Cape Cod Shopping Guide to the Treasure Chest & Chafin Gallery
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
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.
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.