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A spotlight of businesses on Cape Ann! Learn more about the businesses in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Member Spotlight: Harbor Tours, Inc.

Harbor Tours, Inc. ushers in a new member to the business, a fourth generation of the family’s salty bloodlines: Captain Evan Douglass, great-grandson of the late Fred (“Daunty”) Douglass, a Gloucester mackerel fisherman during the late eighteen hundreds.

Evan’s grandfather was Harbor Tours’ founder Captain Fred Douglass (a fixture on the waters of America’s Oldest Seaport for many decades). The young Douglass has sailed throughout Central and North America and the Caribbean Sea as a crew member on a luxury yacht for the past few years. Prior to graduating from college with a business degree, Evan crewed on one of Gloucester’s whale watch boats for several years. His Dad, Captain Steve, who has been running the company since 1983, welcomes him aboard this 2015 season.

Harbor Tours offers narrated sightseeing trips on their two boats, and also private charters. M/V KING EIDER carries passengers on the Lighthouse Cruise, a 2.5 hour fascinating journey that circles the island, as well as the Gloucester Harbor Tour, a 1.25 hour lovely cruise that tours the entire harbor and features a lobstering demonstration. Harbor Tours also operates the Inner Harbor Water Shuttle. Passengers can hop on and off the M/V LADY JILLIAN at four locations, from St. Peter’s Park to Smith’s Cove in Rocky Neck, and explore Gloucester’s Inner Harbor at their own pace with a $10 all-day ticket. Discounted season’s passes are now available.


Member Spotlight: Madam Had’em

Bringing Couture to the North Shore!

If you haven’t already stopped by, head over to Madam Had’em Boutique Consignment for your fashion fix! Located at 7 Summer Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, this is the upscale reseller’s glossy second seaside location and owner Cheryl McGuire is beyond thrilled at the already overwhelming support from local shoppers and new consignors.

Eleven years ago, Madam Had’em began, after McGuire, a recruiting executive at the time, decided it was the perfect time to make her lifelong dream a reality. As a single mother of three boys, she knew how hard it could be to create a curated style you love without paying top dollar, and her mission soon became to create a unique place where high-end style and the secondary market met. This idea paved the path to the successful business she runs today.

Specializing in women’s high-end clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories, there is an ever-changing collection of designer pieces available for sale, with favorite brand names such as Gucci, Oscar de la Renta and Christian Louboutin making frequent appearances. “Why pay retail when you can pay resale?” says McGuire. “It is a win-win for the community…women are making money for something as simple as cleaning out their own closets, and the customers who are shopping get amazing high-end labels…for a fraction of the cost.”

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