Ritz Cafe Opens Again With New Owners
Olivia Hull

The popular Circuit avenue tavern is undergoing renovations following a change in ownership. The new owners are Larkin and Jacqueline Stallings, longtime seasonal residents.

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Ritz Cafe to Be Sold, Ending Decades-long Run for Family Owners
Remy Tumin
The Ritz is a true neighborhood bar — a dark, honky-tonk blues joint that’s a little rough around the edges, but that’s just how regulars like it. The Circuit avenue institution is due to change hands at the end of the month.
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Lululemon Pops Up in Edgartown
Sydney Bender

The yoga-inspired apparel chain will test the Island retail market this summer with a four-month pop-up store on South Summer street in Edgartown.

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Stop & Shop Withdraws Expansion Plan
Sara Brown

Stop & Shop withdrew plans Thursday to expand its Water street store in Vineyard Haven, abruptly ending a 10-month Martha’s Vineyard Commission review of the project that was closely followed and debated.

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Walking Blues No More, the Cobbler Shop Returns
Ivy Ashe
The Cobbler Shop is back in business. Owner Nancy MacMullen officially reopened last Tuesday after a long hiatus, and her to-do list was full right away.
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One Last Week Before Needle Is Raised at Aboveground Records
Remy Tumin
As Aboveground Records prepares to close its doors on Saturday, owner Mike Barnes declares that this week is all about hanging out. “This week isn’t about commerce, it’s about friendship," he said on Sunday afternoon.
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Aboveground Records Will Close
Ivy Ashe

After nearly 20 years in business, Aboveground Records, the landmark indie Island record store that has had a following among people of all ages, plans to close its doors.

On Wednesday morning this week Aboveground founder and owner Michael Barnes announced a closing date for the beloved store at the Triangle in Edgartown by posting a simple message reading on the store’s Facebook page: “1995-2014.”

“We’re in the final three months,” Mr. Barnes told the Gazette on Wednesday. He said he will likely close in the first week of January 2014.

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Foreign Visa Workers Fill Unmet Demand for Summer Labor, But Trend May Be Changing
Felipe Cabrera

It’s that time of year when seasonal businesses are taking down the shutters and the summer workforce is beginning to arrive.

In recent years Eastern Europeans and Jamaicans have been filling a growing share of summer jobs. Foreign workers wait tables, greet guests, pour beers, make hotel beds, bake peanut brittle and fudge, serve lobster rolls and fry quesadillas. About 5,000 people come to the Island to work each year, according to a recent Martha’s Vineyard Commission report on housing needs.

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Guarded Optimism for Summer Economy
Olivia Hull

The Island has the second lowest seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in the state, according to recent data released by the state’s executive office of labor and workforce development. The office reports that the Tisbury labor market area, which includes all six Island towns, had a seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 3.8 per cent in July, while the state average was 6.6 per cent. Statewide, Nantucket had the lowest unemployment rate for July, calculated to be 2.9 per cent.

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Port Hunter Is Latest Addition To Edgartown Restaurant Row
Olivia Hull

A few days after hanging the Port Hunter sign on Main street in Edgartown, new restaurateurs Patrick and Ted Courtney received a visit from an old-timer. The man showed the brothers numerous old photos of the space including one that featured the front of the brick building and a sign mounted on steel with white lettering which spelled out First National. The sign was almost identical to their new sign, down to the font size and style.

“It kind of came back around... It was nice,” Ted said. “We felt like we were doing the right thing.”

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