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Wendy Hudson of Bookworks to Run Mitchell’s Book Corner

ReMain, a part of The Schmidt Family Foundation and owner of the building that is home to Mitchell’s Book Corner, has announced the formation of Nantucket Book Partners by Wendy Hudson, the owner of Bookworks on Broad Street for 18 years. and one of the organizers of Nantucket’s first Book Festival this June 15th-17th. Nantucket Book Partners will run both Mitchell’s Book Corner and Bookworks as full-service, year-round bookstores.

“At ReMain, we like to incubate new endeavors that inspire and support the next generation in a changing marketplace, and we also want to support downtown’s key institutions to help ensure they are in place for the long term,” said Wendy Schmidt, founder of ReMain and president of The Schmidt Family Foundation. “Since we purchased Mitchell’s in 2008, the bookselling business has seen unprecedented market shifts in the explosive popularity of e-readers and the success of online giants like Independent booksellers in every market are working overtime to develop sustainable business models for their stores. Here on Nantucket, we are exceptionally fortunate to have two independent bookstores, and now, for them to combine forces while maintaining their individual characters is a realistic approach for successfully engaging this industry-wide challenge.”

Mary Jennings had been running Mitchell’s since the retirement of Mimi Beman four years ago. Mitchell’s was founded in 1968 by Henry “Mitch” Mitchell and Mary Allen Havemeyer and later run by their daughter Mimi Beman, who passed away in 2010.

“I truly believe that collaboration rather than competition is the best course for the island’s bookstores,” Wendy said. “Mitchell’s Book Corner and Bookworks will each retain their own unique personalities, but by functioning cooperatively we’ll be able to strengthen both entities and offer even more for the island’s readers.”

“The idea is to retain the best parts of each beloved store while expanding what we offer through less duplication and more cooperation. One web site, one events and offsite program, one point of sale system (sharing customer loyalty, gift card, and inventory information), yet two unique destinations that enhance downtown Nantucket. We plan to launch activities and outreach upstairs at Mitchell’s, operate with employee profit-sharing, create a volunteer program, and figure out many other ways to involve the community. Fun stuff.”

“This industry is in flux, but it has great potential if we approach it creatively in this special place. Embracing technology and listening to our customers will be the keys to success. We invite everyone to help us invent the next chapter for the stores, so please watch for new about a customer survey, dates for focus groups, and other invitations for feedback.”


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.


Nouveau Nantucket
By Holly Finigan

You may recognize the name as the popular women’s beauty magazine. You may even remember these men from their successful store on Chestnut Hill in Boston. But this summer, the former location of Wolfhound has a new set of glamorous paws in their storefront: Allure Cosmetics.

Owners Ron Getter and Yaniv Eyal have brought a new customer service to island cosmetic shoppers: when you purchase a product from Allure, be it an $18 eyeliner or a $200 Gratiae eye serum, you can come into the store once a week and they will apply the product for you. For example, buy Allure’s hair straighteners by Jose Eber from Rodeo Drive and the boys will straighten your hair once a week free just for buying it there.

For now, Allure is showcasing mineral make up by MICA Bella cosmetics, with organic skin and body care lines by Gratiae and hair care and human hair extensions by Beyond the Beauty. Come June, their second floor will be turned into a full spa with services including acupuncture, botox and juvederm injections, and state of the art spa therapy. They will also offer Latisse treatments, a six-week process that helps eyelashes grow thicker and fuller.

Ron and Yaniv stress the importance of taking care of one’s face. “It’s the first thing people notice when they meet you,” Ron said. “Men and women spend thousands of dollars on clothing and high heeled shoes, and they should also remember that it’s important to spend money on quality skin care products for their face.”

Fans of Allure’s products include celebrities like Madonna, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. But don’t be intimidated by the prices – the shop has lines to satisfy all budgets.

Lip balm starts at $20, mascara goes for $28. For the novice make-up artist, Allure has starter kits for $42, which also make a great gift.

One of the Mica Bella cosmetics that Ron and Yaniv love is their mineral powdered colored make-up that costs just $15. This 5-in-1 product comes in more than 80 different colors and can be turned from a powdered eyeshawdow, to a lip gloss, to eye liner to mascara, even nail polish! Stop by the store and the boys will show you how its all done. And if you mention Mahon About Town, you’ll take advantage of the buy-two-get-one-free promotion with the Mica Bella eye powder.

Allure will be a year-round store, and Ron and Yaniv already feel a great community vibe from the island. They’ve had great feedback in their first month of being open, and have many repeat customers. They already feel very much at home here on Nantucket.

Stop by for a beauty treatment, a quick makeover, or just to check out all the new lines that Allure has to offer. (And don’t forget to ask about the Magic Capsules!) Open from 10 to 6, every day at 21 Main Street.

Holly Finigan has been living seasonally in Nantucket for the last six years. The 26-year-old graduate of the University of New Hampshire has spent her winters in the Caribbean, New Zealand, and Maui, and Argentina. She tells people she was a monk in her former life. You can find Holly slinging drinks at Corazon del Mar. Check out her popular blog “the blACKbook” at, or email Holly at