As my friend Angela so wisely put it… “last year on Nantucket felt like a revolution while this year is more of an evolution.” And while 2017 brought on a huge changing of the guard, this season is shaping up to be more about shifting. From real estate to retail to some new spots for spa’ing and sipping and shopping… we’ve got you covered with the inside scoop on all the HOT new happenings in your happy place! It may not seem like it here in New England, but summer is right around the corner so without further adieu, the 2018 HOT LIST.
HOT HEALTHY HAVEN
Summer is moving in and LEMON PRESS is also on the move! Taking over the former Arno’s space at 41 Main Street, Lemon Press is transforming the bar and restaurant into a healthy eaters haven with all of our favorite take-out staples, plus some extra options for dining in. While the concept will remain the same, customers can slow down and enjoy their meal on-site with both high-top cafe tables, and lower banquettes for a more loungey vibe. The existing bar will be used for full wait service, featuring specialty lattes and barista beverages, as well as smoothies, juices, and house-made mixers. As always, the focus will be on plant-based foods with strong mediterranean flavors. Venture away from the wharf this summer and grab some light evening bites at the new location! And if you’re out here for the full season, Lemon Press is actively searching for members of the team – shoot an email over to them at email@example.com for inquiries! photo by Zofia Co.
HOT RETAIL SHIFT
SOUTHERN TIDE is dropping anchor on ACK! From the family that has been bringing the SHIFT retail experiences to the Cape and Islands since 1997, the address of 34 Main will be bumping with more excitement than ever as the space introduces Southern Tide to Nantucket, as well as to their locations in Chatham and Mashpee. From beach, boat, brewery, or golf course to a summer night in town on the cobblestones, Southern Tide offers all of the necessary basics for seasonal living for men, ladies, and boys. The Nantucket signature store is now open, so make sure you don’t miss out on their grand opening event during Figawi and until then, follow them on instagram @southerntide_nantucket! TAKE NOTE:They’re hiring! Apply today by clicking here!
HOT STOCK VIDEO
Finding stock photos for projects of any scope are fairly easy to come by, but where is one supposed to look for stock video footage? Search no further! The dynamic duo behind Yellow Productions is launching ‘YELLOW STOCK FOOTAGE’ after hearing requests from clients and agencies alike for high quality stock footage of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod. Designed to be extremely user friendly, the website for Yellow Stock Footage allows customers to search for exactly the clip they are looking for, and yields only high-quality results. The team has put together a portfolio of clips that will inspire their audience, and are keeping things fresh with updates coming at us every few weeks! Clips start at just $95, making it easy and affordable to get that perfect drone shot of your happy place… without the drone! Click For Full Website!
HOT RENTAL PERK
Winter may not be over quite yet, but it’s never too early to start planning your summer getaway to Nantucket, especially with the quintessential summer experience that the Copley Group Nantucket is bringing to you with your booking! Get those vacation details figured out early and earn yourself a complimentary one hour boat charter for up to six people with The Nantucket Tug Company, Nantucket’s only private and fully licensed Oyster and Champagne charter. Um, YES PLEASE! With the Winter we’ve had here in the Northeast let’s face it, we all need a little something to look forward to! Follow the addresses below to book your stay at one of the three following properties* by the end of March, and you’ll be well on your way to summer bliss!
- 38 Pleasant Street: With a hot tub, ping pong table, and private yard with a gas grill, this spot has everything you need for a night in, and is just a short walk to town if you’re looking for a night out!
- 14 New Mill Street: If a serene escape is what you’re looking for, look no further. This house is as private as they come in the downtown area, and has everything you need for the perfect ACK summer retreat!
- 54 Fair Street: This in-town stunner is the perfect chance for you and your crew to feel like royalty. From the recent renovation to the details like high-end sheets and ultra plush towels, 54 Fair will take your week in your Happy Place to the next level!
P.S…If just reading about these properties makes you want to spend more than a week on Nantucket this year, the Copley Group is searching for a concierge! The position is a PAID internship and you can apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NOTE: Complimentary Charter goes alongside booking dates from June 16th to September 1st
HOT NEW GALLERY
After years of featuring his stunning photography, we are thrilled to announce that Nathan Coe is teaming up with talented artist Illya Kagan to open their own studio and art gallery at 38 Centre Street! (formerly Isobel & Cleo) The two story location features a working studio upstairs, where they will be creating on a daily basis, and a 1st floor gallery displaying the finished products. The two styles are vastly different and offer unique artistic aesthetics to appeal to a varied clientele, giving the space a unique feel unlike any other. Check in throughout the summer for upcoming openings, artist talks, and collaborations. They’ll be open Mid-May and ready to share their creations! Until then, you can view their work and follow them on instagram @nathancoe and @illyakagan.
HOT 02564 NEWS
When first hearing about the beloved Sconset Market changing hands, it sounded like it could be the end of an era. However, luckily for us 02564 lovers, it’s looking more like the continuation of an island institution! Rolf and Cindy Nelson have been working alongside the Sconset Market since they arrived in 1983! And with their restaurant the Sconset Cafe now being passed along to their Sous Chef Alex Ulgenalp, Rolf and Cindy will continue their retail offerings with the Sconset Bookstore and now fully taking over the Sconset Market. (NOTE: they are also the talented team behind the market’s delicious baked goods for the past twenty years! That sconset cookie anyone?!) With a fresh coat of paint, and some new product offerings thanks to the discerning eye of Cindy, the Sconset Market will be bACK for another delicious season starting Thursday, May 24th. Rolf, Cindy and their team will be ready to serve up our favorite go-to’s with some new items sprinkled in all the way through mid-September. When making your Sconset plans, ride the Wave to this quaint corner of Nantucket, and grab yourself a snack at the Market before making the journey back to town!
HOT NEW DEVELOPMENT
For those of you searching for your own little slice of Nantucket heaven, Blue Flag Development’s latest project, Hawthorne Park, has your name written all over it! Combining our two must-haves, simple living and an ideal location, this all-inclusive, seventeen-home community is the quintessential island retreat. Boasting the ultimate in high-design homes matched with the ease and luxury of a private club, Hawthorne Park’s clustered Barn, Cottage, Farmhouse and Homestead designs start at the mid $2.000M’s and offer enviable community living set against the backdrop of a private 3-acre park complete with shared amenities, year-round maintenance, and optional custom furniture packages. Add in the fact that it is located just five minutes from the beach and town and there’s not much more you could dream of! Check out more from their website here.
HOT SHOP MOVE
Bigger spaces mean bigger things, and Nantucket Surf Co. (NSC) is moving to 24 Easy Street, (Cheryl Fudge former space), and is ready to deliver bigger and better for the 2018 season! The team plans to open the full patio in the back to the public for trunk shows and special events. They are even bringing in some brands that you can’t find anywhere else on island as well as their tried and true favorites – from Tuck Life and Johnny Vacay to Cabana Life and Over Under, NSC knows how to bring the goods! The shop will continue their surfboard and paddle board rental program this year, with the addition of two new luxury lines! Follow them on instagram for opening dates and details.
…AS WELL AS A HOT RETAIL EXPANSION
If you’ve been following blACKbook over the years, you know that Skinny Dip has become one of our favorite collectives for cool new brands…and we are so excited to announce their expansion in 2018! Here’s the skinny: taking over the spot right next door to them, (formerly Cromartie Studio & Gallery) the team over at Skinny Dip is increasing their Old South Wharf space by 800 square feet, and are ready to bring in even more chic styles! Stay tuned for the official release of their new products and brands – these ladies always always bring in some amazing lines, (including their own Beau & Ro and Ellsworth & Ivey) and 2018 is sure to be no different!
HOT WAVE INFO
Nantucket’s only line of public transportation has just made an exciting announcement…not only will they be here and ready to serve the masses this summer, but the NRTA Wave will now be operating a year-round schedule for those of us that brave the long Nantucket winters! Instead of turning those engines off in October, customers will now be able to ride the Wave all year long! BONUS: they will also be starting service earlier than ever this year with the busses lined up and ready to go on April 27th for Daffy Weekend. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on off- season routes and schedules! photo: Susan Richards
HOTSPOT FOR WELLNESS
MONARCH opened her doors just before the New Year in 2018, and our girl Monika Rudnicka is super excited for her first summer season in the new space! Located at 16A Amelia Drive, (formerly Poets Corner) this new Spa offers bodywork, facials, and microneedling, as well as a wellness boutique offering everything from organic skincare lines to pottery, clothing, and artwork. In 2018, Monarch is putting a heavy focus on detox, wellbeing, and beauty for a balanced view on wellness. Book an appointment and and give yourself a little love this season!
HOT COCKTAIL LOUNGE
If you thought ISLAND KITCHEN was the place to be last season, you’re in for a real treat in 2018! Not only can you enjoy their expansive outdoor patio and bar, as well as sneak in for some ice cream and a donut without venturing downtown, but you can now also hit up their new upstairs Spirits Lounge at Island Kitchen for some light bites and specialty cocktails, courtesy of our man German! This new spot brings the Island Kitchen compound to the next level, with a little something for everyone. Currently open Thursday to Saturday from 6PM to last call! The Spirits Lounge is the new mid-island hot spot and is sure to be crankin’ all summer long!
HOT YOGA NEWS
2018 marks the 7th annual Nantucket Yoga Festival, and they have got something special in store! Not only will Tao Porchon-Lynch be bACK, but she is celebrating going into her 100th birthday at the festival! Starting it off with a healthy dinner from Chef Bruce Sacino, the opening night celebration at The Westmoor Club will feature some words of wisdom from Tao’s new book, Shining Bright, and a ballroom dance (or two!) with her 26 year old dance partner! Don’t miss this opportunity – Tao is an inspiration for all of us to bring more joy and authenticy to our lives, and you will leave the weekend feeling refreshed and renewed. Full Festival Passes are extremely limited, and are currently being offered at the special early pricing through April 30th, so get your tickets here!
HOT NEW BREW
From the moment this Cisco Brewers IPA was crafted, the GRIPAH has been a favorite among brewery visitors… and it is now being bottled by popular demand! The two year wait for a packaged version of this brew is over, and we encourage everyone to take full advantage. Not an IPA lover? Never say never. This light and approachable session IPA is smooth and delicious – perfect for those summer days on the boat at coatue, or, of course, while people and pup watching at your favorite local brewery!
HOTTEST FASHION SHOW
Speaking of Cisco, Nantucket’s trashiest fashion show is bACK at Cisco Brewers and we got a bit on the bACK story of why this event has got to be on your July radar. Jay Harman, co-owner of Cisco Brewers says, “Kona hosts a Trash Fashion show as part of their annual Island Brewers Festival. As a strong partner to Kona, the most western brewery in the US, Cisco felt it could make a difference by talking trash on Nantucket, as the most eastern brewery in the US,” and thus the Annual Trashion Show was born. Cisco Brewers and Nantucket blACKbook are excited to bring it bACK for year number four!
Join us on July 10th to watch both local and celebrity models strut their recycled outfits with professional hair and makeup (big thank you to RJ Miller and Darya salons for the donated services) on the Americana Cisco themed Catwalk! Complete with jams from the Dueling DJ’s and Uncle Ricky bACK as the resident Trashion Show Emcee, the libations flowing all day long and this is sure to be one of the most fun days of the summer! Tickets for this event cost $50 and include FRONT ROW seats to the event, a reusable water bottle from lead sponsor Newell, a t-shirt, OCEARCH swag, stickers from Cisco and Happy Place, and more…not to mention the satisfaction of keeping our Happy Place free of debris! Get ‘em while they’re hot, people… Tickets go on sale next month!
HOT COFFEE SPOT
Get your reusable mugs ready, ROASTD opens their doors for their first full season next month! After a short winter hiatus, spent sourcing new edible wellness and beauty lines, this mid-island hot spot reopens on Tuesday, April 17th with operating hours from 7am till noon to start! Stop by for the favorites you found this fall, or give something new a try – from collagen infused coffee and tea drinks to vegan bath and body products, there is something for every level of wellness and caffeine enthusiast! In addition to offering health-centric products, ROASTD is putting a heavy focus on the preservation of our Happy Place by offering free coffee in exchange for trash collected along our islands beaches — Gotta love our local businesses that put an emphasis on protecting the island and community we love so much!
HOT MIACOMET NEWS
After a devastating fire knocked out one of the favorite watering holes of both locals and visitors alike, we are excited to announce that Miacomet Golf Course has plans for the new building, with ground plans being broken this upcoming fall! But fall is so far away, right? Luckily for us, the team over at Miacomet has decided to rent a temporary building for the summer 2018 season, and will be serving libations and a light bar/lunch menu from 7am to 7pm daily! Hoping to utilize the existing porch and patio, customers will still be able to sip on some of their golf course favorites while enjoying views of the 18th green. While the permanent building might not be done until sometime in the fall of 2019, we surely won’t be deprived of this hidden gem this season… phew!
HOT BOOK FEST NEWS
Nantucket is home to some of the best festivals on the East Coast, and the Nantucket Book Festival is no different! Going strong since 2012, the Book Fest brings established authors to the island each year to celebrate the craft of writing – something that blACKbook is constantly working on! This year, Louise Penny, one of the most popular and adored mystery authors in the world, is one of the headliners for the event, and her talks at the festival are sure to be packed to the rafters! This is a speaker you won’t want to miss. Book Fest 2018 takes place June 15 – 17 this year, and tickets go on sale in April!
HOT NEW SHOP
From Instagram to in-person, ACK 4170 has washed ashore on Nantucket and is ready to create an offline presence to rival their online store this season! Located right across the street from currentVintage, ACK 4170 offers Nantucket inspired pieces from jewelry and apparel, to home decor and artwork, and is a great place to find your next Nantucket inspired swag. Dreamt up by an entrepreneur in memory of a Captain who once navigated the shores of Nantucket, this venture is one that should be on your list to stop by and shop this season!
HOT EVENT SPACE
Looking for a super cool Nantucket spot to host an event in a space that was once known for its lively celebrations during the golden era of whaling?!! You’re in luck! The Nantucket Historical Association is now offering the Hadwen House at 96 Main Street as an elegant and historic setting for cocktail parties, intimate dinners, and wedding brunches. This event space also has a beautifully manicured garden nestled amongst the historic mansions of Main Street to give your event an indoor and outdoor feel. (BONUS! You could plan an entire small wedding there!) Interested in rates and dates available? Email Ashley@nha.org
HOT GUYS SHOP
At the end of last season, MANtucket himself got the chance to test out some styles from GREY SALT for their popup at PERCH, and he was nothing short of impressed! This season, Grey Salt is officially joining the Grey Lady! Opening just in time for Daffodil Weekend on April 26th, Grey Salt will be joining alongside the chic boutique of Perch in harbor square so that the ladies and the fellas can get all their new fav styles in one locale! Carrying brands such as Rag & Bone, Culturata, AG, and more, you’re gonna love Grey Salt on your gents!
HOT FLIGHT NEWS
Nantucket is on everyone’s hot list for summer vacations, and American Airlines just launched another travel option to get to your happy place! From June 23rd through September 4th, visitors from Charlotte, NC will have a nonstop flight at their fingertips! This weekly service flys on Saturdays (perfect for those weekly rentals!), and flights will depart from CLT at 4:10pm with a 6:20pm arrival time in ACK, and will depart ACK at 1:05pm with a 3:25pm arrival time in CLT! Ticket sales have officially launched, so book your tickets now and be ACK bound this summer! NOTE: These flights only have 76 seats, so book early to ensure you’ve got a spot!
HOT BOX SHOWS ANNOUNCED
You know we wouldn’t end the HOT LIST without some major BOX news! And while winter weather is still coming at us strong, our favorite watering hole has just given us a very bright light at the end of the tunnel to look forward to! Yep, you guessed it… the infamous Chicken Box has started to announce the lineup for Summer Shows, and, once again, Packy Norton has delivered! 2018 is shaping up to be yet another unforgettable summer – so mark your calendars, these are nights you will not want to miss!
- Mike Love June 19 + 20
- Andy Frasco & The U.N. July 3 + 4
- Busty & The Bass July 10 + 11
- Ripe July 17 + 18
- THE REVIVALISTS July 31st + August 1st
- Toots & The Maytals August 15 + 16
- Blues Traveler August 21 + 22
TAKE NOTE!!! Tickets for the first round of announcements go on sale at 12pm EST on this FRIDAY, March 23rd – so don’t wait, these babies will sell out FAST! FYI: Revivalists tickets go on sale at 10AM on Friday April 6th… so set your alarm and get ’em while you can!!
PHEW! That’s it and that’s all people! We are always so stoked to keep you up to date on your happy place. (I’m pretty sure if you haven’t booked your summer getaway yet, this edition will nudge you in the right direction.) Be sure to TUNE BACK to blACKbook every month for the HOT LIST! And got something you think should be featured? Email Holly@nantucketblackbook.com for details!