There is something special about an independent bookstore. The owners have a knowledge and love of books. This shop is set in historic Edgartown and has a unique atmosphere with a welcoming staff. They have a wide selection of titles including the latest best sellers, but their specialty is the large collection of Vineyard-related books. The shop puts an emphasis on community, and you will find many books written by islanders. Many noted authors stop by to say hello and have been known to sign a copy or two of their books.
A time-honored tradition on the island is a trip to Murdick's candy store. The shop has been selling high-quality fudge and brittle since 1887. To this day, the old fashioned fudge is cooked strictly in copper pots and cooled on a marble table. Try one of the many flavored fudge creations such as Cape Cod Cranberry, Chocolate Walnut or Butter Pecan; the list is extensive. If you cannot decide, this candy shop offers a combination package with three slices of fudge and Cashew Brittle. There are additional candy shops in Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.
Wind's up, surf's up, sail's up, you name it, they've got it. This shop sells everything from waterproof watches to snorkel gear. Their motto is, "If it's for the water or the beach, chances are we have it." Indeed they do. In addition to sale items, you can lease a kayak, sailboat, canoe, body board, surf board, and wet suit. Enjoy the water vehicle of your choice by hour, day or week. Lessons are also taught in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
Corporate America has yet to come to Martha's Vineyard, and the pleasant result is an assortment of locally-owned shops such as this gem of a bookstore. Bunch of Grapes carries best selling titles as well as hard-to-find selections. You'll get personal attention from friendly staff willing to share their literary wisdom and offer suggestions. Pulitzer Prize winners and other famous authors have been on the schedule in the past.
While much of Martha’s Vineyard closes shop for the winter, the Vineyard Haven community stays open year-round. Located on the southeast corner of Tisbury, and flanked by a pleasant harbor, Vineyard Haven also has many of Martha’s Vineyard’s best attractions, restaurants, and shops. Ferries shuttle to and from the mainland, and visitors tour the lovely parks and Greek revival architecture. Historical highlights include the Old Schoolhouse Museum, the West Chop Lighthouse, and The Vineyard Playhouse, which is the island’s only year-round professional theater company.
Most islanders recognize the little blue fish logo as being a sign of quality casual clothing. The shop sells the Blueswear line for men, women and children, including shirts, skirts, pants, hats, etc. The cropped tee shirt is a customer favorite. A polo shirt with "Menemsha Blues Martha's Vineyard" embroidered in the left corner, is a great souvenir. The garments, available in an assortment of colors, are made for comfort and durability. The shop itself features the work of local artists on the walls, and the sound of local musicians fills the air. There are three Martha's Vineyard locations to choose from - two in Chilmark and one in Vineyard Haven.
Summer Shade has been providing some of the best collections of sunglasses in New England since 1985. For high-end sunglasses, unbeatable service, and Nantucket friendliness, this place can't be beat.
Past & Present is a nicely located gift and antique shop in Edgartown not far from Lighthouse Beach. It's a great place to find a unique or thoughtful gift.
The J. McLaughlin clothing chain was founded in Manhattan in the 1970s, and is a retailer with an excellent eye for classic, elegant fashion that is not overly formal. This store in the heart of Edgartown on Main Street stocks clothing for men and women, plus accessories like scarves, handbags, and belts.
Edgartown Seafood Market is located in the quaint seaside town of Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. Known for selling some of the freshest gifts from the sea in town, the store carries a wide assortment of seafood like lobster, wild salmon, Katama Oysters, little neck clams, and seasonal Bay scallops. The store also features a take-away counter serving such New England classics as lobster rolls, clam rolls, fish and chips, and fried calamari; all made with seafood fresh from the ocean. The owners are always on hand to offer advice and suggestions; with years of experience sailing the waters, you better believe they know what they're talking about!