Business Page: Summer Brings New Businesses To The Area

by Emma Blankenship
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While Cape Cod is known for its traditions, it is also a lively, growing, and ever-changing place. This season, many new businesses have opened, and several old, familiar ones have shut their doors.

In Harwich Port, Cape Life Brand Company has opened a shop at 537 Main St. in Harwich Port, offering Cape apparel and accessories with stylish designs. Down the street, Dairy Queen is under new ownership. Still offering classic blizzards, cones, and fried food daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., you will find this familiar favorite at 441 Main St. in Harwich Port.

If you aren’t in the mood for fast food and want to check out a new spot, check out Milano’s, a family-owned Italian restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. It’s located at 278 Route 28 in West Harwich in the former Villa Roma building.

Coming soon to Harwich is the Bagel Hound, a gourmet bagel and schmear experience, opening at 297 Route 28 in the former A&W Root Beer location.

In Orleans, there are just as many new offerings. Surfside Seafood has opened at 18 Old Colony Way. A seafood restaurant run by two fishermen, it features freshly prepared Cape Cuisine seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., right near Orleans Village Center. Across the street at 136 Route 6A is Navillus, another new restaurant offering their own takes on some familiar classics in a comfortable yet modern atmosphere.

For those who use cannabis products, Orleans is the place to stock up. Ember Gardens is opening a location at 41 Route 6A, just off the Orleans Rotary, the perfect spot to hit before heading to the beach! Down the road, locally-owned Seaside Cannabis Co. is open daily at 14 Lotts Hollow Rd.

Crossing into Chatham, there are even more additions to the business community. Liberty Artisanal Bakery, opening this month at 1223 Main St., offers breads and pastries, baked using newly built Italian ovens, a coffee and espresso bar, and much more.

Two other cafes are in the process of opening, both on Crowell Road. The popular Hyannis restaurant Pain D’Avignon is preparing to open in the space previously occupied by Emmabelle’s Cafe, and Three Fins Coffee Roasters is working to get its coffeehouse and chocolate manufacturing facility open at the former Chatham Swim and Health Club. Opening dates for the cafes have yet to be announced.

If you are looking for a classic Chatham shellfish experience, Elwood’s North Chatham Raw Bar, located at 309 Orleans Rd. in North Chatham, offers a walk-in raw bar experience along with catering services. It’s a one-stop shop for oysters, clams, and other prepared seafood dishes. They are currently open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but their hours will expand later this month.

Vaya Island at 583 Main St. in Chatham offers a broad selection of bathing suits. The shop moved into the space formerly occupied by Chatham Kids, which moved across the street to the former Pentimento Shop space. Also relocating to new space is Gustare’s Oils and Vinegars, which is now in the 400 Main St. complex, and Cape Shark, which moved from The Cornfield to 1223 Main St.

The Life Is Good shop, open at 616 Main St. offers comfortable classics from the Life Is Good brand. Across the street, BROdenim offers a broad selection of Cape-related designs available on hoodies, jackets, and hats. If you are looking for a cute, hip spin on traditional Cape Cod merchandise, you will want to visit BROdenim at 641 Main St.

Traveling down Main Street, Sea Her Shine offers yoga classes, a beach boutique, and other special events, such as Taylor Swift-themed parties. Sea Her Shine is now open at 1291 Main St.

A few iconic shops have shut their doors for good. If you are looking for sandals, belts or other leather goods, Canterbury Leather has what you’re looking for at its Orleans store. It closed its Chatham location after 50 years. Across the street, Lily’s Diner is also gone, as is the Bagel Shop formerly at 400 Main St.