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The Hub, Nantucket

Warm memories, quality goods & community spirit, November/December Cape Cod Life |

What happens to a Main Street hub known for decades as the morning newspaper stand when newspaper readership plummets? If it’s lucky enough to be bought by the original owner’s business-savvy daughter, it morphs into a newsstand cafe and remains a Main Street hub.

Scott and Debby Anderson owned The Hub until the late 1980s as well as Anderson’s gift shop next door until 2010. Their daughter Tess Anderson now owns both (she bought The Hub when she was just 22) and says she is dedicated to making sure both businesses continue to meet the needs of Nantucket. Her strategy of adding a specialty coffee bar that also offers smoothies and fresh-baked pastries has been rewarded with long lines. Outside, men in baseball caps still fill the benches with their newspapers and coffee in hand. Inside, locals and tourists from all over the world wend their way through magazine racks, card displays, and Nantucket-themed gifts. A congenial, attentive coffee crew fills orders in rapid succession.

“The Hub has always been known as an in-and-out spot,” says Anderson. “When I incorporated [the coffee bar] into the business, it was really important to make sure that was maintained.”

Goodies like the flakey, caramelized sugar and cinnamon Morning Bun are prepared in the store’s own kitchen. Breakfast has proved so popular that Anderson recently added a lunch takeout menu featuring hot paninis and tempting sandwiches and salads, such as ham and Boursin baguettes; turkey, bacon, and avocado wraps; and Asian noodle and Caprese pasta salads. Four Seas ice cream is available throughout the day and evening.

Sara’s favorite purchases: a slate serving board decorated with Nantucket Island stencil; an iced mocha with almond milk.

31 Main Street, Nantucket • • 508-325-0200

Children’s book writer Sara Hoagland Hunter lives in Centerville. Her latest book, Every Turtle Counts, about the rescue of a rare sea turtle
on Cape Cod, won a Ben Franklin Gold Award and was named a National Science Teachers Outstanding Trade Book of 2015.

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