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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Nantucket Newspaper Returns to Local Ownership
After 30 years of corporate ownership, the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror will be sold to an island-based ownership group.
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Loving Life at the Speed of Putt Putt
Aaron Wilson
Island Cove Adventures opened in September of 1992. Now, it's time for a new owner.
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Paycheck Protection Program Preserves Thousands of Jobs
Noah Asimow
More than 6,000 Island workers spanning nearly 900 small businesses, nonprofits and sole proprietorships had their jobs preserved through the PPP.
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Phase Three Reopening Sees Mixed Response on the Vineyard
Louisa Hufstader
Two of the Island’s four cinemas will soon be showing movies again, as the third phase of pandemic reopening begins. But many businesses are taking a more gradual approach.
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Hello Beautiful, the Pandemic Look Is Out
Will Sennott
Maggie’s Salon, like many businesses on the Island, has been allowed to reopen its doors after months of pandemic-induced closure.
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Pandemic Hits Vineyard Business Community Hard, Survey Finds
Noah Asimow
A survey of nearly 200 year-round and seasonal business owners on the Island found the Covid-19 outbreak has hit the Vineyard business community hard.
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