On the corner of Washington and Pleasant Street sits the Arnould Gallery and Framery. This local institution has been displaying great works of art and helping the community with their framing needs since 1978. Whether you need a new piece of art (that you can't find on this site) or a wonderful frame (for a piece you did find on this site), stop by and see what Gene has to offer. And while you're at it, come to the Marblehead Festival of Arts Auction on Saturday where Gene will be heading the live auction and where you can bid on [...]
Bancroft and Friends is the result of Brooke Pickering's love for the arts. What started as a cement casting business of decorative garden stones has grown to feature a full line of ceramic dinnerware and decorative weather resistant wall plaques. She also showcases work from her favorite handmade local vendors. Next time you are on Pleasant Street, make sure to stop in and browse these unique gifts.
Another Friday is upon us and so here is another local business featured on the site. Pawsitively Marblehead was opened by the owners of Creature Comforts as a boutique for dog lovers. Creature comforts has been around for nearly twenty years and offers a wealth of food, gifts and accessories for pets. With the number of dogs that populate this town, I imagine this store has a constant influx of customers (the two and four legged kind). If you have never been, stop by their Pleasant Street and Atlantic Avenue locations.
It's Friday and time to feature another of our local businesses. As I walked downtown, I noted the vibrant orange flowers in front of C'est La Vie that perfectly complemented the orange flag indicating the store was open. For those who don't know, the store carries a wide array of giftware. I'm told they also have incredible melamine plates. Stop in and see for yourself.
Thursday means another entry in the 'from the rooftops' series. We return to the old fire tower at the Marblehead Little Theater. I had the opportunity to photograph from there during the renovations and tried to make the most of my brief time at the top. Here is the view looking toward School and Pleasant streets. I liked the brick facade in the foreground and the series of houses seen in the distance. If you, or anyone you know, has a rooftop deck, I would love to hear from you. In exchange for allowing me to photograph from there, I [...]
On Tuesday, November 8th I found myself with a bit of time at 3pm with which to explore downtown. I drove down Pleasant street with a destination in mind when I saw this tree lit up by a late Fall sun. I quickly parked and set up to capture this beautiful tree at peak color perfectly framing the beautiful blue door of this house. If you look carefully, you can just make out the tag explaining that this house was built by Samuel Martin, Housewright in 1828. I found a wealth of color as I raced against the setting sun [...]
The 'old' YMCA was demolished this week to make room for new condominiums in town. The Y opened in 1910 making it the oldest one on the North Shore. It cared for a century of children in Marblehead but closed before I moved to town. I had a chance to watch the demolition on Wednesday morning and snuck around to the side as the crew worked. I found this still-standing door leading into the rays of light that were reflecting off the equipement and made stronger by the dust and debris in the air. Seemed a perfect tribute to some [...]
Today's post features two images from Washington Street taken in the early morning hours. Above are the wonderful shops that line this crowded street before any parked cars could disturb this tranquil scene. Below is the view of Pleasant Street and one of my (and my son's) favorite buildings that houses Mud Puddle toys. Exploring Old Town in these early hours provides a very peaceful and calm feeling - I highly recommend the experience if you're willing to brave the cold and give up the extra hour of sleep....
Last stop on Pleasant Street for this week. I had passed this building countless times and always wondered what it was. There are great details carved into it (see below) and, in retrospect, it should have been obvious that this was once a post office. They sure don't make government buildings like they used to! Turns out this is now a condo - I'm assuming there are great details and high ceilings to be found inside as well. Technical: Canon 50D and Ef-S 10-22 lens. 6 bracket exposure.