Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A History of Our Building

Watch to see how different the building looks today!

GAP Promo is Located at 1 Washington in Gloucester, MA. A Location with a storied past filled with history and community. It was the first brick building to be built in the city.

It was built in 1810 by James Tappan, a schoolteacher. Tappan operated Tappan's Hotel on the premises, and it served as a major social center for the community. Later owners also operated it as a hotel space, including one who gave it the name "Puritan House"

After that it was taken over as the Blackburn tavern; named after Howard Blackburn – a local icon who despite losing his fingers at sea in 1883, prospered as a businessman. Yearning for adventure, he twice sailed single-handed (quite literally) across the Atlantic Ocean, overcoming his disability and setting record times for the crossing.

Many people still recall fondly their memories at the Blackburn Tavern. We often get visitors who came to the building when they were younger to dance and drink here, or to catch a concert or just to get some good food.

Today the Blackburn Tavern his home to GAP Promo who is making history in its own right. Our founder and president Gayle Piraino founded the company in 2006 bringing along many years of experience with her. GAP Promo is a certified women-owned small business with expertise in the food and beverage industry. February marked our 11th year. In our 11th year let us put our experience to work for you! If you’re looking to buy custom products, visit us at www.gappromo.com and keep up to date with us as we make history by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Blog Spot.

Monday, January 30, 2017


The big game is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start planning your party. It means team spirit, appetizers and of course cocktails. Which team are you rooting for? Show some support for your favorite team with these team inspired drink ideas. 

If you’re rooting for New England we recommend the Ol’ Glory.

1 ounce watermelon schnapps
1 big splash cranberry juice
1 very thin slice jalapeno or serrano pepper
1 slice lemon
1 slice lime
1 1/2 ounces Lunazul tequila Tequila Profile
1/4 ounce blue curacao
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Watermelon wedge, for garnish (optional)


Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass.
Muddle the jalapeno pepper, lemon and lime slices, tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup (to make a batch, dissolve sugar in equal parts hot water and chill) in the shaker. Slowly strain into the glass over the red layer. Garnish with watermelon, if desired.

              If you're cheering for Atlanta, we recommend trying the 
              Atlanta Georgia Peach lemonade.

            2oz. Evan Williams Peach Bourbon Profile
              Pour over Evan Williams Peach into a glass. Fill the glass with ice and lemonade.
              Add a splash of grenadine for color

We also recommend making a sangria to please all of your party goers. In particular we recommend Black Cherry Sangria! Consisting of Mike’s hard black cherry lemonade and fresh cherries, it’s sure to pack a punch. The drinks are made so it’s time to sit back and try to relax because it’s game time! Whenever your team scores a touchdown, why not celebrate with a team inspired colorful shot or a layered shooter. Are you throwing a huge event that could use some custom items? Contact us at Gap Promo for your own branded shot glasses serving trays and more. 
Visit our marketplace at http://www.gappromomarketplace.com/ to learn more.

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