379-379A Commercial Street

 
Wired Puppy Specialty Coffee & Tea | Iona Print Studio

No offense intended to the popular Wired Puppy coffee house, but the most interesting view of 379 Commercial Street is from the beach side, where a long, low former fish house can be seen (pictured above). Leno P. Dutra, who had a fueling station nearby at 359R Commercial Street, ran his taxi service from this address in the 1930s. In the mid 1950s, it was an Italian restaurant known as Sorrento. Perhaps not enough customers returned to Sorrento because, by the early 1960s, it had become La Cucina del Re (the King’s Kitchen).

In between times, or perhaps simultaneously in the late ’50s, Robert Werner was operating the French restaurant S’il Vous Plait at the same address. Les specialités de la maison included cornish hen souvarov, crabmeat crêpes and porkchops marechal.

Though the Susan Baker Memorial Museum is in North Truro, No. 379 was the home in the early 1990s to the Susan Baker Memorial Museum Franchise, which Gillian Drake described in The Complete Guide to Provinectown: “A colorful riot of a gallery featuring the papier mache art and sculpture of Susan Baker, plus books, cards, T-shirts and accessories. The artist … confronts marketing realities with the help of her husband and muse, poet Keith Althaus.” Baker is the author of The History of Provincetown (1999) and Provincetown Dogs (2000).

When the Turning Point store was here in the early 2000s, shoppers could find “chic women’s clothing and subtle accessories,” according to Kim Grant’s Explorer’s Guide.

Judy Jalbert, a photographer, opened the Iona Print Studio, which specializes in fine-art inkjet photo printing (a method known as giclée) and also shows her work. Wired Puppy — a coffee house catering particularly to computer users — was opened in 2007 [?] by Donna Vaillancourt, who also runs the Provincetown Design Group, and David Mazochi, who also runs David Flower Productions. More recently, a branch has opened on Newbury Street in Boston. In a 2010 video interview with The Boston Globe, Vaillancourt explained why Wired Puppy aspired to stay open year ’round.

 

 


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