Welcome to Main Street Hyannis
For two days last August, photographer Charles Sternaimolo and I explored the shops, restaurants, and cultural venues that make up today’s Main Street in Hyannis, and we met many of the characters that bring it all to life. We walked the length of the street a few times during our photo shoot, attempting to capture the essence of the community through our photos and interviews.
We met people from countries around the world—Bulgaria, Russia, and Slovakia to name a few—and others from just down the street. We saw color and creativity on display everywhere, from the flowers outside the Brazilian Grill to Talk of the Town Gift’s hot air balloon decorations. We enjoyed great meals at Main Street restaurants, learned a lot about the area, and had a good time in the process. We hope you enjoy this photo essay on Main Street in Hyannis—and be on the lookout for the next installments (Provincetown and Chatham) in our next two issues.
Sometimes the best photos . . . just kind of happen
Part of the fun of an assignment like this is the slice-of-life stuff, the people you bump in to, the scenarios you don’t expect, and the photos you couldn’t have dreamed up. Early on our first day, we saw two men working on the clock tower at First Baptist Church. That was pretty timely, if you ask me. Next, we came across 6-year-old triplets getting temporary tattoos. The boys—Kaychaun, Dantae, and Isaiah—were visiting Wings on Main with their aunt. The artist doing the job? Polin Alexsieva of Bulgaria. Then, just around the corner, we met Sophie Mitrokostas, who was walking her poodle, Lulu, along the Village Green, and no, she wouldn’t mind posing for a few photos. We couldn’t have planned it any better.
One mile of merchants
If Hyannis is the melting pot of Cape Cod, Main Street is the fondue. From end to end, there’s a mile of shops, salons, and galleries galore. Shoppers can find pretty much anything here, from clothing and candy, to skateboards and souvenirs. Popping into Puritan Cape Cod, Rick Penn, the company’s president, brought us up to the roof so we could get a high-end view of the street. Back inside, Puritan’s Anne Bellino was game for an impromptu photo shoot, modeling some new styles including AG Jeans, a Vince blouse, and an Eileen Fisher cardigan.
The Kennedys, the Cape League, and more
Inside the JFK Hyannis Museum—dedicated to everything about the nation’s 35th president—we met Jennifer Andreozzi, and her sons Nicholas and Lucas, of Bristol, RI. They were on the family’s annual Cape Cod vacation and checking out the museum’s “Jack and Bobby” exhibit. Jen Pappalardo, the museum’s operating supervisor, gave us a great tour of the place, which also houses the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Hall of Fame exhibit. One person we did not bump in to is Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former USSR Premier Nikita Khrushchev, who visited the museum in 2014.
Creativity on display
On the west end of Main, we stopped in The Little Beach Gallery where we met owner Jen Villa. The gallery exhibits the work of 60 different artists, and many of the pieces have a nautical theme: buoys, seagulls, and a fun fish made from a snowshoe. What’s Villa’s view of the village? “It’s a mile long of incredible diversity and charm, and every summer it reinvents itself.”
We stopped in a few other colorful shops, including the Poor Man’s Art Gallery and Soho Arts Company, and on each of our trips up and down the street we always paused to appreciate the cool whale sculpture outside Black Whale Gallery.
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