Traveling is a wonderful and fulfilling experience especially when it is to the island of Nantucket off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
My HAPPY PLACE!!
My family has been fortunate to travel to the island each summer for many years to enjoy the sun, sand and amazing people who make this place a number one travel destination.
My company The LOOK Book, (www.thelookbookhunt.com) began on Nantucket. The first book being The LOOK Book, Nantucket. I would probably not have had the courage or confidence to create and publish my first book if it was not for these amazing people. The small business owners on the island are a hearty bunch but they make Nantucket a special place with GREAT CHARACTER!!
That old saying “All good things must end” is appropriate here…with great sadness, I share the story of two business owners who closed up shop at the end of 2018 on the island of Nantucket.
The first being Loren, from The Toy Boat.
After over 30 years on the wharf in her brick and mortar store, Loren from The Toy Boat will close up shop and go exclusively online. (https://thetoyboat.com/)
Loren Brock is an inspiration to the children and the island community. “She aims to “live a life that was of some value of the community”, quoted from (http://yesterdaysisland.com/30-years-smiles-toys-laughter-toy-boat/.)
Loren taught the children the value of a dollar, literally 4 quarters and 10 dimes. Loren would patiently count out change and work with each child on math. Always taking a moment to enjoy each child and make them feel special.
Loren WILL absolutely be missed by children, families and marble collectors. Not to mention my family!! One of our fondest memories is the amazing hand made, toy boats which we collected to mark special occasions and family milestones.
We will all miss getting off the ferry and seeing The Toy Boat and knowing Loren is there with a hearty “Welcome Back” always happy to see us return. One more VERY IMPORTANT thing about Loren I feel compelled to share. She gave two of my children their first jobs. Not only did she employ two of my children but she gave them the love and confidence to step out and realize they have value. To Loren, I will be forever grateful for ALL you gave Victoria and Cory. With tears in my eyes, I say goodbye to The Toy Boat on the wharf and a piece of the island which made it home for us.
I move on to another icon from the island Sam from Nobby Shop was one of the first businesses to give me shelf space and advertise in The LOOK Book. Sam spent countless hours sharing his business knowledge and encouraging me. I am devastated he has closed up shop after 88 years on Main Street. Sam was always thinking of islanders with his sales and shoe selection.
The headline says it all “Nobby Shop closing signifies end of an era” …“ the beginning of August would turn parents’ thoughts to school shopping for their kids, and they’d make a beeline to The Nobby Shop on Main Street for new sneakers and loafers.” quoted from (https://www.ack.net/news/20180802/nobby-shop-closing-signifies-end-of-era)
Sam always had a smile and time to chat. He truly cared about his customers!!!
Sam and Loren you helped make the island feel like home we will all MISS YOU!!!
Stay Tuned for my next adventure to South Carolina…minus my daughter but traveling with 3 childhood besties:)
Safe Travels EVERYONE!!!
I am a self published author and creator of 'The LOOK Book' a series of scavenger hunts in book format. I am a Mom of three children and divide my time between Acton MA and the island of Nantucket.