Where to Shop and Eat in Provincetown
Over the years, this lively town at the tip of the Cape has been different things to different people: a resort for gay travelers; a seaside Shangri-la for artists; a respite for those seeking solace among the dunes. With fiercely independent boutiques and like-minded chains (Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kiehlâ€™s) now crowding Commercial Street, weâ€™d add shopping destination to the list. From May through October, day-trippers can board the fast ferry in Boston and get to Macmillan Pier in just an hour and a half. Here are a few of our favorite spots to hit up while youâ€™re there.
Horticulturalist Mark Petteruti and retired lawyer Robert Martin fulfilled a dream when they opened this whimsical home and garden store last spring. From air plants and Guy Wolff clay pots to Massachusetts-made birdhouses and candles, the inventory will please both green thumbs and souvenir seekers. â€śWe want people to walk away with something that reminds them of Cape Cod,â€ť Martin says.
Twice the size of the original Jamaica Plain location, this bright outpost brims with modern furniture and art (the back corner doubles as a gallery space). On offer: all the trimmings for a contemporary beach house, including handwoven Guatemalan towels by Grain, an exclusive Provincetown print by Bauhaus disciple Liz Roache, and a dining table with an ingenious hidden leaf from Boston designer Debra Folz.
Kiss & Makeup
Guys who groom will find the holy grail at Christine Gero Horovitzâ€™s cheery makeup and skin-care emporium, where tonics, creams, and beard washes come from companies near (Ursa Major) and far (Taylor of Old Bond Street, Billy Jealousy, Triumph & Disaster). Also keeping P-town pretty are the cult-worthy cosmetics and small-batch perfumes, not to mention on-site facials and makeup application.
Whatâ€™s not to love about a store that carries both wedding gowns and gas masks? This downtown army-navy staple stocks anything youâ€™d need (boating gear, camping supplies) and everything you didnâ€™t know you needed (shoe lasts, lobster traps, flags). If you can stand the crowds and the clutterâ€”seriously, thereâ€™s stuff hanging from every inch of the ceilingâ€”itâ€™s an especially good rainy-day diversion.
Henry & Co.
The first thing you see upon entering this casual-chic shop is the rainbow of lightweight, summer-perfect Gola canvas sneakers, stashed in floor-to-ceiling cubbies near the register. But keep walking to the back, and youâ€™ll find a trove of ties, shorts, and shirtsâ€”including Long Last tees bearing logos from dearly departed local establishmentsâ€”all presided over by a portrait of Janis Joplin.
Pauline Fisher started this cool clothing and accessories store 20 years ago â€śso I could live by the beach, surrounded by gorgeous men,â€ť she says. The plan worked, as fans flock to Map for special-edition Leviâ€™s, Cutler and Gross shades, Anthony Peto hats, and vintage belt buckles. The storeâ€™s fervent following extends well beyond the Capeâ€”John Waters even stopped by in June to sign copies of his new road-trip book, Carsick.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Celebrating its centennial this year, the PAAM is a good (air-conditioned) place for a culture break.
Ice cream flavors at this sweet spot include bourbon-caramel-pistachio-brittle and coffee cake.
Norâ€™east Beer Garden
Toast a shopping score with one of the 16 craft brews on tap here.
Kohi Coffee Company
This caffeinated newcomer serves up Blue Bottle java with views of the sea.
Pop + Dutch
Snag a sandwich or bloody mary supplies at this tiny cafĂ© and general store, opened this summer by an exâ€“food writer and her husband.
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