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Warm memories, quality goods & community spirit

One Might Call this the “Heart” of Cotuit

Cotuit Fresh Market

Warm memories, quality goods & community spirit, November/December Cape Cod Life |

Service with a smile: From left, Megan Burdick and Pat Pulsifer are at the ready behind the register.

With its white, steepled church, Fourth of July parade, and residents deeply loyal to their quiet outpost, Cotuit is the quintessential Cape Cod village by the sea—and some consider Cotuit Fresh Market its heart. The bustling entrance of this century-old general store reverberates with the rhythm and spirit of small-town neighborliness as chatty children fresh from sailing class, thirsty construction workers, and Cape Cod League baseball players share snacks, lunch, and news.

Lori Pimental, who with her husband, Rich, bought the business in 2009, confirms it is as much a community center as it is a grocery store/coffee shop/deli. “We get phone calls asking when things are happening . . . or people asking for directions…. We are an information center.”

On a day when the power had gone out in town, customers dashed in, relieved to find the store’s large kitchen fully operational and dishing out Italian subs, pizza slices, and chicken Parmesan sandwiches. They swapped stories about stoplight outages and how the animal hospital was dealing without electricity. Amid the cheerful chaos, manager Megan Burdick greeted customers by name, while still managing to answer questions about the store’s most popular sandwich, the Cotuit Special. Bulging with roast beef, turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, provolone, lettuce, and tomatoes, and spread with honey mustard and mayo, this king-size sub is the favorite late lunch of the Cotuit Kettleers baseball team, Burdick reports. The players also depend on her to stock a range of exotic licorice flavors from mango to green apple as well as dill pickle flavored sunflower seeds to chew during a game.

Sara’s favorite purchase: a clothing hook rack fashioned by Cotuit artisan Steve Cook from vintage boat cleats and mounted on reclaimed wood from Provincetown.

737 Main Street, Cotuit • • 508-428-6936

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