Thursday, September 9

Here comes fall...

Get ready to go local

Whether you're on Nantucket or far away, I'll make it easy for you to shop local on Nantucket in the off-season. This service is provided free to island businesses who stay open thru the holiday season. You can support Nantucket merchants too, just by shopping! Stay tuned for great products and great deals... coming soon.

Sunday, December 13

More items added nearly every day... come back often!
If you are viewing this website from afar, please call
these Nantucket merchants to have items shipped.

Brighten someone's holiday with a blooming pot of flowering bulbs from Bartlett's Farm. The dainty and super fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus are available in 6-inch plastic pots for $10.99 and 8-inch ceramic pots for $14.99. The large red Amaryllis is in a 6-inch plastic pot for $19.99 and they are selling fast. Don't hesitate!
Bartlett's Farm
Bartlett Farm Road

Send someone a piece of Nantucket history with a box of these charming greeting cards from the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum. Your support of this unique museum makes a wonderful gift.
Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
Corner of Union & Francis Streets

Cotton twill caps with distinctive logos from the island's own distinctive brewery and distillery. This is a great gift for anyone who loves Nantucket, and our local beverages.
Many colors to choose from.
Cisco Brewers & 888 Distillery
Bartlett Farm Road

Jewelry designer Christy LeFebvre has added fashion accessories to her boutique. The Pashmina wraps are selling like hot-cakes, and it's no wonder at this low price. Available in a stunning array of solid colors, patterns and jacquards.
Sconset Flair Studio & Boutique
(call for appointment)
508-257-6811 or 508-257-9141

This 1 3/4" round pendant is made from natural shell, so every piece is unique. Natural variations in color and pattern will occur, as they do in nature. Can be personalized with a monogram or single initial. Add a double strand bead necklace to complete the look.
Blue Beetle
12 Main Street

Leather belt buckles, suede handbags, aluminum water bottles and these affordable guest towels are just a few of the items available at Brooke Boothe Design for custom monogramming. Choose from a huge selection of household and personal items, or bring in your own items to be personalized. This makes a great one-of-a-kind holiday gift, or specialty items for events.
Brooke Boothe Design & Monogramming
2 Union Street

In addition to these very affordable original paintings, you'll find other great gifts under $25, including hand-painted Nantucket ornaments at The Boutique at Beauty and Beyond on West Creek Road.
Stop in and have a look!
The Boutique at Beauty & Beyond
8 West Creek Road

Visit Stephanie's where you'll find lots of holiday items and fun household goods. This Rolf "fish" cut glassware collection is available in tumblers, high ball, water glasses, wine glasses and champagne flutes...
all just $14.95 each.
7 Centre Street

Nantucket Lighthouse Ornaments can be customized.
Choose from many different dog breeds featured
in front of either Great Point Lighthouse
or Brant Point Lighthouse.
119 Pleasant Street

A Trio of Wooden Puzzles make an interesting gift for anyone, with an old fashioned theme. There are also many other affordable gift items available at the NHA Museum Shop, next door to the Whaling Museum.
NHA Museum Shop
11 Broad Street

These chunky glass block Floating Frames hold photos and act as a paperweight. Available in many sizes, vertical and horizontal.
Flowers on Chestnut
1 Chestnut Street
508 228-6007

Knit Monster Hats are perfect for the little monster on your holiday shopping list. Naughty or nice, one size fits most kids. Many more designs than shown here.
The Sunken Ship
12 Broad Street

Nantucket Dinnerware Compass Rose Collection is an original design created by Leslie Linsley. The dinner plate measures 10 1/2" (Reg $28) SALE $22.40. The dessert plate measures 7" (Reg $18) SALE $14.40. Coffee Mugs are also available (Reg $18) SALE $14.40.
Leslie Linsley/Nantucket
Zero India Street
(across from the Atheneum Library)

The "Nantucket Evergreen" tin presents local scallop shells, red berries, and evergreens in a magnificent basket bouquet. Created by Nantucket artist Barbara Capizzo and American tinsmiths, this limited edition keepsake tin makes a distinctive gift and a welcome addition for any collector. Filled with Nantucket Chocolatier exclusive and world famous Cranberry Creations™ chocolates, 6.5 oz.
Sweet Inspirations of Nantucket
26 Centre Street

NV Bellenda Prosecco is clean, fresh and elegant, with delicate, persistent bubbles that enhance its subtle citrusy fruit. This is the best prosecco to celebrate the holidays or make the perfect bellini. (750ml)
4 Easy Street

These 4" Scrimshaw Bookmarks are made from antique ivory piano keys and engraved by Charles Manghis and tied with silk ribbon. Many scrimshaw designs are available. Choose from images shown or call for other choices. May be personalized with name or date.
Nina Hellman Antiques
48 Centre Street

The Shoes Gallery Calendar 2010 and Handbags Gallery Calendar 2010 are published by Workman Publishing. Enjoy day after day images of glorious footwear (or handbags). Each calendar features a "page-a-day" format and comes with a lucite desktop stand for display. The perfect gift for the fashionista in your life!
Nantucket Bookworks
25 Broad Street

Stop by Cheryl Fudge's store to discover an array of one-of-a-kind clothing items, vintage clothing and original designs created by Cheryl herself. There are always plenty of vintage scarfs for just $15 each.
Cheryl Fudge
23 Federal Street

Nantucket Wine Charms are available in sets of four wine charms that commemorate Nantucket's distinctive directional signs. Two different sets are available. Choose from either set: [Madaket, Surfside, Nantucket Center and Siasconset] or [Quidnet, Monomoy, Tom Nevers and Wauwinet].
Nantucket Gourmet
4 India Street

Shut the Box is a Toy Boat staff favorite! In this fast paced game of luck and skill, players attempt to shut the box using each number that they roll. Be careful, don't be left with those high numbers! Children build math skills without even realizing it. A great game for multi-age families and classrooms. Ages 5-adult.
The Toy Boat
41 Straight Wharf

The Robot Duck Kit by Toysmith lets you make a crazy robot that walks like a silly Duckie! This is an awesome science kit designed by Middlesex University in the UK! Contains a motor and small part to be assembled and requires two batteries not included. You will need a small screwdriver. Finished Duck is 10 CM in length. For adults and kids ages eight and up.
The Spirit of Toys
2 Sanford Road

Skullcandy® INK'd® Earbud Headphones are available in a variety of colors. The soft ear-fitting design is comfortable and naturally isolates the inner ear from the outside world. Includes 3 earpiece sets.
Medawar Electronics/Radio Shack
5 Sparks Avenue

This Hanes Beefy-T cotton t-shirt is available in a variety of sizes for you to customize with your own color photo or artwork. Bring in your image to be copied and transferred onto a shirt for just $16.95,
or a canvas tote bag for just $23.99.
Nantucket Office Products
96 Pleasant Street

"Nantucket Offerings" is the colorful cook book
produced by St. Paul's Church. This spiral bound
collection of island recipes is deliciously organized
seasonally by Nantucket's local festivals,
events and holidays.
Mitchell's Book Corner
54 Main Street

Sunday, November 29

Nantucket Fashionista
at Festival of Wreaths

Watch for Nantucket Fashionista at the Festival of Trees
at the Nantucket Historical Association's Whaling Museum
throughout the month of December.

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Monday, November 16

Adding Holiday Sparkle
There are many jewelers on Nantucket
creating handcrafted wearable art.
Here are just a few who shine brightly...

The tools of the trade, a jeweler's bench.

Diana Kim England
DIANA KIM ENGLAND has been creating spectacular gemstone jewelry for four decades. She specializes in 18-karat gold and custom designs. Kim has shared her knowledge and skills with many aspiring jewelers, some of whom now have thriving businesses on Nantucket, yet her style is completely her own. The unique architectural structure of her jewelry is admirable and her beauty is unparalleled. Visit Diana Kim England Goldsmiths at 56 Main Street, call 508-228-3766 or 800-343-1468, or take a tour of her online gallery:

Hannah Blount
HANNAH BLOUNT is a native Nantucketer who began creating jewelry as a teenager. As the daughter of fisherman Bill Blount, and seamstress Ruth Blount, Hannah was raised to use her hands. Over time her simple designs evolved into sophisticated metalwork. She graduated from Umass Dartmouth in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Jewelry/Metals. Hannah's designs are organic and elegant. Seed pods and acorn tops drip with rough-cut diamonds, semi-precious stones and pearls. She is clearly inspired by nature and finishes her pieces with an ethereal satin texture, giving each piece a soft glow. You can find Hannah Blount jewelry at Hepburn, 3 Salem Street 508-228-1458, or take a tour of her online gallery:

Jolanta Gutnik
JOLANTA GUTNIK is a native of Poland, who came to the Nantucket via Toronto. Jola is celebrating her second decade on the island, and is now a proud citizen. Jola incorporates rare and unusual stones into her pieces. Jola finds a unique natural form from nature to start her design process. She is known for creating large opulent gemstone and pearl cross pendants and recently she has also found inspiration from the sea with her collection of silver and gold sea creatures, mermaids and anchors. Visit Jola at her store at 29 Centre Street 508-325-6999, or check out her regular website at and her fun new "Mermaid & Motorcycles" online gallery:

Jessica Hicks
JESSICA HICKS is constantly evolving her style. Jessica has made a name for herself with celebrities and the rest of us who appreciate creativity. While fashion savvy shoppers around the country admire her talents from afar, our Jessica creates much of her jewelry right in her Nantucket store on South Water Street. Her jewelry has been featured in many magazines. These open teardrop lace earrings shown above are available in a variety of stone choices. You can find Jessica Hicks jewelry at her store "POSH" at 4 South Water Street 508-228-6003, or visit her website:

Heidi Weddendorf
HEIDI WEDDENDORF has been creating several traditional signature pieces of jewelry for many years, and she continually invents new items. Her Nantucket Knot bracelet designs continue to be best sellers, as does her pearl Turk's Head bracelet. Her latest invention is the pearl and leather lariat necklace, shown above. Heidi also has a wonderful selection of pearl and stone earrings and wire and twig motif jewelry. You can find Heidi Weddendorf jewelry at The Nantucket Artists' Association and Erica Wilson at 25 Main Street 508-228-9881, or contact Heidi directly at 508-228-2592, or visit her website:

Susan Lister Locke
SUSAN LISTER LOCKE is an inspiration. Susie is an accomplished painter and metalsmith. She is most noted for her rings, working primarily in 18-karat gold, and using the time-honored “lost-wax process”, in which sculpting and carving reveal the chosen image. She also creates a lot of custom work and relishes meeting new people with a passion for jewelry. Her Nantucket Sign Collection is one of her latest inventions and is already becoming very popular in charms, necklaces, men's cuff links etc. Susie obviously loves what she does, and has an extraordinary eye for design, with bold gem colors and careful craftsmanship. You can find Susie's work at The Nantucket Artists' Association and The Nantucket looms at 16 Federal Street 508-228-1908. Contact Susie directly at 508-221-0531 to make an appointment to meet her in her studio, or visit her website:

Christie Lefebvre
CHRISTIE LEFEBVRE has evolved into a fine jeweler and a marketing maven. Christie has created a following by participating in many craft shows over the years, and now she is opening her Sconset Flair Studio & Boutique for visitors and gatherings. Christie has a fantastic sense of style incorporating pearls and antique novelties, such as cameos and stop-watches. This lady loves pearls, and she continues to incorporate pearls of all colors and shapes into much of her work. Contact Christie directly at 508-257-6811 to make an appointment to meet her in her Sconset Flair Studio & Boutique, or visit her website:

Friday, October 16

Chase away the cold, and look hot!
Great designs in every price range.
HEPBURN (3 Salem Street) These are just a few of the great coats available right now at Hepburn. Shown clockwise from the left... Ryan Roberts long boiled wool wrap jacket, $630. Available in plum, black and marine blue with a shorter version for $560. Marc New York wing collar belted car coat in plum/grey herringbone wool, $385. "ADD" down jackets available from $350-$450. Twill 22 double breasted pea coat with metal button detail, shown in brown/cream plaid, also available in black/white plaid, $325. Marc New York double breasted pea coat in black, white or tan, $220.

ERICA WILSON (25 Main Street) There are unique detail on every one of the finely made coats available here and most are very affordable. Shown clockwise from the left... Tulle black/white herringbone belted coat, $185. Tulle cropped jacket with slash pockets shown in Atlantic blue, $185. Tulle double breasted jacket with peplum back shown in purple smoke, $185. Sachin & Babi "Victoria" coat in charcoal/black houndstooth wool with matte gold beaded embroidery at the waist and sleeve, $775. (matching sleeveless dress and skirt available)

DAVID CHASE (60 Main Street) Visit David Chase to see the selection of luxurious down coats from the FeyeM collection represented in the photos above. Many have fur trim around the collar or hood and are available in long or short, from $1,200-$1,300.

CURRENT VINTAGE (4 Easy Street) The best thing about shopping at CurrentVintage is that you will purchase the one and only item of its kind available on Nantucket. These coats are the perfect example of the unique items available at CV today, and there are about 100 coats to choose from. Shown from the left, 1990s Valentino red blanket-plaid cashmere wrap coat, $385. Vintage 1970s New England Classics double breasted navy wool coat, $128. (accessorized with Red/Teal/Gold/Navy scarf, $20, and Carlyle bejeweled cabochon cuff bracelet, $174). Vintage 1960s Lilli Ann brown/tan color block knit coat, $128. Vintage 1980s J. Mendel custom designed red mink zip-front jacket with dolman sleeves, $1650.

ZERO MAIN (Zero Main Street) Choose from weatherproof, warm or just plain wonderful; you'll find whatever you're looking for at Zero Main. Shown clockwise from the left... Cop Copine silver gray scrunchy rain coat, $380. Cop Copine plaid wool jacket with hood and neck tie, $520 (GET 15% DISCOUNT on this item when you mention Nantucket Fashionista website). Two Star Dog handsome and affordable faux shearling car coat in loden, chocolate or black, $198. Two Star Dog suede car coat in plum or slate gray, $285.

POLLACK'S (5 South Street) These long and luxurious coats are going quickly at Pollack's. There are a few remaining, such as Parajumpers long down bear coats in black or white with removable Murmansk fur trim, $770. Sylvie Schimmel creates long and lofty shearling wrap coats in silver gray lamb with reverse cuffs and collar $2,770, or a deep loden color lined in rabbit fur with reverse cuffs and collar $2,880.

MURRAY'S TOGGERY (62 Main Street) Murray's has many coats available, suitable for all types of weather. At top left; CoVelo black boiled wool rose jacket uses zipper edging to make a fashion statement with a removable zipper rose brooch, $303. Cameleon herringbone jacket with shawl collar and rosette closure comes in grey/beige or brown/tan, $209. CoVelo boiled wool sweater jacket with red rose embellishment, $321. Barbour diamond quilted field coat with contrast corduroy collar is available in pine, cement, or navy $118. Check out Murray's selection of rain coats too.

CAROL COLE (42 Centre Street) If you're in the market for fur, these coats from M.Miller are the real deal. Long black down coat with black fox trim is warm and very stylish, $659. Incredibly soft long brown persian lamb coat with brown fox collar and cuffs, $3,965. Brown quilted down jacket with brown fox trimmed hood, $798. Long blonde mink car coat, $3,965.

Wednesday, October 7

Gray is the new black!
Charcoal, Gunmetal, Silver and Slate
...the runways are clouded
with shades of gray.
We're giving new meaning to Nantucket's "gray lady."
VANESSA NOEL (5 Chestnut Street/ corner of Centre Street) Vanessa Noel has become a celebrity in the fashion world with her couture footwear. Two examples of her paired perfection are shown here using charcoal gray snakeskin highlighted with silver. "Savoy" snakeskin slide with chinchilla (Regular $2,400) SALE $1,900. "Dandy" snakeskin pump with black satin bow (Regular $980) SALE $780.

DIANA KIM ENGLAND (56 Main Street) These beautiful freshwater pearl and grey sapphire earrings in 18k gold are only $380. The inventive 18k gold cuff bracelet with free rolling 15mm tahitian pearl is $5,600. The yellow gold eternity band with rough cut diamonds is truly unique with 3.62 ctw rough cut diamonds in the channel setting and 1.03 ctw G-H color, VS2 diamonds in the pavé setting, $4,500.00.

ZERO MAIN (Zero Main Street) This store has a great selection of everything ...from separates, dresses, scarves and handbags to shoes, umbrellas and jewelry... what else could a fashionista want? Oh yeah, they have coats and hats too! Shown here; Alexis Bittar "silver dust" adjustable length necklace with a warm gray lucite loop and autumn color Swarovski crystals, $175. Sweet Pea wrap tops and wrap dresses, available in gray animal print and peacock, $82(top) and $112(dress). Alexis Bittar "silver dust" long earrings $225. Two Star Dog slate gray suede car coat, $285.

CERI (25 Centre Street) The folks at Ceri do gray very well. Shown in top photo; Five strand choker of gray fresh water pearls and white keishi pearls, $885. Vintage inspired gray pleated raffia Kotur clutch handbag with silver snakeskin piping, $495. Shown in bottom photo; Bonnie Strauss dove gray knit cardigan with metallic beads and sequins, $750.

ADDISON CRAIG (2 Washington Street) This shop located just off the bottom of Main Street has unbelievable handbags and footwear. Take advantage of drastic price reductions this week on some of their high-end merchandise. Celine textured bronze leather boot (Regular $970) SALE 50% off. London by Anya Hindmarch pewter leather clutch with a crackled mirror texture (Regular $620) SALE 50% off.

LITTLE MISS DRAMA (12 Old South Wharf) This beautiful choker of deep gray fresh water pearls has an opalescent appearance with amethyst and 14k gold filled bugle beads. Hand made by store owner Pam Diem Willis. The four strands can be worn straight or twisted. $350

HEPBURN (3 Salem Street) Stunning and timeless are the two words I would use to describe the dresses at Hepburn. On the left, Max & Cleo's gunmetal gray sleeveless taffeta ruffled-hem dress, $148. The center photo features a Suzi Chin by Donna Morgan charcoal satin ruched dress with elbow length sleeves, $175. On the right is an elegant Vera Wang Lavender Label light gray sleeveless dress with embellished neckline, $495.

JOLA (29 Centre Street) Jola is known for creating large opulent gemstone and pearl cross pendants and recently she has also found inspiration from the sea with her collection of nautilus shells and mermaids. Show clockwise from top left; Seahorse sterling silver pendant, $240. Tahitian pearl enhancer with gemstones and diamonds. Prices vary depending on stone choice, estimate from $2,000-$4,000. Black tourmaline "charcoal" necklace, $700. Onyx drop earrings in 14k gold, $750. "Grey Lady" mermaid pendant in sterling silver, $320. Nautilus shell motif in silver with diamond center is available as earrings($500), cufflinks($500), ring($550) and pendant($240). Also available in gold.

LEGENDS (Zero Washington Street) This is the place to find trendsetting American, European and Asian bohemian chic fashions... and many are are on sale right now. Shown here, Another Important Culture sleeveless dress with gunmetal grey embellished neckline. Available in blush or black, $440. Converse by John Varvatos dove gray racer-back knit tunic with gold sequin edging (Regular $165) SALE $66. Converse by John Varvatos midnight knit tie-back vest with bronze sequin front (Regular $195) SALE $134.
PS- see video at right, featuring LEGENDS owner Azra Willmot-Smith >>>