Main Street Changes

Vincent’s Paper Store in Vineyard Haven, for generations a landmark at the corner of Main and Center streets, is about to be moved to the Call Block, so called, the location of the summer shop known as Ken-Ward. Anthony Oliver, managing owner, announced the date for removal this week, as of Dec. 1. It was no surprise locally, as the new location has been in process of being readied for some weeks.

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Edgartown Businesses Hit Hard by Pandemic, State Survey Finds
A recent survey of 28 businesses in downtown Edgartown shows the pandemic continues to have widespread and often dire impacts on Island commercial districts.
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With Worker Shortage Acute, Island Businesses Scramble
Although an annual rite of passage, the quest for summer employees has grown more extreme and spread wider this year, driven by a perfect storm of factors including and a housing crisis at its peak.
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Island Businesses Hoping for a Strong Summer
Shuttered for months — and in some cases a year — Vineyard restaurants, retailers and grocery stores are opening their doors for the season again with hope for a more normal spring and summer.
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Pandemic Brings New Meaning to Winter Quiet in Island Downtowns
Noah Asimow, Maia Coleman and Aaron Wilson
With the Covid-19 pandemic raging, the normally quiet down-Island Main streets have turned ghostly, as the off-season tests the Vineyard winter economy and social fabric.
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Tony’s Market, Historic Oak Bluffs Grocery, Due to Change Hands
Noah Asimow
The owners of Island Food Products have signed a purchase and sale agreement to buy the historic Oak Bluffs grocery Tony’s Market, marking a first foray into retail for IFP.
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Leslie’s Drug Store Will Stay Open
Aaron Wilson
Leslie’s Drug Store, the family-run pharmacy in downtown Vineyard Haven that was due to close at the end of the year, will be able to stay open after all, the owners confirmed.
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Festive, Not Frantic: Holiday Shopping Begins, Island-Style
Louisa Hufstader
Thanksgiving weekend brought the usual holiday shoppers to down-Island towns, though not in the numbers and density of pre-pandemic seasons.
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New Businesses Navigate Pandemic Economics
Louisa Hufstader
Starting a new business on Martha’s Vineyard takes courage during the best of times. But even in the face of the pandemic, optimistic risk-takers have opened shops, galleries, restaurants and services.
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Leslie’s Drug Store, Main Street Vineyard Haven Fixture, Will Close
Maia Coleman
Leslie’s Drug Store, a family-run pharmacy and Main street institution in Vineyard Haven since 1948, will permanently close at the end of this year, after 72 years in business.
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