From paint to patios, Martha’s Vineyard stores help


Spring has sprung, which means summer is closer than we think. Now is the time to prepare yourself for summer so that when it arrives all of your projects and to-do’s are done to ensure you have the time to enjoy the season.

Completing your project lists is probably the most daunting, as it usually requires thought, planning, shopping, and then the actual doing. Many people’s lists include fixing things outdoors, such as the patio or shutters, or updating the old and worn summer furniture.

Our hardware stores are probably the best place to start, as they will have the most supplies to complete your shopping lists. In Edgartown your options include Edgartown Hardware, Granite Ace Hardware, and E.C. Cottle. Oak Bluffs has Phillips Hardware while West Tisbury has E.C. Cottle’s other location on Lambert’s Cove Road. Vineyard Haven is a jackpot with Shirley’s True Value Hardware, Vineyard Home Center and Hinckley & Son’s Ace Hardware. In the center of the Island in the Airport Business Park is Mid-Cape Home Center, who like our other home centers, has specialized help in designing your more specific projects or improvements.

Painting is a great way to freshen up without too much investment of money and time. We are blessed on the Island with several stores that specialize in just paints (though our hardware stores also carry some fabulous selections). You will find paints in many colors at Up Island Paint & Tool on State Road in West Tisbury, Edgartown Paint Shoppe on Main Street and in Vineyard Haven either Tivoli Paint & Decorating Supplies on State Road or Island Color Center on Howard Avenue.

Do you want to upgrade your outdoor furniture? We have many choices that can help you find just what you are looking for. The owners of Island Home Furnishings on State Road in Vineyard Haven, Robert Francis and Karen Ward, have 28 years of experience. Vineyard Decorators, at the airport, has a whole area dedicated to the outdoors where you can find the highly sought lines of Kingsley-Bate Teak and Ebel Wicker. Tracker Home Décor on Pease Point Way in Edgartown can keep your garden furnishings looking smashing, especially with their artistic line of garden statues. Vineyard Hearth Patio & Spa on State Road in Vineyard Haven specializes in all your needs for patios, outdoor rooms, sunrooms, and screened-in porches. If this is the year that you want to add a tricked out outdoor shower or a bubbling spa, they are ready to help. With their line of Hot Spring Hot Tubs, a best-selling brand, and their numerous lines of outdoor furniture that are built to last, you have a wide variety to choose from.

Whatever your projects are, get them done now so that you may relax in comfort this summer season.