Strolling Main Street… For Shoppers

A cozy village setting, great people-watching plus the chance to stock up on all kinds of goodies – what could be better than shopping on Chatham’s Main Street? Ready. Set. Meander ….

By Kate Bavelock 

IMG_5642Kahn Fine Antiques has only been open since 2001, but the shop offers meticulously researched and displayed pieces reflecting the owner’s lifelong passion for historical objects. For Richard Kahn, the item’s place is history is his starting point, with a view to the grand scope of human drama. He specializes in nautical and maritime antiques and a visit to the shop is an education into the Cape’s seafaring history.

The sea captain’s tradition of hanging his ship’s quarterboard on his home-a long board carved and painted with the vessel’s name has given rise to another shopping icon, the Chatham Sign Shop. Ordering a quarterboard with your family’s name or a personal motto will add a slice of Cape Cod history to your home’s exterior.

Stop by the Mayflower where the wide selection of merchandise will impress you. A shopper will find everything from gifts and office supplies to penny candy for the kids

DSC01252The more eclectic shopper will find a perfect mix of gifts and artwork in the well appointed Eclectic on Main. Wander a bit up the road and visit the Bartholomew Gallery. Beautiful pieces of art from paintings to sculpture are enhanced by dramatic lighting and locally inspired sand-filled display cases.
The Yellow Umbrella has been making the thrill of the hunt for new and used books a fun day’s activity since 1980. Be sure to pick up your favorite beach read or book on Cape Cod at this independent bookseller.

Wander up the road to M.Smith stationers and choose from a large selection of pretty stationery for writing letters, thank-you notes or party invitations. Custom elegantly designed invitations are available as well. Then head back down Main Street and pop into Simpler Pleasures, where they carry special appointments for each room of your home. Interior design is also a specialty of Simpler Pleasures, so if you need more than a gift or decorator piece, be sure to inquire.DSC01279

For the folks who are animal lovers, a “must” destination is the Chatham Beach Dog; filled with the perfect accessories for your favorite pooch, a dog lover will even find a few items for themselves.

Since taking over the family business in 1991, Bill and Deb Haetinger have grown Tale of the Cod, offering shoppers many exclusive items for the home, including hand-painted items by local artist Pierrette, Salt Marsh Pottery, custom cotton throws, Byers’ Choice, and Simon Pearce glass and pottery. The shop is deceptive from the Main Street front, so be sure to leave enough time to wander through and explore all the unique offerings.

The selection of cookbooks at the Artful Hand will make you drool. Other highlights of combination gift shop and gallery include the exquisite glass salt and pepper shakers and Brian Andreas’ “Story People,” as well as hand-carved and vibrantly painted wooden furniture from Sticks.

Midsummer Night’s Linen is all about the sweet pleasures of domestic luxury. Linens, robes, old-fashioned scented drawer liners and uniquely shaped soaps will help you craft a nurturing home.

IMG_5700The smell from the Candy Manor is one of the things that make Chatham Main Street what it is. Chocolate and fudge lovers flock here for hand-dipped treats made with old-school chocolatier integrity.

Be sure to pop into the Hearle Gallery. Ron and Debbie Hearle have created a comfortable gallery with artwork that focuses on New England landscapes and marine paintings. Both original works and limited editions of the highest quality are presented in this ever-changing collection

Owners Liz and Corinne have created a pleasant, welcoming setting in their Main Street store, Mark August. It is a “not-to-be missed” destination for the woman looking for that unique piece of contemporary jewelry or special gift with a modern flair for a friend. Many items are great for wedding gifts.

IMG_5712The Wynne Falconer Gallery, right next store to Mark August, pursues artistic excellence very seriously for collectors, for museums, for corporate clients and for those who are just beginning to collect. For almost fifty years the gallery has shown the works of established and emerging artists and consulted collectors around the country. They gravitate to art with a crisp, bright look, expressing clarity of vision. But within that aesthetic there are subjects that appeal to every taste.

If you are planning an evening with friends and want to bring along the perfect wine, stop into Epicure. The large assortment of wines and liquors provide the perfect opportunity to add to your friend’s table.

Chatham Jewelers, a mainstay of Main Street for 56 years, offers shoppers fine quality jewelry using the finest gold and silver enhanced with a variety of exquisite gems. Locally inspired jewelry is also popular, as well as expert in-house jewelry repairs and fabrications.

Across the street down behind the Atrium and you will find The Crooked Fence a perfect store for gifts particularly hostess gifts. The store is filled with a nice assortment of wreaths, home appointments and decorative items. Sharing the shop with The Crooked Fence is Full Sail, a nautically themed store.

Need a hammer, nails, paint, or weathervane? You will find this and more at Chatham Hardware. This complete hardware store, the only one on Main Street also offers shoppers kitchenware, door knockers, and an extensive line of weather instruments.

DSC01271Walk next door to Chatham Presence and walk into a Chatham dream. Furnishings and appointments decoratively adorned with hydrangeas and other feminine touches are hard to resist. Chatham Presence also carries distinctive gifts for all occasions.

Ben Franklin has general store charm. You’ll want to know about this cute “Five and Ten” style establishment if you need crafts to keep the kids busy on a rainy day.

What to wear?
A shopping trip down Main Street Chatham would not be complete without exploring the wide range of clothing stores. A shopper will find everything from beach wear to casual dress to elegant and sophisticated clothing.

There is a fine selection of clothing for children at Chatham T Co. for Kids. Cute sweaters, t-shirts and sweatshirts adorned with Chatham T’s exclusive artwork await any mom or grandma looking for that perfect Chatham outfit. After buying for the kids, parents can head to Chatham T Co.’s Marge’s Place for smart, casual clothing for themselves.

The clothing options range from high-end labels and sophisticated wear at the Trading Co. to the more preppy look of Vineyard Vines at Puritan Cape Cod. Across the street from Puritan Cape Cod, Pintmento offers a more eclectic line of summery wear that ranges from the perfect picnic outfit to unique evening wear.

IMG_5688For older girls (i.e. women) with fine taste, Brahmin, Shoe Salon and Sundance are all on one block. Brahmin elevates classic handbags to art. Their handbags and wallets are hand-embossed of Italian leather but still handmade in Massachusetts. The Shoe Salon’s name is a bit of a misnomer, as they have a wonderful selection of accessories and tops in addition to shoes. Sundance is owned by a husband and wife team and has just the right mix of comfortable casual clothes for men and women that are still high-style. Their selection of jeans is unbeatable.