Greater Boston Concierge Association


August 2015



President's Letter 



Dear members and friends:
August has certainly turned out to be an exciting month. We began with a fun-filled tour of the North End hosted by our good friend Marian owner of Shake the Tree. Marian enlisted her friends at Cocoanuts Boston, Ensemble and Salmagundi for a fun shopping experience. There were opportunities to try on jewelry, hats, clothing and more as well as enjoy a complimentary chair massage. Our concierge evening ended with raffle prizes and delicious food at the new sushi/cocktail bar Crudo located on Salem Street. Thank you so much Marian for making this event so delightful for attendees!
On August 4th, our concierge members were treated to a fabulous "Shops at the Prudential Concierge Barbecue" hosted by our friends at the Prudential and Where Boston Magazine. There was delicious food provided by restaurants throughout the Pru as well as a scavenger hunt, raffle prizes and an amazing desert reception hosted by the Top of the Hub in the stellar Skywalk Observatory. A special thank you goes out to all the folks at the Shops at Prudential Center, Where Boston Magazine and Top of the Hub/Prudential Skywalk for making the evening such a perfect one! This annual concierge event should never be missed!
Our awesome August GBCA all-members meeting was held in Salem this year. I want to thank Kate Fox, Stacie Cooper and Jennifer Close for hosting our meeting --- Also, a big GBCA thank you goes out to Jeanne Sullivan, of Boston Harbor Cruises and Bob Levine of Dave El/Boston Coach for providing transportation to our members. It may have been stormy outside, but our group didn't notice as they toured the incredible Peabody Essex Museum and visited their new exhibit the American Epics Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood. Thank you to all members for attending and especially our contributors and hosts. Check out our meeting notes to learn more about this special day in Salem.
Once again, this year our good friends Bob Schwartz of Boston Duck Tours and Della Grallert of the New England Aquarium, Jeanne Sullivan of Boston Harbor Cruises and Ed Hurley of Faneuil Hall Marketplace hosted a fun-filled GBCA Concierge Family Day. Members and their families enjoyed a Duck Tour, a tour of the Aquarium with its new exhibit Turtles, lunch at Quincy Market and a three hour BHC Whale Watch tour. The day was spectacular with so many concierges most appreciative about sharing what they recommend to guest every day to their families too. See all the photos of these great events and be sure to send along your thank you notes to our hosts.
Just a few days away is our September GBCA meeting.  Members please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible, as you don't want to miss out on this special evening that Joe Donlavey has planned for us all at the Citi Performing Arts Center.
With pride in service;
You're President
Betty Salemme





Boston magazine has recently published a biannual Chinese-language edition aimed at "tourists, students and investors".


 The introductory special issue will feature translated content (nothing original, though) from the main magazine's annual Best of Boston issue, eg best restaurants and other lifestyle coverage.


 It's a 4-color, 112 page publication. It sells for $6.99 at newsstands- however, you may receive complimentary copies for your guests. The magazine has a 6-month shelf life.


To receive copies for you and your guests, contact Paul Phillips 617 867 8254 /


Dear Concierge Friends,

It's here!!!

A new bus service called

"Passage to Plymouth"


Plymouth & Brockton announces a dedicated bus service to Plymouth waterfront.  The bus departs the transportation building on the Charles St. side at 9:10am, 7 days a week.  This service now brings your guests directly to the beautiful Plymouth waterfront, by the visitors center and departs from there at 3:10pm for the return trip back to Boston.


While your guests are visiting "Americas Hometown" they can take in all the rich history Plymouth has to offer.  Hop on "Americas Hometown Shuttle" trolley and take in a sightseeing tour. Visit the Plymouth Plantation.  Enjoy some great "by the sea" gift shops.  And of course have lunch at one of the many restaurants, maybe even a "lobsta" roll!


A rep from Plymouth & Brockton Transportation will be dropping by hotels to share info. and present comp tickets to our concierge.


Feel free to call Plymouth & Brockton art 508-732-6026 and ask for Denise, or visit for more info.

  Lure - Go Fish 
Click on the link blow for details on Lure Fishing Boats and Charters




This year we will be hosting a gospel concert tour in the Citi Wang Theatre, featuring award-winning stars like Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Kim Burrell, and Hezekiah Walker. It should be "an awesome evening of inspiration filled with a message of hope and restoration."


Festival of Praise Tour

October 29, 2015 at 7pm

Citi Wang Theatre


YOUR Prices $49.85 - $112.85

Regular Prices $55.00 - $125.00

Save 10%! Use code: Concierge


To Order tickets with your savings code Concierge:


The biggest gospel tour of the year comes to Boston! Festival of Praise 2015, features some of the best names in Gospel music including multiple GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar Award-winning recording artists Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, and Hezekiah Walker. The tour also features Isaac Carree, Jessica Reedy and Zacardi Cortez. Marcus Wiley of the "Yolanda Adams Morning Show" will be this year's festival host.

The family style tour, a phrase coined by Hammond and McClurkin, is a platform to uplift, motivate, encourage, inspire and entertain. The tour will feature some of Gospel's biggest and brightest on the same stage with ensemble performances and music by each artist highlighting their classic hits and most memorable anthems.






GBCA 2015 Board

 Betty Salemme

Vice President of Operations:
Debra Hegger

Vice President of Public Relations:
Evan Martin
 Vice President of Membership: Daymeyn Gantt
 Chief Financial Officer:
 Gina Guange

Recording Secretary:
Bonnie O'Hare

Affiliate Representative:
Kristen Beal
Elizabeth Carey


Help Wanted....


Blue Man Group is hiring!

Click here for details


Part-time position available at

The Residences at The InterContinental

Click here for details 


Craigslist Boston  






The links above will direct you in your search for concierge positions and other industry related careers.


if you have a position at your hotel or condominium and business concierge desks, please let us know.


Please send details to us so we can announce them here.


Thank you and Good Luck!


Sept 2 - 

The Book Of Mormon

Emerson Colonial Theatre


Sept 9 -

All Members Meeting

Fall Preview

Citi Performing Arts Center



Important Links

GBCA web site 


Les Clefs D'or 


Convention & Visitors Bureau  


All Members Meeting Photos  




Meeting Minutes 

Click on the link below for the meeting minutes from our All Members Meeting August Meeting.


GBCA August Meeting Minutes


GBCA Information

The Greater Boston Concierge Association
PO Box 52440
Boston MA 02205

GBCA Member News
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GBCA Lapel Pins

Show your GBCA pride at your hotel with an official GBCA lapel pin!

Available at our next meeting for only $10!