Calmer Choice, non-profit organization in Barnstable, Massachusetts Calmer Choice, non-profit organization in Barnstable, Massachusetts

Business Alliance Partner: Affordable Mattress of Cape Cod

Gary grew up in upstate New York, and later lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for twenty years as a cinematographer and camera operator. As a kid, his family vacationed on the Cape. His mom bought a house in Dennis Port and he has fond memories of paddleboarding and kayaking in the summer.

Later in life, he and his wife decided they needed a change after their children graduated from school. They bought the Dennis Port summer home and moved here. When I asked how the Cape had changed since his youth, he responded cheerfully that the perennial characteristics that make the Cape special -- the oysters, the beach, the ice cream stands, and the enchanting summers -- are still here.

Gary opened Affordable Mattress of Cape Cod, a start-up business, 7 years ago. He cites his mother as an important role model for him. She taught him to treat others the way you would want to be treated and to have a positive and open-minded outlook on life. His business is located in the same plaza as the Calmer Choice Headquarters, and that’s how he first learned about Calmer Choice. He decided to become a donor because he believed mindful awareness training for kids would be a positive force in their lives. He’s had his own daily mindful awareness practice for about 4 years.

When asked if what advice he would give his younger self, he emphasized:

“Do your own thing. What the crowd encourages you to do is often not what’s best for you. And try to get outside as much as you can.”

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