New Businesses Navigate Pandemic Economics

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.

Leslie’s Drug Store, Main Street Vineyard Haven Fixture, Will Close

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.

Board of Trade Elects New Officers

The Edgartown Board of Trade elected three new board members on Wednesday.

Forgivable Loans Offered to Smallest Island Businesses

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.

After Uneven Pandemic Summer, Businesses Eye Winter Ahead

Forced to delay opening this spring, many Island businesses are using an unusually busy fall as a springboard into the darker months.

For Main Street Businesses it Was the Summer of Survival

Despite a lost spring and an unprecedented shutdown that forced closures long into the summer, most main street businesses said July and August allowed them to catch up.

At 93, Oak Bluffs Stalwart Bob Falkenburg Is Finally Footloose

For the past 20-plus years Bob Falkenburg has been a smiling face at the busy downtown Oak Bluffs information booth, greeting visitors from places both far flung and close to home. But at 93, he decided this year to retire from his town duties.

Busy Weekend Swamps Restaurants, Alarms Health Officials

An unexpected surge in visitors this weekend caught many Vineyard business owners and public health officials by surprise.