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.
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.
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.
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.
This shopping complex that is distinctively stylized and elaborate is a preferred destination for the shopping enthusiasts in this part of the world. Modeled as a trendy European township, Mashpee Commons has a large variety of shops that has shopping options from clothing to antiques. There are delectable dining choices inside. A variety of cultural and shopping events are also held here regularly which attracts large crowds.
The bight purple exterior of this charming boutique makes it easy to spot inside Mashpee Commons. A place that has been in business for over 25 years, Purple Poppy is an entrepreneurial venture of owner Connie Goggin. The store is stocked with items personally picked by Connie and it features a number of clothing options from brands like Bailey 44, Claudia Nichole, Endless Rose, Last Tango and many more. Fashion to suit the season, attires for special occasions, quirky accessories and sales are attributes that beckon locals as well as tourists to this trendy haunt.
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.
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.