If you don’t know Cape Cod, or haven’t been to Chatham, it is a beautiful place. Chatham’s main street itself is beautiful, bright and bustling. Most of the tourists that visit are polite north-easterners seemingly largely from Massachusetts, and many are from Boston by all appearances. The least laid back of the tourists are from New York City (I can say it because I’m from there) but they are in the minority. I can’t tell you how many times the locals have said to us “but you don’t seem like you’re from New York”. I always took it as a compliment. But I digress.
One of the things the hubby and I enjoyed about the Cape the most were the pretty signs people hung both on the businesses and on their homes. Many people name their homes there, presumably with names that are meaningful to them. Some are beach, water or vacation themed, but most are decipherable only to the owners and their loved ones. In fact, we like this practice so much we had a sign made at the Chatham Sign Shop (40 Kent Place) for our own house, and have been asked about it many times by our neighbors. We have had it up on our house now over 6 years and it is as colorful as the day we put it up.
As unique as the house signs are, the business signs are beautiful. Most seem to be made in the same high gloss style, and others are different. But to me, all reflect the owners and their businesses well. And so, this week I am starting a little series which I would like to call “Signs of Summer: Chatham Style.” Today I leave you with Buffy’s Ice Cream Shop (456 Main Street) our favorite homemade ice cream parlor in town. I can still see my little girls sitting on the old little bench outside dripping ice cream down their hands and clothing – added work for me for sure, but a wonderful memory nonetheless.
I was not compensated to write this post. I am simply remembering good times.