306 Commercial Street

306 Commercial Street (ca 1938), from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

306 Commercial Street (ca 1938), from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

At Patrick’s News Store, out-of-town papers could be found; a precious commodity before the Internet. It was founded as a grocery and fruit store in the late 1800s by Joseph Patrick, whose parents came from the Azores. Arthur Patrick, Joseph’s son, joined the business after World War I, living above the store with his wife, Beatrice. Their daughter Carolyn (Patrick) Chase then managed the store, followed into the fourth generation by Stephen Chase, who ran it with his wife, Valerie, until 1988. Tenants have since included Small Temptations, Venture Athletics, P-town Pulp, and Drinkx Culture. On the side of the building is a sign for Small’s Court, a small private way. Across Commercial was a small wharf owned by J. Small. Clearly, this was once a small world.

Update | July 2015: Paws & Whiskers Dog Bakery – Pawticulars is the current storefront tenant.


More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.

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