More people know this commercial complex as Nelson’s than as 43 Race Point Road, thanks to the longtime presence of the Nelson family and their riding stable and school, bicycle shop, bait and tackle shop, and market. Clifton and Katharine Talbot (Wright) Nelson bought a large tract, including the stable, in 1948. They were joined in the business by their daughter, Charlotte (Nelson) Rogel. The paddock and barn are now Flying Changes Farm. Though the bait and tackle shop is owned by Richard Wood, it has kept the Nelson name — and the inviting feel of generations ago, with a forest of fishing rods, bright wooden lures, and yellowing photos that prove fish tales true. Connie’s Fresh Foods used to be out here. The complex is currently home to Cosmos Catering, Doggie Styles, Garden Renovations Nursery, Gosnold on Cape Cod, and Yoga East Wellness Center.
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