September 22, 2005
Claire Murray named
woman of the year
Claire Murray, owner of the store that bears her name at 27 North Water Street in Edgartown, recently was named "Woman of the Year" by WeCan, a Cape-based nonprofit organization supporting women in crisis through aid, mentoring and counseling.
Some 270 women from around the Cape and Islands gathered at the Chatham Bars Inn for a fundraising luncheon where Ms. Murray accepted her award. Not only is she the founder of an international home accessories chain, but also she recently launched a national magazine, La Vie Claire, "the clear life."
Joan Anderson, a local author, introduced Ms. Murray as "the obvious and unanimous choice" as the honoree for this inaugural fundraiser. Adele Lally, Ms. Murray's executive assistant, said her employer was a ideal candidate for the WeCan honor, "…because she is so well-known in the area, and also because she is a recognized advocate of women and a supporter of their efforts in business."
Ms. Murray's enterprise grew from her days as an innkeeper on Nantucket where she also taught needle arts seminars and hooked rugs she used to decorate the rooms. When guests started to ask if they could buy her rugs, she realized she had the makings of her own business.
The Claire Murray Store opened in Edgartown in 1999, and features hand-hooked rugs, home accessories, clothing, shoes, and fabric, as well as needlework and rug-hooking kits. The store also offers classes in the needle arts taught by the staff.
picks the best
In its September, 2005 Special 70th anniversary issue, Yankee Magazine named two Island establishments as among "The Best of New England."
Midnight Farm in Vineyard Haven was among those selected in the "Best Specialty Boutique in New England" category and Ryan Hardy, chef at The Coach House at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown was named "The Best New Chef in New England."
Plum TV has new manager
MacDara Bohan has been promoted to general manager at Plum TV on Martha's Vineyard. The cable franchise, with outlets in a number of resort venues, broadcasts on channel 76.
Mr. Bohan, a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, has more than a decade of print and television journalism experience. A former Island resident, he returned to the Vineyard in May of 2004 to help Plum TV launch its Vineyard outlet.
Mr. Bohan said he would continue to work with the Vineyard community to make Plum TV the best local television choice for Islanders and visitors.
Martine is now
up-Island at the Barn
Martine, a well-known hair and makeup stylist who goes by one name, is now practicing her magic at the Barn Salon and Spa, located behind the Pickett House Bed and Breakfast on State Road in Chilmark.
Owner Elizabeth Pickett Gray is a professional makeup artist and hair stylist for the film industry. Salon and spa services include hair cutting, facials, and makeup.
For more information, call 508-645-3583 or 508-645-2145.
Henley's offers Vineyard silk
Henley's Needlepoint and Fibers of Edgartown was recently selected by Wiltex Threads of Boston to launch the company's new line of silk thread, appropriately named "Vineyard Silk."
According to a press release, Vineyard Silk is made of 100 percent Chinese silk, comes in over 100 colors, and is extremely durable.
Henley's is located at 44 Main St. in Edgartown, behind Edgartown Books. For more information, call 508-627-3959.
Health and human services training seminar offered
Dr. Jane Dreeben will hold a training session for Island providers of health care and human services and managers from other fields new to health care and human services. According to a press release, participants
will develop new management, supervisory and communication skills and address quality of care challenges.
The ten-week training session begins in late September. For more information, contact Ms. Dreeben at 508-693-5523, ext. 3.