Virgo 9° (September 1)


Saturday spent the day doing some cleaning and making stock and such. I know this is the most boring thing I’ve ever written, but my energy has been going to myriad other things. It’s supercrunch time now in festival world and I have fielded a thousand emails and requests and questions et al over the last few days while also running the household here on my own these last couple days. Half way through and hoping Marthe has more power in her. Here she is a shop girl:

Afterglow Festival Concierge
Provincetown In and Out 
 by Marthe Svenjördt



We can’t believe it’s closing but t’is true. We heard a heavenly glee club break into acapella harmony when this cosmetic “retail experience” for men and women first opened its doors some seven years ago. Because, as for Edwina in Absolutely Fabulous, “it takes more than a cold flannel and some Body Shop oatmeal scrub” for us, you know. With emphasis on eco-friendly, vegan and animal-cruelty-free product lines, K+M offers the top innovative brands we expect to find in our favorite city cinters, and then some. The genius owner Christine is the real-deal cosmetologist who has werked her magic for modeling agencies, on the runway, and for premier beauty companies like MAC, Stila, Lancome, NARS and Dior. And yes, K+M gives good face in the form of expert skin care consultations, make-up applications and, even lessons. Forgot to pack your Clarisonic? No problem. K+M’s got a full line of these amazing machines. Getting married? Well, who isn’t? Brides and grooms and their parties, can get more than their blush on here with custom packages available. Despite the close-out sales, you still might find unisex skincare products including Mario Badescu, Malin + Goetz and Suki; cosmetics lines like Kevin Aucoin and Stila; and mens lines including Taylor of Old Bond Street and Lab Series. And get this: The Kiss and Makeup Charity Lipstick Collection, inspired by and named for the performing artists of Provincetown, which helps people with substance abuse through NRI (Northern Rhode Island Institute). 244 Commercial Street. 508 413 9337.




A mini version of his East Village, New York  stores, John Derian has a gem of a shop stashed on  a quiet street, steps from Commercial, just east of town center,  housed within in an eighteenth century structure perfectly suited to his cracked and crumbly chic aesthetic. It’s a Boo Radley  treasure trove of  the designer’s signature decoupage, melamine plates, Astier de Villatte pottery, Hugo Guinness Lino-cuts, John Robshaw bedding, assorted imported textiles that throw, spread, wrap and swathe, Cire trudon scented candles and endless things, sweetie, things that you don’t need but might want, for a price. Derian’s sensibility is distressed 19th century which by all accounts makes sense; as we hear he operates by gaslighting. Hours are 11am to 7pm. Closed Wednesday. Law Street behind 396 Commercial Street. 508.487-1362. 


Food & Wine


The center of the Provincetown universe, “141” is so much more than the best grocer in town. It’s a one-stop gourmet shop, organic market, restaurant, bakery, juice bar and modish general store all in one.  Beyond being stocked with healthy dry goods, produce, bulk items, natural beauty and health products and eco-friendly necessities, this light and airy purveyors is Provincetown’s answer to the agora where people gather daily to buy fresh ingredients, eat a natural vegetarian or vegan lunch, grab some fresh-made prepared meals, and connect with one another sharing the news of the moment over a nosh at the large communal table, or while in the check out line. Open at 8am, you can grab a fresh fruit/veg smoothie or coffee and baked breakfast, from buttery croissants to gluten-free muffins, and your menu items for the day. Carnivores can shop with confidence, too, as 141 stocks natural cheeses, cold cuts and frozen free-range and naturally grown meats. There is little you can’t find here, except for schlock and crappy processed foods. Owners Chris and Joe are hands-on proprietors always willing to find (and even order) something you can’t readily spot. It’s information central, too, for the higher consciousness set, where you’ll be directed by the shop’s bulletin board to find a great yoga instructor, acupuncturist, masseur/se or other masters of healing. But don’t be blinded by this third-eye perspective: Bradford Natural Market is also the place to get the goods to prepare a meal at home that would satisfy Nigella without raising Gwyneth’s ire. If you don’t like to cook, you could easily eat lunch here every day—a hot buffet brimming with spicy, veg Indian or Middle Eastern inspired fare is not to be missed—while you can trundle back home or even to your hotel room to stash some savories and sweets for a simple readymade supper. No wine sales here. 
 141 Bradford Street. 508 487-9784.


The East End of Provincetown would be lost without Liz Lovati at Angel Foods. In the heart of the gallery district, directly accross from the PAAM museum, Angel Foods offers beach-ready picnic lunches and full catering for any occasion in addition to being a shop stocked with basic and gourmet goodies, wines, cheeses, produce and a deli with prepared foods, made-to-order sandwiches and a bakery of gooey delights. The grocery aisles feature natural imported Thai, Indian, Italian and Spanish items; the butchery has New York sirloin, filet mignon, free range poultry, smokehouse meats and natural nitrate0free sausage and bacon. There is also a vast array of oils and vinegars, imported sauces, chocolates, local wines and beers. Though Angel Foods has a thoroughly up-to-date selection to satisfy the most jaded urban visitor, Liz sets the shop’s native Provincetown tone with a warm, accessible, no-nonsense retail style. Don’t see something you need in the meat department or want to order large portions of fish to grill? Just ask the boss!
467 Commercial Street. 508 487-6666.


When Tom Fielding and Scott O’Connor took over the corner of Tremont and Franklin streets (at the West End turn of Commercial Street) they not only opened one of the best alimentary shops ever to grace Provincetown, they beautified that corner with a tastefully historical building reno, updating what has been a corner shop since 1934. Former restaurateurs from Portsmouth, NH, Tom and Scott raised the bar on wine and food offerings on Cape Cod which has lagged behind other regions when it comes to quality artisinal delicacies and libations. In addition to their own Perry’s Helltown Pinot Noir, the shop offers wines hand-picked for unique qualities and accessibility. We never not ask for the newest recommendation—and many a Provincetown resident will have cases delivered , leaving the selection to Tom and Scott. Their artisinal cheese selection features fresh & aged cheeses from small family farms in the States as well as rustic cheesemongers from Europa. With cured salami and d’Artagnan pâtés, olives & spreads this is one stop shopping for a drinks party. To boot, Perry’s has the highest quality meats—whole air-chilled chickens and French pork chops from Quebec and Pure Gold Angus Beef cuts from Texas—to make home cook-outs and -ins a breeze. One Tremont Street. 508 487-0140.

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