When visiting one of these premier summer destinations, shopping is simply a necessity. From high-end fashion boutiques in the Hamptons and art galleries in Hudson, to ultra-preppy options in Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket alike, this guide provides a well-rounded list of quintessential splurge spots.
The Gilded Owl
318 Warren Street
It was about time the highly successful blog transformed into a living art and design gallery. Acclaimed interior designer Andy Goldsborough’s online journal that portrays craftsmanship in contemporary fine art, fashion, music, and design came to life in 2014 and has since been situated on Warren Street. Visit one of the Gilded Owl’s exciting exhibitions—that harmoniously praise the bloggers and artists—if you’re looking for beautiful art options to decorate your home, including sculptures, table toppers, paintings, furniture, and more.
217 Warren Street
Your senses might feel a bit of a shock after walking into FR Gillette’s interior design showroom, after having adjusted to the small-town feel of Hudson, New York. Gillette’s designs are made to be definitively modern, but they also keep a sense of comfort in mind. You may think you could never have that all-white living room with just a pop of color in the carpet—it would feel sterile, right? Well, not at all after you feel how soft the color-spotted carpet is, and how nicely you sink in to those couches. Stop in here the second you feel your house needs a simplistic makeover or update.
536 Warren Street
Looking for a Far East touch to add to your home? Make sure to stop by Naga Antiques! This shop prides itself on its exciting collection of decorative objects, furniture, and a large inventory of Japanese screens. In addition to Asian antiques, they also carry American, Art Deco, and Biedermeier pieces. It’s quite the collection—you may find yourself browsing for hours. For over 45 years, this unique antique shop has been a staple of fine art in Hudson. Their specialization in bronzes, lacquer, sculpture and ceramics, combined with their wide range of options, results in an incomparable collection.
21 North Water Street / Edgartown
You are very likely to hear locals rave about this small town establishment. For over 35 years, Murdick’s Fudge has had people chasing its delicious scent from across the island. Everyone from year-round residents to summer vacationers visit this small mom-and-pop shop when they are craving a sweet treat. The shop boasts unique flavors of fudge, including Butter Pecan, Smores, and Chocolate Mint Chip. Not in the mood for fudge? No problem. Murdick’s also offers peanut brittle and the classic combination of caramel and cheese popcorn. But be sure to at least buy some fudge for friends and family—it will be gone before you know it!
29 Main Street / Edgartown
Add a little prep to your step by stopping in here for a dose of enlivening apparel. Inside, you will find the newest lines of brands like Smathers & Branson, Southern Tide, Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, and johnnie-O. It’s fun finding all these classic preppy staples under the same roof—and easy to go overboard on summer shopping for colorful apparel. The accessories here are also spectacular. Island Outfitters offers a variety of sea-inspired jewelry—think starfish earrings and coral necklaces that really stand out against your hard-earned tan. After shopping here, you will be sure you are always putting your best foot forward, with a color-coordinated sweater right behind it.
56 Narragansett Avenue / Oak Bluffs
Vineyard Vines can easily be considered an East Coast classic. Or better: a New England staple. It should come with no surprise that its nautical influence would extend past New England’s border and into all areas of the country. Vineyard Vines, whose inspiration came from a series of summers spent in Martha’s Vineyard, sparked the foundation of a small tie company. A few years after, that tie company expanded into a widely renowned clothing brand—its pink whale logo is now ubiquitous. Be sure to indulge a little and buy a pair of the salmon shorts, or maybe that needlepoint belt. Or hey, why not both? Treat yourself.
9B South Beach Street
If you are looking for the perfect mix of city chic and beach boho style, you have found your heaven at Serenella. Here, the bright clothes pop against the white minimalist store. At this unique boutique, it’s all high fashion, which can often be hard to find in New England. Along its many racks, you will discover the latest items from Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, and Versace. This shopaholic’s paradise has been named one of the top 50 boutiques in America for a reason. Don’t let the summer pass by before visiting this fashion emporium.
Murray’s Toggery Shop
62 Main Street
Since the 1960s, Murray’s Toggery Shop has been the hub of the quintessential Nantucket red pants and shorts. The store has since expanded the fabric to be featured on bowties, sun hats, and an array of other accessories—they have become very creative, and it’s always fun to see what they do. Other brands have adopted the recognizable faded red color, but it all started at Murray’s Toggery. If you want authentic, it’s here. In addition to its vast selection of Nantucket red items, the store also carries shirts, ties, and pocket squares of every color. For those of you who know a lot of people with summer birthdays, their needlepoint flasks or key fobs make the perfect gift! Also, be sure to check out the great selection of belts as well.
The Lion’s Paw
30 Main Street
As you veer off the cobblestone street to venture inside the Lion’s Paw, you have to pause for a minute to take in the colorful vibes. There are always new home decor treasures for you to uncover inside this boutique. Do you first go for the throw pillows, or maybe the dishware? This store carries an eclectic mix of hand-painted furniture, glassware, and rugs to outfit your summer cottage. Additionally, they carry table linens and tabletop trinkets for anyone’s home aesthetic. Best of all, the Lion’s Paw carries the finest bed linens, perfect to fall into after a long day at the beach.