Many people think of fabulous shops and excellent restaurants when they think of Mashpee Commons. And while that is accurate, what visitors may not realize is that Mashpee Commons is also home to an assortment of businesses that provide every day services, such as the optometry office, doctor’s office, and our local orthodontist. The latter, Mashpee Orthodontics, is currently running a fantastic Invisalign special, the promotion includes $1000 off treatment, plus free teeth whitening! Invisalign is a great option for both kids and adults, as the clear retainers are less visible than traditional braces. The current promo runs through the end of April. If you’ve been thinking about straitening your teeth, give Mashpee Orthodontics a ring to schedule a free consultation at 508-539-0355
While it may feel like we just got through February Vacation, April break is here and the kids are home for another week! If you’re seeking some fun activities to do with the fam this week, Mashpee Commons has you covered. From awesome dining deals to activities that are perfect for the kids and the kids at heart, there’s plenty to do right here in Mashpee. Check out some of our top picks below and visit our web calendar for a full list of events.
Can your family solve the riddle and escape? Riddle (located on Market Street near the Organic Market & Cape Cod Coffee) will be open every day during April Vacation from 1-9 PM weekdays and 10-10 PM Saturday and Sunday with games running in all of their rooms. Keep the kiddos minds moving with challenging, all-ages appropriate escape rooms including your last chance to play The Land of Swirly Twirly Gumdrops game before it closes on April 29th to make room for the new game ‘The Secret of Dragon’s Spire.’ Tickets can be purchased at the door but advanced reservations online are recommended to secure your spot.
Bowl all week with The Lanes! Our friends at The Lanes Bowl & Bistro are running kids’ themed bowling & activities from 10a AM – 5 PM Monday-Friday of school vacation week. Take $5 off on Monday for wearing your Red Sox gear, $5 off on Tuesday if you come in with a wacky hairdo or outfit and their super-popular Wednesday Family Nights are back where you can bowl from 4-midnight with four bowlers for $40!
Cook up some fun at Williams Sonoma! Williams-Sonoma is hosting several cooking classes throughout the week, though the family highlight is the American Girl donut class on Saturday, April 14th at 10 AM. You and your little ones will learn how to make a batch of these sweet treats, and the $30 reservation fee includes a donut pan for your Junior Chef. Schedule the sitter for Wednesday, April 18th and join Williams Sonoma for a grown-ups night out during their Cookbook Club featuring Cacio e Pepe with Pancetta and Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk brownies from Giada de Laurentiis’ new cookbook. Call 508-477-1800 to make a reservation.
Express yourself at the Painting for Kids class at the Cape Cod Art Bar. Flex those creative muscles at the Painting for Kids class hosted by the Cape Cod Art Bar on April 16th from 1-3:30 PM. $30 per painter includes all supplies and instruction. These classes are geared towards children in K-5th grade, though younger kids are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Participants will learn techniques and have their imagination guided throughout the painting process, and will go home with new skills and a completed painting! Visit their Facebook page to make a reservation.
There’s TONS more going on all week! Check out out out web calendar to learn more.
Dress up in your Easter best and head to Mashpee Commons on Saturday March 31st for a complimentary family photo with the Easter Bunny!
The Easter Bunny will be posing for photos and handing out chocolate eggs from Ghelfi’s Candies between 12-4pm in Central Square (near the Red Balloon Toy Shop). Bring your own camera or smart phone to snap your pics. We will be available to assist with photos as well, if you’d like to jump in the shot. This event is free and open to the public, no need to register in advance.
Please note, activities may be moved indoors due to inclement weather, we will be posting updates here and our facebook page.
Finding homes for rescue dogs is a mission close The Black Dog’s hearts (their namesake Black Dog was a rescue pup herself!) which is why every year they partner with local non-profits to spend a day introducing shelter dogs to their forever homes. Join them for their next Doggie Adoption event on Saturday, March 24th, between 12-4pm.
The Black Dog is partnering with Survivor Tails Animal Rescue (STAR) on this year’s event. STAR is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that exists to rescue, re-home, and rehabilitate homeless, unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs and cats and place them in loving and responsible forever homes. Survivor Tails will have an info table where volunteers will gladly answer any questions and provide information about adopting, fostering and volunteering. They will even have guest appearances from some adoptable pups!
If you are not quite ready to commit to adoption but would still like to support this wonderful resource for animals, you can help by simply picking up your new Black Dog gear on Saturday (perfect time to grab that sweatshirt you’ve been eyeing). Throughout the day, 20% of the store’s sales will be donated to STAR.
St Patrick’s Day is here and if you can’t make it to Boston for the big parade, Mashpee Commons is the place to be! With seven restaurants and pubs, we have plenty of places to pour your perfect pint and grab a bite on St Patrick’s Day. Settle in for they day at one place, or hop from restaurant to restaurant trying different food and drink. Here are some of our recommendations:
Grab a beer and a pretzel burger at The Lanes Bowl & Bistro. With 15 beers on tap – and most of them local, and, of course Guinness, The Lanes is a lively, fun environment in which to spend an afternoon with family and friends. Grab one of their big burgers for yourself, or split one of their many ‘appy’tizers like buffalo chicken dip, an ahi tuna & avocado stack or pretzel sticks with your crew. If you need to recover the next morning, stop back in for their Bloody Good Brunch! Make sure to ask your server or bartender for their latest beer and drink specials.
What kind of St Patrick’s Day would it be without a stop in at Bobby Byrne’s Restaurant & Pub? An incomplete one! Bobby Byrne’s will be running special Irish meals all day on Saturday, including Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness Battered Fish & Chips. Of course, the Guinness and other Irish brews will be flowing at the bar all day through breakfast, lunch dinner and late night.
Estia is a non-traditional option for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Be sure to get to our neighborhood Greek restaurant early, because they fill up quick and stay busy! Their strong craft beer selection features beers from Jack’s Abby, Otter Creek, Wormtown (their ‘Be Hoppy’ is excellent), Mayflower Brewing and more. Chow down on their coal fired pizzas, including the ‘Alessandra’ with crispy calamari and banana peppers, and the ‘Cretan’ with an eggplant spread base, goat cheese and tomatoes.
If you’re looking for a low-key lunch during the St Patrick’s Day festivities, the newly renovated Trevi Café & Wine Bar is a great option. Grab a cheese board (3 for $17 or 5 for $25) and a bottle of wine, or nibble on their small plates including shortrib hash, avocado salad and Chatham Mussels. For those with a bigger appetite, Trevi features sandwiches, pastas and entree sized salads on their lunch menu. In addition to their extensive wine list, Trevi offers a full bar, specialty cocktails, and fabulous beer list.
You may remember children’s boutique Fox + Kit from their pop-up shop in Mashpee Commons this past holiday season. We are thrilled to share that this adorable locally-owned business has officially planted roots here in the Commons and will be opening with a Grand Opening celebration this Saturday, March 10th!
The store is owned and operated my Lindsay Sevigny. Lindsay is a Mom with an early childhood background. She’s always dreamed of opening a children’s store and her passion is evident in her keen buying eye and commitment to providing her customers with a top-notch shopping experience. Being a Mom, Lindsay knows that keeping your little ones entertained while you shop greatly enhances the experience for everyone. Which is why she has a fun play space for kids to utilize in the store. She also offers music classes for kids, the first of which will be taking place during the Grand Opening on Saturday.
February Vacation: a great time for the kids, and a time for parents to discover creative ways to keep them entertained! While some families get away to warmer climates for the week, many take the time to relax and hang around Cape Cod. If you find yourself in the latter category and are looking for something fun to do, there are plenty of options here at Mashpee Commons. Check out some of our suggestions below…
The Lanes Bowl and Bistro is always a great option for families looking for a day – or night – out of the house. With great food and a large dining area in their Bistro plus a vast ‘ten-pin’ bowling alley, The Laes is a great destination for families or groups of families. Join them for extended hours all school vacation long starting at 10AM. They have special Kid’s Themed Bowling Activities all week long. Check their Facebook page for up-to-date information on their Vacation Week events.
Color Me Mine is open all week long for families to get creative and express themselves with paint-it-yourself ceramics. While their special events for this week are sold out, you can pop in anytime and see what they have for your and your family to paint. Call ahead to make sure they have space.
Cape Cod Art Bar is a great option to explore your family’s artistic side! They have special family vacation classes all week long, starting with Learn to Draw Comics & Kids Paint Signs on February 22nd, a Kids Paint Class on February 23rd and more. Check their Facebook page for class schedules and availability.
Riddle is one of Mashpee Commons’ newest attractions and it is a smash hit. A locally-owned and operated escape room, Riddle is open all week long from 2-10PM and from 10AM – 10PM on the weekend. Bring the family and try to solve their Game of Pirates room, get rad in their 80s room, solve their 1920s Paris Moveable Mystery or save the country in Mission: Homeland. Check out their website for game times and to book yours (or just walk-in!)
The Mashpee Public Library is hosting a series of free events all week long. Enjoy everything from the Pitter Patter Puppet show to The Lego Ninjago Movie, and various story times throughout the week. Check out their website for more information.
Sweet Waves Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt is the perfect destination after catching a movie or one of the other fun things listed above in the Commons. Open until 9PM, Sweet Waves lets you mix up and top your frozen yogurt any way you like. With flavors ranging from key lime to sea salt caramel pretzel and everything from granola to mochi to crushed oreos for toppings, even the sweetest of sweet tooths can find something to keep them happy at Sweet Waves.
February 14th is just around the corner! There are so many different ways in which you can celebrate the holiday of love. Whether you’re celebrating a newly established bond with a significant other, years of marriage, or simply getting together with your besties in honor of friendship, there is no wrong way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For those seeking a gift for that special someone, we’ve compiled some suggestions, gathered from a handful of our local retailers here in the Commons. Take a peek at our picks below…
1. Love Bug Bear and Heart Accessories from Cape Kids
2. Engagement Ring from Sachs Jewelers
3. Various Love Gifts from All Good
4. Alex and Ani Bracelet from Kensingtons
5. Square Gem Rings from Unique Boutique
6. Cape Cod Sand, Swarovski Crystal, & Sterling Silver Necklaces from Modern Mix
7. SeaGlass Bracelets from Maiden Voyage
8. Pink Yeti & Patagonia items from MOCEAN
9. Love-Pop cards from The Write Choice
10. Recycled Sail Heart Tote from SeaBags
11. Organic Wine from Organic Market
12. Love Potion Candle from Wish Gift Co.
13. Cozy Pajamas from The Black Dog
14. Handmade Chocolate Dipped Strawberries from Ghelfi’s
15. Handcrafted necklace from Elfstone
16. Love themed gifts and accessories from Fabvilla
The Black Dog began as a pub on Martha’s Vineyard in 1971. The welcoming spot, founded by Sea Captain Robert Douglas and his dog, quickly became an icon for both local residents and visitors. Since opening, The Black Dog has grown into a clothing and lifestyle brand selling items for men, women, kids, and pups. The top-quality merchandise found in their stores is adorned with the iconic Black Dog brand, which represents the breezy lifestyle found by the sea. When you visit The Black Dog’s Mashpee shop you’ll find cozy sweatshirts, t-shirts, pajamas, and active wear.
Whether you’re a longstanding fan of the store or just becoming acquainted with the brand now is the perfect time to stop by, as they’re having a huge Winter Sale! We recently stopped by to check it out and are sharing photos here of some of the sale items you’ll find when you visit.
The Black Dog’s Mashpee shop is located at the corner of Market and Steeple Street. For more info, give them a ring at 508-681-8952.
Dreaming about a weekend getaway to a warmer climate? If you have travel plans in your near future, be sure to stop by Kensington’s here in Mashpee Commons. This locally owned travel boutique has everything you need to prepare for your trip. Whether it’s new luggage, RFID blocking wallets, international smartphone charging kits or a new watch, they have high-quality, stylish gear available in-store, some of which can be personalized. Kensington’s has also prepared a helpful ‘Traveler Tips & Checklist’ that you can and should consult before every trip. Check out some of the unique highlights that will help you to make the travel part of your trip a breeze:
Screenshot your boarding passes and email yourself confirmed travel itineraries and a scanned copy of your passport. That way, if you lose a paper boarding pass or can’t access wi-fi to get your paperless ticket, you’re covered and can still get where you’re going. Kensington’s offers stylish travel bags and wallets from Vera Bradley, Osgood Marley and others that can help you keep important documents close by and protected.
Pack in an orderly, organized manner to avoid checking extra bags or paying extra fees. The Eagle Creek Pack-It System is an innovative solution to help you keep your packing neat and compact to fit in as few bags as possible. Their Pack-It Cube sets allow you to compartmentalize your luggage in a space-efficient manner without wrinkling your clothes or having your dirty laundry stink up your duffel bag after a long trip. You will be amazed how much more you can fit in your luggage with Eagle Creek’s products, making packing less of an ordeal.
Download an airline’s app to track your luggage. This little-known feature of many airline mobile applications can be a huge help should your luggage be misplaced by the airline. Taking photos of your luggage and utilizing personalized, unique luggage tags can also help make your luggage easier to identify on the baggage carousel, or to help airline employees find a piece that has been lost. Kensington’s ‘Make it Personal Now’ laser engraving service is a stylish and functional accent to any leather luggage tag.