New Businesses Navigate Pandemic Economics
Louisa Hufstader
Starting a new business on Martha’s Vineyard takes courage during the best of times. But even in the face of the pandemic, optimistic risk-takers have opened shops, galleries, restaurants and services.
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Leslie’s Drug Store, Main Street Vineyard Haven Fixture, Will Close
Maia Coleman
Leslie’s Drug Store, a family-run pharmacy and Main street institution in Vineyard Haven since 1948, will permanently close at the end of this year, after 72 years in business.
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Board of Trade Elects New Officers
The Edgartown Board of Trade elected three new board members on Wednesday.
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Forgivable Loans Offered to Smallest Island Businesses
Louisa Hufstader
Small business owners on Martha’s Vineyard can now apply for forgivable federal loans covering up to $10,000 of losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Nantucket Newspaper Returns to Local Ownership
After 30 years of corporate ownership, the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror will be sold to an island-based ownership group.
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After Uneven Pandemic Summer, Businesses Eye Winter Ahead
Maia Coleman
Forced to delay opening this spring, many Island businesses are using an unusually busy fall as a springboard into the darker months.
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For Main Street Businesses it Was the Summer of Survival
Noah Asimow, Maia Coleman and Aaron Wilson
Despite a lost spring and an unprecedented shutdown that forced closures long into the summer, most main street businesses said July and August allowed them to catch up.
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Loving Life at the Speed of Putt Putt
Aaron Wilson
Island Cove Adventures opened in September of 1992. Now, it's time for a new owner.
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Paycheck Protection Program Preserves Thousands of Jobs
More than 6,000 Island workers spanning nearly 900 small businesses, nonprofits and sole proprietorships had their jobs preserved through the PPP.
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Phase Three Reopening Sees Mixed Response on the Vineyard
Louisa Hufstader
Two of the Island’s four cinemas will soon be showing movies again, as the third phase of pandemic reopening begins. But many businesses are taking a more gradual approach.
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