Nantucket Business News

Calling all website designers

We’re compiling a list of website designers to make available to all subscribers of MAT. If you are a web designer living on island at least part of the year, please send me your name, the name of your business, your web address, and the web addresses of what you consider to be the three best websites you’ve designed. I’ll compile the list and include it in a future newsletter. Send to


A well known and loved character will not be seen in her normal post this summer. Don and Jere Freedman’s dog Savannah was put to sleep last month at 18 years old when only one leg was strong enough to support her.

“Jere and I can only say that deep in our heart we could not have had a better dog. Her spirit, her love, her gentleness and her intellect were more than we could have imagined. We feel that god sent her to us. I can only wish that many more people are as fortunate as we were in having a dog like Savannah.”

New art gallery in town

Robert Foster is opening a new art gallery on Daffodil Weekend called Robert Foster Fine Art at 8 India Street, or 8 India for short. It’s the former location of the Thomas Henry Gallery. (The Thomas Henry Gallery is moving to another part of town.) Robert has been an art dealer on Nantucket for 12 years now.

8 India will focus on local contemporary art of all genres and styles, with “quality, contemporary art accessible to everyone”. All artists either live or have lived on Nantucket at one time and still maintain connections to the arts on Nantucket. They include: John Devaney, Susan Lazarus, Daniel Sutherland, Deborah Vanderwolk, William McLane, Lisa Marie Duval, Robert Foster, Abigail Groff, Susan Whelihan, Whitney Kreb, Kirsten Sisk and Jeremy Tugeau. More artists are expected to join the roster later. Facebook page.

Business relocations

After 28 years, Noel Berry and Paul Bruno are leaving Main Street. Zero Main is moving to 34 Centre Street, first floor, and will open on May 1.

Judy Brust’s galleryblue will not be open on Old South Wharf this summer, but instead, Judy is exhibiting her own work on the second floor of The Gallery at 35 Main Street.

Woodmeister Master Builders has moved their Nantucket office from Old South Road to 147 Orange Street. Woodmeister offers residential construction, custom cabinetry and interiors, and Lifestyle Management Services, with offices in Newport, Rhode Island, and New York City.

Chamber networking mixer

The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce presents a March Madness Member Mixer at the Rose & Crown, Wednesday, March 16 from 6 – 9 PM. All island business people invited for networking, a dinner buffet, door prizes and live music from the Shep Cats. Meet new Executive Director, PJ Martin Smith and join the Chamber as an Associate Member for only $30. Learn about new business programs, seminars, workshops and more now being offered by the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members $20. Non-members $25. RSVP to 508-228-3643 by March 14.

Bookworks now selling e-books

You can now buy E-Books from Bookworks. The books are stored “in the cloud” and are accessible from your iPad, iPhone, NookColor, Sony Reader, and any smartphone or computer (except the Kindle) through a new program from Google E-Books. As you read, your page positions are saved across all the devices so you can pick up reading where you last left off – you can start reading on your PC, continue on your laptop, and carry on reading on your smartphone.

In most cases, the price is the same as you would pay elsewhere. To get started you’ll need a Google account, which you probably have already, and a Bookworks account.
More details here.

New businesses

Babies and Bellies will be opening above Peach Trees at 19 Main Street this April, carrying baby and toddler apparel, junior apparel, kids shoes, swimwear for babies, maternity clothes, nursery furniture and accessories. The owners of this year round business are Nicole Whelden and Stephany Hunter. The store is designed for children up to 10 years old, and will be kid friendly with a play area for children. Website.

The Nantucket Cycling Studio is a new business located at 15 Amelia Drive, next to Accessible Dental, with stationary bikes for workouts and classes. No commitments or membership fees. Website.

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