274-276 Commercial Street

John Cicero at 274-276 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

John Cicero at 274-276 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

Salt-water taffy and seashells. You can almost hear Patti Page singing Old Cape Cod. But this substantial commercial building was not constructed as the headquarters of long-ago summertime fantasy. It was built in 1892, in Queen Anne style, as the headquarters of the Seamen’s Savings Bank, which occupied the building until 1964. The tenants now are Cabot’s Candy of Cape Cod, owned and run since 1969 by Giovanni “John” Cicero (pictured), and the Shell Shop, formerly of Whaler’s Wharf, which is owned and run by Cynthia Gast and has been in business since 1974. Cabot’s was established in 1927 by George Schwartz. I asked Cicero how the name of the business had come about. “He called it Cabot because he didn’t want to call it Schwartz,” he explained. The taffy is made on the premises, sending sweet aromas out like tendrils to pull in passers-by.


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