Topics: Business

ORLEANS – With every day the COVID-19 pandemic continues, finding good news can be a challenge, but for small business owners in Orleans, there is hope courtesy of the Small Business Hardship Fund. According to Noëlle Pina, executive director of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, funds are coming from the Orleans Police Relief Association in order to help small businesses stay afloat during difficult times. ...

Business: Dairy-Free Ice Cream Comes To Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Does a dairy intolerance stop you when you have a craving for ice cream? Well, Sweet Izzy has a vegan alternative that will soothe that weighty dilemma. The new business that began scooping homemade ice cream last weekend is dairy-free. “What we offer is gluten-conscious, soy-free and dairy-free,” owner Michael Doucette said of the new business located along Route 28 at the Trampoline Center, whic...

HARWICH — The attorney for The Port and Ember restaurants in Harwich Port has asked the town to preserve evidence and produce records relating to alleged violations of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission’s advisory regarding the sale of beer and wine and on-premise consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorney Raymond Tomlinson, representing the restaurants, said in his notice to the town that...

Business: For New Eateries, Pandemic Debut Is No Picnic

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Opening a restaurant is no easy feat. Even for new local business owners who are taking over the reins of a successful location with a hearty customer base and making it uniquely their own, nothing about the process is simple or effortless.  Now try it in the middle of a global pandemic.  Lynne Hammatt bought the former Sandi’s Diner in March, as the seriousness of COVID-19 was becoming evident. After paint...

Day by day, more retailers are opening their doors to customers as they adjust their operations to meet new COVID-19 safety requirements. As of Monday, retailers who comply with those rules were allowed to welcome customers indoors as part of the second phase of the state’s economic reopening plan. And they’re banking on pent-up demand from customers who’ve missed the experience of in-person shopping. “People ...

Outside Dining Approved For Harwich Restaurants

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers has been directed to lead the town’s efforts to approve individual restaurant requests to expand outdoor dining and liquor service under phase two of the state's re-opening plan. Early actions by town staff, selectmen and Powers led to quick results on Monday with selectmen reaffirming approvals for nine restaurants that the interim town administrator determin...

CHATHAM – Chatham Bars Inn, the town's largest private employer, is instituting a “pause in operations” through April 30. The announcement came prior to guidance issued by the state department of public health Tuesday limiting the use of hotels, inns and short-term rentals to healthcare workers and those on the front line of the coronavirus response (see "Concerns Arise About Out Of State Visitors" ). Whil...

Business: Wycoff Earns Abraham Penn Community Award

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

HYANNIS — Sandy Wycoff, owner of Chatham T Company, has been chosen for the 21 st annual Abraham Penn Community Award for excellence in service to the customer and service to the community. Named after the founder of Puritan of Cape Cod, the award was given at a reception on Jan. 29 at Puritan of Cape Cod’s Hyannis store by members of the Penn family. The nomination came from Mary Cavanaugh, execu...

CHATHAM — At least on a trial basis, there are likely to be food trucks in a few locations in Chatham this summer. Working on a model regulation from Needham, selectmen are drafting a policy to allow mobile food vendors to operate with minimal impact on traditional restaurants, likely as part of a one-year pilot program. Chatham lacks a mechanism for specifically regulating mobile food vendors, and selectmen a...

CHATHAM – In 1985, artist Debbie Hearle and her husband Ron took a chance and bought an 1850s-era building at 488 Main St. and opened a gallery. They'd never operated one before, but felt the opportunity was just too good to pass up. “We teamed up to do it,” Debbie Hearle said, adding that their two boys, pre-teens at the time, also pitched in. Thirty-five years later, the Hearle Gallery is a Main Street ma...

Pub Moving Into Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of health has approved new operating procedures for a proposed new pub and cafe to be located in the current Red’s Pizza location in Harwich Center. The proponents are planning to purchase the business and establish the Seal Pub and Cafe at 703 Main St. Red’s Pizza, at the intersection of Pleasant Lake Avenue and Main Street, has been operating for several years with a plastic and paper pla...

The Royal Smoke Shop Opens In Harwich Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As the town and state prepare more restrictive regulations governing the sale of tobacco products, a new smoke shop has opened in Harwich Center. New state regulations went into effect on Dec. 11 and the town’s new board of health regulations went into effect on September. Additional provisions will be effective Jan. 1 prohibiting retail stores with tobacco licenses from selling flavored tobacco prod...

Business: New England Pizza To Move To Knots Landing

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – After 33 years, New England Pizza Chatham will be moving from 1200 Main St. to 1077 Main St. to merge with its sister restaurant, Knots Landing Bar & Grill, when its lease expires at the end of this month. “It’s a win-win for everyone,” says Sophia Malitas, 51, who, with her brother Philip Malitas, 55, owns the two restaurants and the property at 1077 Main St. One afternoon last week the pair ...

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...