Tell us about your connection to the Cape and your business/profession.
I, Shayna, grew up spending my summers on Cape Cod with my grandparents and extended family. Over the many summers scooping ice-cream and working in the Food and Beverage Industry, I made lots of friends and slowly built a community that seemed like home. When we were considering a move from the West Coast, the Cape Cod community was an obvious first choice.
What do you love about the Cape Cod community?
We love the diversity of ages – from young babies and kids to older people – and how it seems to blend together. The Cape community is eclectic by default, salty, and down to earth. There is an implicit understanding that we have all chosen to live in this nature-filled sandbar and that to make it work, we are all working very hard and wearing many hats.
What are some of the best parts of living here?
The ocean, the sense of peace and tranquility, the strong sense of community, and that despite the small feel, there are always new places to discover. For example, we spent our first evening in Osterville the other night, and it was beautiful! Every town and village has its own unique vibe.
Why do you think it is important to shop local?
Because we want to keep our money, and the multiplying effects of our money, in our community so we can directly support the people we know and love. Shopping local is essential for building a sustainable, thriving, year-round economy.
Describe your ideal Cape Cod day.
Well, I am a beach and surf bum at heart, so my ideal day is waking up early, brewing a nice strong coffee, and driving to Nauset Outer beach with my family. Usually, there is a crowd of friends out there, so the day is spent in the water, surfing, playing racketball, eating and playing with all our local friends and family.