Unemployment information from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Unemployment Assistance
December 2013 December 2012
Massachusetts 6.7% 6.6%
Barnstable County 8.3% 8.3%
Dennis 9.1% 8.9%
In December 2013 there was 7,405 people reported as being in the labor force (down from 7,492 in December 2012). Of these people in 2013 there was 6,730 people working, and 675 people unemployed. One out of every eleven people in the labor force in Dennis was out of work in December 2013. For comparison, one out of every fifteen people were out of work in the Commonwealth and one out of every twelve people in the county was out of work in December 2013.
Beer brewing is becoming big business. Dennis will soon join the microbrewery revolution. Devil’s Purse Microbrewery will appear before the Planning Board March 17th for a Site Plan Review. They should be able to open their doors some time later this year.
Not all apply, but some good ideas. We meet many of these as well, especially in Dennis Port, West Dennis and Dennis Village.
Thanks to the Cecil Group for tweeting this interesting article.
Five retail trends to watch in 2014 – The Washington Post.
A few highlights for our village centers:
Fitness Centers are now huge in retail destinations. Why? Because you can shop from home, but whether it is yoga (Power Yoga of Cape Cod in Dennis Port) or the downsized fit clubs, people need to travel to these sites to gain full benefit. I would add music lessons are quite an attraction as well with weekly returns (West Bend Music in Dennis Port).
Go Mobile. To compete with shopping centers, malls and large retailers, downtown needs to embrace new technology. Area shops need to look into developing apps, taking advantage of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or developing QR codes to be included at the stores and in advertising.
More attractions. From what I have been told, Dennis Port will be hosting an increased number of summer concerts this year. These attractions bring in customers. We need to keep this momentum growing. Street fairs were successful in Hyannis, perhaps we need to give that a go as well.
These are just a few things to promote about our villages to keep ahead of the retail curve. Patriot’s Square does a good job advertising itself as a single entity, Dennis Port, West Dennis and Dennis Village need to do the same.
From Wicked Local Dennis aka Dennis Register
In years past I have posted that Dennis, in the fifty degree range was a perfect alternative to waiting in line at the ski areas. Well, we do have an alternative for you to consider this year as well, cross-country skiing anyone? All our stores will be open all week, so stop on by and see our winter wonderland!