Hyannis, MA – This year’s Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll, on Saturday, December 1st, sponsored by The Greater Hyannis Civic Association, the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, and the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District will be held rain or shine. Activities will revolve around major events on Main Street and Hyannis Harbor. For updates before and during the event, check the Hyannis Main Street Facebook page and website www.hyannismainstreet.com. Parking is COMPLMENTARY on Saturday during Hyannis Main Street Stroll and boat parade in the Town Hall and Ocean Street parking lots-just steps away from Hyannis Main Street, Harbor Overlook and Hyannis Harbor.
Saturday’s events kick off with a 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. seating with the family favorite “Breakfast with Santa” at the British Beer Company. Tickets are available at the British Beer Company, Hyannis.com and at the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $10.00 each and must be purchased in advance. Tickets include a full American breakfast, a visit with Santa and entertainment by Cape Cod Carolers. Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by The British Beer Company. All proceeds benefit the Barnstable Charitable Foundation.
Santa will be arriving at noon by antique fire truck at the big clock on the corner of Main and Winter Streets and will be meeting & greeting children until 1pm before heading over to Katie’s Ice Cream from 1:30pm- 2:30pm for another meet and greet session.
There will be a variety of free activities throughout the day sponsored by Hyannis Main St. BID and Main St. business’s, including the annual Cookie Stroll Contest, in which visitors can vote for their favorite cookie from participating businesses, and Santa’s Reindeer Roundup, a scavenger hunt to find all of Santa’s hidden reindeer with prizes for participants. Carolers and various local musicians will be singing and playing throughout the street, as well as delicious food sampling from various restaurants. Face painting, plenty of children’s arts & crafts activities throughout the street and Trolley rides will be offered to take visitors around the downtown.
Enjoy the fun custom wreaths on the street poles along Main Street that have been designed by the talented children of the Barnstable High School special needs program. This year the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program is involved with a “Massachusetts makers-artist holiday market” at the Harbor Overlook shanty location. Hyannis Main Street stroll visitors can walk through the Hyannis Village Green to the harbor Overlook, on the way to Hyannis Harbor. The Artist Market at the harbor Overlook shanties will feature artists and artisans selling hand crafted holiday gifts and other items in the shanties and tents. Free crafts for the kids along with hot chocolate to complement all the happenings along Main St. and the Harbor Boat Parade at Bismore Park!
The most unique celebration is the Santa’s Boat Parade, which will immediately follow the stroll. Sponsored and organized by The Greater Hyannis Civic Association and beginning at 4:00 PM, there will be chowder, hot chocolate, coffee and cookies for sale, holiday music by Cool 102, and children’s arts and crafts at the harbor. At 4:30p.m., weather permitting, everyone will gather at Bismore Park at the docks to enjoy the beautifully decorated boat parade. See the boats enter the harbor as harbor businesses and homes light up to welcome Santa. There will be free parking near Bismore Park, plus food, drinks and music. At 5:00 Santa will arrive by boat and make his way to the Visitor Center where he will meet & greet children. Winners of the Best Decorated Boat will be announced at 5:30 PM. If there is inclement weather, check the BID Facebook page for updates on the boat parade.
The Greater Hyannis Civic Association invites the community to its second public forum on the Oceanside Performing Arts Center, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis.
“The civic association is doing this as a public service,” said GHCA President Deb Krau, who stressed that her organization has not taken a position on the performance center that may find a home on land behind the Resort and Conference Center. “We just want to provide a forum where people can learn about what’s being considered and have a chance to ask questions.”
The Nov. 10 event will open with presentations by the town’s planning and development director, Elizabeth Jenkins, and Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Kristi Senatori regarding the regulatory review process that would be followed with such a project. Krau stressed that no such proposal is before either the town’s boards or the Commission at this time. Questions from the floor will be entertained.
Then the dais will be reset for a presentation by representatives of OSPAC and the building and landscape architects selected for the project. That will be followed by ample time for questions from the audience. A full report of the proceedings will be posted on the GHCA’s website, www.greathyannis.com/
“We are providing an opportunity for people to get information we think they can’t get any other way,” Krau said. “I encourage everyone who’s interested to attend and ask questions.”
Shop Local Day on Hyannis Main Street is Saturday, October 13th. When you shop local, you are supporting your local small business who then support their local community. Check back here for updated listings!
(Hyannis – July 30, 2018) When Cape Cod Healthcare moved 225 jobs to the West End of Hyannis, the merchants in the Main Street area knew it would help with the effort to revitalize downtown.
“One of our goals is to bring flourishing businesses to Hyannis,” said Elizabeth Wurfbain, Executive Director of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (HMSBID). “Two hundred and twenty-five more jobs in the area will serve as a catalyst for other businesses going up.”
Cape Cod Healthcare relocated its Marketing, Finance and Business Strategy divisions to 297 North Street in a rolling move-in over several weeks in June and July. The building is adjacent to the existing offices of the CCHC Physician Hospital Organization.
“We have long been committed to the economic health of Hyannis and our community,” CCHC President and CEO Michael Lauf said, when the move was announced in 2017. “We have worked closely with the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District to support revitalization efforts throughout the town, and this project is a result, in part, of this collaboration.”
To welcome the CCHC employees to the area, members of the HMSBID put together gift bags for CCHC employees in the new North Street location. The bag featured coupons and small gift items from:
- Red Fish Blue Fish
- Twin Brooks Golf Course
- Kids Smiles, Inc.
- Kkatie’s Burger Bar
- John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation
- The Black Cat
- Soho Arts Company
- Also in each bag was a map of the Hyannis Main Street and waterfront district, including an events calendar, business directory, highlighting things to visit in the Hyarts District as well as walking distances all around the downtown. The new navigational/historic kiosk walk along Main and the harbor highlights an educational and healthy walk.
Other businesses are interested in doing a follow-up gift bag in the fall, said Wurfbain.
CCHC signed a long-term lease and completed a $4 million investment in the North Street building and surrounding area. In addition to new office spaces, the building has conference rooms, a café for employees and gated parking areas.
“This initiative is a win-win for all – CCHC, the community and our employees,” said Lauf. “We will continue to look for ways to provide the latest and best healthcare in the latest and best facilities, as well as ways to improve the communities in which we do business.”
There are many “big picture pieces” to the improvement of the downtown area, said Wurfbain. Cape Cod Healthcare is the “anchor institution” in Hyannis, and there is a great “symbiotic relationship” between the healthcare system and other businesses, she said.
Other improvements that are in the works for the Main Street area include a Hyannis Children’s Museum sponsored with Cape Cod Child Development – hopefully opening next summer – and The Hyannis International Film Festival that will be part of Hyannis Open Streets celebration in October, according to Wurfbain. Anejo Mexican restaurant and Kilwins candy store are among the new businesses on Main Street. The upcoming Sea Captain’s Row development and many infill market rate developments have been directly engaged by the Business Improvement District’s board as part of the overall vision to have year-round people living and working in the downtown.
“Healthy communities are those that have livable, workable, walkable downtowns,” said Wurfbain.
Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District is a state legislated management entity formed by the community, businesses, chamber and the town of Barnstable in 1999 to help revitalize the downtown by creating opportunities that make it a great place to shop, dine, live and work.
Taylor Stump aka Little Miss Cupcape, opened her doors at 388 Main Street in 2014 right after graduating from college. Walking into Little Miss Cupcape you are greeted by charming, whimsical décor and the smell of amazing, fresh baked cupcakes and treats. Taylor was recently approved for her liquor license which means she is now able to offer fun and imaginative adult beverages such as frose (frozen rose) and champagne topped with cotton candy. Taylor has embraced the creative outlet that baking allows her, coming up with all of the recipes herself and using only the highest quality of ingredients. For cupcake crazed fans, there is even a party room perfect for a cupcake decorating party. Whether you are looking for a custom birthday cake or just a sweet treat for an afternoon on Hyannis Main Street, Little Miss Cupcape has you covered!
Town of Barnstable’s 4th of July Activities
FIREWORKS DISPLAY: WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (Rain date is Saturday, September 1, 2018.)
Shot off of a barge in Lewis Bay at dusk (approximate time 9:00 PM)
by Atlas Fireworks of New Hampshire
Viewing: The main viewing locations for this year’s fireworks will be Aselton Park, Bismore Park, and Veteran’s Park Beach. Kalmus Beach will be available for handicapped parking only.
Fireworks Parking (Barnstable): A Parking Ban will be in effect South of South Street (Ocean Street, Old Colony Boulevard, Gosnold Street and all streets running off of Gosnold Street) from 5:00 PM to midnight to allow for pedestrian access. Parking will be available in the North Street parking lots and Town Hall parking lot. Tow Zones Strictly Enforced. Carpooling suggested.
Tune into 95.1 WXTK for the pre-fireworks show also the official soundtrack
to the fireworks during the display.
Hyannis Main Street Parade – WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018 Parade starting at 4:00 PM
Parade Parking: Parking Ban from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Main Street, Old Colony Road, and South Street, Hyannis will be closed to motor vehicle traffic for the parade. Also all of Main Street; Old Colony Road and Ocean Street from South Street to Main Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic beginning at 2:00 PM.
Donations can be sent to: TOB Fourth of July Parade, c/o Town of Barnstable, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
VENDORS must be permitted through Planning & Development Department. Please contact Liz Hartsgrove at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bennett Gallery, located at 357 Main Street, is a photography gallery and custom frame shop on Hyannis Main Street. Local photographer Kevin Bennett focuses on capturing landscapes, seascapes, and architecture unique to the Cape Cod region. He uses line, texture, form, and color to create visually intriguing compositions of the natural landscape. Many different images are for sale and on display at the gallery. All print sizes are available framed or unframed. The gallery is a bright and inviting space, where you will be sure to find a gift for a friend or maybe something for your own home.
Notice of Public Meeting
Hyannis East End Roadway Improvements
June 14th at 5:30 p.m. – Barnstable Town Hall
The Town of Barnstable Departments of Public Works and Planning & Development invite the community to a listening session on proposed roadway, streetscape and intersection improvements in Hyannis’ East End. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis. Refreshments will be provided.
The meeting is to provide interested individuals an opportunity to share their thoughts about roadway, streetscape and intersection design in the following areas:
- Hyannis Main Street from Center Street to the Yarmouth town line, including the intersections of Main & Center Streets and Main St/Lewis Bay Road
- Old Colony Boulevard between Main Street and South Street
- The intersection of South Street/Old Colony/Ocean Street
The roadway and streetscape improvement project aims to improve the mobility of all roadway users, including pedestrians; improve access to the area; support existing businesses and new economic growth; and enhance the appearance of area.
Zion Union Heritage Museum will host Sing Sistah Sing!—a dazzling tribute to Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Donna Summer, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and other singers in the pantheon of American music. Lovers of all musical genres—from blues, jazz, and gospel to art song and opera—will enjoy this event. This celebration of the outstanding contributions of black female vocalists to American culture is presented in honor of the 10th anniversary of Zion Union Heritage Museum.
Hors d’oeuvres buffet, cash bar, The 10th Anniversary Celebration Art Raffle, and a silent auction: 6 pm. Concert: 7:30 pm.
Sing Sistah Sing! has been performed to sold-out audiences in Europe over the past two years. The program is conceived, written, produced, and performed by internationally acclaimed vocalist Andrea Baker.
As Ms. Baker pays joyful, soulful homage to women who paved the way for others, she also creates a window into history through her own deeply personal story. Massachusetts-born (and a former student of Cape Cod’s own Maggie Bossi), Ms. Baker is touring this region after living in Europe for twenty-five years. Her great-grandfather Thomas Nelson Baker, Sr. was born into slavery, made his way to Massachusetts, and became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University. The long-time minister of the Second Congregational Church in Pittsfield, MA, he lent inspiration for Sing Sistah Sing! via an essay he wrote in 1908, titled “The Negro Melodies.”
Andrea Baker will be joined at the piano by the brilliant multi-talented musician Peter Maleitzke. San Fransisco-based, Maleitzke has a 30-year record of accomplishment as a pianist, conductor, composer, singer, and teacher. He performs throughout the United States and in Europe and has worked for many of the major networks and studios in Los Angeles.
Peter Maleitzke conducted the first national production of Phantom of the Opera, as well as productions of Gypsy (for which he won a Dean Goodman Award), A Little Night Music, Rags, The Most Happy Fella, and Closer Than Ever. During an eleven-year residency at the American Conservatory Theater, he composed music for The Gamester, which won the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for Best Original Score. He also worked as Music Director for the first workshop of Far From The Madding Crowd, directed a cabaret production of Pippin, and was the arranger and composer for The Three Sisters. He won the Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award and Back Stage West Garland Award for A.C.T.’s production of Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera and worked on and performed in the San Francisco Symphony’s televised performance of Sondheim’s Sweeny Todd.
Shop Local Day on Main Street is May 12th from 11-4 pm. When you shop local, you are supporting your local small business who then support their local community. Check back here for updated listings!
Red Fish Blue Fish- 20% entire store
Port Cargo- 25% to 50% off special
Mrs. M’s Summer House- 50% off sale on select gifts and free fudge samples
Seaside Selections- 10% off entire purchase
The Silver Seahorse- 10% off entire purchase and a raffle for a free necklace.
JFK Hyannis Museum- 10% off museum store purchase.
Kkatie’s Burger Bar- $30 gift cards for $25. Free gift bags and packet of spring seeds while supplies last.
Sposabella Bridal- Bridal gown sample sale, over 200 wedding gowns priced under $500, with values up to $3000.
Seabreezes Clothing- open from 8 am- 6 pm, 20% discount storewide.
Linda Dantonio opened Seaporium at 645 Main Street in the fall of 2015 and has become a must visit destination for those looking for unique gifts and décor. Linda is an artist who upcycles furniture in her own store, as well as selling the works of 18 other local artists. One of her artists is 3 Sister Mermaids- they bedazzle mermaid prints, creating one of a kind art pieces. Rosie Marshall makes beautiful wire woven jewelry with weaving so intricate you have to see to believe. Seaporium also offers work from Washashore Whimsy, Che Pecat, and Fairy Miniatures by Liz Crichlow, who handcrafts her designs to create 3-D scenes from her books. One of the best things about visiting Seaporium is the experience of chatting with Linda and letting her tell you a story about every artist and piece in her store. Her knowledge and appreciation of the work Seaporium offers is something you can only experience by shopping locally and getting to know your local business owners. Linda is busy gearing up for the busy summer season right now but plans on offering more classes at Seaporium later in the year. If you haven’t stopped in already, don’t miss out on this fabulous Main Street business!
The Hyannis Main Street BID is proud to support the Skip the Straw Program!
CARE for the Cape and Islands is launching a plastic-free campaign on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, with a focus on a Skip the Straw program. Americans use 500 million drinking straws every single day. They are used for a very short time, are not recycled and often find their way into the ocean where they become litter and a danger to our marine and wildlife. The plastic also endangers our own health.
CARE is asking our restaurant industry to get involved. Any business committed to preserving our fragile environment may sign a pledge on CARE’s website to replace plastic straws with biodegradable paper or reusable straws. In return businesses will be listed on the website with a link, receive marketing materials to display, help to train staff about the program, materials to educate guests and resources such as where to purchase alternative straws and collaborative options for purchasing.
Some Hyannis area restaurants have already been visited by CARE Ambassadors. A group of students from Lighthouse Charter School who learned about this issue at school are helping to spread the word. To find out more or get involved please visit http://careforthecapeandislands.org/skip-the-straw/.
The Hyannis Open Streets fundraiser held on Thursday, March 29th, at Embargo was a huge success, with over $2,300 raised to help fund all 4 of the Open Streets events this year. The Greater Hyannis Civic Association and BID are happy to help bring Open Streets to Main Street, which puts Main Street at the center of the community.
The 60th annual Home Garden and Lifestyle Show presented by the Rotary Club of Hyannis will be held March 17th from 10-5 pm and and March 18th from 10-4 pm at Barnstable High School.
For information on becoming a vendor, visit their website here: http://hyannisrotary.org/SitePage/2018-rotary-home-garden-and-lifestyle-show-vendor-information
From the CAPE COD TIMES
By Steve Derderian
Mike Trapp has spent the past few months training and competing in snowboarding in the mountains of countries such as Italy, Slovenia and, this week, Bulgaria.
Pretty soon he’ll add South Korea to that list.
Trapp, a 2006 Barnstable High graduate, was named Tuesday to the U.S. Olympic Team. He’ll compete in the men’s parallel giant slalom in the Winter Games next month in Pyeongchang.
“My initial reaction was complete shock,” Trapp told the Cape Cod Times via an email from Bulgaria on Wednesday. “It still hasn’t fully sunk in yet, but I couldn’t be any prouder to represent Team USA in Korea.”
Trapp, 29, who grew up in Marstons Mills, joins AJ Muss as the only two Americans to compete in the parallel giant slalom, which begins Feb. 21 at Bokwang Phoenix Park, west of Pyeongchang.
The event made its debut in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Each competitor completes two qualifying runs and the best 16 by combined time advance to the knockout round, where they’re seeded and compete head-to-head.
In addition to being ranked among the top 50 for points in the World Cup, Trapp took 28th place in the parallel giant slalom in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in December to get the Top 30 finish he needed to meet Olympic criteria. His best world championship finish was 16th in last year’s parallel giant slalom.
“It always brings out the best and worst in your athletic abilities,” said Trapp, who is in his 16th season as a competitor. “So over this time it came down to resilience and never letting go of that end goal.”
Trapp’s parents and older brother, Christopher, are planning to fly to South Korea to watch him compete. Trapp fell short of qualifying for the Sochi Winter Games in 2014, so his family members said they’re thrilled and relieved that Trapp qualified.
“I was scared he wasn’t going to go,” Christopher Trapp said. “When it went the other way, it’s the coolest feeling ever.”
Trapp has raised about $3,500 out of $10,000 through an online fundraiser on gofundme.com to help cover equipment and travel costs. He also has support from Hyannis-based Bros of Our Lives, run by John Collins, a 2009 Barnstable grad. Collins’ company is sponsoring Trapp and is selling a $25 shirt where 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to Trapp.
LoveLiveLocal has made a video demonstrating the importance of shopping locally on Cape Cod. Please watch and remember that where you spend your money matters!
The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department announces the release of twoeconomic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The newly re-designed Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide werecreated for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod.
The Business Barnstable website (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. Sections within this easily-navigable siteinclude: “The Barnstable Advantage”; “Business Development and Permitting”; and “Business Assistance and Resources” and contain links to key resources at the Town, State and Federal levels.
The Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly reference guide to help small businesses looking to locate within Barnstable navigate through the municipal permitting, licensing and zoning process. This interdepartmental collaboration answers many commonly asked questions when opening such businesses as retail, food establishments, service and office entities. It contains information about licensing, permits, regulatory review,and business certificates, as well as checklists and key contact information.
“These business resource tools are easy to navigate and offer pertinent information for anyone looking to do business in Barnstable, from the small ‘mom & pop’ shops to a corporate enterprise” said Mike Trovato, the Town’s Economic Development Specialist. “While Hyannis is our commercial hub, there are areas in each of the seven villages of Barnstable that are unique from each other, offering a diversified palette of opportunities for business owners to choose from.”
Under the direction of Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins, the Town is developing a progressive marketing plan with a goal to draw attention to Barnstable and its seven villages as a viable location for a number of different business models including the creative and blue economies, healthcare, financial services,light manufacturing, as well as tourism-based hospitality, retail and food establishments.
For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@Town.Barnstable.MA.US.
The Barnstable Patriot recently published an article about Hyannis Main Street’s certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor. Main Street received this distinction because of our great reviews from visitors, we are so proud that they have enjoyed and embraced Main Street and all that it has to offer for locals and tourists alike!
Click below for a great article from the Barnstable Patriot about a Main Street staple, Cellar Leather has been a part of Main Street since 1980 and we couldn’t be happier to have them!
New North Street Offices
In an effort to improve working conditions, as well as help revitalize the village of Hyannis, we will be relocating 225 Cape Cod Healthcare jobs to a downtown location at 297 North Street at the west end of Hyannis. This move is scheduled to take place in early 2018.
The newly renovated office spaces will accommodate members of the Finance, Marketing and Strategy divisions of CCHC. These departments will be located in the building adjacent to the existing offices of the Physician Hospital Organization, increasing our presence and economic support of this area with an influx of more full-time, professional jobs.
We heard from many employees who are currently working at the Comm Way facility that with the growth and complexity of the departments, office space there is at a premium. We hope to alleviate this issue with the relocation of the 225 employees to North Street. Following the move early next year, Comm Way will become an expanded hub for our growing IT operations.
By centralizing the three departments at 297 North Street, we hope to create:
- Better efficiencies
- Modern work spaces
- A nurturing work environment
Not only does this move provide us with better efficiencies and better working conditions, we are also following through on our commitment to be a good corporate neighbor in our community. We have long been dedicated to the economic health of Hyannis and our community. In recent years, we have taken steps to improve and beautify our campus and other facilities in Hyannis and throughout Cape Cod. We have worked closely with the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District to support revitalization efforts throughout the town.
This initiative is a win-win for all: CCHC, the community and our workforce. We understand that safe, comfortable and functional work spaces are important to all of us, and we will continue to listen to our employees and respond to your concerns in constructive and creative ways.
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Before supermarkets and sprawling malls, a town’s main street was the center of community life and business. Massachusetts is lucky to still have plenty of bustling, beautiful main streets that ooze old-fashioned charm. Check out these main streets across the state that are packed with places to shop, eat and people-watch!