Summer Business Sees Mixed Reviews Across the Island

With summer at the halfway point, Island businesses have begun to tally the numbers.

The Man Behind the Back Door

Back Door Donuts pastry chef Raffi Jabri doesn’t get much sleep. His typical night shift at the bakery ends at 1:30 a.m.

Audio Postcard: Voices of Summer Workers

Before the sun rises, they wipe the dew off bike seats and trudge out to bus stops on Island roadsides. They are among the earliest commuters to summer jobs. But for these summer workers, the trip didn’t start there in the predawn hours. The journey began when they left their home countries to travel to Martha’s Vineyard.

Vineyard Community Banks Thrive, Grow and Compete

Though the names of the players keep changing, banking remains a healthy business on Martha’s Vineyard.

Captain Porky's Bait and Tackle Shop Changes Ownership

After 25 years the Edgartown tackle shop that has been the go-to place to get equipment, bait and catch up with Capt. Porky and his wife Carol, is changing hands.
Jeanna Shepard

Fountain of Youth: Own a Toy Store On the Vineyard

Kate and Alex Salop of West Tisbury are the new owners of the Toy Box in Vineyard Haven.

Busy Season Has Arrived, but Summer Workers Have Not

The summer labor shortage on the Vineyard is nothing new, but this year many business owners feel it is worse than ever.

Menemsha Fish House Eyes New Location

Owners hope to open a retail and wholesale location in the airport business park sometime this summer.

Free Cones, New Owner: Dairy Queen Has Its Grand Opening

The line spilled out the door at the Edgartown Dairy Queen Thursday afternoon as crowds of squealing students celebrated the reopening of the beloved Island franchise with free ice cream cones.

H2-B Visa Changes Lead to Summer Labor Shortage

Several Island hotels are facing a labor shortage this summer due to changes in how seasonal work visas are distributed.