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2016 Passport to Small Business Shopping

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Nov 192016
 

Show Your Support by Shopping Local 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday • November 25, 26 & 27

  • Passport to Shopping Gardner MAOur goal is to “Shift Your Shopping” and encourage the community to think about small businesses. A little support goes a long way!
  • Stop in at any of our participating businesses and pick up your Shop Small Passport and have it stamped. Try to visit as many businesses as possible. Check out all that Downtown has to offer.
  • Refer to individual businesses for hours and special offers.
  • By Monday at 4 pm, turn in your completed passport at The Velvet Goose or John’s Sport Shop to be entered into the drawing for “Square Two Dollars”.
  • The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 29 on the Gardner Square Two Facebook page. We will be giving away $250 in “Square Two Dollars.” The Grand Prize is $125. Second Prize is $75 and Third Prize is $50. Prizes are valid at participating businesses and must be used by December 31, 2016.

See List of Participating Businesses here!

Experience Gardner Festival & Sidewalk Sale – 2016

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Jul 292016
 

Celebrate Downtown Gardner at the Experience Gardner Festival & Sidewalk Sale! Streets will be closed to vehicles on Friday 9-5 & Saturday 9-4, August 5 & 6 and turned over to pedestrians for Downtown Shops & Restaurants, Over 50 Vendors, Kids Zone featuring Inflatables, Games, Face Painting and More, Parades, Touch A Truck, and Fun! Fun! Fun! For a complete schedule of events CLICK HERE.

November 27-29: Shop Local and Win Square Two Dollars! Get Your Passport Here!

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Nov 202015
 

Show Your Support by Shopping Local 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday • November 27, 28, & 29

 

  • Passport_cover_2015Our goal is to “Shift Your Shopping” and encourage the community to think about small businesses. A little support goes a long way!
  • Stop in at any of our participating businesses and pick up your Shop Small Passport and have it stamped. Try to visit as many businesses as possible. Check out all that Downtown has to offer.
  • Refer to individual businesses for hours and special offers.
  • By Sunday at 3 pm, turn in your completed passport at The Velvet Goose, John’s Sport Shop, Anne’s Bridal & Tux, or HOPEful Boutique to be entered into the drawing for “Square Two Dollars”.
  • The winners will be announced on Monday, November 30 on the Gardner Square Two Facebook page. We will be giving away $250 in “Square Two Dollars”. The Grand Prize is $125. Second Prize is $75 and Third Prize is $50. Prizes are valid at participating businesses and must be used by December 31, 2015.

Click Here to Download Your Passport!

Jul 012015
 

EGFSS_76_logoHurry! Register for the 76th Experience Gardner Festival & Sidewalk Sale, by July 6, 2015 to save $50 on registration fees! The final deadline for registration is July 22. We look forward to seeing you!

Click Here to Register Now!

The festival is scheduled for Friday & Saturday, August 7 & 8. Join our Super Heroes Parade on Friday, led by some of our own local heroes. On Saturday, the Princess & Storybook Characters Parade is also open to participation by the public. Chair City Church will be hosting the Kids’ Zone featuring an array of bouncy houses for kids from toddler to teen. There will be plenty of music, dancing, food, and of course, SHOPPING on both days!

May 132015
 

EGFSS_76_logoVendor Registration for the 76th Annual Experience Gardner Festival & Sidewalk Sale is now open to crafters, food vendors, and community organizations, who wish to join Downtown shops in displaying their wares on the streets of Downtown Gardner on Friday & Saturday, August 7 & 8, 2015. Booth space is limited, so register now to ensure a reservation. Please click on the festival logo above to link to the online registration information and forms.

New this year: Square Two is offering the opportunity for you to register for both Experience Gardner Festival and the Fabulous Fall Festival (September 26), at the same time and save $25!

While you are at the Festival registration page, please remember to download the Gardner Police Department’s Vendor/Hawker license application. Food vendors must also apply for a Temporary Food License from the Health Department. Once obtained, the Vendor/Hawker license is effective for both festivals this year.

Feb 192015
 
Dr. Michael Greenwood

Dr. Michael Greenwood

Gardner Square Two, Inc. will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on March 10, 2015 at the Gardner Ale House. The format for the evening is Meet & Greet at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, meeting and awards presentation at 7:00. Members may purchase tickets here.

Keynote speaker is Michael T. Greenwood, PhD, professor of management and entrepreneurship at Fitchburg State University, motivational speaker, corporate trainer and strategic planner with over thirty years of business experience. He will be presenting “What Makes the Entrepreneur Different.”

Greenwood writes a weekly column entitled “To Your Success” in The Gardner News. His tag line is “Now let’s go change the world.” He expressed that he is “honored and excited to speak to the independent business operators who make up Square Two’s membership and who are the core of the American economy.”

Greenwood grew up in Gardner and graduated Gardner High School in 1972. In 2002, after a successful corporate career with IBM, Greenwood moved back to his hometown area to care for his aging, ailing parents. Shortly thereafter, an opportunity to pursue a career in academics presented itself, bringing him full circle back to Fitchburg State University, where he first taught in 1985. He finds teaching rewarding, saying, “I love teaching. I get to fill the empty vessels and pay it forward in my community. I love going to work everyday, guiding my students to achieve their own success.”

Prior to his career with IBM, his executive management experience includes participation in the growth and transformation of two venture-backed start-ups. One of these, a San Francisco based data mining and analytics firm, was sold to Yahoo in 1998.

Greenwood is actively involved with the Fitchburg State University Douglas and Isabelle Crocker Center for Civic Engagement; serves on the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Institute Steering Committee, and the NCMCC Leadership Council. He serves as co-chair of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts strategic marketing committee. He served on the Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation board from 2005–2013; is a past board member for the North Central Charter School in Fitchburg, and the Ashburnham-Westminster Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Greenwood is a positive thinker, who has high expectations. He encourages his students and those around him to strive to be and do their best. He calls himself the “patron saint of lost causes.”

He is a licensed private pilot, enjoys bicycling, building radio-controlled airplanes, carpentry, running, and mountain hiking.

Feb 062015
 

Greater Gardner Square Two, Inc. will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Gardner Ale House.

5:30 p.m.   Meet & Greet

6:00 p.m.  Buffet Dinner

7:00 p.m.  Meeting and Award Presentations

Featured Keynote speaker, Michael Greenwood, Ph.D. of Fitchburg State University

Tickets, $35 per person, can be ordered by downloading, completing, and mailing your form (SQ2_AnnualMtg2015) and check to Gardner Square Two, Inc., P.O. Box 8, Gardner, MA 01440, by March 3, 2015. Or, order tickets online below. RSVP by Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Purchase Tickets Online:

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Nov 202014
 

Show Your Support by Shopping Local
Friday, Saturday & Sunday • November 27, 28, & 29

  • Shop Small in Gardner PassportStop in, say hello, and support your local businesses!
  • Pick up your Shop Small Passport and have it stamped at Participating Businesses. Collect as many stamps as you can!
  • Turn in your completed passport at The Velvet Goose, John’s Sport Shop, Anne’s Bridal & Tux, or HOPEful Boutique no later than 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2015 to be entered into a contest to win $500 “Square Two Dollars.” *
  • “Square Two Dollars” are valid at participating businesses through December 31, 2015. The winner will be announced on Facebook on Monday, December 1.
  • Please refer to individual businesses for hours and promotions.

Click Here to Download Your Passport!

Sep 112014
 
Gardner Chair Lugé Trophy

Compete to add your team’s name to the coveted Gardner Chair Lugé trophy!

This unique event brings out the kid in all of us! Clubs, businesses, and ad hoc groups come together to form teams that compete for cash prizes. Each team enters a non-motorized chair vehicle that they have designed and built. The vehicles are lined up on the hill on Parker Street, across from the Insurance Center of New England. That portion of Parker and West Streets is closed to traffic during the event. Spectators gather to cheer their teams on.

If you haven’t registered a team for this year’s Gardner Chair Lugé, what are you waiting for?

Register your team for a fee of $30 now. After September 20, the fee per team is $50. Registration forms can be picked up at John’s Sport Shop at 38 Main Street in Gardner, or download it here:  2014_ChairLuge_app.