141 Bradford Natural Market
The center of the Provincetown universe, “141″ is so much more than the best grocer in town. It’s a one-stop gourmet shop, organic market, restaurant, bakery, juice bar and modish general store all in one. Beyond being stocked with healthy dry goods, produce, bulk items, natural beauty and health products and eco-friendly necessities, this light and airy purveyors is Provincetown’s answer to the agora where people gather daily to buy fresh ingredients, eat a natural vegetarian or vegan lunch, grab some fresh-made prepared meals, and connect with one another sharing the news of the moment over a nosh at the large communal table, or while in the check out line. Open at 8am, you can grab a fresh fruit/veg smoothie or coffee and baked breakfast, from buttery croissants to gluten-free muffins, and your menu items for the day. Carnivores can shop with confidence, too, as 141 stocks natural cheeses, cold cuts and frozen free-range and naturally grown meats. There is little you can’t find here, except for schlock and crappy processed foods. Owners Chris and Joe are hands-on proprietors always willing to find (and even order) something you can’t readily spot. It’s information central, too, for the higher consciousness set, where you’ll be directed by the shop’s bulletin board to find a great yoga instructor, acupuncturist, masseur/se or other masters of healing. But don’t be blinded by this third-eye perspective: Bradford Natural Market is also the place to get the goods to prepare a meal at home that would satisfy Nigella without raising Gwyneth’s ire. If you don’t like to cook, you could easily eat lunch here every day—a hot buffet brimming with spicy, veg Indian or Middle Eastern inspired fare is not to be missed—while you can trundle back home or even to your hotel room to stash some savories and sweets for a simple readymade supper. 141 Bradford Street. 508 487-9784. www.bradfordnatural.com/
Kiss and Makeup
Just don’t call it a shop: We heard a heavenly glee club break into acapello harmony when this cosmetic “retail experience” for men and women first opened its doors. Because, as for Edwina in Absolutely Fabulous, “it takes more than a cold flannel and some Body Shop oatmeal scrub” for us, you know. With emphasis on eco-friendly, vegan and animal-cruelty-free product lines, K+M offers the top innovative brands we expect to find in our favorite city cinters, and then some. The genius owner Christine is the real-deal cosmetologist who has werked her magic for modeling agencies, on the runway, and for premier beauty companies like MAC, Stila, Lancome, NARS and Dior. And yes, K+M gives good face in the form of expert skin care consultations, make-up applications and, even lessons. Forgot to pack your Clarisonic? No problem. K+M’s got a full line of these amazing machines. Getting married? Well, who isn’t? Brides and grooms and their parties, can get more than their blush on here with custom packages available. You’ll find unisex skincare products including Mario Badescu, Malin + Goetz and Suki; cosmetics lines like Kevin Aucoin and Stila; and mens lines including Taylor of Old Bond Street and Lab Series. And get this: The Kiss and Makeup Charity Lipstick Collection, inspired by and named for the performing artists of Provincetown, which helps people with substance abuse through NRI.
357 Commercial Street. 508 413 9337. www.kissandmakeupptown.com