Cape Cod’s Black Dog General Store

Black Dog General Store's Black dog graphic

Cape Cod’s Black Dog General Store Celebrates 10 Years in Falmouth

Black dog General Store Awnings
Black Dog General Store

Twenty thirteen marks the ten year anniversary of the Black Dog General Store coming to Falmouth’s Main Street. The store shares “an appreciation for tradition, a love of the sea and all things authentically New England. Falmouth and Chatham offer Main Streets that are quintessentially New England.” -Black Dog General Store. Shoppers will find ship artifacts, photographs telling the story of the origins of New England, and of course, the legendary T-shirts and heavyweight hoodie sweatshirts featuring the black dog graphic.

Black Dog General Store's Black dog graphic
Black Dog graphic.

Newly Renovated for 2013

The store was shut down for several weeks this past winter for renovations. The goal of the remodeling was to reinvigorate the the Maritime heritage of the Douglas Family within the store’s decor and create a relaxed shopping atmosphere.

Black Dog General Store Front
Black Dog General Store Front

Falmouth is also host to Cape Cod’s Black Dog Business Headquarters. Also, many of the Black Dog staff live, work and play in our community. The organization enjoys participating in Falmouth activities. To name a few: the annual Holidays by the Sea Parade and the sponsorship of the Falmouth Commodores in addition to working with many local organizations on fundraising efforts. This year they will be partnering with Friends of Falmouth Dog and the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce to bring family-friendly events to our town. Enriching the community that they live in is an important part of the heritage that was instilled in the staff by the founder Captain Rob Douglas Sr.

The Black Dog Tavern

The Black Dog Tavern opened on Martha’s Vineyard January 1, 1971. The Tavern was built to foster a sense of year round community on the island by bringing good food and friends together. The tavern was named after captain Douglas’ canine companion, Black Lab/Boxer mix that was actually born in Falmouth, and yes, her name was Black Dog. Her silhouette is found on the tavern’s crew T-shirt and rapidly became a coveted item for visitors to the establishment. Today customers can still purchase the classic Black Dog T-shirt, to commemorate a visit to the tavern.

Many guests who stay at the Palmer House take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard. During that visit be sure to visit the Tavern. It is serving up hearty breakfasts and lunches daily, and dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We are looking forward to checking out their outdoor seating, live music and family events a little bit later in the Spring.

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Black Dog General Store
214 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

Black Dog Tavern
21 Beach Street Ext.
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Cape Cod’s Stowe Room, A

While all of our rooms have their own New England charm, we’d recommend the Henry David Thoreau Cottage, or the Harriet Beecher Stowe Room, with a jacuzzi-style tub and cozy fireplace you might just decide to stay in.

The Treasure Chest and Chafin’s Gallery

Cape Cod Shopping at the Treasure Chest

Cape Cod Shopping Guide to the Treasure Chest & Chafin Gallery

The Treasure Chest

Cape Cod Shopping at the Treasure Chest
Cape Cod Shopping at the Treasure Chest

You will always find a pleasant smile and warm hospitality when entering The Treasure Chest Shop at number 233 on Falmouth’s Main Street. The shop is divided into two sections. The front section is devoted primarily to the latest fashions highlighted in the storefront windows. The gallery in the rear of the shop showcases some of the  Cape Cod region’s finest art work and crafts. The Treasure Chest offers a wide array of outstanding gifts, and great values for you and your home.

The owner, Janice Chafin, opened the Main Street shop just a year ago and this year has gone very well. Janice has told us that she knew that the summer season would be busy, but that she thinks the best thing about being on Main Street is that Falmouth is an active community throughout the year and there are always people walking on Main Street even during the winter months.

Prior to the shops move to Main Street, The Treasure Chest had been located on Worcester Court in Falmouth, where Janice sold woman’s apparel and toys in addition to the art work and housewares  While at the Worcester Court location, Janice’s shop did so well that she decided he needed more  floor space. With the move to Main Street some changes were made. First, Janice as a love for fashion, so she made the decision to increase her ladies clothing lines and to drop the toys. The clothing in the store features every day casual outfits, colorful or basic separates and stunning classic dresses that would be perfect for a Cape Cod evening affair.

More Cape Cod Shopping at the Chafin Art Gallery

Colorful Cape Cod Shopping for Paintings at Chafin Gallery
Colorful Paintings at Chafin Gallery

Along with the move Janice created a separate business out of the Art Gallery. She gave it its own name, Chafin Art Gallery and it features twenty-two artists. She is delighted to report that the art gallery has become so popular that she now has a waiting list. An added bonus is that when people want to go to the gallery, they walk through the Treasure Chest. This  allows more people to become familiar with both businesses. One of the clever things that she  has done to transition from one business to the other, is the inclusion of a line of “Tres Chic Furniture”. The furniture is restored older pieces that have been painted in white and the most delightful colors. The chic furniture is used throughout the showroom to display dinnerware and stemware, linens, candles, jewelry, hand bags, handmade soaps and other accessories delightful accessories.

Cape Cod shopping at Fine Art at Chafin Gallery
Fine Art at Chafin Gallery

Janice does not just rely on foot traffic, she has created the “Summer Artist Series”. This features one artist and his/her work for a week with a “meet and greet cocktail reception” on Thursday evenings. These are catered by her next door neighbor, Mark Cilfone and his friendly staff from La Cucinna Sul Mare. Along the same lines, Janice has brought in”Fashion Trunk” shows that allow the Treasure Chest customers to preview the next season’s clothing lines and there are always show specials.

The Treasure Chest and Chafin Art Gallery is a welcome addition to our charming Cape Cod downtown.  When you come to visit be sure to stop in, be sure to say hello to Janice and her staff.

The Treasure Chest and Chafin Art Gallery are located a short walk from the Palmer House Inn. While you are staying at the Inn, stay in the Henry James Penthouse to view Harrison’s “Portrait of a Beauty” or the cozy Herman Melville Room to view original drawings by P.L. O’Connell.


Cape Cod’s Uptown Dog for the Granddogs

Uptown Dog of Cape Cod
Uptown Dog of Cape Cod
Uptown Dog in Falmouth, Cape Cod

Falmouth, Cape Cod has a wonderful little pet store at 143 Main Street

Just a seven minute walk from The Palmer House. The Uptown Dog specializes in “Pampering Your Pooch”. They have dog health food, fun functional designer dog clothing and soooo many toys. There is also a boutique bakery with artfully prepared treats enough to make the fussiest canine’s mouth water.

Seamus & Rioghan
Seamus & Rioghan the Granddogs.

Bill and I enjoy shopping there for our two beautiful vizsla granddogs.   Seamus and Rioghan live in California but enjoy visiting Falmouth, Cape Cod. Rioghan is a certified search and rescue dog.  We were able to purchase a set of boots for him at Uptown Dog. He uses the boots while searching in rough terrain that might cut his paws.

Our “dog friendly accommodation,” Suite Seclusion, also called The H.D. Thoreau Cottage, is very popular with dog owners and families. It has two bedrooms, a sitting room and a shared bath. It also has its own private deck and garden.