308-310 Commercial Street

308-310 Commercial Street (1957), from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

308-310 Commercial Street (1957), from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

308-310 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

308-310 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Weirmen in the 1890s could get snag-proof rubber boots at the New York Store. Milady found shirtwaists, capes, ribbons, and laces. It was in business nine decades and always had a wide selection — “a ‘one-family mall’ you might call it,” Berta Walker said. Its name endures on the building that housed its flagship. (There was a branch at 161 Commercial.) The store, paralleling the tracks of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, was the province of the Lewis family: Mark and Elizabeth, and their sons Victor and Israel “Duffy” Lewis. Family members are still owners in what is now a condo. Lewis Brothers Homemade Ice Cream is a tenant, as is the Cotton Gin.


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