February 10, 2002
Joncien is everything I look for in a tourist town gift shop. They sell "unique hand-crafted gifts," all made by local artists. You know when you purchase something here, it was made in Cape Ann and not Taiwan. Joncien lays claim to being the only place in this dry town where you can purchase whisky – whiskey paintings, that is. These are watercolors made with whiskey in the water, a tradition that dates to the 1800’s when artists would paint in pubs, using available liquids.
The store has something for every budget. Each artist’s work is displayed in a separate corral, with information about the artist and their work. You can buy teddy bears made from recycled fur coats, painted canes and plungers, oil lamps, jewelry and hand-made cards. We purchased an oil lamp, made from a bottle filled with dried flowers submerged in lamp oil for $13.00.
From journal Rockport in the Off-Season