Provincetown hacks have transported many colorful characters. Only one has transported a colorful president. The hack was Josiah “Si” Young. The president was Theodore Roosevelt. The year was 1907. Young later ensconced himself as a fixture at S. M. Young Antiques here. This mid-19th-century building has been the South Shore Apartments and Antique Inn No. 2, Ye Olde Towne Shoppe, Bam-Bu-Ware, Portuguese and Native Crafts Store, Glorified Grocer, and Silk & Feathers, a clothing boutique established by Bernd “Marek” Kryszkiewicz and his wife, Jamie (Nishman). He died in a car crash in 2004. Room 68, a home furnishings store, opened in 2014. A charming cottage out back (pictured) was home to Kip Tiernan, the founder in 1974 of Rosie’s Place in Boston, a women’s shelter, and of the Greater Boston Food Bank. When she died in 2011, the cottage passed to her spouse, Donna Pomponio.
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