NEXTGEN Presents 1st Annual Blackburn Brew Fest Next Saturday at Stage Fort Park

Enjoy ocean views and sample local craft brews on September 17th at historic Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. The Blackburn Brew Fest is presented by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and NEXT GEN Young Professionals to celebrate the Chamber’s 100th Anniversary. Benefiting the Cape Ann Community Foundation, the brew fest is on Saturday, September 17th, 2022 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The event will feature craft beer, cider, kombucha and seltzer from 30 breweries, eats from local food trucks, and live music from local reggae-rock infused good time jam band Over the Bridge.

“We are so excited to bring the Blackburn Brew Fest to life in scenic Stage Fort park with so many great breweries, food trucks and Over the Bridge,” said Caitlin Pszenny, President of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Next Gen chair and co-owner of Cape Ann Lanes/Laneside Pub & Brewery. “Next Gen has been planning the brew fest for a few years, but it was delayed by the pandemic. We look forward to a fun-filled day and are grateful for the support from the amazing Chamber team, the NEXT GEN committee and our brew fest leads Chris Griffith of Gloucester Stage and Charlie Powers of Burgin, Platner & Co. Insurance Agency.”

Next Gen Cape Ann fosters connections and business relationships between young professionals, providing support and inspiration to the next generation of Greater Cape Ann business and community leaders. As President during the 100th anniversary, Pszenny saw this as a perfect way to highlight Next Gen and celebrate being 100 years young.

Food trucks will include 5 Star Phresh Phood, Meat & Sweet Foods, Rhea Pizzeria Napoletana and The Lobster Roller.

Tickets to the event and a list of participating breweries can be found on our website

Next Gen and the Chamber wish to acknowledge and thank the many business sponsors for their support in helping to make the first annual Blackburn Brew Fest possible.

Growler Level Sponsors

Happy Valley

Northeast Process Systems, Inc.

Pint Level Sponsors: 


Ruberto, Israel, & Weiner, P.C.

Seaside Legal Solutions

Flight Level Sponsors:  

Burgin, Platner & Co Insurance Agency

Cape Ann Motor Inn

Cape Ann Savings Bank

J. Barrett Cleaning Contractor Inc.

Ocean Breeze Cultivators

Re/Max 360 – Ruth Pino

In-Kind Sponsors:  

Black Earth Compost

Building Center

Brooks Gibson Company

Gloucester Businesses Encouraged to Apply for the City’s Retail Signage Improvement Grant Program by This Friday

In an initiative to support Gloucester small businesses, Mayor Greg Verga has launched the Retail Signage Improvement Grant Program and released application guidelines.

The City of Gloucester’s Retail Signage Improvement Grant Program is intended to assist commercial property owners or tenants in eligible buildings improve their storefront signage, awning, and/or sign related lighting.  The purpose of the program is to improve the visual quality of the city’s retail business districts and to enhance the districts as a place to visit, shop and work.

“The City of Gloucester Retail Signage Improvement Grant program provides support to our local small businesses as they prepare for a busy summer and road ahead. We are grateful to the Baker-Polito administration for their continued support of Gloucester’s small businesses,” said Gloucester Mayor Greg Verga.

The target locations for this grant program are the retail business districts, neighborhood business districts, village, and extensive business districts located in Downtown Gloucester, Magnolia, Lanesville and Rocky Neck. All signage improvements must comply with the City of Gloucester’s Sign Ordinance.

The City of Gloucester is working with the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to facilitate the application process.  Applicants can download an application on the Chamber’s website, or pick up a copy from the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce office located at 24 Harbor Loop in Gloucester. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply no later than Friday, June 17, 2022.

“We are excited to be partnering with the City of Gloucester on this important grant program and helping the selected businesses better promote their business through improved signage,” said Ken Riehl, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. “This grant opportunity will help revitalize the city’s business districts, encouraging visitors and residents alike to shop and do business locally which is something the Chamber strongly believes in and supports.”

If businesses have questions regarding the Retail Signage Improvement Grant Program or would like additional information, please contact the Project Manager, Olivia Perez-O’Dess by email at

The City of Gloucester Retail Signage Improvement Grant Program is funded by the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development.

WellFest is This Sunday! You Won’t Want To Miss It

Celebrate the warm weather this weekend by gathering up your family and friends to attend the first annual WellFest, A Greater Cape Ann Community Wellness Fair. You can expect a diverse range of vendors in the health and wellness sector along with live entertainment courtesy of DJ Mark, and a special menu at Bliss Bites Cafe. The event will take place outside, at the Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA’s outdoor turf area. Soak up the sunshine and head to WellFest this Sunday, May 15 from 11am – 2pm!


The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Health and Wellness Group is proud to announce their first annual WellFest, a Greater Cape Ann Community Wellness Fair on Sunday, May 15 from 11am to 2pm at the Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA.  WellFest is an event that will showcase the Cape Ann region’s broad range of health and wellness services. From yoga and massage to general health resources and youth development, this event will provide something for people of all ages. In collaboration with WellFest, the Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive from 10am to 3pm. 

The event is free, open to people of all ages, and will be easily accessible. Mark your calendars, and gather up your friends and family for a beautiful Spring Sunday at WellFest! A Greater Cape Ann Community Wellness Fair. To learn more about WellFest visit

Cape Ann Young Professionals Are Invited to Next Gen’s Virtual MeetUp

Next Gen Virtual MeetUp
Monday, April 5 | 6 – 7 PM
Cape Ann Young Professionals are invited to join the Next Gen Committee as we check in, catch up, and connect with young professionals from all industries!

Next Gen will be hosting virtual meetups on the 1st Monday of each month from 6-7 PM until we can meet in person again. We have missed connecting with the next generation of Cape Ann and hope to see you there!

Learn more and register by visiting:

Re-Discover Magnolia with Special Fall Discounts

In collaboration with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the businesses on Lexington Ave in Magnolia have come together to provide visitors and residents with special Fall savings. Magnolia offers wonderful places to eat, shop, in addition to health and wellness services. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Fall in Magnolia, it is a must see destination!

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New Businesses on Cape Ann

Over the past several weeks the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has welcomed many new businesses to the Cape Ann business community. CVS Pharmacy’s new location at Gloucester Crossing, Cleod Glassworks and Sea & Cellar in Rockport, Shackteau Interiors in Magnolia, and just last week we welcomed Happy Valley to Blackburn Center with a ribbon cutting at their grand opening. With more businesses opening on Cape Ann in the coming weeks, we could not be prouder of the perseverance our community has shown. We look forward to working together as a community and ensure that Cape Ann and our broader North Shore neighbors rebuild and emerge even stronger.

CVS Pharmacy is located at 401 Gloucester Crossing Road in Gloucester. Photo Courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
Shackteau Interiors is located at 15 Lexington Ave. #1 in Magnolia. Photo Courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
Cleod Glassworks is located at 9 Bearskin Neck, Rockport. Photo Courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
Sea & Cellar is located at 21 Dock Square #3 in Rockport. Photo Courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
Happy Valley is located at 38 Great Republic Drive, Blackburn Center in Gloucester. Photo Courtesy of Happy Valley