Nelson’s (43 Race Point Road Condominium)
That’s not formally the name of this commercial complex on the way to the Back Shore, but it’s a safe bet that more people know it 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 A. Nelson (d 1982) and his wife, Katharine Nelson, bought a large tract, including the stable, in 1948. Fifteen years later, operating as Nelsons Riding Stable, they began offering trail rides out into the dunes. They were joined in the business by their daughter, Charlotte (Nelson) Rogel. Though Nelson’s Bait and Tackle is now owned and run by Richard B. Wood, it has kept the family name, as well as the inviting feel of a shop from generations ago, where bright wooden lures can still be found amid more up-to-date equipment and yellowing photos prove fish tales true. A dense little grove of fishing rods stands in the middle.
A commercial complex grew up around Nelsons Riding Stable, forming a kind of mini-town center for residents of the newer subdivisions on either side of Route 6, as well as a provisioning spot for anyone headed into the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Connie’s Fresh Food, operated by Constance O’Meara and Richard Goldberg and known especially for its baked goods, moved into the main barn building in the early 2000s from Shank Painter Road, before moving again to the Aquarium Marketplace, where it is known as Connie’s Bakery. Mima’s Deli briefly replaced Connie’s in 2011. In 2013, BBQ Boys opened in the space. “Meat tastes good” is the motto of this barbecue restaurant, run by Tim Paquette and Christian Soderstrom.
Nelson’s trail-riding business, which was run for atime by Luther Bumps and then by Wendy Bujack, was ultimately scuttled by the question of permitted commercial access between the stables and the seashor. The old Nelson paddock and barn is now known as Flying Changes Farm, run by Kerry Castle and the artist Heather Bruce, who is pictured below nuzzling with Charley. (Ann Wood, “Wanted: More Horses — Nelson’s Riding Stable in Provincetown Seeks Boarders,” The Provincetown Banner/Wicked Local, 20 April 2013.)
There has long been a gardening and nursery business at No. 43. In the early 2000s, it was called Gaskill’s, for Gordon Gaskill, who operated it with Eve Archer. It is now the Garden Renovations Nursery. Yoga East, founded by Jerry Anathan, is another longtime tenant; as are Cosmos Catering and Doggie Styles.
• Map • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit A, main barn • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit B, main barn • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit C, main barn • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit D, Nelson’s Bait and Tackle • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit E1 • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit E2 • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit F • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit G • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit H • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit I • Assessor’s Online Database PDF, Unit I, Garden Renovations Nursery ¶ Posted 2013-08-11