2019 August Hot List

We know that the most precious thing on Nantucket is TIME. And we want to make the best of all your moments here in the Happy Place… and the hot lists are here to help! YES, we’ve got you covered with our always highly anticipated August Hot list … curating the 30 things to make the most out of the last full month of summer! And away we go… 


Prime new way to get there and bACK

Ditch the Cape traffic and crowded summertime ferries with a new fast, reliable and affordable way to hop on and off island… welcoming Southern Airways Express to ACK offering a trio of round trip service from Nantucket to Boston-Norwood, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island and New Haven, Connecticut! The days of waking up at the crack of dawn to beat the rush are in the rear view thanks to Southern Airways Express, who is now offering brand new roomy turbo prop planes with fares starting at just $79! Book your getaway today at iflysouthern.com or by calling 800-329-0485 and soak up more time in the happy place!


New dining and live music spot hits the downtown

The Gaslight is igniting our August Hot List and we’ve got some fresh details about this new island HOT spot… taking over the former Starlight Theatre space at 3 N Union Street, this live music destination with cuisine by Chef Liam Mackey (of The Nautilus fame!) has quickly become a crowd favorite… I mean just take a peek at the line down the block on a weekend night! Coming up in August, they’ve got great acts like Miss Fairchild, an R&B ensemble from Boston on the 3rd, The Brother Brothers a progressive folk band also hailing from Beantown on August 5th & 6th and Honeysuckle a jam band on August 12th & 13th. These shows kick off at 10:30pm and the tunes continue on the patio every Wednesday-Saturday beginning at 3pm with Hangten Raw Bar joining the fun Thursday-Saturday. BONUS: Pay for a token at the bar to buy a bottle of bubbles from the champagne vending machine as seen above… you just gotta do it, even just for the ‘gram! PS. they LITERALLY just changed their reservation policy and as of August 2nd they will be taking reservations for all party sizes… REZZIES can be made daily in person at 2PM or over the phone from 2:30PM to 4:30PM by calling (508)228-6464.


check out the innovative 3-in-one chamber to detox for the month ahead

A HOT place for clean living can be found at 41 Main Street.. The Graceline Institute offers ways to detoxify the body, the mind, and the spirit. Their Far-Infrared Sauna + Negative Ion Light + Magnesium Salt chamber provides a multitude of benefits…as the Far-Infrared Sauna (FIR) heats your core, it takes pressure off of your overworked organs to induce deeper detox through the larger breathing organ of the skin. This opens the pores and allows calming meditative lights, sounds, and salt vapors restore the immune system down to the marrow. FIR promotes skin renewal, cell health, chemical chelation, pain relief, wound healing, and faster tissue growth. While the FIR sauna heats the core and opens the pores, the vapor of 72 vital (but often deficient) trace minerals are activated by negative ion lights, becoming more absorbable and bioavailable—boosting overall immunity, mood and cellular function in immediate ways. That is all to say, that with only 2 of these cutting-edge hybrid systems existing in the U.S. this is your chance to reap the benefits of this unique machine! Check them out and book your spot by heading over to GracelineInstitute.Org


Main Street healthy eats is also a sneaky dinner Spot
Beyond your healthy go-to breakfast and lunch spot, Lemon Press is also serving up a stellar all-new summer dinner menu! Stop by their spacious new digs at 41 Main Street where they are staying true to their roots of local and organic produce with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired fare abound with satisfying and sensible options like their shaved brussels sprouts with goji berries, or steamed halibut dusted with spirulina, lemon butter and cucumber fennel… talk about mouth watering. Their cocktail offerings are just as tempting with a combination of traditional bar staples and new craft cocktails that use signature Lemon Press cold pressed juices and spices. BONUS: The team can also take LP to you with their catering options… the spread at the Scout Guide Nantucket launch party was the talk of the tent with build your own gyros, kabobs, and scrumptious sides. Reach out to them to get the full squeeze on what Lemon Press has to offer for all your dining needs!


gorgeous home furnishings now offered online with the Looms!

In business since 1968, Nantucket Looms carries an array of fine home furnishings, handwoven textiles, clothing, accessories and offers full interior design services. This one stop shop has been carrying Lee Industries furniture for nearly 30 years and is now offering a curated collection of pieces online inspired by the Nantucket lifestyle! With a selection of colors and textures, and durability that withstands days after the beach, dogs, sandy feet and winter nights spent by the fire, you can now find some of their favorite pieces online that pair nicely with their handwoven throws, local artwork and accessories.
Their 3 new themed collections are the epitome of what Nantucket style embodies: Beach -breezy and effortlessly appealing just like the island itself, Sconset – intimate and inviting cozy cottage style, and Town – traditional yet timeless. No matter where you call home, you can keep Nantucket close. Click HERE to shop their online furniture store!


Trunk shows galore at the most instagrammable downtown jewelry boutique 

There is no better place on island to find Couture jewelry designers than The Vault! The lineup of STAR STUDDED talent continues this August, with the exceptional Silvia Furmanovich on August 6th from 3-7pm and August 7th from 10am-6pm… coming in HOT with a trunk full of her incredible Marquetry designs hailing from Brazil. Her work features a special wood carving technique called Marquetry which displays inlaid wood carvings in intricate patterns in pressed wood. Next up on August 14th and 15th Shamballa and Hoorsenbuhs will be in store! Shamballa Jewels was founded in 2005 by Mads & Mikkel Kornerup who both had a burning desire to revolutionise men’s jewelry while Hoorsenbuhs, named after a 16th century Dutch trading ship that traded precious metals and gems, was created by photographer-turned-jewelry designer Robert Keith and his partner, Kether Parker who specialize in fine gold pieces embellished with the house’s signature tri-link motif. The Vault continues to bring world renowned, one of a kind jewelers to the island so if you’re a jewelry lover or want to learn more, this tiny jewel box at 33 Centre Street 30 miles out to sea was made for you!  


Perfect picnic for Pops

Pops night is right around the corner, and putting together a spectacular spread for the big show can be pretty stressful… enter Foggy Bakery & BBQ at 147 Orange Street, a new grab and go spot by Shaun and Mandy Riley, open from 6am-6pm. Down home country takes on mid-Island with an easy spot to park and grab a picnic basket full of goodies on your way down to Jetties. They’re also serving up some of their popular pies which are also a great hostess gift. PS. While you’re there, check out the mural our girl Meredith Hanson painted on their wall and you’ll think you’re down south!


Stay toned on ACK and off!

Bring on the burn and shake! Stay fit while on the island and when at home with my friends at Forme Barre, the team behind the oh-so-amazing Barre Bus classes on Nobadeer Beach! Their method incorporates elements of ballet, Pilates and strength training of both the body and mind while being safe, effective and most importantly informed! Christina Schwefel, the owner, spent over two years consulting with experts in physical therapy, classical ballet technique and biomechanics to revamp and reform their barre fitness method. The result is a super intense class that delivers real results, all with injury prevention at its core! Speaking of the core, the team at Forme Barre prides itself on an in-depth approach to transforming yours — you’ll work muscles you never knew you had! Once your vacay is over, you can continue your training at their current NY + CT studios… and also their NEW Boston & Chestnut Hill studios! Island artist Meredith Hanson even just painted a beautiful mural in their Chestnut Hill location which ties the studio back to its home on Nantucket. To join their team for a class, just hop onto the Forme Barre website and take a peek at their schedule for each location… we’ll see you at the barre!


Amelia Drive goes green

A budding industry is excited to announce their grand opening at 11 Amelia Drive…the Green Lady Dispensary’s mission is to provide unsurpassed care to registered Nantucket and Massachusetts residents suffering from debilitating ailments through high-potency infused products, low-potency micro-dose options, tinctures and full-spectrum Rick Simpson oil pills. Their new family owned facility boasts one of the most comprehensive indoor cannabis grow systems in the industry, completely powered by LED grow lights to reduce electric consumption. The Green Lady has also pledged an annual $10,000 donation to the Nantucket High School annual scholarship fund as well as supporting a myriad of island based non-profits. Although their ribbon cutting ceremony on August 8th will be closed to the public, those interested can check out the new smokin’ hot dispensary by signing up for a slot by calling (774) 333-3875 or e-mailing


a trio of fresh events benefitting the Nantucket Historical Association
A trifecta of events are coming your way from the NHA on August 3rd as part of Nantucket By Design… at 10am at the White Heron Theatre, join Wendy Kvalheim, CEO of Mottahedeh, Margot Shaw editor-in-chief of Flower magazine, and Kim Merlin of KKM for a Tabletop Workshop to learn creative ways to set a stunning table and design a beautiful centerpiece with Mottahedeh china selections and Leontine linens followed by a book signing. Keep the inspo going at 11:30am with There’s No Place Like Home, which will show how the concept of “home” has evolved in a world driven by social media, online shopping and digital convenience. The panel discussion will be moderated by Debbie Propst, president of One Kings Lane, with Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence brand consultant Anne Hardy of Hardylon, and renowned designer Alex Papachristidis partaking. Last but certainly not least, Night at the Museum begins at 7pm set amid Nantucket’s history at the Whaling Museum. This year’s theme is castaway chic and attendees will feel lost at sea when they experience the transformed space with amazing bites, delectable cocktails, rooftop views and an evening of dancing under the whale to Yacht Rock Schooner… check out this teaser video to see what is in store!


Let the wee ones reap the benefits of meditation, too!

Awaken the animal within! Join Alexandra Catchpole at Nantucket Healing Arts for Part III of her Unicorn Kids series on Wednesday August 7th and 14th from 4-5:15pm. Located at 16B Amelia Drive, these classes allow kiddos ages 7-12 to explore the world of spirit animals, spirit guides and guardian angels while learning how to connect with these beings to help them when they are in need of support, love and guidance. We love the idea of tapping into oneself from a young age to gain insight as to who you are… sign up HERE!


Our favorite experiential August home tours take the streets of Sconset

Shimmy on out to Sconset Casino for Nantucket Preservation Trust’s August Fête on August 8th from 6-9pm. This annual celebration of the island’s historic architecture and neighborhoods always sells out with more than 300 guests. Picture an elevated block party with Nantucket’s best caterers, libations, and raw bar, coupled with a chance to peek inside some of the island’s most unique historic homes. This year’s Broadway Revival Fête will take place in ’Sconset and honor the village’s historic actors’ colony and the golden age of the silent screen. Purchase your ticket HERE with Leadership Tickets also available HERE.


this new mid-island flooring concept space is unlike anything you’ve seen

East Wood is a hot name to note especially since they opened their brand new showroom at 5 Sparks Ave this past spring! Take a peek through flooring options like you’ve never seen before with a fresh way to pick out finishes for your next home or business project. The experiential offerings make choosing floor boards interesting and interactive by bringing the conversation around the materials to the forefront. Stop by their new space mid island to experience first hand (by foot!) how East Wood flooring can help you pick the perfect foundation!


Travel back to the glory days with a movie under the starry sky
Grab the popcorn, candy and a cozy blanket for this year’s drive in movie from the comfort of your car. On August 6th in Tom Nevers field, enjoy a screening of The Sandlot to raise funds that exclusively support Friends of Nantucket Public Schools, which is an organization of parents, teachers and community members who promote education for children here on island. Parking begins at 6:30pm and a $25 entry covers one vehicle and driver with an additional $15 for each passenger with the movie beginning at sundown. This quintessential summer event is fun for the whole family so be sure to get this on your radar!


Fun and festive fundraiser to benefit all our furry friends
Get ready for a PAW-some night for a great cause on August 2nd from 6:30-11pm…now in its eighth year, Un-Leashed, formerly PAWS for the Cause, has become a go to summer event for NiSHA (Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals) supporters AND their four-legged friends. This year’s theme, “Animal Wonderland,” will take guests on an extraordinary journey, while raising funds for homeless animals, humane education, and the many outreach and advocacy programs of NiSHA. The currently SOLD OUT event will feature an un-leashed Reception with “Muttini’s,” a “Pawlor” lounge with adoptable animals, entertainment, a gourmet dinner by Nantucket Catering Company, a live auction, and a dessert reception that includes cupcakes for humans and canines alike! Get yourself on the ticket wait list by contacting AJ Williams Events at 508-825-2233 or donate to the cause by clicking HERE.


ReMain’s new initiative to keep the car in park and drive the energy towards public transportation

Leave the keys, please!! ReMain Nantucket has launched their newest initiative, MORE NANTUCKET with island hotels and inns handing out bus vouchers to guests to familiarize them with alternative transportation options that are fun, healthy and convenient. You can also grab a free ride by visiting the ReMain Nantucket office on the 2nd floor of 58 Main Street. If 2 wheels is more your speed, you can download their trACK Nantucket phone application that offers a self guided biking tour or walking tour. Spend less time in traffic and more time soaking up the beauty of the island with these highlighted transportation options!


first time Boston/Nantucket author spotlighted at Happy Place


On Tuesday August 6th, stop by our Happy Place Bungalow at 2 Chins Way for an event with author Sondra Helene. From 9:30-10:30am, she will lead a writer’s meditation followed by a sip and sign from 10:30am-1pm with matcha bar provided by ROASTD. Sondra will be chatting about writing a personal memoir and sharing insight about her book Appearances which highlights love and loss and the forever bond of sisterhood. We can’t wait to host her in our space so stop by for some inspiration!


Get your laugh on at this comedic musical that tells the tale of Nantucket!
Looking for a night at the theatre fit for the whole fam? We just got the scoop on MusACKal, a show that has been adored by people of all ages either just visiting or living on island year round. Taking place Wednesdays to Sundays at Centre Stage (underneath the historic Nantucket United Methodist Church at 2 Centre Street) this short show — just 70 hysterACKal minutes — begins at 6pm so you’re finished just in time for a prime dinner reservation! This contemporary musical will have you laughing and singing along to show-stoppers like “Ladies Run the Nation (of Nantucket) which is like Beyonce/Destiny’s Child meets the Schuyler Sisters from HAMILTON… talk about a great time! Be sure to get your tickets by clicking HERE before they sell out!


Inspiring change for the Nantucket community

Looking for a way to give bACK to the community? On Thursday August 8th from 5:30-8pm at the Great Harbor Yacht Club, the 4th annual Dragonfly fundraiser is taking place… aiming to inspire change with mental illness on Nantucket, all proceeds are split between National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Cape Cod and the Island’s chapter (CC&I) and Fairwinds, Nantucket’s Counseling Center. This year will feature a silent and live auction with Rafael Osana and is sure to be a great evening. Grab your tickets HERE!


New consignment store meets up-cycling fashion design studio

Shop Local, Sell Local, Wear Local at The Rainbow Fleet, Nantucket’s newest consignment boutique and fashion design studio located at 167 Orange Street! Featuring women’s and children’s new and consigned clothing, shoes, accessories, and artwork along with creative collaborations in sustainable fashion, The Rainbow Fleet is also the exclusive retailer of ACKprint original Nantucket screen printing designs. Here you can check out island favorite Cheryl Fudge for her infamous Fashion Camps for children ages 6-13 all summer long with an open design studio for designers of all ages. PS. There will also be fun events for families including tie-dye and custom screen printing workshops year round!


Ways to support the heartbeat of Nantucket… aka Nantucket Cottage Hospital
It wouldn’t be August without the Boston Pops, and this year the big event will take place on Saturday August 10th with gates opening at 4:30 for the 7pm show. This fundraiser is going Motown style to support general Nantucket Cottage Hospital operations to keep the lights on. Expect special guests The Spinners, a grammy nominated R&B group and our girl Brynn Cartelli, winner of The Voice season 14 who will be singing the national anthem, followed by an explosive firework show lighting up the Nantucket sky to close out the evening. Online sales are now closed for the event but can be purchased until they are sold out at the NCH Pops Shop, Murray’s Toggery, Aunt Leah’s Fudge, and the Hospital Thrift Shop. Later this month on August 24th, Swim Across America is another event near and dear to our hearts since the funds go to Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON) which allows residents and visitors alike to receive outstanding cancer treatment and support on the island. Choose from 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 1 mile or Kids’ Splash options on August 24 or take part in the 4 mile distance on August 17… there are tons of ways to give back to our hospital so if you’re on island be sure that both of these events are on your summer radar!


Blooms galore here at Happy Place
The Bloom Bar at Happy Place will be stocked all month long! From local flowers to the coveted toffee roses, you can make your blooming dreams come true every Thursday and Friday from 9-2. You can decide to BYOB (build your own bouquet) or choose from one of the grab and go buckets. It’s the perfect way to spoil your party hosts or treat yourself! Want to order beforehand? Email hello@dunlovely.com to place a custom bouquet or centerpiece order. To top it off, there will be a series of floral workshops taking place in the Happy Place Bungalow. Think matcha bars and local flowers. To sign up for the first centerpiece class of the month on August 8 from 9-11am click HERE!


mens shorts now added for the Chads & the Dads


Piping Prints have created a fresh new fashion line for the gents in your life! While you may know the Nantucket brand for their kids shorts, rompers and dresses, … their designer (our friend Cara!) now offers men’s shorts, sizes 32-44! Looking for a cool way to rock that seersucker? Be sure to check out  Cara’s made in the USA line for the dads, the chads and all the dudes out there! BONUS: you can find another exclusive line at Cisco Brewers and see her full collection online here!


enjoy pizza for breakfast like never before!
Oath Pizza, the Nantucket-born pizza brand known for its award-winning thin crust that is grilled and seared in avocado oil and topped with all-natural and humanely-raised ingredients just launched their breakfast service for the very first time! The fast-growing pizza brand offers vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options at all of its 50+ locations throughout the country (Philadelphia, Washington DC, Columbia, among others) with 7 locations in the Boston area alone. Oath Pizza’s new breakfast menu offers a range of breakfast pizzas and breakfast sandwiches, that are made using their award-winning thin crust as the bread. They will also be offering a variety of La Colombe’s popular draft lattes and for breakfast, Oath Pizza is now open at 9:30am so head over to 44 Straight Wharf to get your morning started with a slice!


Look no further for a new curation of men’s clothing finds

One of our favorite collectives for cool brands, The Skinny Dip Nantucket at 23 Old South Wharf, recently opened a HOT new dedicated men’s shop within their annex space. With 9 amazing men’s companies in all, some fresh ones to note are Tombolo, who are reimagining the Hawaiian shirt as a unisex piece, Quaker Marine Supply, a menswear brand that is stepped in the grit and pleasures of life on the water, and Mizzen+Main, a cult favorite button down shirt that are machine washable, wrinkle resistant, stretchy and moisture wicking! Instead of having the guy in your life sit things out while you get your shopping on, they can now join in on the action!


This talented chef brings the sushi bar right to you

Offering an unforgettable sushi dining experience, Sushi Sean 11:11 has got you covered for everything from cocktail parties and wedding receptions to smaller gatherings in the comfort of your own home. With custom sushi platters and his mobile sushi bar, we loved having him dish out some fresh catches at our recent Silent Disco at the Dreamland Theatre! BONUS: He is also partnering up with Glidden’s Seafood to offer daily sushi creations to grab on the go… keep Sushi Sean in mind for all your sushi catering needs. And email him at sushisean1111@gmail.com to schedule your next at-home sushi bar catering experience! 


Downtown fashion hotspot pops up at the everyone’s favorite Brewery
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the loveliest one of all…? The Lovely, of course! On Wednesday August 7th from 3-7pm, The Lovely is taking a mobile boutique to the Brewery for a one day pop up. Owner Julie Biondi’s picks are the perfect easy breezy beach to brewery wear for the ladies who love an effortless transition from sand to sipping. PRO tip… be in your bathing suit for easy try ons and BONUS: she’ll bring her always well loved and ready to wear accessories like statement earrings that start at $38. Exclusive to The Lovely pop up at the brewery, Julie will be offering custom embroidery and monograms on her own line of jean jackets.! TAKE NOTE: the Lovely’s annual 4th annual WAREHOUSE SALE at 11 Washington Street is set for Tuesday August 13th from 8-11am with rain date of Wednesday of the 14th! Put it in the calendar and follow them on the ‘gram below!


Get your daily 411 of island news from our friends at 97.7 ACK FM

Beginning Monday, August 5th, no matter where you might be in the world, you can learn about island happenings each morning in your e-mail in-box. Nantucket Radio and its popular local station 97.7 ACK-FM are launching DayBreak Nantucket, a daily summary of headline news and information about the island, published daily in season and several times weekly in other months, at about the time dawn breaks on Nantucket’s eastern shore. With easy-to-digest headlines, readers will learn about important happenings on Nantucket from original sources including the Town of Nantucket and island groups, as well as other media outlets and a weather forecast. Keep up to date by subscribing on their website HERE.


Cheers to Herman Melville’s legacy
Thar she blows! A whole 2 centuries have passed since Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, was born… and on Thursday August 1st you can join his 200th birthday bash! Author of In the Heart of the Sea, Nat Philbrick will be at Mitchell’s Book Corner at 54 Main Street from 10:30am-12pm for a book signing. What better way to celebrate the storied whaling history of this island than to immerse yourself with one of the most famous literary tales??


We got the scoop on all that talent on stage at the BOX this August
When it comes to Nantucket nightlife, the legendary Chicken Box at 4 Dave Street has you covered with the hottest summer shows. Packy Norton is excited to welcome a stACKed list of musical acts during August.
First up, on August 2nd & 3rd, Juice, a Boston-based septet will distill rock, r&b and hip-hop into a signature sound with a flavorful kick of electric violin, rich harmonies, honest lyrics, and festival-worthy choruses.
Then, on August 6th and 7th, The Marcus King Band lead by 23 year old singer/songwriter and guitarist will be delivering a southern fried brand of blues and psychedelia inspired by rock n’ roll.
On August 8th-10th the STooges Brass Band from New Orleans is returning for a trio of high energy shows that engage audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and contemporary hip-hop beats.
Next, on August 13th and 14th, Galactic featuring Erica Falls has a knack for interpolating modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation within the house-shaking framework of the funk pop ‘n’ roll visiting from the Big Easy.
On August 15th-17th, get in touch with your country side with Dalton and the Sheriffs gracing the Box stage with their presence for sing along covers and originals alike!
For one night only on August 18th, Donavon Frankenreiter will be shelling out his surf-inspired serenades to classic blues-rooted funk jams.
Tickets for the August 20th and 21st shows of The Revivalists sold out crazy fast… if you were lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket, enjoy a night of rockin tunes!
Finally on August 22nd-24th, Joshua Tree Band, the nation’s premiere tribute to U2 will be generating a unique musical experience that does not lend itself to impersonations.


August 15th will be a fun family friendly afternoon to replenish the soul while giving back!

It’s time to treat yo’ self with the last summer block party at the Happy Place compound! Yes, our third summer social focusing on self care and self love will happen on Thursday August 15th from 3-7pm at 1&2 Chin’s Way and is fun for every BODY. Take your kids, take your friends, even take your pups down to IK for a plethora of experiential ways to toast to Nantucket and summer. We’ve got a patch bar with Cheryl Fudge and Rainbow Fleet to design your own clothing, gorgeous bouquets to gift and to get from Dunlovely, Jenna will be here doing henna, tarot card readings by Suzanne Keating, the Scout & Sons photo bus will be ready for action, doggie ice cream will be abound for fido, ROASTD will have their matcha bar, and so much more! As always, this event is free and open to the public with a $20 suggested donation to The Healing Fund at the door. PS. This scholarship was founded by Evie O’Connor and Miss blACKbook Holly Finigan and has already raised over $13,000 to benefit those going back to school for mental, emotional and behavioral health. We hope to see you there!

Well… that’s all for now! Thank you so much for following along and go make the most of your TIME on Nantucket with this list! Be sure to come and visit us at Happy Place at 2 Chins Way and connect with us offline and online. Want to be part of the fall hot list? Email us at Holly@nantucketblackbook.com for details!