Town Talk

21st February

There is plenty to do at Mashpee Commons during February Vacation!

bowlingFebruary 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 MineColor 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 BarCape 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 Escape RoomRiddle 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!)
LibraryThe 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 WavesSweet 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.

7th February

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentines's DayFebruary 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

6th February

Enjoy huge savings on your favorite Black Dog items during their Winter Sale

The Black DogThe 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 The Black DogThe Black DogThe 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.

30th January

Ducking out of the Cold this Winter? Travel Prepared with Kensington’s

KensingtonsDreaming 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.

For more winter travel tips, download Kensington’s travel checklist or visit their website

19th January

Help Cape Codders in need stay warm during our Winter Clothing Drive

winter clothing driveWe’re so excited to share that we’ve partnered with Cape Cod Broadcasting on a winter clothing drive to help Cape Codders in need stay warm during these chilly months. Some of your favorite radio hosts (details below) will be here at the Commons on Saturday January 27th between 11am to 5pm across from Bobby Byrnes Restaurant & Pub collecting donations and giving away 3 $50 Mashpee Commons gift cards! If you’d like to donate, but can’t make it on the 27th, you can drop of your lightly used or new winter weather attire in the drop-box located at Siena Restaurant between January 22nd and 26th during their regular business hours.

Cape Cod Broadcasting will be collecting new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks and winter gear to benefit Champ Homes and Child & Family Services of Cape Cod during the event.

Additional drop-off locations include:

CCB-Media Radio Stations (99.9 The Q, Cape Country 104, Ocean 104.7, Cape Classical 107.5 &, M-F 8:30am – 5pm, located at 737 West Main Street, Hyannis. Contact 508-771-1224 or email for more info.

Champ Homes located at 82 School Street in Hyannis. Contact 508-771-0884 or email for more info.

Child & Family Services of Cape Cod located ​100 Independence Drive in Hyannis. Contact 508-778-1839 for more info.

Here’s who you will find near Bobby Byrne’s on January 27th:

Dave Read from Ocean 104.7, 11am – 1pm

Ralphie Marino from 99.9 The Q & Cape Country 104’s, 1pm – 3pm

Cape Country 104’s “That Girl”, 3pm – 5pm

Stop by and help us support this great cause and help our Cape Cod neighbors in need!

18th January

New Year / New You: Get Moving With Marathon Sports Run Club

Marathon Sports Run ClubSome say that running is a lonely way to get exercise – but it doesn’t have to be! Our friends at Marathon Sports host their Mashpee Run Club every Tuesday at 6:30 pm at their store at 11 Greene Street (right next to The Lanes). It’s completely free to participate in the run club, and Marathon Sports will track your mileage for you. Runners are eligible for a special Marathon Sports Run Club discount once you hit significant mileage milestones. You’ll also get unique members only gear and other great in-store kickbacks.

Runners of all abilities and levels are encouraged to join, and different length group runs are offered so you can match your pace and distance to your skill level. Give the Marathon Sports team a ring at 774-521-3512 for more info.

22nd December

New Children’s Boutique, Fox + Kit Now Open, & Hosting Photos with Santa on Dec. 22nd!

We are so excited about the newest shop to open up here at the Commons! Fox + Kit, a children’s boutique, offers high quality and unique products as well as amazing customer service. 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. Fox + Kit will be open as a pop-up through Christmas and re-opening permanently sometime in February. When the store reopens, she is also planning to offer music classes for kids, stay tuned for details!

Be sure to stop by the shop this week while you are wrapping up your holiday shopping, Fox + Kit is located on Market Street, across the street from the Organic Market and near Cape Cod Coffee. You can also take a complimentary photo with Santa in the store on December 22nd from 1-4pm. To learn more about Lindsay and her boutique, read our Q & A with her below:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what drove you to open a children’s boutique?
I graduated from The University Of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and had worked in the field for a number of years.  I was then exposed to the world of children’s products when working in a similar store elsewhere.

Since moving to Massachusetts I have continued working with children, but always hoped to get back into children’s retail.  I never thought that at 29 I’d be opening my own boutique, but now I have a beautiful 21 month old daughter who is the catalyst for Fox + Kit. My daughter Thea is the sweetest, most amazing person I’ve ever known and I’m so lucky to be her mom. Much of what we have at Fox + Kit we have used, and loved, at home.

How did you choose Mashpee as your location?
I began visiting the Cape when I was in high school, spending weekends and holidays at my step-father’s vacation house. When I moved to Southeastern Massachusetts I spent much of my time on Cape while nannying and later working at a local preschool. When I decided to open Fox + Kit I knew that Cape Cod was the perfect place.  Mashpee in particular offered a small community feel that I love.

How long will you be open as a pop-up and when will you be re-opening your permanent location?
Fox + Kit will be open as a pop-up until Christmas, and will re-open permanently mid to late February.

Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?
Fox + Kit will have a Grand Opening Celebration later this winter (date TBD) and will also be hosting music classes and regular weekend story times.  Our play space is always available for young children to enjoy while their adults look around.

Can you tell us about a few of your favorite products currently available in your shop?
I have so many favorites!

I’d have to say the Hape Ice Cream Emporium and the Clek Foonf.  And Little Unicorn swaddles! The Ice Cream Emporium is a unique dramatic play option that even my young daughter enjoys playing with here.

The Clek Foonf is a revolutionary, and recyclable, car seat that offers unparalleled safety.  I have one for my daughter and it’s absolutely the best purchase I have made for her.

Ice Cream Emporium, currently available at Fox + Kit

Ice Cream Emporium, currently available at Fox + Kit

Little Unicorn swaddles are amazing!!! They’re ridiculously soft, breathable, versatile, and they make a narwhal pattern (I love narwhals).

Nuna baby products, currently available at Fox + Kit

Nuna baby products, currently available at Fox + Kit

Can you tell us about some of your specialty lines/products?
In general I’ve tried to source many products that are either made in the USA, organic, recycled, made in Canada/Europe, or socially/environmentally conscious. I like to be able to stand behind the brands I’ve chosen.

Do you carry any locally sourced or handmade products?
I will! I’ve been talking with some local brands and plan to bring them in for the re-opening.

Where do you like to hang out at the Commons when you are not working?
I’ve spent a lot of time at both Starbucks and Cape Cod Coffee. I love being able to sit and enjoy a hot cup of tea or an iced latte. Thea and I also really enjoy painting at Color Me Mine, and many of our Christmas gifts this year were hand painted by Thea!

Do you offer gift-wrapping?
Yes! I love wrapping presents so I knew I wanted to offer complimentary gift wrapping. I have gift boxes, tissue and bags, and seasonally appropriate wrapping paper available.

18th December

Shop Smart, Shop Local, Shop MOCEAN for All Things Yeti!

If you’re looking to finish off your holiday shopping in style, or trying to find a gift for the pickiest of people on your list, MOCEAN has you covered with all things Yeti. Not only do they stock every color of Yeti imaginable from brick red to seafoam and everything in between, they also carry nearly everything on the Yeti product line. They also offer the best customer service around, and can help you find the perfect Yeti item for everyone on your list.

Yeti products are durable, stylish and keep your beverages hot or cold all day long, and then some. The classic 20oz Yeti Rambler tumbler is a must for anyone that’s always on the go. Made from stainless steel with double vacuum construction, the Rambler can keep your morning coffee hot for a long morning walk with the dog or an endless morning commute. With their tough construction, Yeti tumblers can be dropped without fear of chipping the duracoat color coating or damaging the tumbler itself.
MOCEAN also carries Yeti hard and soft coolers and Loadout 5-gallon buckets, perfect for summer days on the boat. These indestructible coolers keep their contents cold for days on end, meaning you never have to worry about grabbing a warm beverage or spoiling the days lunch.MOCEANSo next time you think Yeti, think MOCEAN. Shop smart, shop local, Shop MOCEAN and #gofindit this holiday season.

MOCEAN is located at 34 Steeple Street in Mashpee Commons (near Estia Restaurant) and is open from 9AM – 8PM this holiday season. While you are visiting, be sure to check out some of our free holiday events and try your hand at our Scavenger Hunt to receive a $25 gift card a chance to win a $500 gift card!


16th December

Gift Ideas for the Ladies on your List

With over 60 locally owned boutiques plus over a dozen regional and national stores here in the neighborhood, you’re bound to find some unique gifts for all of the special ladies on your list this year. To provide you with a little inspiration, we combed the shops here in the neighborhood and compiled some suggestions that we think she’ll love. The comprehensive guide includes cozy attire, fashionable active wear, and some glamorous accessories. We also have extended holiday hours in place to make those shopping excursions extra convenient for your schedule, now through December 23rd, stores are open 10am-8pm Monday through Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sunday. While you are visiting this holiday season, be sure to take advantage of our free holiday events and participate in our Scavenger Hunt to receive a $25 gift card and chance to win the grand prize, a $500 gift card! Check out our gift guide picks for the gals on your list below…

1. Tiffany & Co. Sunglasses available at Sol Optics
2. Festive Dog Mom Canvas Tote available at Hot Diggity
3. Chenille Sweaters and Pom-Pom Hat available at Soft as a Grape
4. Fun Socks available at Modern Mix
5. Bering Watch available at Kensington’s
6. Cape Cloth Hooded Sweatshirt & Hat available at All Good
7. Cashmere Shawl and Fringe Scarf available at Purple Poppy
8. Arcteryx Jacket and SmartWool accessories available at MOCEAN
9. Lululemon Yoga Attire and Accessories available at Innerglow Yoga
10. Moroccan Oil Gift Set available at Beyond Beauty

13th December

Gift Ideas for the Guys on your List

Gifts for HimWe consulted some of the best shops here in the neighborhood to compile a gift guide for the guys on your list this holiday season. Our guide includes cozy attire, durable active wear, and some stylish accessories. We also have extended holiday hours in place to make those shopping excursions extra convenient for your schedule, now through December 23rd, stores are open 10am-8pm Monday through Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sunday. While you are visiting this holiday season, be sure to take advantage of our free holiday events and participate in our Scavenger Hunt to receive a $25 gift card and chance to win the grand prize, a $500 gift card! Check out our gift guide picks for the guys on your list below…
Gifts for the Guys
1. Cape Cod Compass Hat and Shirt available at Soft as a Grape
2. Patriots Socks (assortment available) available at Modern Mix
3. Ray-Ban Clubmaster Green Flash Lens Shades available at Sol Optics
4. Toad & Co. Flannel, Patagonia Vest, & Yeti Coffee Tumbler available at MOCEAN
5. Bering Max Rene Watch available at Kensington’s
6. Santa Whale & Tree Lounge Pantsavailable at Vineyard Vines
7. Cape Cloth Hooded Sweatshirt & Hat available at All Good