141-143 Commercial Street

141 Commercial Street, MAP, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

141 Commercial Street, MAP, by David W. Dunlap (2009).

These abutting properties were long in the hands of the prominent Snow clan. No. 143 was the family homestead when John C. Snow — arguably the most powerful lawyer in town, as well as Town Moderator, temporary Town Manager, and chairman of the Board of Selectmen — was young. Snow & Snow, now run by his son Christopher, is said to be the oldest continuously operating law firm on the Cape. John Snow’s mother, Madeline (Cook) Snow, sold candy and conveniences at No. 141, succeeding Bessie Florence Tyler. Al’s Fish Market was here in the ‘60s. Louis Morin’s innovative No. 5 clothing store of the ’80s was succeeded in 1994 by Pauline Fisher’s MAP, where one might as likely emerge with a book, a print or a smart idea as with a pair of jeans or boots. “Pauline’s taste is flawless,” the writer Dan Shaw said. MAP moved in 2015 to 222 Commercial.

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