Alley's General Store

Alley's Gets Pre-Holiday Attention

Alley's General Store is having exterior work done before the holidays, according to the Vineyard Trust.

Sitting a Spell With the Porch Pals

It’s called Squid Row, and it is the harbor’s number one repository for gossip, stories, memories and fishing tales of questionable veracity.

Smells Like Summer; Baby Skunks Hold Court on Alley's Porch

While Rhonda Backus was working inside Alley’s General Store last weekend she noticed a crowd gathering outside.

“It was a vibe of when the president drives by,” she said.

But instead of watching a motorcade, the crowd had gathered to see a procession of black and white baby skunks.


After Last Stop at Alley’s, And Storms of All Kinds, First Family Bids Farewell

At 4:23 p.m. on Sunday, the helicopters took off from the Martha’s Vineyard Airport, bringing to an end President Obama’s week-long first vacation since winning office, spent on the Island.

As Mr. Obama, his family and entourage took off, the clouds which had dumped some four inches of rain over the previous two days finally broke, and they left in watery sunshine.


Alley’s Remains Unfazed by the Big Visit

Be careful asking directions to where President Obama and his family will be spending their vacation in Chilmark, especially at Alley’s General Store. The Island’s favorite store is feeling the strain in the drama of a Presidential visit.

Assistant store manager Spencer Booker said this week, “The vibe is in the air.” Already he has been asked often where the First Family is staying. “I say, ‘Down the street,’” he laughs, quickly pointing off into the air.

Alley’s General Store

Alley’s General Store

In times of yore, one humble store

Sustained our tiny town.

‘Twas not the kind where one might find

A fancy evening gown.

Instead, our needs — from nails to seeds —

Were modest as the dickens,

And Nancy Luce had little use

For lipstick on her chickens.

These wooden walls held overalls

To fit most any size;

Alley’s General Store

Alley's General Store: 150 Years Dealing in Almost Anything

Three dollars can buy one hologram postcard, 12 atomic fireballs, or three peacock feathers at Alley’s General Store.

For those willing to shell out a bit more, the dealers in almost anything can provide nearly everything: organic pet shampoo, a clam rake, a Nunchuck (used for lassoing nuns up to 15 feet), pickled ginger for sushi, or a gallon of milk.

Historic Transaction: Alley’s Store is Sold

The Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust formally took ownership of Alley’s General Store yesterday, ushering in the beginning of a new era for the renowned Dealers in Almost Everything in the heart of West Tisbury.

Alley’s Store, West Tisbury Institution, Passes to the Ulfelder Family

This week for the second time in less than a decade, Alley’s Store, a venerable West Tisbury institution, is changing hands. Howard and Susan Ulfelder of Hingham are buying the store from Charlie and Teena Parton, who bought it from the Alley family six years ago.