Meet these entrepreneurs shaping the fabric of Dennis Village and beyond.
by Janice Randall Rohlf
Photographs by Julia Cumes
Littlenecks – Erica Dunn
Tapping into her love for vintage and a desire to shop more sustainably, Erica Dunn wanted to find a way to offer an accessible collection of mom-approved hand-me-downs. She opened the door to Littlenecks in March 2020, just as the pandemic started shuttering businesses. The upside for Dunn was that it gave her time to personally connect with local families through virtual shopping, curbside pickups, and home deliveries. “I was able to introduce myself and the business through virtual shopping,” says Dunn. “I really felt a sense of community, and the response was huge. After just a year in business, I was able to move to a larger storefront and offer community events.”
In the heart of Dennis Village, Littlenecks carries new high-end children’s clothing, shoes, and gifts in addition to very-good-quality pre-loved items. But Littlenecks is more than just a children’s clothing boutique. “We are a gathering space that offers music and art classes, mommy & me yoga, and more,” shares Dunn. “I love partnering with other local mompreneurs.”
In addition to Littlenecks, Erica co-owns The Pheasant restaurant with her husband, Adam Dunn. Right down the road on 6A, The Pheasant focuses on sustainable, locally sourced dining and gracious but approachable hospitality. Says Dunn, “Between The Pheasant and Littlenecks, we have really been able to connect with the Dennis community and truly feel the support from other local business owners. It has been so awesome to watch our friends’ businesses transform, shift, and grow throughout the pandemic.”