Sativa in Harwich Port is well-known as the shop that sells nothing you absolutely need, but which you must have. Situated in a landmark red clapboard building on Route 28 at the western fringe of the business district, the shop sells of-the-moment costume jewelry, some fine and gemstone jewelry, scented candles, soaps and fragrances, fashion and home accessories and colorful bags of all descriptions.
"Our Scout line is particularly popular so we're going to open a new location with a lot of it" says owner Ron Remondino of the planned seasonal expansion across the parking lot from Sativa. "It's so new we haven't even come up with a name for the store yet".
Remondino's second boutique will move into the building newly vacated by the 1816 House of Gourmet. That charming little kitchen store lasted three years at the site which Remondino owns and rents out. This year he'll use the building for his new boutique of summer items.
"We'll stock it with summer and beach items that appeal to the vacationers and tourists". Remondino is targeting a May first opening with a run to last until October.
Cape Cod retailers know the unique challenges of surviving in a region overrun with affluent summer visitors and an off-season population of working-class residents and retirees. Remondino says he hasn't seen any change to the rhythm of life here-- only the styles and tastes. Sativa has done a great job keeping up with the trends, as a recent visit on a Saturday afternoon in February would attest. On a chilly afternoon, with the streets of Harwich Port devoid of pedestrians and the street through the center of the village quiet of cars, Sativa was packed with young women purchasing affordable, fashionable accessories.
Remondino knows what his shop is all about. "The less you need something, the more you've got to have it", he chuckled.