Last week I took a foggy little ferry ride on the Hyline to Nantucket for the day, where I met up with a few other bloggers to tour the island with @ShopNantucket and check out some of the best shops and bites on the island. I was pumped because the rain cleared up as we pulled into the dock — and shopping is one of my favorite things to do in Nantucket with so many unique shops and brands to explore! After our fun day on the Grey Lady, I thought I’d round up a mini Nantucket Shopping Guide with a few of my favorites to keep in mind if you ever find yourself on the island for a day of retail therapy! As we hopped off the ferry and hit the cobblestone streets, we started off our tour in the bright, playful jewelry shop: Lemon & Line. I loved the design of this shop — there were rows and rows of their reimagined nautical rope bracelets hanging on bars that looked like the railings from a sailboat. I had to jump on the Nantucket red rope bracelet and a pretty navy and white one too. They’re made out of marine-grade ropes and are definitely going to be part of my summer arm stack! Next we walked across the wharf to visit Native Shoes and hear about their awesome efforts around sustainability in the footwear industry. While we were trying on new kicks (I picked up a pair of their whale print shoes which are exclusive to the Nantucket store) we learned that by 2023, each and every pair of Native Shoes will be 100% life cycle managed. They’re accomplishing this by recycling customers’ well-loved Native Shoes and giving them new life in projects like community playgrounds. How cool is that? Next we strolled over to Monelle, which was a treasure trove of preppy accessories and clothing. The shop was filled to the brim with boutique brands and is the perfect shop to find a preppy Nantucket bag or clutch to carry around the island. Over on Old South Wharf we popped into several darling shops; this little wharf-front lane is a perfect spot for some Nantucket photo-ops and full of unique retail experiences. SPACE Nantucket is a dreamy little spot full of vintage treasures, artwork, and one-of-a-kind finds from the owner’s travels. We visited the mother-daughter owned boutique Green Eyed Daisy and checked out their darling accessories and women’s clothing. And I had my first ever Beautycounter experience at their shop on the wharf and learned about their efforts to create higher quality clean beauty products (and bonus: I found the world’s most perfect lipstick shade). Also in this stretch of the wharf are a few other favorite shops of mine including Nantucket Whaler for the perfect New England uniform, and Skinny Dip Nantucket for a collective of beautifully curated art, accessories, and preppy clothing brands.
We took a quick break for lunch at Provisions to refuel our shopping energy (order the famous Turkey Terrific Sandwich if you make it to this Nantucket lunch spot, I’m still dreaming about the bread!). Then we hit the cobblestone streets and walked up to visit Olivela. This shop is absolute eye-candy, the displays and store design were just as beautiful as the finely curated selection of fashion and beauty goods they carried. But the thing that makes this gorgeous boutique unique is that it donates 20% of every purchase to charities; if you flip over the price tag on any of the items in the shop it will tell you exactly what that 20% donation translates to when it’s donated — like hours of literacy support for underprivileged women. After our last stop we picked up rations for ferry ride home: Aunt Leah’s famous fudge and chocolate covered cranberries! The perfect sweet treat to end a very fun day.
Please note: I was gifted ferry tickets and products from some of these locations on behalf of NIR Retail. All opinions, images and content are my own.