In Provincetown Discovered, Manuel Silva’s yard can be seen filled with lobster pots, under the sign, “Native Lobster Now $2.50 Lb.” Richard Allan, an attic roomer in the ’50s, recalls Carrie Silva leaving him a quart of milk and a “most delicious” lobster sandwich every few days. In the ’90s, the building housed Wa, Tom Rogers’s Asian antique and housewares store. In 2007, it became a Marc by Marc Jacobs boutique. (Robert Duffy, the president of the company, was spending summers at 27 Commercial.) Was this the End of Provincetown as We Knew It? To his own surprise, Mike Albo of The New York Times found that he liked the store. “The brand’s trend-making, gossiped-about namesake is brazenly gay, has a messy love life, and can’t stop posing half-naked in front of people,” Albo wrote in 2008. “Sounds like Provincetown to me.”
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