The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company is tied closely to Provincetown as provisioner and employer. This was an A&P market through the ’50s; the Reef, a skin-diving store; the Portuguese-American Civic League, beginning in 1963; Sid Rifkin’s Gallery; and two entertainment venues: Mike Taylor’s Blues Bag in 1966 and Peeping Deliah in 1970. Robert Clibbon bought the building in 1978. He and his wife, Melyssa Bearse, raised their children Tyler and Daniel here and showed their art in the Clibbon Gallery. Storefront tenants in recent years included the marine-themed Peter’s Royal Navy, curated by the late Peter Constandy, and, since 2012, Loveland, an imaginatively personal store run by Josh Patner — “Bohemian Marine” is its tagline — for which only the adjective eclectic suffices.
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.