, Pam Lally, Melanie Murray-Brown, Scott & Erin O’Sullivan-Place of Twin Lights Studio, Stephanie Mason Thibodeau, Karen Chapin, Jeanne Romansky, Sharon Lowe and Elizabeth Berthoud.
This year Present will give back to the community by donating a portion of our sales on December 12th to the Gloucester Education Foundation and Cape Ann Animal Aid.
Please visit us at 196B Main Street, Gloucester, November 5 – December 24.
Hours: Monday – Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 12-5; also open 6-9 on Men’s and Ladies’ Nights
Here’s one of my holiday card designs that will be available this week at PRESENT downtown. Remember…This Thursday is Ladies’ Night downtown.
Come by the store and SHOP SHOP SHOP! A glass of wine really helps find that perfect gift!
I created this 12 month calendar packaged in a special CD case. There are 3 different themes of my photography- Good Harbor, Cape Ann, and Magnolia and sell for $15 each. The Cape Ann theme has been selling very well!
Come down to PRESENT and check out the calendars and the other unique and fun items! It’s never to early to start shopping! —-Sharon
Laurie posted a recipe a few weeks ago for Fall Fruit Oatmeal Cookies and I was dying to try them. So the opening of our gift shop,“Present”, last night gave me a good reason to make them. I found all the ingredients (including the cinnamon chips), but I decided to use dried apricots instead of the apples. Well I gotta tell you, they are incredible. I was lucky to get them out of the house with 2 guys (and me) sneaking cookies all evening.
Thanks, Laurie!!! Yum!
I’m privileged to be part of this incredible collaboration of wild, wonderful artists who have come together to create a gift shop like no other.
Tonight is the official opening of PRESENT and everyone is invited to check out the unique home grown gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Have a glass of wine while you shop and make notes for those on your “list”.
196 Main St.
See you tonight! —-Sharon