H.H. Snow's & Sons: 125-years-old and growing

A great Cape Cod original is having a big birthday bash, and you're invited

If you can't find it at Snow's, you don't need it and it probably doesn't exist

By Walter Brooks

Not your average department store. Even your husband will love visiting Snow's in Orleans.In this new age of box stores all featuring the same dozen global brands, there is an oasis of creative calm on quiet, tree-lined Main Street in Orleans where a very special kind of original Cape Cod department store is celebrating its 125th birthday starting today at 9 a.m.

The four day celebration at Snow's begins today (June 1-4) and features demonstrations and other fun in addition to 12.5% off every purchase.

Here are just three of the dozen demonstrations in the next four days at Snow's:

  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Cape Cod Gourmet Walter Kaye will have signed copies of Lobster Pot Cookbook & will sample their sauces. Will also sample the CC Gourmet food line.
  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Barbara Bruce Ross - Meet Barbara and sample a selection of her family's award-winning bath and body collection.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Jared Block - CC Polishing Cloth Demo. Customers can bring in one small piece to be polished.

See the rest of today's demos and those for the next four days here.

What you'll find at Snow's, and nowhere else

If you are a husband and anything like myself, one of life's greatest travails is figuring out what to buy your wife for birthdays and Christmas, and the longer you are married, the more difficult is becomes.

But I have found the solution.

When all else fails, when I've forgotten to jot down something she mentioned three months ago, I remember Snow's.

I literally walk into the 22 Main Street, Orleans store (there is a smaller version in Harwich Center), and head for the housewares department where I look for a female Snow's employee "of a certain age".

I quickly describe my wife's impeccable taste and selective nature, and without fail, the Snow's crew member shows me several items which always save my butt.

For the more normal shopper, there are also gift items, everything for outdoors, bed and bath, home decor, kitchen and dining, paint and hardware, home basics and even trains and hobbies for the eternal child in all of us.

If you can't find it at Snow's, you don't need it and it probably doesn't exist.

The Snow family ancestors were one of the seven families to settle Eastham and its more recent off-shoot, Orleans.

Since 1644, the Snows have served the Cape, both in government and business, a tradition that continues today.

In the 1870s, Captain Aaron Snow transported coal, grain and other items along the eastern coast aboard the merchant ship Nettie M. Rogers.

He first conducted business from a shed and wharf he owned on Town Cove. There, friends and neighbors gathered to buy the "conveniences" he brought back for them. Over a century later, members of the Snow family continue Aaron's tradition of "accommodating" customers.

Snow's 125th Anniversary Events: June 1 - 4, 2012
Snow's Dept. StoreStarting June 1, save an additional 12.5% on selected products during the anniversary weekend.  There are also many opportunities to enter to win great products from the  presenting manufacturers.

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