New stores in Vineyard Haven

Bespoke Abode, located next to CB Stark in Vineyard Haven, is a new home furnishing and accessory store. — Photo by Susan Safford

Whether you want home goods or need to relax with a yoga class or be pampered with a quick massage, Vineyard Haven now has new places for you to get what you are looking for.

On Main Street, Polished Day Spa, which offers body treatments, massage, manicures, pedicures, and reflexology, has opened next to Mocha Mott’s. If you are someone who prefers to do all of your planning on the Internet, you are lucky as Polished has an online booking system on their website, While there you can also learn about their services, prices, and the fact that “many of their products are organic and are from all over the world.” If you prefer to book in person, you may stop in to see them at 15 Main Street or call them at 508-939-0800.

Heading further along Main Street, toward Union Street, you will find the Island’s newest home furnishings and accessories boutique, Bespoke Abode. Opened by Liz Stiving-Nichols, who is the principal and senior designer at Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design; she spoke to me recently. “As a team, we consider ourselves experts in all aspects of interior design, and opening a retail store that supports our approach to design was a natural step.”

According to their blog their unique name is derived from “Bespoke: /biˈspoʊk/ is a British English term employed in a variety of applications to mean an item custom-made to the buyer’s specification.” This statement is well supported by their eco-friendly furniture from Martha’s Vineyard Furniture Company, who is currently carrying three different furniture lines in the boutique. To learn more, or just to browse, you may visit Bespoke Abode at 53B Main Street (next to CB Stark), login to their blog, or call them at 508-693-0722.

Two doors down on the corner of Main and Union Streets (directly under Two Susan’s and next to Mix) is The Collection, which specializes in “Feel good footwear/beach ware/island wear,” according to their logo’d reusable shopping bag. Inside you will discover swimwear from Bikini Thief, wedge sandals, and gauzy tops, to name a few things.

On the other side of Mix, set into the back of the small parking lot, is I’ll Second That! Consignment Shop. Here you will find a plethora of home goods, furniture, and other special finds. If you would like to shop or place something on consignment, visit owner Debra Alport on Thursday through Sunday at their location on Union Street or call her at either 508-693-6095 or 617-869-6887.

Finally, at the other end of Union Street, on the corner facing the Steamship Authority, Tapas Hot Yoga has moved in. Here is a new yoga studio “designed for those that like it hot,” according to their website, They opened their doors this past Monday, May 16, with a preview Barkan Hot Yoga class taught by Claire Parkhurst. Walking by on Monday, I saw a full class taking place, with many relaxed, flushed faces.

They will continue with a sneak preview schedule through May 26, at which time their schedule will expand for the season. According to their website, “Tapas Hot Yoga is committed to an open, positive, and collaborative approach to fulfilling the needs of our community. It is our deeply held belief that there is no one ‘right path’ that is best for everyone. By welcoming a broad array of disciplines and creating a safe and non-judgmental environment we believe that everyone (students and teachers alike) will have an opportunity to find their own best path. This philosophy will be apparent in the breadth of talent of the teaching staff, the distinguished guest teachers coming to Tapas, in our collaborative relationship with other yoga studios, and in the positive attitude we embrace.” To learn more about their schedule and well-known Island staff of yoga teachers, visit them in their location of 24 Union Street, call the studio at 508-696-1880, or Claire directly at 617-901-1789.

Welcome to all these great new venues and I wish you well in your freshman seasons.

And Edgartown too…

The Boneyard celebrated the grand opening of its relocated store — at 47 Main Street in Edgartown — last weekend.