Topics: Business

CHATHAM – After more than 30 years in town, the Organic Market will close its store here on Nov. 3 in order to concentrate on its other markets in Dennis Port and at Mashpee Commons. “We're really sad to not be in that location anymore, but really excited about what the future holds for us,” said Rory Eames, president and owner of the company. Prepared foods have become a major part of the Organic Market's ...

CHATHAM — The new executive director of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, Mary Cavanaugh, started work Monday. And while she’s focused now on unpacking boxes and meeting key people, she’s eager to get to work promoting the town’s businesses and encouraging economic development. A Chatham summer resident since the early 1980s, Cavanaugh and her husband purchased land here in 2002 and built a home, and they’ve ...

Will Fatal Attack Curb Shark Fever?

By: Tim Wood

From Sharks in the Park to numerous shark-based businesses, Chatham and other communities embraced the arrival of the apex predators in Cape waters. But for years, people have wondered: What will happen when a fatal shark attack occurs? That happened last Saturday, when a 26-year-old Revere man was killed while boogie boarding off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. Shark merchandise, however, wasn't immediatel...

Jessica Georges of Brewster calls herself “a tree hugger,” and with the help of a micro-loan from the Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC) in Orleans, she has fulfilled her dream of starting a business that befits a conservationist. Growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., Georges became interested, at an early age, in the sustainability of the earth. Of late, she has been concerned about climate change and the health of th...

CHATHAM – After 31 years at New England Pizza, Philip Malitas is branching out. Malitas and his sister, Sophia Malita, who own the popular West Chatham pizzeria, have an agreement to purchase the Longshore Restaurant at 1077 Main St., just a block to the east and across the road. “We don't work enough hours!” Malitas quipped last week when discussing taking on a second restaurant. New England Pizza will rem...

CHATHAM — The new man in charge at Chatham Bars Inn not only has his own ties to the town, but also wants to strengthen the inn’s connection with Chatham. Gary Thulander started work last week as the inn’s new managing director. He takes the place of John Speers, who served in that capacity since 2014. Thulander comes to CBI from The Woodstock Inn and Resort in Vermont, where he was president and general ...

At a time when only half of all new businesses survive beyond the five-year anniversary, three local businesses are marking significant milestones. Snow & Thomson Insurance at 514 Main St., Harwich Port, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. “We’re one of the few on Cape Cod that has made it,” says owner and president Alexander Thomson. “It’s kind of fun.” Ralph H. Snow founded the business...

CHATHAM – When Mac and Alex Hay opened their seafood company in Wellfleet in 1995, Mac drove to Chatham every day to buy freshly landed fish from Chatham Fish and Lobster. As it expanded to include several restaurants and seafood markets on the Outer Cape, Mac's Seafood continued to source much of its product from the Chatham company. Now, 23 years later, the Wellfleet Harbor Seafood Company, which owns the Ma...

Capeside Kitchen To Open At Former Bonatt's Location

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — It's been eight months since Bonatt's Bakery and Restaurant closed its doors, and it has been difficult to find a hearty breakfast in the village ever since. But that will be changing when Capeside Kitchen opens its doors in the location on Thursday. “We've been coming to Bonatt's our entire lives and we're excited to continue the traditions of providing breakfasts and lunches with new additions...

The Cape and Islands’ chapter of the Service Corps of Retired Executives, or SCORE, honored 20 small businesses in its annual awards breakfast last Thursday. Among the honorees were Puritan Clothing, Chatham Cookware, Brax Landing and Talking Threads Custom Embroidery. SCORE, whose volunteers provide free mentoring for entrepreneurs, small business owners and non-profits, presented their “Better Mousetrap” awa...

The Lower Cape economy relies heavily on guest workers from Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and other parts of the world, but with strict limits on the H-2B visa program – and a shortage of housing – local employers always seem to be scrambling for more staff. “I know the Cape, as a whole, is concerned,” Harwich Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams said. Though she hasn’t heard specific problems...

CHATHAM – The Chatham Drama Guild (CDG) is ready to celebrate its facelift in public. During a festive gala on April 22 everyone can admire the CDG’s new stage, buffed floors, painted walls and new bathroom fixtures as well as see a sneak preview of “The Miracle Worker.” “At 85 years it deserves a makeover,” says CDG Vice President Pamela Banas of Orleans who spearheaded the two-month project. “I am so enth...

CHATHAM – Lisa Franz, executive director of the town's chamber of commerce for nearly a decade, has stepped down. Franz's resignation was effective last Friday, March 30. “I just thought it was time to move on,” she said in a phone interview Tuesday. She said the decision was hers, and while there's “ever a good time,” with most of the work for the upcoming season – completion of the 2018 chamber guide book...

Bank customers will miss one of the most familiar and friendly faces in Chatham when teller Alice Fritz retires on March 30 after 43 years with Rockland Trust. And what will Fritz miss the most? “Meeting people,” she says during an interview in the conference room at Rockland Trust’s branch at 655 Main St. She adds that she enjoys her work, and that “it’s different every day.” “People trust Alice—her pro...

EAST HARWICH — When it comes to purchasing their dream vacation home on Cape Cod, buyers are fickle – and they’re not interested in fixer-uppers. That’s the message from real estate agent Tony Guthrie, who is holding an informational seminar for potential sellers. Guthrie works with real estate agent Sharon Mabile for Robert Paul Properties, and said the seminar aims to share some inside information with sel...

Chamber, Robert Paul Properties, Support Family Pantry

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

HARWICH — Robert Paul Properties and the Harwich Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to support the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, and the public is invited to pitch in. Rather than holding its Chamber-sponsored Business After Hours event at its office, the real estate agency is inviting area business leaders and members of the public to visit the Family Pantry's headquarters in North Harwich next Tuesday.  Attende...