Topics: Business

CHATHAM – Since its founding in 1942, the Chatham Chamber of Commerce has welcomed only those businesses based in town to join its ranks. Some out-of-town enterprises that didn't compete with locally-owned businesses were allowed to join on a case-by-case basis, but for the most part the chamber maintained a closed membership. In recent years it was the last Cape chamber to do so. Now the Chatham Chamber has j...

Pleasant Lake Is Losing Its Local Flavor

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Like the trains that once rumbled by outside, Local Flavor, the modified general store, pastry, breakfast and sandwich shop at the Pleasant Lake General Store, will soon be no more. The business has been operating out of the old general store for nearly five years, but the lease they have with owners Robert and Jeannette Payne is about to expire and no agreement could be reached on a new lease. Lo...

Business: Jewelry Maker Finds Niche With Memorial Glass Beads

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Business ideas come from many places and in many forms. And every once in a while, someone comes up with an idea that takes us by surprise and then...aha, of course! That was the case for Vangie Collins, owner of VC Lampwork Memorial Glass Beads, who makes cremation jewelry. Collins, a native New Yorker, has always considered herself a crafty person, traveling to craft fairs and making jewelry, including neckl...

Selectmen Dive Into Food Trucks Regulations

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Selectmen have a number of concerns about allowing food trucks to operate in town—from traffic and congestion to competition with established restaurants—but they haven’t closed the door on the idea. Working with business leaders, the board Monday said it hopes to have a bylaw in place to regulate food trucks before next summer’s visitor season. Selectman Cory Metters said that it was time for the ...

CHATHAM – Isak Dinesen once said, “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” Salt water, specifically from the shores of Cape Cod, is also what Paul Shibles uses to create his popular jars of 1830 Sea Salt, which he makes in Chatham the old-fashioned way. In the mid-1800s, a major industry on Cape Cod was salt harvesting. Back then, seawater was evaporated on large beds covered with point...

HARWICH PORT — Sporting more than just a name change, the nonprofit group Leadership Cape Cod is unveiling its new, broader mission today in a special event in Harwich Port. Since 1992, the group has provided leadership training to hundreds of local people in business, health care, the arts, education, social services and other sectors, under its old moniker, the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod an...

Iconic Chatham Squire To Be Sold

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Perhaps the town's most iconic restaurant, The Chatham Squire, is being sold. Richard Costello and George Payne, who started the Main Street restaurant and tavern in 1968, are selling the business and real estate to Todd Hearle, a Connecticut businessman who grew up in Chatham. General Manager Richard Sullivan confirmed the sale Tuesday, stating that it is expected to be completed by Memorial Day....

CHATHAM – It's Derby time! Chatham will be off to the races with its first “Downtown Derby” Saturday, May 4, a springtime event that gives a seaside twist to the venerable Kentucky Derby. Both adults and kids can play the “Seahorse Races” at the Whit Tileston Bandstand at Kate Gould Park, rolling dice to move three-foot-tall seahorses around a track. Chatham Band Director Tom Jahnke will be the race caller,...

CHATHAM – Perhaps the town's most iconic restaurant, The Chatham Squire, is being sold. Richard Costello and George Payne, who started the Main Street restaurant and tavern in 1968, are selling the business and real estate to Todd Hearle, a Connecticut businessman who grew up in Chatham. General Manager Richard Sullivan confirmed the sale Tuesday, stating that it is expected to be completed by Memorial Day....

Just in time for the fifth Independent Bookstore Day on April 27, three bookstores in Chatham, one in Harwich Port and two in Orleans have joined the new Cape and Islands Bookstore Trail, a brainchild of Caitlin Doggart-Bernal who, along with her mother Joanne Doggart, owns Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore and Children’s Annex in Chatham. “It should be a lot of fun for readers who love to seek out indie books...

Stop & Shop Workers Strike

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — After months of stalled talks, 31,000 union workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets, including the ones in East Harwich and Orleans, walked off the job last Thursday. The employees, represented by Local 328 of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, stood by the roadside and at store entrances and held picket signs. As of late Tuesday, there were no signs that the labor dispute would be ...

Orleans Firm Patents Design For Shoreline Protection

By: Debra Lawless

Seth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Ecological Design Inc. in Orleans was recently awarded a patent for an invention that could revolutionize the way eroding shorelines on Cape Cod and beyond are stabilized. U.S. patent number 10,125,462 is for an “erosion control apparatus and methods of using and installing the apparatus.” Wilkinson submitted the patent for approval on Aug. 31, 2016 and it was approved last November...

Walking The Dog Is Strictly Business For Hope Fraser

By: Debra Lawless

From 10-pound terriers to Newfoundlands that weigh well over 100 pounds, Hope Fraser of Orleans has walked them all. Fraser, 26, owns Walks & Wags Dog Walking Cape Cod, a small dog-walking business. The idea for the business came a few years ago when Fraser was living in Belmont and working as a nanny. Being out of the house all day, she was forced to put her own yellow lab, Mia, into day care all day, ...

HARWICH — Each foreign national employed in the U.S. under the H2B temporary non-agricultural visa program sustains the jobs of 4.6 Americans, according to Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Wendy Northcross. Northcross joined a panel of representatives of the business and political worlds Feb. 9 at the cultural center to demystify the seasonal worker program. “Without an influx of additional wo...

Stan Snow Retires After Six Decades At Family's Store

By: Debra Lawless

ORLEANS – Talk to Stan and Bonnie Snow and topics range from ship and train models to historic Orleans houses to the history of Snow’s of Cape Cod. Stan, 86, who retired on Dec. 31 after 61 years of employment at his family business, Snow’s, is a passionate and skilled creator of model ships, trains, houses and buildings. (He made his first model ship when he was 11.) Bonnie is a well-known local historian who...

Town May Charge Merchants For One-day Alcohol Permits

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In the summertime, restaurants and bars aren’t the only place in downtown Chatham where you can enjoy a little wine. Increasingly, you can stop for a libation at an art gallery or a clothing store. Having seen a big jump in the requests for special one-day alcoholic beverage permits issued to retailers and other non-foodservice businesses, selectmen are considering imposing a fee for that privil...