Wellfleet is definitely a seasonal shopping destination on the Cape, and with summer being busy and somewhat crowded, our favorite time to head down there is late Spring or early Fall (the shoulder seasons, if you will). The shops have great selections, and the owners will have time to chat and tell you about all of the great things they have in their shops and restaurants.
First Stop: Lola’s Local Food Lab
Swing by the newly opened Lola’s Local Food Lab on Commercial Street where you can find food options made by chef Kim Shkapich from local and quality ingredients. Grab food to go and head down to the Harbor to enjoy the epic views while noshing.
CQ Recommends: If it’s breakfast time, grab a cup of coffee and one of Kim’s famous muffins, or if it’s lunch time, we have heard great things about their tacos. Yum!
Next: Frying Pan Gallery
One of the most unique art galleries on Cape Cod, the Frying Pan Gallery, which is housed in an old oyster shack and has gorgeous views of Wellfleet Harbor, carries beautifully crafted work from paintings and photography to jewelry and sculptures.
CQ Recommends: Owner/artist Steve Swain makes beautiful sculptures of marine life out of metal. The pieces range in size and function from but each one is a true masterpiece!
Head up Commercial Street toward downtown Wellfleet, stopping at Salt along the way. Be prepared to drool over some of the most gorgeous pieces of clothing on the market! From casual to dressy, there is a wide selection for a small (but mighty!) space.
CQ Recommends: Make sure to peel your eyes away from the clothing at some point to check out the great accessories that the store also carries.
Next: Nicholas Harrison Gallery
Bear left up Bank Street, and make your way to a group of shops in Bank Square. Nicholas Harrison Gallery carries super cute casual (and very stylish) clothing perfect for every female Cape Codder’s wardrobe. The Gallery part of the name definitely applies to their jewelry selection, which is wearable artwork if we’ve ever seen it!
CQ Recommends: Don’t miss some of the quirky and kitchy items that owner Anna Besciak stocks because she just can’t resist a good giggle.
Next: Emack & Bolio’s
This Massachusetts institution is the perfect place to stop for an afternoon sweet snack, as you head West down Commercial Street. Grab a cup or a cone, and a seat on the porch or out back and enjoy!
CQ Recommends: Get a scoop of the Chocolate Moose and the Grasshopper Pie, but only if you like irresistible deliciousness.
Last Stop: Frances Francis
Leave the ice cream shop and take a right into a parking lot where tucked away you will find Frances Francis, a shop that is open seasonally (a year round shop is located in Orleans) by local designer Frances Francis. There you will find eclectic, as well as staple pieces that you surely will not see everywhere.
CQ Recommends: If you see something that sparks your fancy, try it on. The clothing that Frances carries truly comes alive when they are off the hangers.