Category: Business

The young Brian Kirschbaum wasn’t shy about doling out advice to his mother, co-owner of The Village Cleaners. One day, when asked to watch the counter for a while, he offered more opinions that prompted Brenda Kirschbaum to ask, “Since you think you can run the business better than me, why don’t you buy it?” … Continue reading “From one generation to the next, The Village Cleaners remains a fixture in Gloucester Village”

Even history buffs might not know the name Hercules Mulligan. Learning about him is one reason to step into Patriots Grill, located on the right as you drive toward Gloucester Village from Route 17. A few others include . . . The famous Fish and Chips. Southern belle fries with pulled pork on top. Yummy … Continue reading “Irish Flair Part of Patriots Grill Charm”

Homebuyers are generally excited about all that makes their new place special, whether it be the master bedroom with a view, a state-of-the-art kitchen or ample yard space. Before moving in, you have to close, a coordinated document-signing process full of details that The Closing Shop LLC, oversees with TLC. Bonnie Stainback owns the Gloucester-based … Continue reading “Final Steps of Homebuying Made Easy at The Closing Shop”

Coffee’s free all day. Breakfast at noon isn’t a problem. Nearly all the food is made from scratch. Those are some of the reasons why The Courthouse Restaurant, owned by Doug and Kim Hibbs, is an institution in Gloucester Village. As satisfying as the omelets are and as requested as Doug’s broccoli and cheddar soup … Continue reading “Serving the Community with Free Coffee and More at The Courthouse Restaurant”

Not real estate. That was not the direction ReNaye Dame planned for her future. Every trip to the grocery store took forever when she was a kid because her mother, Betty Dame, was a real estate agent who always found multiple folks to chat with in the aisles. When it was time for family vacation, … Continue reading ““I wouldn’t move my business from Main Street for anything.””

Customers walk into Southern States Gloucester with dead plants and baggies of bugs. “Why is this plant dying?” “What kind of bug is this?” The questions haven’t stopped for 60 years. “What’s wrong with my soil?” “What can I do about squirrels in my attic?” Middlesex County native Candace Lawson is chief problem-solver with the … Continue reading “Southern States Gloucester still solving farm, garden problems 60 years later”

Keith Smith grew tired of being a number. Nearly seven years ago, he left the corporate world to take over Gunn’s Body Shop when former owner Vickie Gunn retired. Gunn’s father, Marvin, started the business in 1959. Smith stuck with the original name though body work on a car represents just a portion of business. … Continue reading “Gunn’s Body Shop passes from one family to the next with the same pride in customer service”

Jenny Crittenden, Executive Director of Gloucester’s Main Street Preservation Trust, will become the Senior Vice President of Retail Alliance in Norfolk, effective Jan. 3, 2022. Crittenden spent nearly 16 years at the Gloucester nonprofit, growing what was once a fledging startup organization into a national model for downtown revitalization. She also served as part-time Director … Continue reading “Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust’s Jenny Crittenden Accepts New Role at Retail Alliance”

Labor Day weekend is a welcome respite for most of us, but first responders and military don’t take a holiday from giving back. That’s among the many reasons Phillips Energy wanted to sponsor a tent for both groups at Last Call Before Fall, the Gloucester Main Street event set for Sunday, Sept. 5 from noon-5 … Continue reading “Phillips Energy Will Celebrate First Responders, Military with Sponsor Tent at Last Call Before Fall”

Isabelle and Keyvan Behnam shared a vision of creating their own restaurant centered on higher-end favorites with a twist presented in a warm setting, a place ideal for a special occasion or a weekly dinner out. They didn’t favor white tablecloths or cuisine so involved that diners would have to Google ingredients. Six years later, … Continue reading “Lulu Birds Offers a Special Culinary Experience That Keeps Patrons Coming Back”


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