As Worker Shortage Grows Acute, Island Business Owners Scramble — And Worry

Although an annual rite of passage, the quest for summer employees has grown more extreme and spread wider this year, driven by a perfect storm of factors including the ongoing pandemic, a slowed process for temporary work visas and a housing crisis at its peak.

Pandemic Brings New Meaning to Winter Quiet in Island Downtowns

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.

Tony’s Market, Historic Oak Bluffs Grocery, Due to Change Hands

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.

Leslie’s Drug Store Will Stay Open

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.

Festive, Not Frantic: Holiday Shopping Begins, Island-Style

Thanksgiving weekend brought the usual holiday shoppers to down-Island towns, though not in the numbers and density of pre-pandemic seasons.

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.

Loving Life at the Speed of Putt Putt

Island Cove Adventures opened in September of 1992. Now, it's time for a new owner.

Paycheck Protection Program Preserves Thousands of Jobs

More than 6,000 Island workers spanning nearly 900 small businesses, nonprofits and sole proprietorships had their jobs preserved through the PPP.

Phase Three Reopening Sees Mixed Response on the Vineyard

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.

Hello Beautiful, the Pandemic Look Is Out

Maggie’s Salon, like many businesses on the Island, has been allowed to reopen its doors after months of pandemic-induced closure.