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The Hyannis Main Street BID is proud to continue our partnership with Love Live Local in 2023, which will award additional technical assistance grants to local businesses in 2023. Love Live Local wrote a great summary of the program, below, and case studies of 4 of the grant recipients are available on their website HERE.
The Local Business Boost Program offers targeted, one-on-one technical assistance and implementation support to small businesses in downtown Hyannis to assist in their continued growth and help them gain competitive advantage. Rather than offering generalized workshops and advice, the program provided financial support and focused on actual implementation by engaging local service providers, creating a multiplier effect for the community.
The Program is a partnership between the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District and Love Live Local with support from Amplify POC Cape Cod, the Town of Barnstable and MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative.
The goals of the program are to:
● Provide financial support to local businesses seeking to improve, enhance and elevate their current operations in their physical and/or online space.
● Focus on the implementation of technical assistance in local businesses’ digital and physical spaces.
● Engage with local service providers to implement the technical assistance in an effort to create a multiplier effect for the community.
● Help keep Cape Cod unique by supporting independent businesses is this era of standardization.
A pilot of the program was launched in November 2021 with funding from the Cape & Islands License Plate Fund, the Cape Cod Foundation and MassDevelopment. Seven grants were given to qualified locally owned businesses with a physical location within the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District.
Love Live Local served as the Program Manager and provided an assessment of the local business recipients to determine their service needs, match them with qualified local service providers and compensate technical service providers to conduct the required work. Most grants were between $5000-6000.
Grants awarded to 7 local businesses
6 out 7 businesses are BIPOC-owned
Enlisted 18 local service providers
Announcing the winners of the 2022 Cookie Stroll Contest and Window Display Contest!
We had a record number of voters for the Cookie Stroll Contest, and a couple of fabulous (and thorough) judges for the Window Display Contest. Congratulations to Country Soul, on their First Place win in the Cookie Stroll Contest, and Boarding House, for their First Place finish in the Window Display Contest! There were so many incredible window displays this year, thank you to everyone who helped make the street look beautiful and festive! Thank you to all of our Cookie Stroll participants: Allium, Boarding House, Cape Cod Jewelers, Country Soul, Jewelcraft, Kandy Korner, Palio’s Pizzeria, and SoHo Arts Company!
These cookies are a great addition to traditional Christmas cookies. Great for dipping in hot chocolate.
Elizabeth Wurfbain, 508-775-7982, firstname.lastname@example.org – Hyannis Main Street
Melissa Chartrand, 508-862-4767, email@example.com – ArtsBarnstable
Amanda Converse, 508-415-2788, firstname.lastname@example.org – Love Live Local
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANNUAL HYANNIS VILLAGE MAIN STREET HOLIDAY STROLL * LOVE LOCAL FEST HOLIDAY EDITION * GINGERBREAD LANE AT HARBOR OVERLOOK * HYARTS CAMPUS * HYANNIS BOAT PARADE!
Saturday, December 3, 2022 * festivities from 11:00am, with all day fun!
Petting zoo & pony rides | Love Local Fest |puppet shows| live music|
hot food and libations | boat parade | good fun and cheer!
Hyannis, MA, November, 2022—A fun-filled day to celebrate the season is planned during the Hyannis Village Holiday Stroll, Main Street Hyannis on Saturday, December 3, 2022 starting from 11:00am.
A variety of activities are scheduled along Main Street, Hyannis Village Green, Harbor Overlook, HyArts Campus and Bismore Park throughout the day. Love Live Local proudly presents their Love Local Fest, Holiday Edition, on the Hyannis Village Green, featuring 100 local vendors as well as food trucks, craft beverage gardens and kids activities and sweet treats at Gingerbread Lane at the Harbor Overlook along with puppet shows, game zone, and food and drinks. The Hyannis HyArts Artist campus has open studios and holiday market and activities and Hyannis Harbor is the site of the Boat Parade and Santa’s arrival by boat. Just prior to the boats in the harbor enjoy music by Cool 102 and treats for sale, sponsored by the Hyannis Civic Association.
Free parking is available in the Barnstable Town Hall, South and North Street and Ocean Street public parking lots during the stroll. This downtown Hyannis Event is spearheaded by the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District and in collaboration with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, Love Live Local, the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District and ArtsBarnstable. EVENT DETAILS ON-LINE at hyannismainstreet.com, ArtsBarnstable.com and LoveLiveLocal.com
HYANNIS MAIN STREET FESTIVITIES:
Main Street festivities include visits with Santa, a petting zoo and pony rides, carolers, local musicians, and so much more! There will be an ice-carving photo opportunity, balloon twisters, jugglers, and free trolley rides to help you travel all throughout Main Street! Cast a vote in the famous Cookie Stroll Contest, and try your luck with the Reindeer Roundup, a scavenger hunt to find all of Santa’s hidden reindeer with prizes for participants.
SANTA SIGHTINGS! Santa arrives by fire truck, then visit in a few spots along Main Street:
Noon-1:00pm: The Jolly guy arrives by antique fire truck at the big clock on the corner of Main and Winter Streets, and meets and greets all!
1:30pm-2:30pm: Meet and greet with Santa at Katie’s Ice Cream at the corner of Main and Bassett.
ACTIVITIES GALORE! Music, food, crafts, petting zoo, trolley & more—11:00am – 3:00pm
-Free activities along the street throughout the day sponsored by Hyannis Main St. BID & businesses
-11am to 3:00pm- Petting Zoo and pony rides at the 500 Block
HYANNIS VILLAGE GREEN & HARBOR OVERLOOK |LOVE LOCAL FEST HOLIDAY EDITION |
ARTIST HOLIDAY MARKET
Support your local creatives and find something hand-made, designed or crafted by Cape Cod Artists!
100 local vendors & food trucks, craft beverage gardens and kids activities!
Love Live Local is a Cape Cod organization dedicated to community advocacy and educating consumers on the importance of shopping local. Our mission is to foster an economically sustainable, creative and exciting future for the Cape and help all those who love this place participate in keeping it special.
Stroll through the Village Green through to GINGERBREAD LANE at the HARBOR OVERLOOK for more holiday fun!
Support your local culinary creatives and find something delicious in each of the shanties decorated as Gingerbread houses!
HOT FOOD & DRINKS!
Visit the Pizza Barbone pizza truck and Cape Cod Distillery is on site with a variety of treats & beverages & cordials for sale to keep you warm and toasty.
HAPPY CABBAGE PUPPET THEATER SHOWS:
Entertaining for visitors of all ages! These are free outdoor shows.
SHOWTIMES: 11:30 am, Noon, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm.
Shows run approximately 10 minutes, with a 10 minute meet and greet after each show.
Proudly presenting: ABOMINABLE! A wintery mystery– Come join the fun as we explore the where, what and who of Aominable! Bring your dancing shoes!
SHIPYARD BOULDERS GAME ZONE:
Fun for all ages, outdoor game fun!
The Hyannis and Marstons Mills Public Libraries have teamed up to create a magical scene from C.S Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia! Take pictures and help yourself to free books and take home a themed craft.
RIBBON WISHING WALK:
Share a special wish on the colorful ribbon wishing walk.
Add your ribbon wish with the others and feel the colorful collective energy of a community’s aspirations and hopes. Celebrate making wishes and art!
Artist Mellissa Morris has quilted together the 2021 wishing ribbons. Mellissa says of this project, “the wishing sail is genderless, classless, and full of hope and good intentions. I gathered the 2021 wishes and have put into ONE large magical colorful sail, sending good vibes out into the universe for everyone.
HYANNIS HYARTS ARTS CAMPUS: Next to Hyannis Village Green, corner of South and Pearl Street
46 Pearl-Mellissa Morris Studio and 50 pearl garage Studio: Graceful Fire Glass, open studios
50 Pearl – Anne Tochka Gallery & Art Studio Holiday Show
Guyer Barn – Cape Cod Creatives Holiday Pop-Up
Plenty of artists selling their wares AND featuring a create-your-own holiday wrapping print activity to benefit Cape Kids Meals and mini-photo sessions for furry friends.
HYANNIS HARBOR BOAT PARADE & Santa’s arrival by boat! | BISMORE PARK: 180 Ocean Street
Watch Santa arrive by boat in this unique celebration! Santa’s Boat Parade sponsored and organized by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association provides fun activities for kids, music from Cool 102, treats for sale, starting at 4:00pm.
4:00pm: enjoy harbor views and music by Cool 102.
4:30 pm: boats enter the harbor, lighting the way for Santa to arrive by police boat!
4:45 pm: Santa heads to the docks, makes his way to his special shanty to meet & greet children.
SHOP AND DINE ALONG MAIN STREET ALL DAY AND EVENING
Special deals and refreshments in shops and restaurants along the street!
PARK AND WALK!
Free parking at Town Hall, South and North Street, and Ocean Street lot and Bismore Park parking lots.
The 23rd Annual Meeting Breakfast for the Hyannis Main Street BID was held this past Wednesday, in person for the first time in 3 years, at Embargo. After opening remarks from Board President Dave Colombo, the election of officers was presided over by Board Clerk Mark Sexton. Thank you those who have stepped down: Sam Mazzeo and Dhaval Prajapati, and welcome to our new Board Members, Ranu Mehta of Port Cargo, and Pat Smith of Smith Family Popcorn.
We were honored to present awards to the following exemplary members of our community:
The Beacon Award was presented to Shannon Connolly, of Bugg’s Place Toys, whose stellar interactive children’s store shines a light on the West End of Main Street.
The Main Street Citizen Award was presented to Conrad Watson, for his dedication to improvement in the East End of Main Street.
The Cynthia Cole Award was presented to Amanda Converse, a linchpin of the community, recognized for her great work on the Local Business Boost Program, for she and partner Jen Villa’s organization, Love Live Local, which is a great benefit to our community, and many other important collaborations.
We also recognized the legacy of two Main Street businesses, The Roadhouse Cafe (39 years), and Sunnyside Restaurant (43 years), both closing their doors after decades in our community. Thank you for all of the great years, we will miss you!
Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain gave her Year in Review presentation, highlighting another busy year for the BID, including our Pollinator Pathway, new grant funding, fabulous events all year long, and so much more!
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend, we are so grateful to all of the community support and partners the BID can count on, and we look forward to another year of following our mission to make Hyannis Main Street a great place to live, work, and play!
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the Outdoor Play Oasis is Saturday, October 15th at 2 pm!
An outreach initiative of Cape Cod Toy Library in collaboration with Hyannis Public Library. This Oasis, located in the center of Main Street Hyannis, is EASY TO ACCESS by foot, bike, car, bus, boat or train and is FREE to ALL.
The “Outdoor Play Oasis” collaborative team of Cape Cod Toy Library and Hyannis Public Library along with Barnstable Town leaders, Hyannis Main Street, non-profits, community and civic service organizations, Architect (Mary-Ann Agresti), Landscape Architect (Chris Buccino), Graham Construction (Chris Graham) as well as a diverse group of volunteers all committed to creating a safe, engaging, inclusive community space that welcomes all to play, imagine and create as well as connect with others.
The Cape Cod Times featured a preview of this weekend’s Movies on Main event, hosted by the Hyannis Film Festival. This is going to be a great event, bringing culture to our downtown, and showcasing movies that may not have been on everyone’s radar. Movies on Main kicks off Friday night, October 14th, and continues through the whole weekend.
A weekend patron pass of $100 allows admission to all Movies on Main films; individual film tickets are $15 each. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.
DOWNTOWN HYANNIS OPEN STREETS – A FREE STREET FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 18 from Noon – 4 PM
Contact: Jane Walsh email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (HYANNIS, MA – September 8, 2022) Head on over to Hyannis Main Street on Sunday, September 18, from noon to 4 p.m. for some free entertainment, fresh air and fun. Hyannis Open Streets is closing the street to traffic and creating a safe, fun-filled place for people of all ages and abilities to stroll, cycle, or even skateboard through a multi-block outdoor festival. A program with a list of all the activities is available at hyannisopenstreets.com, or join our Facebook event to stay in the know about ongoing activities.
This free event offers a wide selection of music, so bring a chair and your dancing shoes! Cape Cod’s best entertainers will be there including Funktapuss, the Fred Clayton Blues Band, Jukin’ J & The Rockers, Doug Ricciardi & Jazz ‘til Dawn, Heyday with Kathleen Healy, Brendan Princi, Violin Viiv, and more. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music and to dance in the streets of Hyannis!
The Kid Zone on the Village Green will feature a giant open-air slide, and fun games for all. Throughout the street, you will find free face painting, live music, and Trevor the Juggler to entertain everyone. Stop by the Hyannis Public Library and pick up a free book as you stroll and enjoy the festivities. In the west end, take a free ride on the Roaming Railroad, a trackless train ride with a seat for the whole family as it loops around and back again. Climb aboard and explore the Hyannis Fire Department’s antique fire truck…plus so much more.
Restaurants and stores along Main Street will be open Sunday, so be sure to see what our locally owned businesses have to offer. Hyannis Open Streets is for people of all ages and abilities. It’s all about getting out and about and connecting with the community.
Plenty of free public parking is available on North Street, South Street and at the Hyannis Transportation Center.
Hyannis Open Streets is presented by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association with support from the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Barnstable, along with other sponsors and donors. For businesses and individuals who would like to volunteer and/or support the event, please visit https://hyannisopenstreets.com/get-involved-sponsor-or-volunteer/.
The rain date for September’s event is September 25 and for October’s event is October 23. In 2023, Hyannis Open Streets will be held on May 21 and again on October 22.
The Hyannis Film Festival recently hosted the world premiere of Unplayed Lullaby, at 529 Main. Steven J. Martin, a former teacher at Cape Cod Academy and Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, wrote and directed Unplayed Lullaby, and attended the premiere with the film’s stars, Tokyo stage and film actors Nana Akuzawa and Kozue Ito. Thank you to the Hyannis Film Festival for bringing this wonderful cultural event to Hyannis Main Street!
Photos courtesy of Chris Kazarian
We are excited to announce our new installation of a Pollinator Pathway along the one mile long Main Street in Hyannis. Consisting of 140 planters with over 10 varieties of native American pollinator plants, the reasoning of the effort is to enhance the natural beauty of Main Street, Hyannis- the capital of Cape Cod, and become an actual pathway for our ever important local pollinators. The organization, Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod, leads the efforts in the region to increase pollinator friendly habitats and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife across Cape Cod.
During the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival (July 8-17 all over Cape Cod),
one can participate in downtown Hyannis informative walking tours:
Main Street Goes Native!
See the native plants and learn what they do for pollinators.
30 Minute Walking Tour and Talk on the Main Street Pollinator Pathway
Talks led by Barnstable County Master Gardeners
Each Day from July 8 – July 17, at 10:00 AM
Meet at the Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main Street, Hyannis, MA (Courtyard)
30 Minute Tour and Talk
Free- No Registration Needed
To learn about the plants chosen for Hyannis Main Street’s planters, check out www.hyannismainstreet.com, or www.Hyanniscountrygarden.com/pollinator-plants, or even better take part in the tours, or take a stroll downtown. Go to Country Garden and ask the knowledgeable staff about starting your own pollinator pathway.
Elizabeth Wurfbain, Executive Director, Hyannis Main Street BID, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Bowden, Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod and Barnstable County Master Gardener
CL Fornari, Founder, Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, Master Gardener, local gardening book author, speaker.
The Town of Barnstable and the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (HMSBID) has established the COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Grant to assist inthe stabilization of existing small businesses within the Barnstable that have had significant business disruption due to the impact of COVID-19. These grant funds will assist small and microenterprise businesses in the Town of Barnstable to cover wages, rent, utility bills, loss of inventory, and other fixed costs. Should the program be successful, potential to expand the grant to more businesses will be considered. Please apply by 5 pm on June 15, 2022 via email to email@example.com or by dropping it off to 491A Main Street, P.O. Box 547, Hyannis, MA 02601.
Shop Local Day is this Saturday, May 7th, on Hyannis Main Street! This year we are focusing on “getting vocal about shopping local”, and we love that our state is doing the same this month!
Governor Baker has issued a proclamation designating May 2022 as Small Business Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This proclamation was made in recognition of the resilience, flexibility, and courage of the small businesses throughout the Commonwealth, as they adapted throughout the months of COVID-19-related challenges. The Administration congratulates and thanks small businesses for the role they play, not only in economic development, but also gathering and supporting residents in the hearts of our communities.
Established by the Massachusetts Development and Finance Agency, the TDI program is designed to promote economic growth and sustainability in walkable commercial districts in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities. Barnstable’s TDI District is located in Downtown Hyannis along Main Street, extending from Yarmouth Road in the East End to High School Road Extension.
Beginning in 2018, town staff and local partners started working with TDI on a part-time basis, developing concepts, plans and projects for streetscape and public realm improvements. The objective was to form local partnerships between businesses, non-profits and government agencies and engage residents and community members in economic development planning and implementation, while attracting more public and private investment at the neighborhood level.
In recognition of the exceptionally strong and sustained collaboration between community partners and the Town over the last two difficult years, MassDevelopment has declared TDI Barnstable a “full District”. This award is a pledge of technical support to the community in the next phases of downtown community and economic development.
This “Short Report” is designed to offer quick updates on current projects in the TDI District, and to offer opportunities for meaningful engagement by you, the reader.
TWO NEW COVID-19 GRANTS AVAILABLE
Up to $75,000 FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
On February 23, 2022, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts made $75,000,000 available to support small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be available through two different grant programs, the New Applicant Grant Program and the Inclusive Grant Program, administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.
Applications for each grant program will be accepted now through Monday, April 4, 2022.
MGCC will award grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to those selected.
Some eligible uses of these funds include:
Grant qualifications include:
For more information about each grant program, as well as a full list of eligibility requirements and approved use of funds, please see the links below.
Thank you to all of the Main Street Merchants who took part in our Cookie Stroll Contest and Window Display Contest! It was a tough competition, as always, but here are this year’s winners!
Window Display Contest Winners
1st Place- Country Soul
2nd Place – Studio by the Sea
3rd Place- Boarding House
Cookie Stroll Contest Winners
1st Place- Boarding House
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
*Makes about 24. You can adjust the size/baking time to your liking
2 C Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 C Butter, softened
1 1/4 C Sugar
2 Lg. Eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 C Pumpkin Purée
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
6 Tbsp. Butter, softened
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 C Confectioners Sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For Pumpkin Cakes:
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Set aside.
In large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, pumpkin and vanilla extract, stir to combine.
Gradually add in dry ingredients until combined.
Using pastry bag or ziplock with corner cut, pipe tablespoon size mounds onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake 10-13 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack.
Cream together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract.
Gradually add in confectioners sugar until smooth.
Pipe or spoon approximately 1 tsp onto one pumpkin cake and top with a second one.
2nd Place- Country Soul
3rd Place- Jewelcraft
Jewelcraft’s Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars
Contact: Amanda Converse, LoveLiveLocal
Local Groups Team Up To Launch Local Business Boost Grant Program For Small Businesses In Hyannis
Local businesses located in the downtown invited to apply for funds for technical assistance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Hyannis, MA – November 4, 2021) In a continued effort to provide local businesses with resources they need to assist in their recovery from the economic impacts of the global pandemic; and to help them gain competitive advantage in a global marketplace, the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District and Love Live Local are collaborating with support from the Town of Barnstable, Amplify POC Cape Cod and MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Program to pilot the Local Business Boost Program offering targeted, one-on-one technical assistance and implementation support to small businesses in downtown Hyannis.
Recipients of the Local Business Boost grants, which range from $1000-$5000, will be able to use the funds to enhance their competitive edge by engaging with service providers for things like ecommerce development, social media marketing and physical improvements to their brick-and-mortar location.
Eligible businesses can find the full online application for the grants and Request for Qualifications (for service providers) at http://www.hyannismainstreet.com/localbusinessboost/. Applications can be translated upon request. Deadline to apply for the business grant is November 30, 2021. First round of awards will be announced January 15, 2022. Service provider contract recipients will be chosen by January 15, 2022. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2022.
Rather than offering generalized workshops on topics like e-commerce, social media marketing and merchandising that often leave the business owner to find the capital and expertise to execute a growth strategy, the Local Business Boost Program provides direct financial support and focuses on actual implementation. The primary goal of the program is to provide businesses with the financial support as well as the technical expertise to position themselves for long-term success in an evolving market, to capture additional revenue, and attract new customers for the long-term.
“We have been hearing from local businesses that although some were able to access government funds this past year, for many it did not address all of their needs, especially when it came to enhancing their online presence or upgrading their physical space, which has become so much more important because of cultural shifts made due to COVID-19,” said Hyannis Main Street BID Executive Director, Elizabeth Wurfbain. “They have also expressed that most of the technical assistance they receive are instructional where they are left to figure out how to implement recommendations, but for many of our businesses, they do not have the time, staff or financial resources they needed to execute it all.”
Love Live Local will run the operations of the program, matching local talent and specialists with the local small businesses to provide services identified by the program’s intake process. “We know we have incredible talent here on the Cape,” said Love Live Local CEO, Amanda Converse, “and will engage with local professionals who can help the grant recipients do things like develop a social media strategy, rework their website to include the most up-to-date ecommerce solutions, make façade improvements to their building, or remerchandise their store to be more engaging for customers, or create a space for outdoor dining.” She went on to say, “What’s more, we will be compensating them for their work – so the program invests in two local businesses and creates an even bigger multiplier effect for our community”.
The Local Business Boost pilot program was made possible by the Cape & Islands License Plate Grant Program, and is supported by Amplify POC Cape Cod, the Town of Barnstable and MassDevelopment. At least 25% of funds are designated for businesses owned by persons of color and Amplify POC will work with those businesses on their needs assessment. “We look forward to connecting POC-owned businesses in downtown Hyannis with the opportunity to grow their businesses” said Amplify Executive Director, Tara Vargas-Wallace, “as well as its continuation and expansion of the program to other areas in the region in the future.” The partners will continue to seek additional funding in order to have a greater impact on the small businesses in Hyannis.
The Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District promotes the community and economic development of the Main Street, Hyannis district as a desirable place to live, work, invest and visit. DHCDC/HMSBID will be overseeing the project.
Love Live Local is a small business advocacy organization that aims to keep the local economy thriving. Their aim is to work with local businesses to achieve their economic goals, connect them with much-needed resources and communicate their importance to the Cape Cod community. Love Live Local will serve as the lead program partner and will perform organizational assessment and programmatic support duties for the project.
The Hyannis TDI Partnership is a coalition of local business, nonprofits, residents, and government entities. Their efforts are supported by the Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department and MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI). TDI is a comprehensive place-based accelerator designed to implement locally initiated strategic revitalization activities and catalyze community co-investment. The program is based on local collaborative partnerships, a district focus, and enhanced community engagement, and supported by real estate, economic, and small business development. More information here: https://www.massdevelopment.com/what-we-offer/key-initiatives/tdi/
Amplify POC Cape Cod is a racial justice initiative to help amplify the businesses owned by people of color (POC) on Cape Cod. Amplify provides training and educational opportunities to enhance economic development among people of color on the Cape. Amplify will provide outreach and assessment duties for POC-owned businesses for this project.
We hope everyone is safe after the Nor’easter this week. Hyannis Main Street is slowly getting power restored and damaged cleaned up, thanks to the hard work of the crews working tirelessly to make it happen!
Contact: Jane Walsh
HYANNIS – It’s time once again for a day of fun on Main Street, Hyannis. On Sunday, Sept. 19, from noon to 4 p.m., the village’s central strand will be vehicle-free so all ages can stroll, cycle, or otherwise move through a multi-block outdoor festival. Hyannis Open Streets is back!
The free event offers a wide selection of music – big band, the blues, and more – plus the ever-popular JT & Angel dance party. You can watch a demonstration of jijitsu or marvel at the skills of talented stilt walkers.
Over on the Village Green, the ever-popular kids zone will feature a giant open-air slide, fun games, and – new this year – a kids karaoke on the bandstand stage.
Many restaurants and stores along Main Street will be open Sunday, and some will have special offers reflecting the spirit of the day. Hyannis Open Streets is all about getting out and about. Everyone is welcome to this barrier-free celebration of movement.
Although parking will be banned on Main Street, there will be plenty of free spaces nearby, on North and South streets and at the Hyannis Transportation Center.
Hyannis Open Streets is presented by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, the
Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, and the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, and is fueled by the kind support of its sponsoring businesses and organizations.
The rain date for Sunday’s event is Sept. 26. The next scheduled Hyannis Open
Streets is set for Oct. 17, with a rain date of Oct. 24.
Main Street Hyannis Wins 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Things to Do in Hyannis
Main Street Hyannis’s Great Traveler Reviews Earn it a Place Among Travelers’ Favorites in Massachusetts
HYANNIS, MA> – AUGUST 26, 2021 – Main Street Hyannis today announced it has been recognized as a 2021 Travelers’ Choice award winner for Things to Do in Hyannis. This achievement celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travelers around the globe, having earned great traveler reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, Main Street Hyannis stood out by continuously delighting travelers.
“Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “I know the past year has been extremely challenging for tourism businesses. What has impressed me is how businesses adapted to these challenges, implementing new cleanliness measures, adding social distancing guidelines, and utilizing technology to prioritize guest safety. The Travelers’ Choice Awards highlight the places that are consistently excellent – delivering quality experiences time and time again even while navigating changing customer expectations and new ways of working. Based on a full year of reviews from customers, this award speaks to the great service and experience you provided guests in the midst of a pandemic.”
To see traveler reviews and popular activities of Main Street Hyannis, visit:
The Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District has been the grateful recipient of several grants this year, totaling $75,000, for events, marketing, and capital improvements to Main Street. The ongoing health crisis has required hard work and innovation from the business owners of Hyannis Main Street, and the BID has been grateful to receive funds supporting the continuing efforts of everyone on Hyannis Main Street to make Downtown Hyannis a vibrant and dynamic setting for visitors year round.
In partnership with the Town of Barnstable, Main Street received the “Hybrid: Main Streets and Reimagined Streets” grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Shared Winter Streets & Spaces Grant Program to enhance visitor experiences along Main Street Hyannis and Hyannis Harbor. This grant was designed to help address the particular challenges of the winter amid the ongoing public health crisis. Main Street listened to the community, and has been excited to add to our plantings, decorating the barriers, and building on our maritime themes.
The BID also received funds through The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), and their Travel and Tourism Recovery Grant Program. These funds were critical in the development of marketing materials for tourists, including up to date maps and event listings. The BID was able to update hyannismainstreet.com, with increased search capabilities on the restaurant page, as well as additional space on the homepage to highlight a different featured business each month. These improvements will yield tangible results for Hyannis Main Street, with the ability to show stakeholders the increased site traffic resulting from these marketing efforts.
The Mid-Cape Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, was a generous grant-maker for the Hyannis Main Street BID this year, helping to fund the always popular Movies on the Green. Hyannis Main Street was able to bring seven family friendly movies to the Hyannis Village Green during the Summer of 2021. These annual summer movies are free to the public, and the Town of Barnstable also provides free movie themed crafts for all of the kids to make before showtime. The BID is grateful that the Mid-Cape Cultural Council appreciates the value of this community activity.
Town Manager Mark Ells has announced the Town of Barnstable will work in collaboration with the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID) and the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce to host family friendly activities on Sunday, July 4th on the Hyannis Village Green and spanning across the mile-long Hyannis Main Street down to Hyannis Harbor. Residents and visitors will be delighted as they walk along Main Street and enjoy the sights. Don’t forget your camera! Be sure to use #hyannis4th and tag @townofbarnstable (Facebook/Instagram) or @BarnstableMA (Twitter) on your social networking posts. There is no annual Hyannis 4th of July parade this year.
HYANNIS HARBOR & ASELTON PARK
Starting at 2:00 PM the traditional Hyannis Marina Boat Parade will take place in Hyannis Harbor. Boats are invited to line up starting at 1:00 PM at the marina and the parade enters the Harbor at 2:00 PM where spectators will find interactive family activities taking place at Aselton Park from 2:00 PM-6:00 PM as they cheer on the boaters and enjoy the decorated vessels.
HYANNIS VILLAGE GREEN
The Hyannis Village Green will feature familiar family activities from 2:00 PM-8:00 PM including the Roaming Railway that loops around the Hyannis Village Green and Harbor Overlook brick pathway and Fun Zones with plenty of family friendly games. The Cape Cod Moonlighters Big Band plays on the Bandstand from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM followed by the Cape Cod Ukelele Club and then special guests, Mamma’s Marmalade takes the stage at 7:00 PM. Since their formation in 2014, the five piece string band has been fusing diverse musical backgrounds into a sound that bursts at the seams with energy, exuding a pure joy for creating music. Providing a window to the future of bluegrass while keeping the flavor of Americana and Rock n’ Roll alive, Mamma’s honest lyrics and warm, acoustic tones invite listeners back to a time when wooden instruments and sweet vocal harmonies captivated the hearts of America. Experimenting with intricate instrumentals and lively originals, their music brings the genre to new and unexpected places. More info about the band can be found at http://www.mammasmarmalade.com/
MILE-LONG HYANNIS MAIN STREET
Starting at 4:00 PM Hyannis Main Street will come alive with activity as big puppets and revelry makers will be “Dancing in the Streets of Hyannis.” DJ stations and live musicians will be dotted along the mile-long pedestrian walkway and invite folks to dance along with them; enjoy the activities in the kids FunZone and encourage movement throughout the experience.
Questions and inquiries about the Hyannis festivities can be directed to Elizabeth Wurfbain, Executive Director Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, 419A Main Street, Hyannis MA 02601 firstname.lastname@example.org or Marty Bruemmel, President/CEO Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com or Amy Harwood, Marketing & Outreach Manager, Town of Barnstable Planning & Development Department – Economic Development program firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are welcome from individuals and businesses who would like to contribute funds that will make this celebration possible. Contributions by check should be made payable to “Town of Barnstable – Fourth of July Celebration” and may be directed to Amy Harwood, Marketing & Outreach Manager, Town of Barnstable-Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.
While we wish our annual Safe Trick or Treat could go on as scheduled, in the interest of public health, the town is discouraging any formal trick or treating this year. We are still looking forward to a fun Halloween weekend on Main Street this year, and are excited to host a Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest this year! We would love to see everyone come down in their costumes, vote for your favorite pumpkin on Facebook, and enjoy the fall decorations! For this “Mask-O-Lantern” weekend, please follow all public health guidelines including masks and social distancing.
Visit Main Street, Better Than Ever!
We are working hard to make sure Hyannis Main Street is a safe and fun environment for the whole family, and you can be a part of that effort! Dress Up Downtown Part 2 will fund streetscape improvements and create programming for outdoor events along Hyannis Main Street. These funds will go towards buying planters, bunting, and decorative lighting, and will plan events that aim to safely draw visitors to Main Street.
This summer, we were able to host drive-in movies on Main Street, and look forward to bringing more safe, family-friendly events with your help. We also have plans for a “fun zone”, and to construct two greenhouses on Main Street, which will feature seasonal plantings and decor as colorful focal points for visitors to enjoy. Thank you to the Town of Barnstable for partnering with us for this effort to add vibrancy to our downtown!
Our goal is to raise $10,000, which will be matched by Mass Development through their Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places Grant program. We are so thankful for their support and excited about what we can achieve with our own crowdfunding and their matching grant! Visit our Facebook page for updates!
Kandy Korner– Offering a special collection of movie theater candy, curbside pickup available.
Kilwins– Curbside pickup available.
Ben & Jerry’s– Takeout available, order online.
Katie’s Ice Cream– Takeout available, order online.
Anejo Mexican Bistro– Order online for takeout.
Alberto’s Ristorante– Order online for takeout.
Colombo’s– Call, or order online, curbside pickup available.
Brazilian Grill- Online ordering available.
British Beer Company– Takeout and curbside pickup available. Order online.
Dragon Lite Restaurant– Call for takeout.
El Mariachi Loco– Online ordering and takeout available.
Embargo– Call for takeout.
Flashback– Call or order online for curbside pickup.
Fresh Ketch– Order online for takeout.
Grilled Cheese Gallery– Takeout available.
Kkatie’s Burger Bar– Call or order online for curbside pickup.
The West End– Order online for takeout.
Palio Pizzeria– Order online for curbside pickup.
Indian Pavilion– Call for takeout.
Pizza Barbone– Order online for takeout.
Ristorante Milanese– Call for takeout.
Tap City Grille– Order online for takeout.
Taste of Siam– Call for takeout.
Torino Restaurant– Call for takeout.
Tumi Ceviche Bar and Restaurant– Call for takeout.
*The BID is excited about this opportunity for restaurants to safely offer expanded outdoor dining, as well as for retail stores to utilize this space for outdoor shopping!*
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Richard V. Scali, Director Tuesday, June 16, 2020 508-862-4774
TOWN OF BARNSTABLE ANNOUNCES GUIDELINES FOR TEMPORARY OUTDOOR EXPANSION
HYANNIS, MA – In conjunction with the Governor’s directives for Phase II, the Town of Barnstable has released guidelines for expansion of outdoor space for dining facilities and retail space. These guidelines will also complement the plans to close one lane of traffic on Main Street as was announced last week.
The guidelines allow for a streamlined approach to a multi-departmental approval. Remote meeting reviews will be held with many of the Town’s departments and the applicants. Richard Scali, Licensing Director, and Maggie Flynn, Permit Coordinator, are prescreening the applications for appropriateness and coordinating the plan review. Mr. Scali has been given the approval by the Licensing Authority to administratively review and approve the license extension of premises applications with notice to the Licensing Authority and to the Alcohol Beverages Control Commission. The Governor, through the Legislature, has relaxed the laws by allowing local authorities to approve temporary alcohol extensions of premises which will be in effect until November 1, 2020. The Board of Health has also given administrative approval to the Health Director Thomas McKean to review the applications and to allow temporary exemptions to requirements for outdoor dining as appropriate while maintaining public safety.
Licensing Director Richard Scali stated, “This was a multi-departmental approach which was developed in cooperation with Licensing, Planning & Development, Inspectional Services, and Asset Management as well as local Fire Districts in record speed. It will allow our restaurants to be open and operating as soon as possible with expansion of existing outside dining or new patios on private or public space or a combination thereof.” All restaurants’ outside space must adhere to the social distancing seating and walkway guidelines as laid out by the Governor’s directives and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines.
Town Manager Mark Ells stated, “Town staff has worked hard to think outside the box and work with civic and town leaders to come up with a plan that will consider the needs of all our businesses. The plan is still subject to adjustments as we move forward. Each business has its own special set of circumstances and space limitations.”
For details of the Guidelines and an application, please go to: https://town.barnstable.ma.us/Departments/LicensingDivision/News_and_Updates/Reopening-Guidelines-Package.pdf or email: Richard.email@example.com or Site Plan at Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cape Cod Resilience Fund will provide direct grants to small business owners on Cape Cod to offer relief from economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Virtually overnight, many small businesses on Cape Cod have been devastated by the unforeseen and unprecedented impact of this global pandemic. While necessary, strict mandates for business operations during the public health crisis, coupled with an uncertain outlook for the future and limited availability of government funding, have taken the wind out of these businesses’ sails. With the Cape’s high season on the horizon, the timing couldn’t be worse.
Small businesses are the cornerstone, the backbone, the heartbeat of any vibrant community and Cape Cod is no exception – the long-term economic sustainability of our region is tied to the fate of our small businesses.
Organized by Love Live Local and the Hyannis Main Street BID, the Cape Cod Resilience Fund will issue one-time grants of $500 to $2,000 to eligible Cape Cod small businesses with 1-20 full-time year-round employees to supplement day-to-day operational expenses such as rent, staff, supplies, inventory, marketing and training. Preference will be given to year-round, community minded, brick and mortar businesses located in a downtown area. The more money we raise, the more businesses we can help. Look for the initial round of applications to open in early June 2020.
For more information + to donate visit lovelivelocal.com/resilience
All donations to the fund will be tax deductible through the Hyannis Main Street BID’s 501(c)3 the Downtown Hyannis Community Development Corporation 83-2583271.
Here is the latest information and resources available on the Coronavirus. We will continue to update as we receive information.
MEMA’s Emergency Operations Center’s Private Sector Hotline
The hotline will be staffed Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The number for the hotline is 508-820-2094.
Download a list of restaurants that are currently open for takeout. This list is subject to change. Please contact the restaurant directly for up to date information. List updated on; 3/21/2020
Download a list of shops that are currently doing curbside and/or online deliveries.
The Silver Seahorse – online with free shipping.
Jewelcraft– Online shopping. 20- 50% off storewide.
SoHoArts Company– Email email@example.com, delivery available, online and phone orders welcome.
Country Soul – Online shopping available. Message through Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org Free shipping over on orders over $100.
Red Fish Blue Fish– Free delivery in the town of Barnstable. We will help you find the perfect gift by phone, email, FaceTime, or other modern means. Cell- 508-280-3672.
Just Be: Pernille Yoga– Closed, with some online videos available on Facebook page.
Moonshine Leather – Online shopping available. Curbside and free shipping.
Solstice Day Spa– Purchase a gift certificate online and receive 19% off your visit if redeemed before June 3o, 2020. Further information on their website.
Bradford’s Ace Hardware– Curbside or delivery available.
Bumbalina – It’s All About Me – Shop online.
Pupcakes– Considered essential, they are open (pet food). Grooming appointments are still available. Curbside, call ahead shopping, available. M-W-Th-Fri-Sat-Sun 10-6 Closed Tuesday
Flashback Retro Arcade + Bar– Gift cards available
Seaporium– Closed, delivery or curbside pickup available.
Cape Cod Jewelers – Closed with online orders available.
Kandy Korner– Online shopping only, curbside pickup or delivery available.
LoveLocal Collective– Retail store closed, online shop open.
Kilwins– Offering delivery and curbside pickup. Buy 2 single dishes and get the 3rd free. Hours 12 pm – 10 pm
Little Miss Cupcape– Pre-order only for curbside pickup Thursday – Sunday. Doors will be open between 12-1 with the names on each order so there is no human contact. The delivery hours are the same as well. They are also taking shipping orders on their website.
Smith Family Popcorn– Retail store closed, online shop open and free gift with purchase through the end of March.
We will try to keep this page as up to date as possible with information for COVID-19 closings, but please call businesses if you want to ensure the most accurate hours and operation. This list is not exhaustive, if you are a Main Street business owner with up to date business info to list, please email email@example.com. Stay safe and healthy!
Colombos Cafe and Bistro – Full takeout for curbside pickup. Everyday 4 – 8
Rendezvous Cafe – Takeout curbside and window service. Open everyday till 3 pm
The West End– Full menu for curbside pickup. Thur – Sat. from 4:00-8:00 and Sunday brunch from 9 am – 1 pm.
Anejo Mexican Bistro – Limited menu for curbside takeout via online orders. Wednesday – Sunday 4-8
Downtown Bistro – Full menu for pickup and takeout Thur – Sat 4 – 8
Tumi Ceviche – Prix Fix menu available everyday from 4:00 pm -9:00 pm.
Ristorante Milanese – Open daily for takeout and curbside and delivery. Everyday 4-8
Flashbacks – Full takeout for curbside and delivery. Everyday 4-8
Dragon Lite Restaurant – Open for takeout only Tuesday through Sunday 11:30-8:00
El Mariachi Loco – Mexican Food Takeout and delivery (when available or through Uber Eats). Everyday 11-8.
Common Ground Cafe – Full menu for takeout orders. M-Thur 10 am – 9 pm, Fri 10 am – 3 pm, Sat -closed, Sunday Noon – 9 pm
Indian Pavilion – Open for takeout.
Pizza Barbone– Takeout available Friday- Sunday, 12- 8 pm. Pickup at front entrance only.
Original Gourmet Brunch – Open Sat and Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm for takeout and delivery.
Palio Pizzeria– Open for curbside pickup or delivery. Open 11 am – 8 pm everyday
British Beer Company – Open Mon-Thurs. 4-8 pm and Fri/Sat/Sun 10-8 for curbside and delivery through Uber Eats.
Alberto’s Ristorante– Order by phone, free delivery or 25% off your pickup order.
Taste of Siam– Open for takeout.
Brazilian Grill– Open, call for takeout of pre-made meals.
Kkatie’s Burger Bar– Open for takeout/curbside pickup.
The Little Sandwich Shop– Open 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday thru Saturday for take out orders only. Call 508-771-3932 or order online. Delivery available with a minimum of $20 and a 5 mile radius.
Ocean Street Cafe & Deli– Open for pickup or delivery.
Tap City Grille– Open for pickup, delivery or takeout. 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and delivery 4-8 pm on Fri/Sat
Ben and Jerrys – Order online or curbside. Open everyday from 12 – 9:30 pm
Katies Ice Cream – Call for curbside pickup. Order online for curbside or Order at window – Order Sun – Thurs 11 – 10 pm and Fri – Sat 11 am – 11 pm
Kandy Korner– Online shopping only.
Kilwins– Offering delivery and curbside pickup. Buy 2 single dishes and get the 3rd free. Hours 12 pm – 10 pm
Little Miss Cupcape– Pre-order only for curbside pickup Thursday – Sunday. Doors will be open between 12-1 with the names on each order so there is no human contact. The delivery hours are the same as well. They are also taking shipping orders on their website.
Smith Family Popcorn– Retail store closed, online shop open.
Kayak Cookies – online shop open.
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Check out our December newsletter HERE.
The Halloween tradition continued this year with thousands of pieces of candy being handed out by our merchants on Hyannis Main Street and we do believe it was the biggest turnout yet. The community spirit and the phenomenal costumes made our Safe Trick or Treat such an enjoyable experience.
Thank you again to the wonderful merchants (we don’t mean to brag but we do have THE BEST merchants on this side of the Sagamore) who made this all happen. And a big thank you to the community for your courtesy and kindness during this popular event. It makes it all worthwhile.
We hope to see all of you at our Christmas Stroll on December 7th. We’re working on the events schedule and will share it with you soon!
Columbus Day marks the final day the remaining four Community Service Officers of Hyannis Main Street finish their summer tour of duty being the eyes and ears for the Barnstable Police department. The CSO’s are a vital part of Main Street in the summertime and add so much positive value to the energy of Main Street.
The Barnstable Patriot wrote a wonderful article about the program, here.
An exciting “introductory public gathering” is happening this month on Hyannis Main Street to introduce the future Hyannis Film Festival taking place in 2020!
“Guest artists at the Oct. 20 preview will be Hyannis-born author and screenwriter Casey Sherman and co-author Dave Wedge, who have collaborated on “Boston Strong,” the basis for the movie “Patriots Day,” books on athletes Tom Brady and Pete Frates, and an upcoming book on mobster Whitey Bulger. Tickets: $25 at www.HyannisFilmFestival.com. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.” Cape Cod Times
Enjoy this fabulous video of Long Table 2019 created by the very talented Matthew Mulligan of Hawk Visuals Media!