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Up-Island Businesses Hang On Through Winter

What off-season? Chilmark Chocolates is open through Feb. 17 and Menemsha Fish Market is selling and serving seafood daily.

Fish for Tuesday

You've got to hand it to Stanley Larsen. Even in the depths of a Martha's Vineyard winter, he's kept the doors open at Menemsha Fish Market (formerly Poole's), selling seafood and a surprisingly diverse menu of carry-out meals.

At lunchtime Tuesday, people lined up for fish sandwiches — freshly steamed, your choice from the day's catch of salmon, cod or whatever's freshest, served on a bun— lobster quesadillas and the market's signature hot lobster rolls.

Ask for it by name

Linda Thompson of Chilmark drove to the fish market for a delicacy that isn't on the fish market's menu.

Thompson calls it "Half and Half," a straightforward name for her preferred 50-50 mixture of Larsen's clam chowder and his lobster bisque.

Combining the richness of the bisque with the chowder's chunks of clam, the combination has, "as they say in Quebec, 'je ne sais quoi,'"Thompson explained with a smile.

"I've been telling Stanley to put it on the menu."

Open for the duration

My fellow fans of Chilmark Chocolates may already know that the beloved chocolatier is open every day through Sunday, Feb. 17.

The shop was busy Tuesday. If you're in a rush for a Valentine, grab a heart-shaped box from the shelf. 

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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