Topics: Business

Orleans Businesses Lobby For A Seat At The Table

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – With noise from indoor and outdoor music a growing concern in Orleans, Town Administrator John Kelly came to the select board Dec. 1 with a potential solution. Kelly offered an amendment to the town's annual indoor entertainment license that would have required license holders for 2022 to close their windows and doors when hosting music inside. But the amendment came without any input from restaurant...

Board Nixes Recommendation To Stop Outdoor Entertainment HARWICH – In acting on long-awaited findings on alleged noise and liquor license violations against five local establishments, selectmen rejected a recommendation to not issue any outdoor entertainment permits in 2022. However, the board warned that if noise complaints and liquor license violations continue, there could be more severe action. “If t...

ORLEANS — A consultant has been tapped to help guide the planning board in putting together its economic development strategic plan. Streetsense Consulting began work in late November. The firm was hired through $60,000 authorized through annual town meeting in May, planning board member Chip Bechtold said during the board's Dec. 14 meeting. The plan is designed to help the board, and the town, look far int...

ORLEANS – The select board has host community agreements in place for two businesses seeking state licensing to operate retail marijuana businesses in town. But one of the businesses is seeking a separate agreement that would allow it to also manufacture its product. Seaside Joint Ventures, LLC, plans to operate a manufacturing facility out of the same space it will occupy to run retail operations at 14 Lots H...

ORLEANS -- One of the two businesses approved to open a recreational marijuana operation in town hopes to be up and running by the end of 2022. Ember Gardens plans to open a dispensary at 41 Route 6A, and officials gave an overview of their plans during a Zoom presentation on Dec. 7. CEO Shane Hyde said the company expects to undergo local and state review for much of the next year, starting with a traffic stu...

ORLEANS -- "Tell us what the rules are, and we'll enforce them." That was the message Dec. 8 from Police Chief Scott MacDonald to the select board, which continues to work toward finding a happy medium between allowing outdoor entertainment and respecting the rights of abutters to the businesses that host it. The issue of outdoor entertainment has become a sticky one in town. The select board in March voted...

Opportunities Abound At Cape Tech’s Community School

By: William F. Galvin

PLEASANT LAKE — Over the past two years, working through a state grant, approximately 30 Cape residents have had the opportunity to graduate from a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) training program at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. Only they’re not high schoolers. The HVAC program is run through The Community School program, which oversees adult education at Cape Tech. The intensive e...

CHATHAM – Meals tax receipts from the first quarter of this year outpaced the same period last year by $85,000, just one indication that the restaurant business is recovering from the hit it took from the pandemic. Another sign was the near-impossibility of getting a reservation over the summer. There are numerous reasons for that, including more people willing to dine indoors, slower service and restaurants choo...

Waystack Reflects On 35 Years Of Building Trust

By: Alan Pollock

Named 2021 Massachusetts Realtor Of The Year HARWICH PORT — Richard Waystack, the newly minted Massachusetts Realtor of the Year, leans forward in his chair when he talks about his profession. Thirty-five years after he started selling real estate, Waystack now enjoys teaching people who are new to the industry, and his eyes light up when he talks about the key to the business. It’s the same mantra he li...

ORLEANS – Cam and Tyler Hadfield spent every day this past summer at The Rail. The brothers, who co-own the East Orleans breakfast and lunch spot near the corner of Beach Road and Barley Neck Road, struggled with staffing, especially toward the end of summer as many seasonal workers went back to school. By late August, Cam said, the restaurant scaled back its hours of operation and closed on Thursdays. "We ...

Harwich Shop Owner Helped Revolutionize Skateboarding

By: William F. Galvin

Former Z-Boy Wentlze Ruml Wants To Increase Opportunities On The Cape HARWICH – The Zephyr skateboarding team revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s. Now team member Wentlze Ruml IV, owner of Cape Cod Skate Shop in West Harwich, is looking to rejuvenate the sport locally. The Z-Boys, as they were called back then, were a mix of surfers and skateboarders from the Venice and Ocean Park areas of Southern Ca...

Harwich Port Merchants Sponsor Festival Saturday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT – More than a dozen shops and businesses in the village will be joining together on Saturday to sponsor the first Harwich Port Merchants Fall Festival, featuring music, contests, craft sessions, face painting, raffles, specials and sidewalk sales. With a hint of fall in the air, the festival will include a raft of seasonal activities from a pie baking contest at Reciprocity's Cross Street Studio t...

Secretary Kennealy Hears Pitch For Workforce And Housing

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH – Less than 100 feet from where state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy greeted Paul Fox, owner of Harwich Paint and Decoration, Dunkin’ Donuts sat dark and shuttered, the business closed because of a lack of staff. Kennealy has been taking tours across the state, visiting downtowns and villages, communicating with small business owners to better understa...

When traveling abroad, Ruth Odile Davis has spotted women wearing the art clothing that she has created in Odile Designs for the past 35 years. And it’s no wonder, since Odile Designs, with a shop in Harwich Center, has a following of over 8,000 fans and a loyal customer base. So when, on Aug. 12, Davis sent out an email titled “Big News from Odile,” the reception was bittersweet. The big news is that “a...

Mariah Fidalgo, Orleans native and co-owner of Wild Water Collective, is a wizard with a dye pot and a sewing machine. Based out of New York City, she was at the top of her game in costume design for theater, film, and television. Enter the global pandemic: her livelihood came to a screeching halt and the place she’d called home for seven years went into lockdown. Like many at that time, Fidalgo and her hus...

ORLEANS - Despite noise and parking complaints from some abutters, the select board will not amend the Barley Neck Inn’s existing license authorizing outdoor music this season. Failing to find a way to properly define what does and does not constitute “amplified” music, the select board on Aug. 11 instead opted to allow the inn to operate as permitted through Sept. 19. The inn’s license allows for outdoor m...