Topics: Business

Committee: Stimulate Economy With Child Care

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The town's economic engine is running smoothly, but a few initiatives – like a new focus on providing affordable child care – could provide some high-octane help for local employees and the companies they work for. That was the word from economic development committee Chairman Luther Bates, who told selectmen last week that his group also favors the creation of new events and festivals to boost the v...

Bike Business Booming In Chatham This Season

By: Annemarie Della Morte

CHATHAM — Growing up on Cape Cod means different things to different people. For some people, these memories are learning to fish, digging for scallops, helping a parent run their store or sail their boat. For others, growing up on Cape Cod meant endless summers of riding bikes. Cape Cod is famous for beautiful beaches, but much of this peninsula’s beauty can be seen upon the equally exquisite bike paths. “...

Peake, Middle Schoolers Talk About Renewable Energy

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In Washington, today's leaders are rolling back regulations to fight climate change, providing a big boost to the coal and oil industries. But in Chatham, tomorrow's leaders are talking about renewable energy. “How many of you believe climate change is real?” State Rep. Sarah Peake asked the seventh graders at Monomoy Middle School Friday. Most hands shot up, and Peake, a Provincetown Democrat, nod...

Under normal circumstances, local businesses struggle to find enough employees to stay fully staffed through a busy summer season. And with foreign workers serving as a political lightning rod in Washington, this summer promises to be anything but normal. Problems with the H-2B and J-1 visa programs could trim around 1,000 foreign workers from the Cape's summer workforce, officials say. “It's grim,” Cape Co...

ORLEANS — Roderick MacDonald, a Presbyterian minister, has been thinking a good deal about a story that speaks to the need to support the rights of immigrants. Nearing retirement, he visited a member of his off-Cape congregation and learned that the woman's sister had been picked up by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and detained in the Suffolk County House of Correction. Sixteen years...

CHATHAM – It's no secret that housing costs on the Cape – and in Chatham in particular – are a barrier to young people moving and/or staying here. With the average value of a Chatham home running $872,615, the salary it takes to afford a house is beyond those offered by most area employers. When members of the town's economic development committee (EDC) began looking at how to encourage greater age diversity i...

CHATHAM — It's a workplace truism: stress in an employee's home life leads to stress on the job. Sometimes those stressors are minor, and it helps to be able to share them with a sympathetic listener. Sometimes the stress comes from big problems like a health crisis, relationship troubles or addiction. A new partnership between the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Rogers and Gray Insurance is offering an aff...

Chatham Jewelers Celebrates 65 Years On Main Street

By: Debra Lawless

Last Friday Chatham Jewelers, Inc. celebrated its 65 th anniversary—a noteworthy milestone for the family-run business. Jewelry is, of course, often given as a gift to mark an occasion—an engagement, marriage, birth, birthday – or even to remember a special place, such as Chatham. Jewelry promotes romance, nostalgia, happy feelings. “That’s what we’re in—the business of sentiment,” says Scott Hamilton, pre...

CHATHAM – For some 20 years, the Chatham Candy Manor has offered a selection of hand-made chocolates at the holidays to benefit a local non-profit organization. The “Generous Indulgence” gift box provides a way for the downtown shop to give back to the community. This year, to help boost the proceeds that will go to this year's beneficiary, Monomoy Community Services (MCS), a special Candy Manor T-shirt is als...

ORLEANS — If you thought the presidential election was a close one, take a look at the race between Coastal Engineering and Orleans Bowling Center/Big Dogs Barbecue for Business of the Year. The board of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce couldn't decide between the two nominees, so for the first time, the vote was opened to the general membership. After three weeks of voting, a tie was declared. Coastal CEO an...

HARWICH PORT — Dr Gravity's Kite Shop has been a mainstay here for more than 40 years. It will soon be joined by an expanded Dr. Cavity's Candy Shack, to be located in the former First Church of Christ Science building. The former Christian Scientist building was purchased a couple of weeks ago by Dennis Miller, a resident of Bedford who owns several properties along Route 28 in the village and two condominium...

TD Bank To Close Chatham Branch

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – TD Bank will close its branch at 693 Main St. in January. Customers were informed of the closure in a letter dated Oct. 17. Retail Market President Marion Colombo wrote that the branch office will close on Jan. 27. Lisa Sawicki, vice president and corporate communications manager for the bank, said in an email that the Chatham branch will be merged with the TD Bank in Harwich Port. “The decisio...

TD Bank To Close Chatham Branch

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – TD Bank will close its branch at 693 Main St. in January. Customers were informed of the closure in a letter dated Oct. 17. Retail Market President Marion Colombo wrote that the branch office will close on Jan. 27. A call to the branch was referred to the company's corporate offices, which had not contacted The Chronicle as of Thursday afternoon. The letter encourages customers to continue to u...

Beth Bishop Shop, the iconic women’s clothing store in Orleans, has closed its doors for the final time after 61 years. “I’ve loved it,” says owner Lynn Comandich, who began working here in 1975 and took over as the store’s third owner in 1980. But “I’ve done this for 41 years and I want to retire.” The stately white Colonial on Route 28 about half a block from Main Street set the tone for the quality women’s ...

When it came time to redecorate the main office of Pine Acres Realty at 938 Main St., the Chatham real estate firm initially thought it wanted a “very contemporary” look, says Lori Fanning Smith, the company’s president and principal broker. The company hired Melinda Loftus Headrick, the president and principal designer of Chatham Interiors, Inc. After photographing and measuring the space, Headrick held a sty...

Business: Step Back In Time With Baker's Hardware

By: Elizabeth Kintz

SOUTH CHATHAM — Crossing the threshold of Baker’s Hardware on Main Street in South Chatham is akin to stepping into a bygone era. A little bell above the front door and a warm nod from the store’s owner, Bob Baker, greet you.  “We have a little bit of everything,” chuckles Baker, who enjoys stocking the store with childhood classics like Balsa wood glider planes. Batteries and light bulbs, paint brushes and te...