GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

December 22, 2012

Talk of the Times: GAP firm bound for Blackburn tavern site

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — A growing local business isn’t just moving into the heart of Gloucester’s downtown next month. It will also be breathing additional new life into an historic building.

GAP Promotions, LLC, will be expanding to new office space in downtown Gloucester in January.

GAP plans to move into the historic Blackburn Tavern Building on One Washington Street, which most recently had housed the Cape Ann Theatre, or “The Annie.”

Company founder Gayle Piraino said the move is being driven by the company’s growth and need for additional space, along with a strong desire to be in the heart of downtown Gloucester.

“I had always wanted to locate the business downtown, but when we were first looking for space, there was nothing available that seemed to fit our needs,” said Piraino, who launched the company in her Rockport basement in 2006, then moved twice into office space on off Gloucester’s Eastern Avenue.

GAP Promotions, is a full-service promotional products agency, providing innovative goods and services to the top players in the alcohol and spirits industry. The company creates promotional programs, designs and delivers custom racks and displays, and provides a one-stop shop for the full range of promotional items.

The GAP team, Piraino said, includes 10 full-time professionals and a number of part-time staff and interns.

The new site is also located adjacent to Endicott College’s Gloucester campus at 33 Commercial St. — a move that strengthens GAP’s relationship with the college. The company has been actively involved in Endicott College’s flagship internship program for the past six years, and several GAP personnel, incuding Piraino, are Endicott graduates.

The space is being renovated to maximize creativity and productivity and to provide a comfortable meeting space for GAP clients and suppliers.

“We are always proud to host our business partners in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Seaport, to show them the sites, and to share the beauty of this area,” Piraino said. “It will be very nice to bring them to downtown Gloucester and also meet in our new space.”

Celebrity bell-ringers

It’s the last weekend of Christmas shopping, the Salvation Army is in the home stretch of its annual red kettle fund-raising drive, and a number of Gloucester elected officials and community leaders will be doing their own part to help the cause today outside the Market Basket store in Gloucester Crossing.

State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, City Councilors Sefatia Romeo Theken, Robert Whynott and Steve Leblanc and Gloucester House owner/president Lenny Linquata will all be ringing the bells at the kettles today between 11 a.m. and noon.

The annual kettle drives are one of the Salvation Army’s primary fund-raising efforts, and provide support for local soup kitchens, food pantries and other crucial programs for families, youth and the elderly.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of Civil War veteran Daniel Wheeler. Born Sept. 10, 1844, he entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 19, 1862.

The corporal served with Company F 35th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

He was discharged April 9, 1863, and died Nov. 22, 1884.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by the Office of Veteran’s Services.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.