One of Provincetown’s loveliest old storefronts — ornamented by some marvelous millwork including sunburst brackets — hasn’t housed a retail business for many years, though it still plainly conveys its history as a neighborhood gathering spot. More than a century ago, it was the grocery and provision store of Simeon Smith, who married Emily Atkins in 1871 and is buried in the old Gifford Cemetery. Patricia Van Dereck operated a shop in the early 1930s. In 1938, a business here advertised itself as “Provincetown’s Only Delicatessen.” It was Souza Silver in the late 1940s, where customers could also buy sandals, bags, belts, and denim skirts.
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