Cristie Thomas has been named the new Executive Director of the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust, effective Jan. 3, 2022. Thomas replaces Jenny Crittenden, who held the position for nearly 16 years, growing the Gloucester nonprofit into a national model for downtown revitalization. Crittenden is the new Senior Vice President of Retail Alliance in Norfolk. … Continue reading “Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust Names Cristie Thomas Executive Director”

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”


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