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.
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.
The Scottish Bakehouse in Vineyard Haven offers sweet treats, cool drinks, coffee, snacks and more. This local hangout is a popular place to grab a cup of coffee or a breakfast burrito in the morning or pick up a cupcake made with organic, natural ingredients. If you are more interested in gluten-free and vegetarian options, there are plenty of items to choose from no matter what time of day it is.
Alley's General Store has been in business since 1858 and is on the list of historic sites of the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust as the oldest operating retailer on the island. You can get everything from fishing lures to freshly prepared meals at this popular, local hangout. Relax on the front porch benches or get a bite to eat around the back.
A piece of furniture from the Hepler gallery will be treasured for generations. Each piece is made from selected high-quality wood and guaranteed for the lifetime of the original owner. The furniture is durable, unlike what you find in many furniture chains. The owner, Larry Hepler, moved to the Vineyard and began making furniture over 15 years ago. You will have the honor of owning a hand-crafted original that is sure to compliment any room. Many clients play a role in the creation process. Each piece is signed, dated and numbered for authenticity. The team of craftsmen designs everything from rocking chairs and dressers to tables. Each piece is available in cherry or maple, or more expensive black walnut or teak. Make sure to call ahead because this gallery is by appointment only.