With the 2014 Summer Season winding down, it comes time to take a step bACK and reflect on our highlights over the past three months. We love Nantucket for its entrepreneurial spirit and the fACKt that even though much of the island will never change (and we seriously support that!) the downtown is always shaping and shifting like the tides that come in and out. So here, with Labor Day next week, is our blACKbook dozen bests from ACK: Note This a summer flashbACK of what’s hip + fresh + haute + cool when it comes to Nantucket.

12. Nantucket gets NAUTI

The Nautilus, 12 Cambridge Street

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Two bars, a super cool chefs table and a fun and fresh dining scene, The Nautilus has made a serious splash onto the Nantucket restaurant scene. With its innovative menu of plates to share and even Rib Eyes enough for three, this new ACK hotspot has been impressing the minds and stomachs of many since their late May opening.
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Fernet on Tap? Got that. Some of the most innovative cocktails to hit ACK? Yep, they have those too. A stellar wine list with a Wine Station so you can get high end whites and reds by the glass? You’re seeing it. The drink list at The Nautilus gives fresh twists on old favorites like the Nauti Dog, a fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and Lucky Dog Vodka combo with a splash of campari… YUM!

11. Stubbs does Sankaty (and Brant Point too!)

CJ LAING 44 Centre Street

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along with their fab resort-wear, CJ Laing brought with them Stubbs & Wootton and even custom Nantucket Stubbs with the lighthouses on them! A super fresh way to sport your ACK!
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and yes, of course #ACKpartyhosts David Handy had to get a few pairs of these Nantucket Stubbs! They’ve been making a fun fashion stamp around the cobblestone streets!
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the beloved Palm Beach Boutique traveled up the East Coast and made a splash on Centre Street when they opened in May!

10. the 02554 is JUICED up!

02554 Juice at FRESH on 5 Salem Street

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Raw Juice Companies have been all the rage on the Rock… and blACKbook had a serious love affair with the 02554 Juice Company which launched in June. “02554 Juice was created with one simple goal in mind: making healthy choices easier for a busy lifestyle!”
The Must Sip in our blACKbook? Is the ever delicious GREEN BUZZ — a green coffee extract added juice! Gives the boost of coffee and tastes great!   BONUS: They’re using the juicing remain to make healthy snacks like juice pulp crackers, hummus and more!
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Check out all 5 flavors at FRESH on 5 Salem Street… we are digging their creative names like this green juice called HUMPBACK KALE!

9. UNDERGROUND wine bar

Meursault, 18 Broad Street

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An underground wine and cheese and charcuterie bar on Nantucket? Sign us up! A favorite new spot to snACK and sip before and after meals was MEURSAULT!
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This sweet spot filled the void of that “where do we go before or after” dinner and with its fun and fresh bistro feel, Meursault quickly became a hotspot for those looking for a little savory treat from 4pm to 1AM daily.

8. beautyFULL on South Beach

Follain, 9A South Beach Street

a brand new beauty store opened ... and FOLLAIN has been giving us the inside trACK on how to keep your skin aglow every season by changing the way you look at ingredients in cosmetics, sunscreen, skincare and more!
a brand new beauty store opened … and FOLLAIN has been giving us the inside trACK on how to keep your skin aglow every season by changing the way you look at ingredients in cosmetics, sunscreen, skincare and more!
Follain—Gaelic for ‘healthy, wholesome, and sound’—is a new kind of beauty products store.  We carry a curated selection of safe and effective skincare, hair care, and cosmetics by 30+ spa-grade brands—all made in the USA.  Visit our new Nantucket outpost for healthy sun care, detoxifying bath products, organic cosmetics and everything in between!  We also offer convenient travel sizes, in case you forgot anything or want to try healthy beauty products for the first time. Some products—like liquid hand and body soaps—are refill-able, to cut back on plastic bottle waste.  Come say hi on your way down South Beach Street!
Follain—Gaelic for ‘healthy, wholesome, and sound’—is a new kind of beauty products store. They carry a curated selection of safe and effective skincare, hair care, and cosmetics by 30+ spa-grade brands—all made in the USA. Their new Nantucket outpost has healthy sun care, detoxifying bath products, organic cosmetics and everything in between! Owner Tara Foley (right) and her store manager Ashley have sure put a new fresh stamp on beauty knowledge on ACK!
FOLLAIN is not only super organized and filled with bathroom treasures but also a fantastic place to get educated by owner Tara Foley and store manager Ashlee
FOLLAIN is not only super organized and filled with bathroom treasures but also a fantastic place to get educated on what you’re putting on your body and hair and they’ve been full of fab makeup tips, too!

7. Best Birds Eye View

TownPool www.instagram.com/townpool

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when it comes to fun + fresh photos of ACK… TownPool has been giving us some extraordinary views of the Grey Lady… from above!
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From surf days at Cisco to Race Week along Brant Point, TownPool has found some seriously cool ways to showcase new angles of the 02554… like this pic from #POPSonACK!
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perhaps our favorite this TownPool shot was entitled ” Runaway Bride” taken in Sconset last weekend!

6. NEED IT! Flash Tattoos

Eye of the Needle, 14 Federal Street

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Karen Starr Golov, owner of EYE OF THE NEEDLE told Miss blACKbook she had found the IT accessory of summer 2014 with Flash Tattoos in gold and silver… and boy was she right!
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these fresh designs were all over the place (and the body!) from feathers to temp tattoo necklaces that read “love” or “life’s a beach” cool looking bracelets, and designs that were original (and best, not permanent so you could really explore with how and where to put them!)
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Karen sold hundreds of Flash Tattoo Packages every day! (Karen seen here with her arm flash tattoo at #POPSonACK with Miss blACKbook Interns + Miss blACKbook!)

5. Super Soft ways to wear your ACK

Grey Clothing Co. www.greyclothing.co

then it was Wine Fest with the customized Grey Clothing Co. blACKbook Wine Festival Tee...
We love Grey Clothing Co for their original tees… the adoration started on Wine Fest with the customized Grey Clothing Co. blACKbook Bubbles Burgundy Bordeaux Tee made especially for Miss blACKbook + her N Magazine shoot
then it was the "tried & true" our ultimate Nantucket 4th of July Tee..
… followed by the “tried & true” — a blACKbook ultimate Nantucket 4th of July Tee… FYI, it sold out within the few hours of posting it online in July!
and for every day... it's the LOCALS tee, a cool Grey Clothing Co. original for a fresh tee to sport your ACK!
and for every day… it’s the LOCALS tee, a cool Grey Clothing Co. original tee to wear your Nantucket AND a new way to look at the Compass Rose!

4. Drew Barrymore!

From dinners at 29 Fair, to sandy shores at Children’s Beach with her girls to Iced Teas and smiles for everyone at Handlebar Cafe, the Hollywood star has been seen all over the island and showcasing her lovely and good natured ways with photos with fans and romantic tables for two with her and her husband Will. For spending two months on the island, Drew has kept a low profile, but hit up some of our favorite spots like LoLa Burger, The Hospital Thrift Store, the Pearl and more!
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click photo to watch Drew Barrymore brave the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the beaches of ACK!

3. A way cooler Starbucks comes to the 02554

Handlebar Cafe, 15 Washington Street

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A community space disguised as a coffee shop… that’s what you get when you head over the new hot “HANDLEBAR CAFE” which opened on America’s Birthday and has been jamming ever since! A fun space to get a coffee, have a meeting, do some work or just kick back and relax in their comfy love seat… this YEAR ROUND new cafe has delighted all who have gone in!
we just love having another great place to enjoy a beverage and do a little work... AND the Handlebar Cafe has killer FREE wifi!
we just love having another great place to enjoy a beverage and do a little work… AND the Handlebar Cafe has killer FREE wifi!
oh yeah, and they have the islands first BARK BAR... a place to hydrate your pups while you get caffeinated inside!
BONUS: oh yeah, and they have the islands first BARK BAR… a place to hydrate your pups while you get caffeinated inside!

2. HIGH FASHION ON LOW BEACH

Friday, August 15th at a private home in ‘Sconset

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a full Michael Kors Runway Show happened at a private residence on August 15th… and HIGH FASHION ON LOW BEACH gave gorgeous fall fashion, had an incredible live auction and raised great money for Theatre Workshop of Nantucket in the process!
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the MK fall line was shown with fresh remixes in the background… and all the models flew in from NYC (and beyond!) for the show!
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Gene Mahon of Mahon About Town got some of the best photos of the clothing and the party! See more by clicking the photos!

1. Revivalists Get Live Show of the Summer

August 19th + 20th at the internationally infamous Chicken Box

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A show like none other, The Revivalists took the stage for two epic nights at the Chicken Box and delivered the blACKbooks show of the summer… Lead singer David Shaw has a voice that will stay with you long after the songs are over… and this group live has some of the best stage presence we’ve ever witnessed. Click photo for our favorite jam.

BONUS: JLB comes to Nantucket + makes crazy cool videos of the Chicken Box

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click to see!

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and for all things hip + fresh on Nantucket… that’s what the #ACKnotethis is for… make sure to follow on all our social media to keep you in the ACK loop, wherever you may be.

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