Eclectic is the first word that comes to mind when you walk into Nantucket Bookworks. It offers a varied selection of reading material from all genres in an environment that is quite conducive to browsing. The store is cozy without being cramped, allowing the reader plenty of room to search for the perfect story. It also features many unique gifts, a large selection of cards and stationery, and children's toys.
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.
While it does offer the latest bestsellers, an excellent selection of children's books and a rich backlog of classic books, what really sets Mitchell's Book Corner apart is the Nantucket Room. You will find practically every book ever written on or about Nantucket here, including histories, mysteries, photography, calendars and even cookbooks. Their Nantucket collection also has a rich selection of books on whaling, boating and marine history.
The smell hits you as soon as you walk in the door; the rich, heady aroma of chocolate caresses your nostrils and does not let go. Sweet Inspirations, the home of Nantucket Clipper Chocolates, is the destination for fine candies. This family business offers a wide variety of chocolates made on the premises, including chocolate covered cranberries, which they happily offer to visitors. They also feature baking mixes, cocoa and chocolate sauce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The buildings in the Historic District of Nantucket reflect all the charm of an old New England town. It is here where every nook, every alleyway, and every antiquated cottage coyly croons the secrets of the neighborhood's storied past. Its ocean-side Historic District is touted to be one of the oldest in the country. Although the dainty, wood-built buildings may not be the most scenic, their very fabric weaves together stories which date back as far as the 17th Century, some also lending insights into the Civil War. At this olden district, modest, pastel-hued shops, bed and breakfast inns, and traditional restaurants lie strewn across the winding, cobbled lanes, as well as Main Street, a major thoroughfare of the area. Mornings spill into afternoons at this antiquated quarter which is a heartwarming slice of American history. Since cars are discouraged in the laid-back quarter, Nantucket is a pleasant zone traversed only by cycles, bikes, and mopeds.
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.