Great coffee, irresistible pastries, the perfect perch for people watching — all thrown together with my favorite water view. This is just some of what I’ll miss this summer when I stand in front of the locked screen door of the Menemsha Market.

Driving down the North Road hill for the first time and seeing this old-time general store with shimmering water beyond it, I thought, this can’t be real. But it was real, wondrously real, and enjoyed by me and my family for the past 34 years. Driving down the hill this July, I’ll probably revisit the same thought — this can’t be real.

I’m so thankful that the fearless Vineyard firefighters (hurrahs to all) were able to save the building along with its history and countless visitors’ memories. It just wouldn’t be the same without the creaking wooden floor where so many barefoot beach goers, young and old, famous and not, have dared to tread.

Best regards to owner Debbie Packer (an amazing baker) and the wonderfully welcoming Oliver family who have run the store on and off for many years. I really hope they’re doing well and that all will be back next year.

Susan Woodburn

New Paltz, N.Y.