GHCA to Host Second Public Forum on Performing Arts Center

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,

“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 is October 13th!

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 Main Street Businesses Welcome Cape Cod Healthcare to the Neighborhood

(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:

  • Allium
  • Red Fish Blue Fish
  • Twin Brooks Golf Course
  • Directions
  • Kilwins
  • Kids Smiles, Inc.
  • Kkatie’s Burger Bar
  • John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation
  • Colombo’s
  • The Black Cat
  • Seaporium
  • 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.

Barnstable Patriot Article on Hyannis Rotary Kiosks

Little Miss Cupcape is July’s BID Featured Business

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 Fourth of July Information

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

Bennett Gallery is June’s BID Featured Business

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. 

Hyannis East End Improvements Meeting on June 14th

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 10th Anniversary Performance

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 is May 12th!

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.


Seaporium is May’s BID Featured Business

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!

Skip the Straw Program

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

Hyannis Open Streets Fundraiser

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.

March Newsletter

BID News
Thank you for your support of the 5 Year Renewal of the Hyannis BID!  The vote was a majority in favor. We presented lists of our accomplishments, our strength in collaborations and copies of the member ratified 5 Year Plan. We look forward to working together with everyone to bring even more positive changes to the Main Street Community.
  • If you have not already, please contact if you would like to include or update an ad for your Main Street business in our 2018 Hyannis Main Street map.
  • The Hyannis Open Streets Fundraiser Party will be Thursday, March 29th form 5-8 pm at Embargo!
  • The spring colored flags will be going up on the light poles on Main Street in the next few weeks!
  • If you are still dealing with any damage at your property caused by the recent bad weather, please contact us at 508-775-7982, and we will help get in touch with the right people to help.
  • The Cape Cod Melody Tent has generously donated $10,000 for the return of our Singer Songwriter Series on Main Street, which features young, local, singers performing weekly in the summer on Main Street.
  • The move in date for the new Cape Cod Healthcare facilities on North Street has been pushed back, so there is still time to bring us any discounts/promotions/samples to be included in welcome bags for the 200+ employees/potential new customers!
  • There is also still time to be included in our coupon handout to be given out on the CapeFlyer/JFK Hyannis Museum, please email with the discount you would like to include.
  • named Hyannis #3 Best Main Street in Massachusetts!
  • A big thanks to everyone who made it out to our Social in David Lawler’s office at 540 Main Street last month. We had about 60 people there and it was a wonderful night for the Main Street community to interact and a great send-off for Bob the mailman!
Please email with your mailing address if you would prefer to begin receiving our monthly newsletter by mail.

Business News

  • Congratulations to Kandy Korner on 50 years of business!
  • The LoveLocal Collective will be opening their headquarters at 539 South Street, combining LoveLiveLocal, Shift Eco Boutique, Devinto, The Little Beach Gallery and The Local Juice into a truly local experience that offers visitors a chance to engage with their community.
  • Country Soul has opened in their new location across the street at 605 Main Street.
  • Renovations are underway on the lower level of the JFK Hyannis Museum. This renovation will include an auditorium/media room and a community room, which will allow for year-round use of the space. 
Executive Director Corner
  • Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain spoke at a town council homeless committee meeting regarding our concerns and looks forward to continuing and advancing the conversation.
  • Elizabeth has met with the town and is partnering with them to work on the lights on our Main Street trees and they will be doing work to rewire some of the trees.
  • She has attended meetings to work with the Children’s Museum and the Cape Cod Symphony to be located locally to help build up arts and cultural development in Downtown Hyannis.
  • The BID is proud to have supported Rob Brennan’s $14 million development through the planning stages and the project will break ground in April!
The public workshop for the kiosks was very successful. We looked at locations, icons and colors and there was great enthusiasm for these kiosks as a way to tell Main Street’s story and history and attract people to walk the whole district.
Upcoming Events
  • The first Hyannis Open Streets of the season will be on Sunday, April 22, from 12-5 pm, when Main Street will be closed to traffic for biking, walking, and dancing in the streets! If your business or organization would like to get involved, please contact or visit the Hyannis Open Streets website.
  • The BID will have a booth at the 60th Annual Home, Garden, and Lifestlye Show hosted by the Rotary Club of Hyannis. Please join us on Sat, March 17th from 10 am – 5 pm and Sun, March 18th from 10 am – 5 pm at Barnstable High School. If you would like to have your own booth at the show, visit the website for the Rotary Club of Hyannis.
If you have anything you would like to include in next month’s newsletter, please email

Rotary Club of Hyannis “Home Garden and Lifestyle Show”

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:

Barnstable Grad Named to Olympic Team


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 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.

Town Of Barnstable Releases Tools For New Business Development

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 ( 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 or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@Town.Barnstable.MA.US.

Hyannis Main Street earns excellent marks from Trip Advisor

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!

Cape Cod Healthcare to Relocate Jobs to North Street






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.

Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District