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The sign on the front of John Linquata's new business makes it clear that the building at 88 Bass Ave. houses Serendipity's Playhouse, a children's indoor playground named for a pink dinosaur popular in kids' books and on TV. But the shop, open since March, could take on a different aura and audience if an application filed by the property's owners KTBGM LLC gains traction with the Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night. The hearing will mark the first time the ZBA has fielded a request under the city's new pot zoning bylaws...

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A city board has shot down a bid by a local corporation that would have cleared the way for a retail marijuana dispensary on Bass Avenue. The Zoning Board of Appeals rejected by unanimous 5-0 votes all three variance requests from Gloucester-based KTBGM LLC on Thursday night. If approved, the variances could have led to a pot shop eventually opening at 88 Bass Ave. The site now houses Serendipity’s Playhouse, an indoor children’s playground run by John Linquata, in what had previously been the Tessera Tile and Stone building...

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More than 100 people waited anxiously for Serendipity’s Playhouse to cut the ribbon and officially open its doors in Gloucester. Located on 88 Bass Ave. — down the street from Good Harbor Beach, across from Charlie’s Place, and next to Cape Ann Coffee — Serendipity’s Playhouse is an indoor playground for children ages 8 months to 8 years old. With complimentary popcorn and cotton candy, the March 29...

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Some local charities may have been beneficiaries of Tuesday’s traffic gridlock Tuesday in Gloucester. While public works crews were working on a sewer project on Bass Avenue that caused traffic delays around the city and into Rockport students from the Gloucester High School...

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