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For Rent in Edgartown: What Store Do You Want Here?

Lillian Hellman shopped here. Now let's share our visions for this Edgartown Harbor vacancy: What kind of business should come to this prominent corner location at 26 Dock St.?

26 Dock St., Edgartown

This downtown storefront just across the street from the Quarterdeck on Edgartown Harbor has, over the decades, furnished summer jobs for generations of seasonal workers.

In 1976 and 1977, I was one of them: I worked as a shopgirl at the Golden Door, owned by John Chirgwin, when it was at that location.

It was a busy shop in the '70s. I remember once waiting on a formidable old woman who lit up a cigarette, waving off the no-smoking rule with a gruff "Don't worry, I know what's-his-name."

Giving up, I brought her an ashtray, and later as I rang up her purchase I recognized the famous name imprinted on her credit card: LILLIAN HELLMAN. 

Hellman and the Golden Door are both long gone from Edgartown: The author and playwright died in 1984 and was buried in Chilmark, while Chirgwin closed his store for good in 2009 after more than 40 years of seasonal operations at various locations around town, according to the Vineyard Gazette.

Now this shop at 26 Dock St., most recently tenanted by Menemsha Blues, is vacant again. 

What kind of business would you like to see open up there in 2013? Should it be another T-shirt, clothing or souvenir shop, an importer, a coffee shop, a yogurt bar or something else entirely?

Share your visions for this vacancy in the comments below.

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Pathways Projects Institutes February 28, 2013 at 07:18 AM
a gallery
Geraldine Moriarty February 28, 2013 at 01:43 PM
a reasonably priced shop that has crafts, art and items made on the Vineyard....
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Downtown Napa has a gallery like that, run collectively by local artists and artisans. They sell art and gifts and have a weekly bluegrass jam session, too.
Martha Magee February 28, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Lillian Hellman Memorial Smokeshop
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Good one, Martha!
Kerry Quinlan-Potter February 28, 2013 at 04:54 PM
There is a craft/art gallery on Main ST VH, as well as others around the island. It is frustrating to see that even the "press" are unaware of the efforts of local talent and businesses. Would love to see a more supportive environment highlighting what we already have, driving traffic to locally owned businesses.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Kerry, it's hard to drive traffic to a place when you don't tell us its name or opening hours. If you have information, please share it! Thank you.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 18, 2013 at 03:19 PM
This shop wound up going to Tees by Tina, which has dresses and casual wear about which I have heard good things.

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