Saturday, November 24, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Swampscott. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. Here are some of the Swampscott stores that are participating in …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Just what is Small Business Saturday and why should you support it in Swampscott?
Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves. What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over Swampscott and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website. American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third …
An AFC East matchup between the Patriots and Jets will mean some bars will be open on Thanksgiving night.
The Patriots are coming off a big win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday and are now headed into a hot AFC east matchup with the Jets. This week’s game is a rare Thanksgiving night game, kicking off 8:20 p.m. Most restaurants and bars will be closed because it is Thanksgiving, but some are opening up in time for kickoff. Know another bar or restaurant that will be open on Thanksgiving night for the game? Let us know in the comments. Danvers Buffalo Wild Wings Address: Liberty Tree Mall Phone: 978-646-9464 Hours: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. T.G.I. Friday’s Address: 49 Newbury St. Phone: 978-777-7483 Hours: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Peabody Paddy Kelly's Address: 154 Washington St. Phone: 978-532-2370 Hours: 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. (kitchen closes at midnight). Full menu …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Deahn Berrini's How To Earn Your Keep explores the lives of a brother and sister finding their way in difficult times on the North Shore.
Friends and fellow writers joined Swampscott's Deahn Berrini at a book launch Thursday at Gaga Gallery, sending her new novel How To Earn Your Keep into the larger world. The 60 or more gallery guests included Deahn's writers' group, students in her writing class, local poets and others with a stake in words and art. The evening celebrated the author and her book with wine, fine food and conversation, much of it on the novel. Back when Deahn was writing How To Earn Your Keep, writers' group member Lana Owens read each of its chapters many times. She said the book is a world within a world on the North Shore of Boston, revolving around a brother and sister in their twenties who are dealing with tough economic times and facing moral …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Here's what's happening around the North Shore area with businesses large and small.
Have you noticed a new store while driving around the North Shore recently? Patch loves small business and we try to cover every new opening. Here is a look at some recent business openings and happenings on the North Shore. Have you noticed a new shop and have been wondering what it is? Leave us a note in the comment section and we will check it out. Conditori Chocolate celebrates a wonder of the world — Ch-ch-ch-chocolate. The last piece of chocolate that gourmet chocolate maker Amy Peterson ate was one of her popular creations: a milk chocolate salted caramel. Earlier this month lots of local people tried her popular pieces and her exotics such as her goji-berry-topped, acai-interior chocolate. The owner of Conditori Chocolates served …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Here's one local project worthy of praise! The building will again be home to small businesses.
We hear so many complaints from people about projects around town; I wanted to take the opportunity to recognize the great work the owners, architects and builders have done with the new Gateway Building. As a regular passer-by, it's been fascinating to watch the transformation of the property since the original building was destroyed by fire in March 2011. The new building is a beautifully designed and built space. What a wonderfully welcoming entry to our picturesque seaside town. Check out that copper-topped cupola and weathervane! Now if only they'd add back a clock to the corner facade :) Congratulations to all involved!
Friday, November 9, 2012
Local businesses salute our service men and women with special deals on Veterans Day.
A number of businesses in the region are saluting veterans, military service men and women, and their families this Veterans Day by offering discounts, specials and promotions. Here are some of the ones of which we are aware: Know any local veterans specials that we missed? Add them in the comments below. Remember, the whole point of Veterans Day to thank and remember our troops and November is Military Family Month.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The creations of Conditori Chocolates will be there for the tasting at the Swampscott library's wine, cheese and chocolate event Friday.
The last piece of chocolate that gourmet chocolate maker Amy Peterson ate was one of her popular creations: a milk chocolate salted caramel. On Friday you can try her popular pieces and her exotics such as her goji-berry-topped, acai-interior chocolate. The owner of Conditori Chocolates will serve her white, milk and dark chocolates at a wine, cheese and chocolate event at the Swampscott Public Library on Friday, Nov. 2nd from 7:30-9:30 pm. The cost is $20 per person — you must be at least 21 to attend — with the proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. Amy, 32, got her start making chocolate when she was a chef at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Her chocolate skills emerged on the West Coast but she brought them to …