93 Commercial Street

93 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

93 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Frank Vasello, by Nathan Butera.

Frank Vasello, by Nathan Butera.

Relish, the westernmost food store on Commercial Street, is notable for baked goods that unfailingly induce reckless temptation. The front of its signature T-shirt says simply, “Hey Cupcake.” And that’s all you need to know. The Provincetown Historic Survey places the date of construction at 1780 and identifies the building as having once been the J. Nickerson Store. In the 1930s, Marion “Bert” Perry — the nephew of Capt. Marion Augustine “Bertie” Perry of Rose Dorothea fame — opened Perry’s Market here. Other food markets here were the Seaside Deli and T. R. Scherer, which offered fresh French and sourdough bread daily. With two partners, the artist Frank Vasello opened Relish in 2001. He is now the sole proprietor.


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