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Where The Heart Is

When I went from seasonal to full-time Island dweller I thought it was temporary and then eight years later, when I left, I figured that was temporary, too. The Vineyard had become my home but in 2013, I was newly engaged and before my guy and I took the marital plunge we wanted to try living somewhere new.

The Mighty Mushroom: Home-Grown Chilmark Shiitakes

Down a long, bumpy, Chilmark road Truman French and Tucker Pforzheimer are at work on a small-scale, massively ambitious venture to cultivate, harvest, sell and promote one of the world’s healthiest foods.

Talking Trends with Tracker Home Decor's John Murphy

It took 24 years for John Murphy to find his calling on Martha’s Vineyard; but find it he did when he opened Tracker Home Décor in Edgartown, with partner Helen Koch back in 2010. Tracker Home Décor now has 8 year-round employees and this past summer opened a second shop in downtown Edgartown. We wondered how John viewed modern Vineyard style.

Bringing The Garden Indoors

Quite suddenly in mid-September, night-time temperatures start to fall, we unpack that feather duvet and a pot of hearty soup simmering on the stove once again is an appealing meal. Yet the pleasure in color, growth, and greenery are perennial and can be enjoyed in various ways, even as the season changes. You can bring the garden indoors as you firmly shut the door to keep the drafts out.

Heartbreakers Lead the Way at Gay Head 10K

Heartbreakers running club from the Boston area dominated the Gay Head 10K road race Sunday, with club members Justin Keefe winning the men’s division and Emily Ganley finishing first in the women’s division.

Small Space, Big Taste; Backyard Tacos Fills a Niche

Backyard Tacos in Edgartown has a casual style that owners Zared and Evan Shai call a surf shack vibe, with mismatched chairs, a collection of mirrors and decorative lights.

History Lessons Unfold at Aquinnah Cultural Center

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is showcasing a new exhibit entitled Messenger Runner.

Featherstone Charts Course for Future

For 20 years, Featherstone Center for the Arts has offered a home for Island artists, making the most of its old barns and stables. But with a major donation this summer, the center is looking toward the future.

The Art of Plating

In a restaurant, plating is the last step for the kitchen and the first impression for the customer. All the planning, ordering, prepping, cooking and executing culminates in a few final moments when the meat is seared and set, the veggies are ready, the sauce is up and there is nothing left for a chef to do except arrange the food on the plate and summon the server.


I never set out to be a designer. A one-off stint doing album art led to more album art, then a paint scheme for Nascar, branding a law firm and marketing for non-profits. Before we knew it, my wife and I had a full-blown design business with an international client base. Our “work from anywhere” business model led to Martha’s Vineyard.