42 Bradford Street

Ptown Bikes | Formerly Cabral’s Market

Ptown Bikes, 42 Bradford Street. [2009, Dunlap]

[2022, Dunlap]

Advertisements from 1996 and 2014.

Rack card from 2019.

Home page of the Ptown Bikes website as of 2023. [ptownbikes.com]

The house was built in the mid- to late 1800s. Antone Jackett, a fisherman, lived here with his wife, Mary Mayo (Janard) Jackett, and their children, including Antoinette (Jackett) Gaspie. Antoinette’s grandson Joseph Trovato III said in a comment that Antone sold the house some time around 1932, shortly after Mary died in the house, of cancer.

Manuel Cabral (1904-1975) and Mary (Prada) Cabral (1906-1978), proprietors of Cabral’s Market at 34 Bradford Street, bought the property in 1957. They passed the property on to Philip F. and Elaine C. Cabral in 1959. The younger Cabrals lived here with their children and converted the ground floor into the second Cabral’s Market. The family sold the property in 1986 for $173,000.

William “Bill” Meadows bought 42 Bradford in 1995 for $145,000 and that year opened Ptown Bikes, on April Fool’s Day. The shop was still in business at the time of this writing in 2023. The head mechanic and general manager for more than two decades was Jeff Millett. The shop said on its website that it had over 650 rental bicycles available. It offered pay-as-you-go rentals and its customer database permitted online sign-up and bill closing — “We want you riding our bikes, not waiting around our store.”1

Joseph Trovato III wrote on 4 February 2013: This was the home of Antone Jackett and his wife, Mary Mayo Janard Jackett, and their children. They sold the house around 1932, shortly after the death of Mary from cancer. She died in that house. Their daughter, Antoinette Jackett Gaspie, was my grandmother. My great-grandfather, Antone, was a fisherman.

Susan Cabral wrote on 18 May 2013: Philip F. Cabral bought this house in 1959 the early 1960s, where he lived with his wife Elaine and their children until they bought the house on 22 Franklin Street. They then turned 42 Bradford Street into Cabral’s Market, previously located at 34 40 Bradford Street.

1 Ptown Bikes > About, retrieved 20 February 2023.

¶ Last updated on 20 February 2023.

In memoriam

• Manuel Cabral (1904-1975)

Find a Grave Memorial No. 106712732.

• Mary (Prada) Cabral (1906-1978)

Find a Grave Memorial No. 106712786.

42 Bradford Street on the Town Map, showing property lines.

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