It’s June, and time for CapeMay.com’s annual – Who’s New, Who’s Moved, Who’s Gone and Who’s turned it over to someone new update. Let’s begin with Breaking News – Steve White of Seaside Cheese Company, Park Blvd in West Cape May, told CapeMay.com over the weekend that he expects work on Cafe Fromage – which will be a room right off the cheese shop – should be completed by July. What fun – cheese, snacks and wine without leaving the store. Good luck Steve.
Over on the Washington Street Mall in Cape May, although the Mall had a huge turnover last year, it’s looking pretty much the same this year, with just a couple of changes.
In the 500 block, The Shirt Outlet in Liberty Way, by the Lemon Tree Restaurant, has moved into one store and revamped the second. 106 Liberty Way is now called Glitter Girl. The newly renovated Glitter Girl specializes in jewelry and accessories.
In the 400 block in City Centre Mall, Candles of Cape May is gone. No one has taken the space as of press time.
In the 300 block Best Darn Kettlecorn is out and Bathtime has expanded into that location.
Behind the Mall on Carpenters Lane, Tradewinds is gone. Rowehouse Tile is in. They sell ceramic tile and art. In Carpenters Square Mall, Crepe May to Go is out. No one in as yet.
Over at Congress Hall, we noticed the hallway is dotted with little bistro tables for patrons to enjoy their morning joe and that Tommy’s Folly has expanded across the hall, next to Victorious.
On Lafayette Street, The Nest is gone and Moonstruck Boutique @ 503 is in. A longtime retail store, Whiskers on Ocean Street, is gone and now has a booth at the Antique Emporium on Perry Street. As of press time, the old location is still vacant.
In the Washington Street Commons, the slot vacated by Maggie’s Restaurant last summer is now Lili’s Therapeutic Massage. One Cape May fixture at the Commons is sadly missing this year – Oma’s Doll Shop is gone – but good news – you can still order your favorite dolls on line – www.omasdollshop.com Coming soon to that location – New York Hot Bagels.
Lots of changes down on the beachfront beginning with Sean’s Restaurant, a couple of doors down from Akroteria. Sean’s is out and one of our favorite restaurateurs, Yiannis (John) Karapanagiotis of George’s Restaurant has encouraged his younger brother, Peter to open The Y.B. Eat Place. That’s Y.B. as in younger brother. New look, new menu. Give it a shot. How could you be disappointed by anything made by the Karapanagiotis brothers?
Also along the beachfront, clothing boutique Accents is gone and the Well Center for Massage, of 110 N. Broadway, West Cape May, has added another location. Looks like this is the year for the massage. Must be a lot of stress out there.
In the Beach Theatre shopping “concourse” – somewhat ironic given that the Beach Theatre has been closed for two summers now – Shades of Cape May is out (and relocated last summer onto the Mall) and Pete Smith’s Surf Shop (also in the Washington Commons and formerly located in the now demolished Solarium) is in. Louie’s Hot Dog Shop is out as of last summer and The Sea Shanty is in and it looks like they’re hoppin’.
Across the street is one of the biggest changes – Convention Hall is demolished, as well as the Solarium and is currently a big giant hole – but a Cape May tradition – Henry’s on the Beach is out and – The Beach House – is in. Readers will be happy to note that they are still serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seaside and bonus – you can watch construction of the NEW Convention Hall while you dine – or at the very least listen to it, depending on seating arrangements.
Across the street at the Macomber, the cute little gift shop Mermaids is out and Cape May Variety is in – selling newspapers, cigarettes and beachside sundries.
Over in West Cape May, the little shopping center across from the 7-Eleven at the corner of Broadway and Sunset Boulevard, seems to always have new tenants, except for Brothers Pizza who have been there it seems forever. Currently, the eateries next to Brothers are Blue Moon Ice Cream and Jo Jo’s Mediterranean Grill.
And across the street, right next to the 7-Eleven. – you’ll never believe it – Mangia Mangia is gone and it is now Dock Mike’s Pancake House, as in Dock Mike’s at South Jersey Marina which is now Wallace’s of Whaler’s Cove fame.
Going out of town, as you know Copperfish moved from its location near the Schellenger Bridge two seasons ago. Last year, Latitudes went in. They are gone and Diana’s – a breakfast, lunch and dinner eaterie, is in.
Well that’s it for this year, unless you know of some new places or some old ones. If you do, let us know.