This past month we were lucky enough to join Kelly Clarkson on The Kelly Clarkson show featured as a small business in her new local community spotlight. We were delighted to have been asked to join in the fun with other featured companies and persons of interest making positive change in their communities. Boston may be a small city, but when friends and neighbors get together to celebrate each other, great things can happen.
The show had caught wind of the Harvard Square Business Association’s 12th Annual Taste of Chocolate Festival where we handed out about 1500 samples (35 pounds!) of our homemade fudge. We joined other local companies such as David’s Tea, JP Licks, Beat Brew Hall, Blackbird Doughnuts, and Flour Bakery. Getting outside on a cold day in January with about 1500 of your closest friends and neighbors to share a plate laden with chocolate is just about the best way we can think of to spend a Saturday. Thank you to the HSBA for the beautiful video, click below...
As a way to showcase the small/local side of Boston and Cambridge as well as the chocolate festival event, Kelly and her team reached out to the Harvard Square Business Association, who in turn recommended Cabot’s Candy to help give a taste of what the festival is all about. Kelly’s producers asked us to send 150 samples to their studio audience in California for the taping, as well as to bring a sampling of our fudge, taffy and brittle to the studio in Boston and talk about it with local TV anchor Jackie Bruno and Kelly Clarkson via live feed. Our company was represented by owner and fearless boss lady Jen Kurani who said that it was a bit daunting to step into the national spotlight but that it was an honor to share our sweets with Kelly, NBC10, and The Hub Today. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and we’d like to thank them all for their wonderful support! See the clip below...
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Ok I know, I know, everyone has a New Year’s resolution. This year will it be to get fit? Read more? Facebook less? Whatever your resolution is and whatever your reason for having it, I support you. I think that it’s important to be able to have a time of the year where the process of reflection and recalibration is expected and celebrated. It is so necessary to hit pause in life - especially after all of the (joyful) madness of the holiday season is over.
For me this past year has been marked by new opportunities, new friends, reconnections with family, and (just a few) disappointments along the way. I have had the feeling that time is marching on and stopping all at once. The busyness of the holiday season can make it seem like the craziness will never end - presents to wrap, people (who are in town for only a day) to see, food to buy and cook, etc., etc. Then at 12:00am on January 1st it all stops. We know there is still a lot to do but it seems like we all take a deep breath in... and breathe out the season behind us.
Our two Cabot’s Candy stores (Provincetown and Cambridge, MA) were buzzing all season with guests interested in seeing what delicious confections we had to delight the senses. We were grateful to receive visitors from all over the globe and make a lot of new friends. Now that the final chocolate Santas and candy canes have been cleared from the shelves we will be taking time to refresh and restock for the coming weeks. We are so thankful for the kindness of our customers and vendors and we will meet 2020 with joy. We are open for business year round (check Provincetown for special seasonal hours), so please stop by, say “hello”, and grab yourself a special treat! If you can’t make it in you can see what we are up to via Facebook and Instagram - see you there!
The seashore isn’t the first thing that I generally think about in wintertime and I believe that that might be a fair statement to make about most people. The shore is for sun, sand, hot and lazy days filled with fun and adventure, right? Perhaps people most adept to difficult weather are the inhabitants of the seashore during the wintertime - a weather-beaten bunch hunkered down in coastal communities. However, it is this spirit of perseverance through tempestuous weather that drove a small community to first land and then flourish in this little seaside town of what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts on November 11, 1620. The pilgrims were just about to begin their first winter in a new land - did they find it beautiful despite the hardship?
Many generations later as I walk down the chilly streets of the Provincetown we know today I am struck by the beauty of this place, even in winter. The sun glints off of frosted water, crusted into heaves at the beach’s edge. The shops, many of which have tucked in for the winter still emit a warmth of seasons yet to come. And finally, neighbors, many of whom have been less inclined to venture out, now seem to seek out a familiar face and spend the length of an afternoon or a cup of coffee together to re-root themselves again.
At Cabot’s Candy we feel incredibly lucky to be part of this historical piece of land and storied town. Since opening our doors in 1927 we have seen neighbors come and go, families grow and seasons change. We count ourselves as part of the tried and tested inhabitants of the seashore. If you find yourself in Provincetown this winter come in and warm up with us - we are open all year round. If you can’t make it out to the tip of the Cape this winter you can see what we are up to on Facebook and Instagram.