Breaking in grilling season

Easy pickup with halibut from Fisherman’s Wharf and a baguette from Alexandra’s. All available veggies were thrown on. Of course, we started with Turner’s oysters again before firing up and topped it off with Captain Dusty’s. Enjoyed by all!

Alexandra’s Bread is OPEN and take out is brisk! Call ahead for what you need the next day, and they can bring it out to your car

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Alexandra’s Bread, 265 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Call the day before for your favorite loaves, rolls, cookies, scones and other sweet treats. They have been busy and selling out, and can make more if they know the orders ahead of time. A surprise at this time: people have been buying new dish towels and vintage ware (washable!), and greeting cards to go.

What’s your favorite bread at Alexandra’s?

p.s. If it lasts that long, their french bread freezes well and makes fantastic overnight french toast.

Alexandra’s Bread : (978) 281-3064

Valentine’s Day Red and Ready | Alexandra’s Bread bakery and shop #GloucesterMA 💘

Beyond the fresh breads and treats, Alexandra’s Bread bakery and shop features  a mix of contemporary and vintage finds for the kitchen and home, often hand-made or having local ties, and assorted specialty pantry items. Always a treat to see the changing holiday selections. Alexandra’s Bread is ready for Valentine’s. Are you?

Valentine’s Day 2020!~ Alexandra’s Bread, 265 Main Street Gloucester MA (978) 281-3064


Rush home with some presents | wonderful shopping at Alexandra’s Bread bakery #GloucesterMA

Great gifts and vintage finds at Alexandra’s Bread bakery and shop on Main Street Gloucester, Ma. Festive selections are folded in during holidays year round.

this weather! soup & crusty homemade Alexandra’s Bread day

Alexandra’s Bread – flair, fare and wares- artisan bakery and local & vintage gift shop 265 Main Street Gloucester MA

avoid the empty rack- call ahead to place your order – phone: (978) 281-3064

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TOMORROW Beer & Wine Tasting at Gloucester House for GHS Docksiders

annual spring Booster for GHS Docksiders –  Wine and Beer Tasting at The Gloucester House on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 6:30PM.

Docksiders 2019

You can buy a ticket or donate at Alexandra’s Bread, 265 Main Street, Gloucester

ON the radio: “Hi this is Elizabeth from Gloucester…” Wait wait don’t tell me NPR news quiz

WWDTM_logo_clr_stacked_highresDid you catch this week’s  witty radio mainstay “Wait wait don’t tell me?” Legions of fans of Wait Wait follow host Peter Sagal’s chatter and quip call-in format with listeners. He most always asks them where they’re calling from.  So what did he say when Elizabeth Stephens declared she’s from here?

PETER SAGAL: “I love Gloucester.”

Have a listen and thanks to John and Alexandra from Alexandra’s Bread in Gloucester, Massachusetts, for sharing.  Congratulations to caller Elizabeth Stephens! I’d love to hear more about what it was like and how it came about. And the mystery greenhouse you’ll be managing? Great fun to hear you and Gloucester on the radio.


Wait wait dont tell me Aaron Sorkin March 2 2019


transcript excerpt and link to full show below the break

BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. Let me toss your salad. I’m…


KURTIS: I’m Bill-samic (ph) vinaigrette.


KURTIS: I’m Bill Kurtis. And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.


Thank you, Bill. Thanks, everybody.


SAGAL: We have a wonderful show for you today because we are going to fix Washington…


SAGAL: …By which I mean one of the great disappointments about Washington is that it’s nothing like “The West Wing.” We want the real Washington to have snappy dialogue, the soaring speeches, the perfect comebacks. And then we want it to be canceled.


SAGAL: Well, later in the show, Aaron Sorkin himself, the creator of “The West Wing” and “The Social Network” and “The Newsroom,” will come on to punch up reality itself. But first, we are interested in your snappy dialogue, so give us a call. The number is 1-888-WAIT-WAIT – that’s 1-888-924-8924.

Now let’s welcome our first listener contestant. Hi, you are on WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME.

ELIZABETH STEPHENS: Hi. This is Elizabeth Stephens, and I’m from Gloucester, Mass.

SAGAL: Gloucester.


SAGAL: I love Gloucester.


SAGAL: What do you do there?

Link to the complete episode

transcript for this portion of the show:

Valentine’s Day handmade sweets & treats and vintage street at Alexandra’s Bread

Valentine’s Day shopping  is a delight at Alexandra’s Bread,  a scrumptious artisan bakery and destination vintage and contemporary gift shop located at 265 Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts. One hopes for a line long enough to while away some browsing yet short enough  to reach the counter before the bread and treats sell out.

Discover unique finds to share with everyone on your gift and just because lists at Alexandra’s Bread bakery. 


Some of our favorite shops are off the beaten trail or far up Main Street. Don’t forget to shop at Alexandra’s Bread, Maritime Gloucester, Present Gloucester, and Backyard Grower’s Holiday Pop up Shop. See you tonight!

Just a shave away | The Black Bear Barber Shop opts for a different Main Street location

East End Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, street-level retail news

Before building out a new space at 261 Main Street, next door to Alexandra’s Bread, The Black Bear Barber Shop will set up instead across the street at 260 Main Street. The business will be the first commercial tenant in the new 260 Main Street multi use building. (Cape Ann Animal Aid was the last tenant in the razed building.) There was a chance to customize plumbing for a ground floor retail space and it might mean more customer parking.

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Settling into 260 Main Street rather than 261 means that 261 Main Street (Eastern Point Lit House was last there and seasonally PRESENT) is available to rent.

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The Black Bear Barber Shop coming to 260 Main Street

GHS Docksiders perform & Wine Tasting booster at Gloucester House – tix available at Alexandra’s Bread

GHS docksiders
look at the energy! courtesy photo- Mr. Fleury, Band Director, and GHS Docksiders 

What’s on the set list and the tasting menu for this great pairing? Mark your calendars for the GHS Docksiders Wine Tasting booster at The Gloucester House on Saturday, March 17, at 6:30PM.

Enjoy an evening with the GHS Docksiders: Listen to great music, sip fine wine, shop & support local music. Special Guest auctioneer, Senator Bruce Tarr. Tickets are $25 at the door or from a GHS Docksiders member or… 

Docksiders fundraiser March 17 2018

You can buy a ticket or donate at Alexandra’s Bread, 265 Main Street, Gloucester


Where can you shop for yummy, daily fresh baked bread, cookies, scones, and whimsically wonderful gifts? At Alexandra’s Fabulous Bread! Alexandra’s is located at 265 Main Street in Gloucester. Shop Local for Small Business Saturday!

Miniature button bouquets, holiday linens, Folly Cove Deigns, original and handmade gifts galore!

Scenes from Mothers and Daughters art opening at Jane Deering Gallery


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Prior post with press release and more info “Prepping for Mothers and Daughters curated by Juni Van Dyke and Jane Deering Gallery 

Juni Van Dyke | Paige Farrell
Mathilde Iervolino | Bobbi Iervolino Kovner
Jane Crotty | Anne Marie Crotty
Esther Moss Proctor | Eliza Proctor
Constance Rhinelander | Mary Rhinelander McCarl
Helen Burgess | Valerie Sadler

see more photos from Juni

Continue reading “Scenes from Mothers and Daughters art opening at Jane Deering Gallery”


We all love stopping into Alexandra’s Bread (not just because Alexandra and Jon are always so welcoming) for their yummy cranberry scone’s, breads, cobbles, and cookies. The smells of fresh baked breads emanating from the bake shop are inviting and inviting too are Alexandra’s wonderful selection of fun and practical home and kitchen gifts. Amidst the shelves brimming with aprons, tea towels, vintage dishes, prints, and handmade ornaments, you’ll find one-of-kind gifts as well.

alexandras-bread-6-copyright-kim-smithThis very unusual sterling silver spoon is etched with schooners and the words Gloucester Mass. The handle has both a lobster and starfish.

detail-alexandras-bread-copyright-kim-smithDetail of spoon

alexandras-bread-copyright-kim-smithA favorite of the favorites, I love the neat way to contain clothes pins with this clothes pin bag that you hang on your laundry line.

Alexandra’s Bread, located at 265 Main Street, Gloucester, is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information phone 281-3064.dscf1700


Present Gloucester is working like mad to pull their holiday pop-up shop together for the grand opening on Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 6pm. This is simply one of the best holiday shopping experiences around, with gorgeous, and all handmade items by some of our most talented local Cape Ann artisans. Alexandra’s Bread, Backyard Growers, and Present make a wonderful trifecta of three in a row fun shopping. Don’t miss this! 

Thank you Sharon Lowe for sharing your photos.




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I love stopping and shopping at Alexandra’s Bread because of these two! As everyone in the community knows, their bread, scones, and cookies are beyond delicious, but it is Jon and Alexandra’s friendly smiles and congenial chatting that always make the trip a joy.

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

FullSizeRender (46)Charming kitchen towels

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Children’s aprons

FullSizeRender (43)I have a thing for aprons, and Alexandra has the best!

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Block print card by Alexandra’s sister, Mary Rhinelander. Don’t you just love the mouse print fabric cushion?!?


IMG_6282I like the cut of your jib

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IMG_6272Valentine message for your prickly friend