There are no chain stores to be found on Nantucket. While that lends the island a personality difficult to find on the mainland, it does mean that there are no department stores to be found...except, that is, for Murray's Toggery Shop. Murray's sells men's, women's and children's clothing and shoes, with an emphasis on variety. In addition, Murray's has a section set aside for "Nantucket Reds", clothing in the unofficial color of the island.
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.
The summer sun can be brutal on your eyes, and you can't fully enjoy your vacation if you are stumbling around blindly in the sun. You are going to need some sunglasses. Luckily, Summer Shades can help you out. They carry many different brands of cheaters, including Ray-Bans, Revo, Mossimo and Oliver Peoples. Give your retinas a rest and cover them up with one of this shop's many varieties of shades.
Seaman Schepps jewelry store is housed in what used to be Congdon's Pharmacy. Instead of picking up an eggcream or cherry soda, you can get yourself beautiful diamond, gold, silver, platinum or coral accessories for any occasion. This is one of only three Seamen Schepps retailers in the country (the others are in New York and Palm Beach), so you can definitely expect to find handcrafted, exquisite jewelry.
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.
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.
Davis Chase,located in downtown Nantucket, is an upscale luxury women clothing designer store. This is a specialty clothing and shoe boutique for women. The designs by David Chase are created using finest of European materials in keeping with their customer's desire for high quality, unique designs and comfort. The designer lines are therefore customized for style that is chic yet sophistication. To view the collection, visit the website.
Vis-A-Vis is a small boutique in downtown Nantucket that offers an array of products by local and international brands. Female shoppers are invited here to pick the best of clothing, handbags, accessories, perfumes and jewelry. They also offer a wide selection of contemporary and classic home furnishing, and decorating accessories like rugs and quilts. Check out their online store to make purchases and for the latest merchandise updates.
Nantucket is big on water sports and is one of the best places to go windsurfing and kayaking. When looking out to buy equipments for the same, head to Force 5 Watersports—a small boutique located in town. The store has a good collection of branded goods and some amazing choice of apparels and accessories for all ages. In fact, you will be amazed at the product line that it has to offer and includes the best in surfboards, wet suits, beachwear, sunglasses, footwear and bags.
While most of the antique furnishing concerns on Nantucket are on the pricey side, The J Butler Collection is surprisingly affordable without sacrificing any of the quality. The place has a casual, homey atmosphere; indeed, it is run out of the house of the owners. You can shop in comfort, without any hard-sell from a salesman. Of course, you may want to apply a little elbow grease to the door; it sticks. But it's worth the effort.