Cape May Shops – Lots of Changes in 2016

Cape May, NJ – Remember Between the Lines  – that classy women’s clothing store that was on Carpenter’s Lane for years?   Gone.

In its place this year – doughnuts,  tiny doughnuts hot from the fryer.

Plumber Joe (that’s how people know him – he is a plumber, after all) got such a great response selling his little doughnuts at local farmers markets last year, he decided to open an actual store.

It’s not the only familiar storefront undergoing a facelift this year.


Anyone remember the old Domino’s Pizza on Park Boulevard in West Cape May? It morphed several years ago into Italiano Pizza. But all that tomato sauce and mozzarella is biting the dust for good.

The long time pizza place is now Mermade.

Fruit flavored sugar scrubs will be replacing those pizza ovens. Mermade is a children’s spa for the under 12 set.

Little girls can get mini makeovers. Owner Kylie Bush says the new location is twice the size of her old spot on Gurney St. And there’s parking.  Just what you need when you’re hosting children’s birthday parties.

Sweet House

Another long time favorite, Morrow’s Nut House on the Washington Street Mall is also gone. But at this location, the new business coming in is actually a riff on the old.

Will Riccio, owner of Louisa’s Restaurant, is creating an old fashioned candy store called the Sweet House in the old Morrow building.  Sort of like the retro  Shane’s Confectionery in Philadelphia.  Don’t worry, Morrow’s Nuts fans.  A sign taped to the window promises roasted nuts and candy.

Cape May Bakers

Yet another long lived local shop, Cape May Bakers, closed its doors this year after 35 years in business on Perry Street in West Cape May.

Curtis Bashaw, owner of Congress Hall, bought the place and plans to annex it to his popular shopping spot, the West End Garage, right next door.  He says the bakery will create space for more shops plus, West End Shoppers, pay attention – there’s a a new addition coming:  a coffee shop for those who’d rather sip latte’s than shop. Open is set for October.

South of Jackson

The brand new South of Jackson shop on the Washington Street Mall is already open for business.

Owners Tony and Jennifer Palmer moved to Cape May from the Philly area to start this contemporary gift and home store. It’s aimed squarely at modern and blended families. No same old same old stuff here. The Palmers’ store has an urban vibe, with edgy pillows and creative kids’ gifts.  It’s one of those hard- to- walk- out- without- buying- something stores. South of Jackson replaces American West.

Juice Caboose

The Juice Caboose on Washington Street took over a storefront late last season that had been many things including, most recently, a real estate office.

This will be the Caboose’s first full season serving up take out smoothies, home made soups and salads. The owner has local restaurant cred – he’s part of the Atkinson restaurant family from Cape May Court House.


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