Kensington’s recently underwent a renovation, freshening up their space and creating more room for their extensive collection of luxury travel and gift items. This fantastic little shop has been the go-to travel and gift boutique in Mashpee Commons for over twenty years. Whether you are traveling for work or planning a vacation, this shop carries everything you need to make your trip a breeze. They have the largest assortment of luxury bags and suitcases on Cape Cod from top-notch brands such as Vera Bradley, Briggs & Riley, Hartmann, Eagle Creek and more.
In addition to bags, they carry an array of travel accessories including a comprehensive selection of RFID wallets, power adapters, toiletry kits, luggage ID tags, and guidebooks. They also just recently released a complimentary travel checklist, outlining everything you might need for your trip, so that you can spend less time packing and more time planning some fun sightseeing. The free checklists are available for pick-up in the store.
In addition to travel items, Kensington’s carries gorgeous jewelry and accessories that make great gifts or finishing touches to your vacation outfit. A few of the shop’s standout jewelry brands include Alex and Ani, John Medeiros, and Tiffany Jazelle. The shop also offers personalized engraving services, which are great options for wedding or baby gifts. In order to simplify your shopping experience, Kensington’s provides personalized shopping assistance and complimentary giftwrapping.
To celebrate their newly revamped shop, Kensington’s will be offering a handful of fun promos on their Facebook page over the next few months. Currently, you can enter to win one of five $20 give cards, check out the details here. Be sure to keep in touch with them for info on additional upcoming promotions and events. Kensington’s can be found in Central Square, near Bobby Byrne’s.
When we heard Cupcake Charlie’s was releasing a brand new flavor in honor of St. Patrick’s Day we knew we had to try this confection for ourselves. The Irish Mint cupcake features their classic vanilla cake, fluffy mint cream filling, and is finished off with a decadent mint buttercream, green sprinkles and Andes mints. Needless to say, we were not disappointed. The fluffy vanilla cake compliments the rich minty icing perfectly, and the creamy filling is the perfect element to marry the two components. The Irish Mint will be featured in the case daily through Friday, March 17th.
In addition to this delectable treat, Cupcake Charlie’s will be featuring their usual St. Paddy’s day specials, such as their Mr. Jack Daniel’s, Chocolate Guinness, and The Nutty Irishman. They will also have their traditional flavors, like Peanut Butter Pleasure (another one of our faves) and Vanilla Luvs Chocolate decorated for the holiday. The bakery will be stocked with an assortment all week, so you can simply pop-in if you want to pick up a few, or call ahead if you want to request a special selection.
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About Cupcake Charlies:
Cupcake Charlie’s is an award-winning cupcake bakery offering 16 freshly-baked flavors every day, which are available to enjoy in their fun, open-kitchen atmosphere or to take-home to share with your friends and family. For more information, stop by their shop located next to Spice Merchants and Bobby Byrne’s or give them a call at 508-477-2253.
You may have seen our story on the blog from a few months back introducing you to the new owner of locally owned boutique, Cape Kids (if you missed it, check it out here). Well, we have some additional exciting news to share about this quaint little shop, Cape Kids has moved up the street from their previous location into a light-filled space with a modern vibe; perfect for Amanda’s vision to meld her Los Angeles roots with her love of Cape Cod. Amanda’s goal with the new space is to capture the free-spirited essence of childhood. She aims to create a space where kids feel they can let loose, while parents shop for unique items for their precious littles.
We recently stopped by to check out the space for ourselves. The cozy boutique is filled with natural light. The playful palm trees and greenery adoring the space combined with the seashore inspired palette create a cheerful and welcoming environment. One of our favorite elements is the teepee, in which kids are welcome to play while parents shop (Amanda eventually plans to have a small library of books in the teepee for kids to peruse). You can find Cape Kids in their new location on North Street, across the street from Starbucks in Mashpee Commons. For more info, check out Amanda’s website and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram for style inspiration and parenting humor.
Stop by The Black Dog this Saturday and you may just walk out with your new best friend. Adoptable dogs from the local MSPCA will be visiting their Mashpee store on March 11th from 10am-12pm. 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. To help those who adopt during the event welcome their new family members, The Black Dog will generously be giving out complimentary totes containing dog care essentials (pictured above).
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 hoodie you’ve been eyeing). Throughout the day, 20% of the store’s sales will be donated to the Cape Cod MSPCA shelter. Customers can also enjoy giveaways and activities during the event. Anyone who stops by the shop on Saturday is welcome to enter their tote bag raffle, filled with over $100 worth of goodies for your pup (pictured above).
For more information, stop by the store on the corner of Market and Steeple Street, across from Vineyard Vines or give them a ring at 508-681-8952.
Join your favorite yogis at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 29th for a fun and lively discussion of “Polishing the Mirror,” by Ram Dass. The book is part of Innerglow Yoga‘s mindfulness book club, Backbends and Bookends. This fun an centering social-reading group was formed on the idea that a good book read with great friends can ground your mind and lift your spirit. Meetings are held every other month at the Innerglow Yoga studio on Steeple Street, next to Estia Restaurant. Pick up your copy of the book at Market Street Bookshop and you’ll even save 10% when you mention the book club!
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About Innerglow Yoga:
Locally-owned and operated by certified yogi, Michelle Itzkowitz, Innerglow Yoga is a welcoming, all-levels studio whose classes range from meditative to highly physical. With a wide variety of teachers and classes, the studio aims to be a place where anyone and everyone can find their ideal way to practice the art of yoga. The Innerglow Yoga studio also features a small in-house boutique which carries popular national and locally-made wellness accessories from yoga mats and attire to prayer beads and scented candles and incense.
Brides-To-Be, be sure to stop by Head Over Heels Bridal Boutique for their Claire La Faye Trunk Show, happening on March 10th through the 12th. Claire La Faye is a Portland, Oregon based designer with a fine arts background. You can peruse a selection of Claire’s ethereal designs during the event. Her silhouette and fabric choices are ultra feminine with a bit of an edge, perfect for the modern bride seeking a unique look on her wedding day. The best part is all of Claire La Faye’s designs will be 10% off during the Trunk Show. To view these gorgeous looks, book an appointment by visiting Head Over Heels’ website or calling the boutique at 774-330-2113.
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About Head Over Heels Bridal Boutique
Family-run bridal boutique, Head Over Heels, is a one-stop shop for planning your wedding. Owners/cousins Christina and Meagan, along with their mothers Linda and Diane, can help you with every element of planning your big day. In addition to carrying a selection of exquisite designer gowns, Head Over Heels offers complete wedding planning services. Head Over Heels is located on Market Street, across from the Organic Market.
As part of their weekly entertainment line-up The Lanes hosts live music and DJs, with no cover, every Friday and Saturday night. Check out this week’s lineup below:
For more fun stuff happening at the Lanes as well as sales, events and classes in the Commons this month, check out our monthly series, The Buzz!
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About The Lanes Bowl & Bistro:
The Lanes is a contemporary version of a traditional blowing alley, providing gastropub style dining, live entertainment, weekly events, and (of course) bowling. The casual yet modern atmosphere includes the bistro with space for bands and various entertainment, ten-pin bowling lanes, and a seasonal outdoor bar, cafe and bocce court.
Thursday, March 16th, join Chef Feufeu at Bleu Restaurant for a five-course culinary tour of the five regions of France featuring hand-selected wine pairings from Loire, Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Bordeaux, and Normandy.
Guest speaker, Gary Gahl from Winebow Boston, will guide you through the history and character of each unique region through five indulgent courses of expertly-paired French cuisine. Take a peek at the wine selection below…
Mardon, Quincy, Tres Vielle’s Vignes, Loire 2015
Domaine Bouzereau, Aligote, Burgundy 2014
Domaine des Martinelles Croze Hermitage, Rhone 2013
2011 Antoine Pouget, Margaux 2011
N/V Chateau Du Breuil, Fine Calvados
Tickets are $85/person and can be purchased directly at the restaurant or by calling 508-539-7907. Please note: Bleu will be closed for renovations from Monday, February 27th to Saturday, March 4th. If you would like to make wine dinner reservations during that time please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Bleu Restaurant:
Chef-owned and operated by Cape Cod local Frederic Feufeu, Bleu’s fresh, seasonal menu of authentic French bistro fare has made them an oft-raved about destination for foodies and fine-diners from Wellfleet to Wellesley; and their ever-changing menu is always understated and delicious. Since its opening, the bistro has received top honors for its exceptional cuisine. A native of France’s Loire Valley and veteran of the New York restaurant scene, Frederic expertly blends fresh ingredients, traditional recipes and contemporary techniques to produce simple, authentic, and utterly delicious French cuisine for an unforgettable dining experience.
Photo courtesy of “Food, Health & Happiness” by Oprah Winfrey
On Wednesday, March 22nd, join the passionate staff at Williams-Sonoma as they cook their way through Oprah Winfrey’s latest cook book, “Food, Health & Happiness.” From 6-8pm, you’ll sample recipes like Oprah’s Garden Greens with Lemon Vinaigrette, Chef Mei Lin’s Turkey Lasagna, and a refreshing Coconut Lime Sorbet while Williams-Sonoma‘s talented culinary staff share exclusive cooking tips and techniques to help you on your way to becoming a master home chef. After the class, stick around for a special in-store discount and private shopping with your instructor and fellow classmates.
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What’s the Cookbook Club?
Whether you are a veteran chef who’s always on the hunt for a new recipe to try, or an aspiring foodie looking for place to start in the vast world of gourmet home-cooking; the Cookbook Club is the perfect place to get your culinary fix! Tickets are $75 per person and include a generously-portioned 3-course tasting menu and a copy of the featured book. For more information about this class or other Cookbook Club events, give them a ring at 508-477-1800, or visit their website.
Adorable, locally-owned children’s boutique, Cape Kids Store will be moving to a new location this Spring just up the street from where they are now, and in preparation for their new space, they’re hosting a moving sale! This Friday through Sunday (February 24th-26th), fill your kiddos’ closets as Cape Kids Store makes room in their new space for even more great products. Enjoy up to 50% off goodies from popular children’s brands like Hatley, Mud Pie, Chaser Brand Kids, Babiators and more.
For more information stop by the Cape Kids shop where it is currently located on North Street next to Absolutely Juiced or give them a ring at 508-477-0169. And don’t forget to keep an eye out on our blog for more information (and photos of their new space) after the move!
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About Cape Kids:
Locally-owned by LA transplant, Amanda MacNeil, Cape Kids carries an adorable selection of functional and fashionable styles for kids and babies including a wide variety of exclusive, locally-crafted designs. Amanda aims to merge her LA style with her love for Cape Cod in the quaint children’s boutique. From super soft tees made from vintage band shirts, to fashionable necklaces for Mom that double as teething toys for baby, Cape Kids’ carefully-curated selection of unique items for little ones effortlessly blend function and fashion for the Cape Cod Mom who wants a little of both.