General Store

Where to buy almost anything, and hang out for free

NantucketScenic_SiasconsetMarket_Ogan2012Photo: Susan Ogan

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f you need it, you can find it at the ‘Sconset Market (assuming you don’t embarrass yourself by using its full name), a throwback to the days when small shops like this served as village centers and sole suppliers. This one still does, from mornings scented with great baked goods like blueberry corn muffins to homemade sandwiches at lunch and ice cream in the afternoons and after dinner, when people congregate at the ends of days spent on the beach and bike paths. The brownies are the best on the island, if not in the state, and you’ll find gourmet meats and produce—many of them locally grown—alongside dry goods, private-label jams and marinades, gifts, and souvenirs, all at the center of a pretty former whaling village that’s off the beaten, cobblestoned paths of of Nantucket Town. It’s pricey, but, hey, you’re on Nantucket. The fringes of it, for that matter.

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The Siasconset Casino is a non-profit, members-only private club not for gambling, but for tennis, on 11 clay and hard-surfaced courts behind a clubhouse built in 1899.

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