240 Commercial Street

Chadington’s of Provincetown

Built around 1830 in Greek Revival style, 240 Commercial Street was in the Patrick family for a number of decades. “Mrs. Patrick ran the Christmas (or Christmas Tree) Shop in the front rooms of this building,” the historian Irma Ruckstuhl notes in the comment below. “It was one of the very few retail establishments which could at that time (the early 50′s) truly be called a gift shop. Many years later one of their sons sold kites from the porch; I think the first such enterprise to take advantage of Provincetown’s good kite-flying winds.” Its current retail tenant, Chadington’s of Provincetown, sells what it calls “uniquities for the home.”

The owners, Rob Foster and Gerry Ragucci, are also partners. They opened the store in July 2007 with intent of selling what they said was “an elegant and eclectic mix of home decor and gifts with a touch of wit and whimsy best described as traditional with a kick.”

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  1. Mrs. Patrick ran the Christmas ( or Christmas Tree) Shop in the front rooms of this building. It was one of the very few retail establishments which could at that time ( the early 50’s) truly be called a gift shop. Many years later one of their sons sold kites from the porch; I think the first such enterprise to take advantage of Provincetown’s good kite-flying winds.

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