Owner Ray Hebert could have become part of his family's Massachusetts candy-making business, but he wanted to keep his craft on a smaller scale. So, he opened Stage Stop Candy, where all of the candy is made on the premises, and he invented the cranberry cordial (which is like a cherry cordial except with cranberries). It became a local hit, along with seven flavors of truffles, peanut brittle, molded chocolate and other rich treats. Stop in for just a piece or order an entire gift basket.
Built as a church in 1855, this building was converted to a general store a few years later and has been in business ever since. The nickelodeon plays songs from the past, and the shelves are stocked with everything from clothing to antiques to sunscreen to hard-to-find parts for an oil lamp. In the winter, people come in for coffee and donuts around the coal stove. In the summer, the outside benches fill with patrons reading newspapers and sipping drinks. Each Christmas season, an old fashioned caroling get-together is held here.
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.
Cape Cod is one of the most spectacular bird-watching paradises in North America, so a store like this seems only natural. Located in the Lower Cape area, this general store features a full range of bird-watching paraphernalia, feeders, guides, videos, tapes and CDs, as well as cute mugs, T-shirts and calendars to remind yourself of the birds when you can't be out there with your field glasses on. Birders are eternally grateful when they walk in, while non-birders can browse for that just-so gift for birding friends and family members.
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.
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.
Watson's Men's Store is the place to be, when you're looking to add a bit of color to your wardrobe. Known for its fashionable formal and casual men's wear, this store has answers to all your needs. Whether it's a sharp suit, a chic dress shirt, or a rugged pair of jeans and a jacket, no matter what you'er looking for, you're certain to find a plethora of options that might interest you here. Its collection also includes designs and products by some of the most renowned designers and brads, so rest assured you get your money's worth at this store.
The items that grace the displays of SeaBreezes are sure to get you intrigued about the store's collection. As you step inside, a world of vivid colors and varied fabrics welcome you. At SeaBreezes, the selection caters to diverse tastes. Since, sea and sand are synonymous to the little village of Hyannis, beachwear and nautical-themed items feature at the top of the boutique's offerings. In addition, they sell woolens, chic dresses, and a range of accessories that complete your look.
Kahn Fine Antiques is home to an intriguing yet fascinating collection of rare collectibles. Specialists in 19th and 20th-century antiques, this is where you will find it all from furniture, photographs and trinkets, to firearms, carvings and old art work. Since its inception, this store has aimed to collected, restore and distribute vintage items, a feat it has accomplished unchallenged. Claimed to be one of the best antique dealers in town, this is also where you are certain to get just what the object claims to be.
Plush & Plunder is a clothing and accessories store with an eclectic collection. The store is especially known for its large and varied collection of hats which are seen placed at almost every corner of the shop. The shop also stocks a extensive colllection of books, records, paintings, ceramics, and more.