Cape May Changes
Regular visitors to Cape May are in for some surprises when they walk around in the heart of Cape May. Notably, the Cape May changes in building appearances and new businesses. For the authoritative list on what’s new around Cape May, West Cape May and beyond check out Cape May Dot Com.
This blog post is directed at answering the most frequently asked questions by guest arriving to check in. “What is going on or in across the street?” Questions like that generated hundreds of Facebook comments in a local group page last week. It got to the point the administrator of the page had to shut down commenting on the question.
Cucina Rosa, the famed Italian restaurant across the street from the Victorian Motel, retired and sold the building a couple of years ago. The Platzer family who bought the building, leased it to That’s Amore, another Italian restaurant, who operated it for almost two years.
New Year’s Eve was the last dinner service for That’s Amore. The building owner had different plans.
Galvanic, on the 500 block of the Washington Street Mall is an upscale (higher priced) men’s clothing store. They had Cape May changes of their own in mind.
Planning to energize the 300 block of the mall with an entirely new (and shocking to some) look and line of men’s and women’s clothing. Wrapping the building in a red brick veneer and installing sublime plate-glass windows created a stark contrast. “How did the Historical Preservation Commission approve that?” guests ask. They did. These are the guidelines.
At the other end of the 300 block of the mall, more stark Cape May changes are taking place. Queen May Jewelry, which operates businesses at two other locations in town, purchased the retiring Lynn Arden location. Re-dressing the building in high-gloss black paint by Bill Hogan painters.
“We are borrowing from a downtown London look,” Amanda, one of the owners told me. Her comment immediately reminded me of my last visit to London and eating in a downtown restaurant, painted in high-gloss black. It all made sense.
Amanda and her husband Daniel run classy operations. This flagship location will carry quality jewelry, estate jewelry and even some vintage silver-service ware on the second floor. With the new Brian DeMusz sign outside like the photo header, Queen May will be a gem.
History Of Cape May Changes
A few years back I was interviewed by New Jersey Monthly Magazine about the trend toward upscale merchants and lodging. Beginning with the Ocean Club Hotel upgrade and the addition of galleries, like D’May on the mall this trend was firmly established. We still have $10.00 t-shirt shops and ice cream parlors.
What is in store for the future? There is a little white clapboard sided house on the corner of Carpenter Lane and Decatur Street. New owners have taken it over and plan to restore it to its original Victorian architecture.
Preliminary plans call for a couple of rental suites and retail spaces. The property has parking spaces included for the suites.
There is a prevailing theory which says people coming to Cape May will go home with a $30,000.00 Rolex watch, if there is someone to sell them a $30,000 watch. Time will tell.