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Village LIFE: The Allure of Orleans

Nauset Beach

If you still haven’t found something to satisfy your hunger, the Corner Store, the hugely popular burrito and sandwich shop in Chatham, has a new location right on Main Street in Orleans. Their innovative daily specials, like a buffalo chicken, mac and cheese burrito, will get you scratching your head and rubbing your belly. A stop at either Corner Store isn’t complete without one of their famous whoopee pies in a variety of seasonal flavors. 

Across the street, Ragg Time, a comfortable and stylish women’s clothing store, carries brands like the popular British label Joules.  Their selection of comfortable, coastal-inspired lines will have you settling down with a straw hat, a good book and a warm breeze in no time. A few doors down, lovers of women’s shoes, and everything else that goes along with them, will get their fix at If the Shoe Fits. This hip and casual boutique will put a bounce in your step with their fun and flirty fashion that somehow seems to have something for everyone. Not only do they have shoes for every occasion and season, but the carefully curated pieces will also guarantee you some compliments.

Rock Harbor · Photo by Steven Koppel

Orleans is full of hidden gems, but perhaps none more perfectly so than a small consignment shop, named Hidden Gem Cape Cod, tucked into a quiet courtyard at 47 Main Street. For whatever reason, Orleans has a bounty of consignment shops, some clothing based and some, like this one, offer a variety of small furniture and accessories. With the tagline, “A consignment store with a sense of humor,” owner Anne Kiefer says that she can always find something interesting about the variety of items brought to her for consignment. Shoppers can expect to find a few vintage items and most certainly something they may have never thought they needed.

For the things you know that you need, Friends’ Marketplace is the kind of grocery store, butcher, wine purveyor and farm stand every community should be so lucky to enjoy. They say that they are a community-centered, food-focused market with local flavor and big tastes. One visit will confirm those statements for most anyone.

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