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Village LIFE: Dennis Village

Nancy’s Candy Etc.

A trip to Nancy’s Candy Etc. is a treat for the whole family. Photo by Josh Shortsleeve

New to the village this spring is the expansive showroom for Unfinished Business. After 18 years at a location on Route 28 in Yarmouth, Joanne and Jeff Marselle have moved into their new digs at the curve on Route 6A. The bright, open new space cheerfully greets visitors with red, white and blue painted Adirondack chairs and tables outside. Once inside, visitors’ preconceived notions of unfinished do-it-yourself bookcases and tables are quickly replaced by attractive, functional furniture and built-ins perfect for any Cape Cod home. Their unique offerings allow clients to customize elements of their furniture choices—options like paint and stain colors, wood choices and overall size specifications result in a truly custom addition.

Elburne is another full-service furnishings showroom with a modern, simple twist on cottage furniture. Their open and airy converted barn has over six rooms of furniture, accessories, lighting and rugs that reinforce the casual, simple pace of life on the Cape. The young and energetic nature of sisters Simone and Laura, who opened the business just over two years ago, is a good match for the village’s vibe.

Nancy’s Candy Etc. has been an anchor in the village for a number of years, as previous customers now return with their children, assuring another generation of childhood memories. Nancy Magnuson magically performs the impossible as she accurately sorts, counts, bags and personalizes each child’s basket of sweet booty, all while children are reluctant to give up their thoughtfully selected treasure. The Mercantile, referred to as “The Merc” by their regulars, jump starts the day with a large selection of coffee and baked goods, but their extensive lunch menu with almost 30 innovative sandwich creations, soups, salads and specials is worth a visit from any part of the Cape. In addition to feeding their customers in a traditional sense, The Merc seems to feed the souls of their flock, since they’re arguably the unofficial heart of the village.

Scout Vintage Home & Garden has recently found a new home in the village. After a few years of unprecedented success in a tiny shop opposite the green, Scout has reopened in a comfortable two-story space at 800 Main Street. Owner Melissa Cox has curated a most amazing store, chock full of intriguing gifts to complement any hostess or, more importantly, your own home. Her deft selection of items has the unique ability to not only attract the lady of the home but also, astonishingly, the men of the manor have been witnessed stopping in their tracks to better examine some of the rare objets d’art and other unusual finds.

The countless businesses, sights and pleasures that lay at your feet when exploring the charming village of Dennis on Route 6A are a testament to what the Cape lifestyle is all about. It is relaxed, friendly, satisfying and steeped in historic nuance. In the space of one-and-half miles, you could socialize, be entertained, uniquely furnish your world and feed your body and spirit, over and over and over again, without ever leaving.

Discover Dennis Village:

Blossoms of Cape Cod

Three years under new ownership, Blossoms is the only full-service retail flower shop in the heart of Dennis Village providing delivery from Eastham to Barnstable. Blossoms can custom design unique floral arrangements for weddings, events, funerals and special occasions. Excellent customer service, quality and freshness are the hallmarks of this family-owned business. 543 Rt. 6A   508-385-0093


An eco-friendly furniture and home décor shop featuring pieces made from reclaimed, recycled and sustainable materials. Owned by sisters, Simone and Laura Pereira, who collaborate with many independent makers and local artists to curate an eclectic showroom full of unique goods. Services include: home consults and interior design.
744 Route 6A 508-694-5536 @elburneco

Nancy’s Candy Etc.

Come in and see why everybody loves Nancy’s Candy Etc. It’s a small and charming old-world shop, chock full of gifts, cards, stuffed animals and candy galore! Nancy’s Candy Etc. is your one-stop shop for your everyday and holiday candy and gift needs. Open year-round.
776 Main Street 508-385-2221

Scout Vintage Home & Garden

Offering an interesting mix of old and new, Scout reflects the owner’s love of nature, gardening, design and France. Besides home decor, it’s also filled with unique gifts, jewelry, cards and accessories. Always a fun and memorable shopping experience. Melissa will be shopping the Paris Flea Markets for Scout in October!
800 Main St, Rt. 6A 508-385-4545 •

the BARN & Co.

BARN & Co. is the Cape Cod destination gift shop on Route 6A in Dennis Village, catering to all of your gift-giving needs. Many local artisans and delightful surprises await your shopping experience. Shop here and have fun!
574 Main Street, Rt. 6A 508-385-2100 •

The Merc

The Merc starts with the 3:30 a.m. bake-off so that you can have the freshest muffins in town. Winner of Cape Cod LIFE’s readers poll in 2018 for Best Lunch and Best Sandwiches. The Merc also offers full catering for events (including groups of 500) or just a backyard BBQ.
778 Main Street, Rt. 6A 508-385-3877

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