What’s happening: Main Street, Vineyard Haven

First, a big thank you to all the stores that stayed open for us this winter. We certainly appreciate that, while we can’t equal the summer crowd, we had fine places to shop here on-Island. With such ample variety, from gifts at Rainy Day, Off Main, and Bunch of Grapes, to clothing at the Green Room, Brickman’s, and Midnight Farm, along with all the other excellent stores in town, we were set for a great winter.

What’s new or changed in town this season? Well, we have a new tanning salon just off of Main Street called Solar Flair. Next door to Solar Flair is Vintage Home, Furniture Reinvented. Mom and I, getting a jump-start on Mother’s Day, took the opportunity to peruse some of their beautiful wares. They weren’t kidding with their store name: most of the furniture looked updated, while still retaining its experience. They had everything from glasses and dishware to cabinets.

Vineyard Alternative Heating has moved from Beach Road to Main Street. You can still find your favorite wood pellet stove (and the pellets to feed it), solar lights, and much more.

A long-standing favorite, Bowl & Board, is no longer. We will just have to wait and see what new business is going to take over this great spot.

If you haven’t already heard, West Tisbury’s fabulous store Citrine has relocated to Main Street, between Mocha Motts and the Mansion House.

Beetlebung Dry Goods, open for the season, is offering $.95 refills at their coffee shop if you buy one of their travel mugs. You can also find great logo clothes and colorful, organic, fair trade Tatami bags. MV Army/Navy store will be opening soon on Main Street next to Island Music, who by the way is now offering private music lessons for guitar, piano and drums. The colorful women’s clothing store Outrageous has moved to Nevin Square in Edgartown. Finally, Novel-Tee’s Hats Sweats & Souvenirs, located just off Main Street on Union Street, has finished their building renovations. Looks great!

For you food lovers, fret no more, you can complete your annual pilgrimage to Bob’s Pizza, Vineyard Scoops, and Sweet E’s Cupcakes as they are all open again for the season.

In other news, did you know that the Simon Gallery carries the most amazing line of jewelry by Ronni Simon? They also have a beautiful array of yarn and offer private knitting and crocheting lessons.

If you haven’t been in town for a while, you should head in and see what’s new in your favorite stores.