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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Board of Trade Elects New Officers
The Edgartown Board of Trade elected three new board members on Wednesday.
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Forgivable Loans Offered to Smallest Island Businesses
Louisa Hufstader
Small business owners on Martha’s Vineyard can now apply for forgivable federal loans covering up to $10,000 of losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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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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