Adapting to a New Reality on Nantucket Island

UPDATED ON APRIL 20, 2020

Nantucket is an island of small businesses, all using their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit to keep going during social distancing and the current climate of uncertainty.

Merchants are relying on online sales and curbside delivery until their shops open, service companies are selling gift cards and taking their classes online, and eateries are offering takeout with delivery. A number of nonprofit and community organizations are reaching out to island residents with lessons and entertainment.

Here is a list of Nantucket companies and organizations you can help keep afloat by patronizing during these challenging times, along with some who are offering ways to help entertain and teach you during these weeks of social isolation and self-distancing.

Some of the options below are using Zoom. If this program is new to you, you will find a tutorial here.

We will update the list as we get more information. If you have suggestions for additions, please email us at yi@nantucket.net

Stay well!

ISLAND RETAIL SHOPS with Curbside and Online Shopping:

Nantucket Book Partners (Bookworks and Mitchell’s Book Corner) are open online so customers can support their local bookstores by ordering any book in print to be shipped directly to your home. Book Partners also offers e-books, audiobooks, gift codes, and gift certificates, as well as pre-orders, autographed pre-orders from Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer, Emily Giffin, and more! 

Marine Home Center is open for curbside delivery from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call in your order at 508-228-0900 or send an e-mail to order@marinehomecenter.com  — company charge accounts or credit cards only.

Nantucket Pearl Company sells its bracelets, necklaces, and earrings online. Brighten up Spring with their freshwater pearl stretch bracelets for $25 plus shipping. In addition to these beautiful bracelets with the colors of Nantucket Daffodil Festival, the Nantucket Pearl Company offers a variety of other beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Order online or send an email to ackpearls@gmail.com10% of all online sales are being donated to help with COVID-19 relief efforts.

Blue Beetle Nantucket is offering free shipping on its wide variety of Nantucket jewelry and apparel, cashmere, gifts, and home accessories. They even have a sale section.

Murray’s Toggery Shop is celebrating its 75th year during 2020. Their active website offers many of their bestsellers, including Smathers & Branson items, Bonobos, their own Nantucket Red apparel for all ages, accessories for all ages, and they even have an online outlet.

Nantucket Looms offers gifts, home decor items, and their beautiful handwoven items all online. Stay cozy while you stay at home with one of their soft throws at 25% off.

Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Road, is open 8 am to 7 pm Monday-Saturday. You can order from their greenhouses for curbside delivery using this webpage.

Nantucket Office Products at 96 Pleasant Street is now offering customers curbside delivery and door-to-door delivery. Call to order 508-228-4220.

Geronimo’s is offering curbside pick Mon-Sat from 11am to 2 pm. Orders for same-day deliveries need to be placed by 1pm (orders received after 1pm will go out the following business day). Call 508-228-3731 or text Martina at 508-332-9198.

On-Glaze at 8 West Creek Road has contact-free, self-service hand sanitizer available on their porch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9 to 2, Friday 9 to 4 this week. Exact change only in deposit bucket. All bottles are sprayed with 99.99% alcohol and spray alcohol available as well, no human contact. If you want your product bagged and ready please call 508-228-6245 and leave a message

ONLINE ACTIVITIES from Nantucket Organizations & Artists:

Nantucket Atheneum is offering a variety of free online activities, including afternoon Virtual Story Breaks over Zoom, yoga, online classes, and virtual concerts. They also offer eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and music, available with your library card and PIN number.

Island Tunes, the Tuesday night concert and open mic at Faregrounds, will be held on the Nantucket Atheneum’s Zoom Channel. Here is how to join the fun:
1. Go to the full calendar on Nantucket Atheneum website
2. Find the concert on the calendar and click on the orange Zoom link

The Best Medicine is a new comedy show by The Nantucket Comedy Festival in conjunction with NCTV.The show is hosted by Bob Lee and features a live broadcast with four comedians on Thursdays at 7pm.

Nantucket Artists Association will hold it’s Spring Sweep as a virtual auction on April 11. They are also hosting a Daily Draw: see their Facebook page for each day’s “draw.” If you participate in Nantucket Daily Draw for 5 days in a row you have the chance to win a gift card to a local business. So if you participate for 10 days, you get two entries. This is our way of supporting these businesses while they are closed. Keep on drawing and you could win!

Coffee & Community with Jason is a morning chat session with Q&A hosted by Jason Bridges of The Handlebar at 8 am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on Facebook and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday on Instagram @jasonmbridges.

Uncle Greg’s Art Lessons – When he was a young artist living in California, island artist G.S. Hill gave art lessons to children. During the COVID-19 precautions, he is again offering his art lessons, this time on YouTube. Lesson #1 was Light & Shadow.

The Nantucket Historical Association is sharing its vast holdings with NHA University is a weekly resource featuring videos, history topics, artifacts, transcription projects, and more. Intended to enrich at-home learning for all – coming to your inbox every Tuesday! And their YouTube Channel has dozens of Nantucket history documentaries and films.

Nantucket Conservation Foundation has reintroduced its Family Scavenger Hunt. Pace yourself on this free self-guided exploration of NCF properties. Most of their properties are open for appropriately self-distanced walking, and they encourage Nantucketers to visit some of their lesser traveled gems, like Squam Swamp. Download their ACKTrails app: this free mobile app has recently been upgraded with additional features and trails, as well as points of interest. Additional upgrades coming soon include driving directions to trails, guest logins, and social logins.

RESTAURANTS, BAKERIES, PREPARED FOOD, & BEVERAGES:

Annye’s Whole Foods, open daily at 14 Amelia Drive. Call in your food order at 508-228-4554 for curbside pickup only. Groceries may be ordered by email.

Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Road, Open 8 am to 6 pm Monday-Saturday. Curbside service only. Prepared foods, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Online ordering at bartlettsfarm.com and by phone at 508-228-9403 (do not leave your order on voicemail). Groceries may also be ordered for curbside pickup using this form.

The Bean, 4 India Street. Open daily from 7 am to 3 pm for coffee and tea, treats, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Place online orders at thebeantakeout.com or call 508-228-6215.

The Beet has chosen to temporarily close as the best way to show our support to the Nantucket community. We will be back providing you with healthy food soon. In the meantime, stock up on your Beet Bling gift cards…so that way when we are back, you are ready! Until then, stay upBEET!

Breeze at Nantucket Hotel, 77 Easton Street. Offering takeout from 11 am to 8 pm daily of their spring all-day menu at thenantuckethotel.com/2020-new/dining-2/ Pay and pick up at the front desk or arrange for curbside pickup. Call your order in at 508-228-4730.

Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road, is offering bottled beer, wine, and spirits. Place your order by phone at 508-325-5929, and they will bring it to your car. Customers must be 21 and show a valid ID.

Crosswinds, 14 Airport Road at Nantucket Memorial Airport. Open daily from 6 am to 9 pm for takeout of most of their regular menu and nightly specials while they last. Call in your order at 508-228-6005.

Epernay Wine & Spirits is open Monday-Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm at 1 North Beach Street with curbside pickup and delivery. Call in your order at 508-228-2755 or order online.

Faregrounds, 27 Fairgrounds Road. Open daily from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm; full menu and daily specials. Curbside takeout 11:30 am to 7:30 pm and delivery 11:30 to 2 & 5 to 7:30 pm. Menus at thefaregrounds.com — call in your order at 508-228-4095.

Glidden’s Island Seafood, 115 Pleasant Street. Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. DIY Dinner kits and prepared food for lunch and dinner. Menu online and specials on their Facebook page. Call in your order at 508-228-0912.

The Islander, 15 Old South Road. Open Monday-Saturday. Call ahead for your order to be ready upon your arrival 508-228-5855 or 508-228-5856.

Nantucket Bake Shop is open for takeout at 17-1/2 Old South Road: one person in the bake shop at a time or call in your order at 508-228-2797 for curbside delivery. Nantucket Bake Shop Portuguese bread is also available in Stop-n-Shop.

Nantucket Coffee Roasters selling coffee, specialty coffee drinks, and snacks inside the mid-island Stop & Shop from 6 am to 4 pm daily.

Sayle’s Seafood, 99 Washington St., (508) 228-4599, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Stubby’s — order from ACK Eats for delivery.

Thai House, 118 Old South Road. Open daily from 4 to 8 pm. Call in orders at 508-680-1522 for curbside delivery or order through ACK Eats for home delivery.

Walter’s Deli — order from ACK Eats for delivery.

Wicked Island Bakery, 7B Bayberry Court. Open Monday-Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon. Call in your order at 508-901-5797 for curbside delivery or email info@wickedislandbakery.com. Order pickup is also available at window to the right of the front door.

Nantucket Wine & Spirits is open daily from 11 am to 7 pm, with curbside pickup and delivery with payment over the phone: 508-228-1136

VIRTUAL WELLNESS & FITNESS CLASSES from island trainers:

During April’s shelter-in-place, Certified Coach and Event Planner, Sara Boyce, offers daily free online coaching and guided meditation classes for deep relaxation.  Sign up for a session by sending an email to her at sara@eliteretreatspro.com.  

Lorna Dollery Fitness is offering free live workouts (boxing, bodyweight, dumbbell workouts and barre) Monday – Saturday 9am on Instagram at @lornadollery and Facebook Lorna Dollery Fitness. Also Facetime personal training sessions and online training programs for home workouts available – email lorna@lornadollery.com

The Yoga Room is offering full one-hour classes on Zoom. Classes are on a donation basis through VENMO: The Yoga Room Nantucket. You’ll find instructions and schedule info on their Facebook page.

Jasmine Cruz is posting daily workouts on Instagram @jasminetcruz

ISLAND SERVICE BUSINESSES offering contact-free service:

Holdgate’s Island Laundry is offering contact-free service for dry cleaning and household laundry service. Arrange by phone 508-228-0750, text 508-364-7325 or email hlinc2001@yahoo.com. Self-service laundromat is open from 7 am to 9 pm daily

Nantucket Bank (Rockland Trust) and Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank are open for drive-through service.

Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals at 11 Crooked Lane is closed but still caring for shelter animals. If you see a stray, call NPD as they have access to the shelter. Anyone who relies on NiSHA’s Pet Food Pantry to feed their pets at home, please call 508-825-2287.

And here is a list of virtual worship services on Nantucket and where to find them:
Summer Street Church
St. Paul’s Church
Nantucket Unitarian Universalist
St. Mary’s, Our Lady of the Isle
First Congregational Church – email office@nantucketfcc.org to request an invitation to join a service via Zoom