Guest Author - Lynn Newcomb Gaziano
The Mashpee Commons is an outdoor shopping village in Mashpee Massachusetts and it is known to locals simply as The Commons. There are very few big box stores in this quaint, brick walked outdoor plaza. What The Commons excels at is unique gifts. There are more specialty gift stores here than anything else. The list of great gift shops is extensive; Claire Murray, Cape Kaleidoscopes, Cape Cod Bear Factory, Country Smiles - Doll Clothes & Accessories, Trollbeads at the Commons, Purple Poppy, Nantucket Natural Oils, Gustare Oils & Vinegars, M. Brann & Co, Maiden Voyage, Tinder Box Internationale and Pottery Barn. This is not the place to shop for what you need, this is about what you or someone that you know would want.
It is the perfect place for a day or night out. You can shop yourself silly at many upscale shops such as Banana Republic, Appleseed’s, Alizee, Coldwater Creek, Elfstone Silver & Gold, Roberto Coin Boutique, Talbots, Puritan of Cape Cod, Chico’s, Kensington’s, and KMHudson Ltd.
For kids there is the Rugged Bear, Cape Cod Toys, Cape Cod Bear, Color Me Mine, Cape Kaleidoscopes, Gap, and more.
Even the family dog gets a treat from Hot Diggity, an upscale shop for today’s pampered pooch. Be sure to read their blog, it’s fun !
You’ll work up an appetite with all this shopping but that is no problem here. You can dine at a fine restaurant like Siena, catch a taste for the exotic at the Mediterranean Café and Wine Bar, or enjoy the cozy pub atmosphere of Bobby Byrnes Pub and then rest up by catching a movie at the Regal cinema right next door. Rest up in the movie and then head out for more SHOPPING!
Parking is a breeze here with ample lots on all sides. There are many other service shops here as well, including a CVS pharmacy.
In the summertime there are often concerts on The Commons. These concerts attract a lot of people and traffic so if you happen to visit The Commons during a concert, expect delays and parking issues, or better yet, attend the concert and find out what all the Hoopla is about and just enjoy the festivities yourself.
I consider myself lucky to live close enough to shop here regularly. My favorite stores in the whole plaza? Cape Kaleidoscopes and the Market Street Bookshop. I love most bookshops but this one has a family feel to it. The people there always seem to take a personal interest in what you are reading and generally have insights to offer on your choices. It just adds to my enjoyment of the whole experience. I always leave this shop feeling as if I’ve purchased something very special.
While the summer time is great for shopping at The Commons, wintertime is even more special with many holiday events starting in the beginning of December. There are many visits from Santa and getting a picture of the kids or the dogs with Santa is great fun. There is a Wild Game Wine Dinner at Bleu, a fine French restaurant that I have not been to myself but have heard good things about.
If you find yourself needing a bit more rest, enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride through The Commons. Just watching this is heart warming. There is also a Christmas parade midmonth in December.
Come to the Commons to shop, dine and be entertained. You won’t regret it.