Pauline’s Gifts was recently named a finalist in the 70th. Annual Retailer Excellence Award announced by Gifts and Decorative Accessories Magazine on May 20, 2021. Pauline’s Gifts has been chosen to be in the Socially Responsible Category. Pauline’s Gifts collects personal items for women serving in Active Duty overseas. Pauline works with Operation Troop Support out of Danvers Ma..Pauline’s is one of only 21 retailers chosen for top honors. The award ceremony will be held virtually on August 3rd. 2021 https://www.giftsanddec.com/reas/finalists-revealed-for-70th-retailer-excellence-awards/ Pauline Bresnahan is Celebrating her 22nd. year in business at Pauline’s Gifts. Pauline is a third generation Gloucester woman business owner in her family.Pauline has been a decorative artist for 40 years. Her shop features her painted gifts as well as the largest retailer of American and Decorative flags on Cape Ann. Pauline’s Gifts received the “Pride of New England” award in 2009 at the Boston Gift Show,and that same year was named One of the “25 Gifted Retailers” by Gifts and Decorative Accessories Magazine. Pauline was named an “Unsung Heroine” in Massachusetts, after being nominated by Rep.Ann-Margaret Ferrante. Along with two other women business owners, Pauline co-founded the “Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway” trail map. The women were awarded a “Pioneer in Partnership Award ” by the Essex National Heritage . The trail was also featured on an episode on WCVB, Chronicle Ch.5.She’s thrilled to be considered for such a prestigious award in my industry for our work with the “The Women to Women Donation Drive”. They have collected over 1000lbs. of women’s personal items and raised over $2000.00 to ship the boxes during the past three years..The donation drive is held in May and in November. Recently they held a Buoy Painting event at the Elks with proceeds going towards the drive. We collected bras, socks and underwear at this event and raised money to be used to ship the boxes. Pauline’s Gifts partnered with The Bridge Cape Ann, Yellow Sub and the Elks.