152-152A Commercial Street

This charming little business building, 152A Commercial Street, shares a lot with the Carreiro/Sawyer family home, which is approached from Atlantic Avenue. Joseph M. Carreiro (b ±1881) was born in São Miguel in the Azores. After coming to Provincetown, he met and married Mary Almeida (b ±1884) in 1902. “For many years Mr. Carreiro, known to all the neighborhood and much of the town as Joe, conducted a barber shop in the small building in the front of his home,” The Advocate reported on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary. (“Carreiros Observe 50th Anniversary,” The Advocate, 7 February 1952.) Through their granddaughter, Marlene (Carreiro) Sawyer, the family still owns this property and lives in the house. It was until recently the Wildflower store. [Updated 2012-01-05]

155 Commercial Street

West End Salon & Spa
Isaiah Adelbert Small (±1868-1945) was born in an apartment over the First National Bank, entered its employ in 1889 as a bookkeeper and worked there until his death 56 years later, having risen through the ranks to become assistant cashier. He lived here with his wife, Daisy Anne Small, who took in boarders. Quite a contrast to the West End Salon, established in 1982 by Dougie Freeman, who has never been shy — or restrained — about promoting his business. More history»