Shopping in Nantucket

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Because of the island’s ban on national chain stores, Nantucket’s downtown still retains the authenticity fading on most Main Streets. Local boutique... Read More

Because of the island’s ban on national chain stores, Nantucket’s downtown still retains the authenticity fading on most Main Streets. Local boutiques—all with beautifully appointed window boxes—share space with an old-fashioned soda fountain, restaurants, and antiques shops.

For a quieter look at island life, visitors can grab an early-morning coffee and the Inquirer & Mirror (the local paper) at the Hub before heading up to Mitchell’s Book Corner. After browsing the summer reads, take in the town from the quiet bench outside the shop. Next, walk down often-overlooked Washington Street (just off Main Street), which is lined with gems: Milly & Grace and Parchment sell artfully curated gifts and clothing. A few more steps take tourists to the Artists Association of Nantucket Gallery, where they can browse local paintings and sculptures from island residents without the fuss of high-end galleries.

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  • Ambrosia

    Tucked into the Meeting House building on Centre Street, Ambrosia sells handmade chocolate, tea varieties, spices and herbs (some straight from island... Read More

  • Artists Association of Nantucket

    The Artists Association of Nantucket keeps the island's legacy as an artists' colony alive in its classes, residences, and a downtown gallery that... Read More

  • The Lion's Paw

    If you had only a few hours in which to outfit your entire summer cottage—from dining room to bedroom to bath—your best bet would be to make this your... Read More

  • Milly and Grace

    Long-time summer resident Emily Hollister opened her ivy-covered shop in 2010, inspired by her two grandmothers Milly and Grace. The name is fitting for... Read More

  • Mitchell's Book Corner

    This 48-year-old store at the corner of Main and Orange Streets is a historic mainstay. After four decades under the ownership of the Beman-Havermeyer... Read More

  • Murray's Toggery Shop

    The original source of the iconic brick-red sailcloth trousers known as Nantucket Reds, Murray's has been a mainstay of old-guard islander fashion since... Read More

  • Nantucket Looms

    Beautiful hand-loomed blankets, throws, rugs, and upholstery fabrics—many of them made on-site in the second-floor weaving studio—have been the hallmark... Read More

  • Parchment

    A quick jaunt from Nantucket's Main Street is a charming boutique filled with bespoke paper products. Parchment—known for its coveted custom wedding... Read More

  • Peter Beaton Hat Studio

    Owner Daisy Creech first opened the doors to this beloved studio on Federal Street in 1996, bringing a classic look to the island that has yet to go out... Read More

  • The Hub

    This old-fashioned newsstand has been a popular spot in Nantucket for as long as most residents can remember. Although it's mainly a place to pick up a... Read More

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