Celebrating Small Business Saturday on Martha's Vineyard

Jen O'Hanlon, REALTOR®

11/22/23

Small Business Saturday is more than just a day; it's a celebration of community spirit and the unique character that local businesses bring to our lives. Martha's Vineyard emerges not only as a popular tourist destination but also as a vibrant hub of small businesses, each with its own story and charm. And in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, do not miss Light Up Oak Bluffs, which includes more than shopping! There are photos with Santa, cookie decorating, live music, and of course, the tree lighting at 6:00pm. This year, as we gear up for Small Business Saturday on Martha's Vineyard, let's take a stroll through the quaint streets of Martha's Vineyard and discover the retail shops that are the island's lifeblood.

1. The Essence of Local Art - Island Galleries & Artists: Martha's Vineyard, with its rich artistic heritage, boasts an array of galleries and artisan shops. The island's artistic soul is best experienced through places like the Vineyard Artisans Festivals, where local artists display their crafts ranging from hand-blown glass to intricately woven textiles. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit galleries like the Dragonfly Gallery in Oak Bluffs, which showcases a diverse range of local art.

Click here to visit the 11 Best Art Galleries on Martha's Vineyard!

2. Independent Bookstores - A Reader's Retreat: Nestled in the cozy corners of the island are bookstores that beckon with their charm. Edgartown Books in Edgartown and Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven are not just stores but sanctuaries for book lovers. These spots offer a unique selection of books, including works by local authors, perfect for a leisurely afternoon browse.

3. Boutique Fashion - Island Style: Martha's Vineyard is home to numerous boutique clothing stores that reflect the island's laid-back yet sophisticated style. Katydid and Rags are two of our favorites in Edgartown. Shops like Chicken Alley Thrift Shop and The Lower Deck Consignments offer a curated selection of clothing and accessories, blending beach-inspired fashion with upscale trends. Check out our blog for the Island's best Consignment and Vintage stores.

4. Gourmet and Specialty Foods - A Taste of the Island: No visit to Martha's Vineyard is complete without indulging in the local cuisine and gourmet treats. The island is dotted with specialty food shops and cafes like the Martha's Vineyard Gourmet Cafe & Bakery (also home to Back Door Donuts), famous for its delectable pastries and sweets. Pop into Rosewater in Edgartown for food and gifts. Their Mission Statement: "It’s true, we sell delicious handmade food, quality spirits, and thoughtful specialty groceries & gifts. But our true mission is to spread kindness – to make you feel something, not just buy something. So stop by to grab a chicken sandwich & a smile." And don't forget to visit local farmers' markets for fresh, island-grown produce.

5. Home Decor and Gardening - Island-Inspired Living: For those looking to bring a piece of the island into their homes, Martha’s Vineyard offers a variety of shops specializing in home decor and gardening. Rainy Day in Vineyard Haven is a treasure trove of unique home goods, while Vineyard Gardens offers a beautiful selection of plants and gardening essentials.

Small Business Saturday on Martha's Vineyard isn't just a day of shopping; it's an experience that connects you with the heart of the island's community. Each purchase you make is a show of support for the local economy and the unique culture of this beautiful island. So this year, let's celebrate Small Business Saturday by exploring, enjoying, and embracing the local charm of Martha’s Vineyard's retail shops.

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