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.
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.
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.
This organic farm specializes in growing daylilies. A family farm, it grows many varieties including soft shades of peach, pink, lavender, yellow and more. Individual prices range from $5 and up. Choose 25 plants for $99; if you buy any ten plants, you get one for free. Also for sale are great gifts for the gardener in your life, including gift certificates. The majority of the farm's business is mail order, but they do take orders for pick-up from May to September.
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.
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.
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.