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54 Main Street – Mitchell’s Book Corner Nantucket

Mitchell's Book Corner first opened its doors at 54 Main Street in 1968 and continues to function as a key business in the downtown to this day. Remain purchased the building in 2008 and embarked on a LEED Silver Certification renovation of the historic property. 

The Vision

To continue the legacy of a cherished independent bookstore on Main Street, with a focus on Nantucket authors and books. Nantucket Book Partners, owned by Wendy Hudson, operates both Mitchell’s Book Corner and Nantucket Bookworks. 

The Mission

To preserve the beloved character of Mitchell’s Bookstore while expanding and improving the building’s structure, energy efficiency and accessibility. 

The Project

was made possible through Remain Nantucket.

An island classic

A Cornerstone Business

Remain Nantucket purchased the beloved bookstore at 54 Main Street in 2008

Mitchell’s Book Corner functions as a cornerstone business in the downtown year-round, beloved by generations of seasonal and full-time residents as well as thousands of summer visitors. In the spring of 2012, Wendy Hudson, the owner of Nantucket Bookworks on Broad Street and one of the organizers of Nantucket’s Book Festival, created Nantucket Book Partners to run both Mitchell’s Book Corner and Nantucket Bookworks as full-service, year-round bookstores. 


Hudson is an enthusiastic advocate for the future of independent bookselling on the island and believes that Mitchell’s Book Corner and Nantucket Bookworks each retain their own unique personalities. By running the two bookstores cooperatively, she is able to strengthen both entities and offer even more to Nantucket readers.


“At Remain, we like to incubate new endeavors that inspire and support the next generation in a changing marketplace, and we also want to support downtown’s key institutions to help ensure they are in place for the long term,” said Remain co-founder and president, Wendy Schmidt, at the time of the reopening in 2012. “Since we purchased Mitchell’s in 2008, the bookselling business has seen unprecedented market shifts in the explosive popularity of e-readers and the success of online shopping. Independent booksellers in every market are working overtime to develop sustainable business models for their stores. Here on Nantucket, we are exceptionally fortunate to have two independent bookstores.”


Remain’s goal in the renovation was to preserve the character of Mitchell’s while greatly improving the building’s structure, energy efficiency and accessibility. Remain created a flexible open floor plan on the second floor so that bookshelves can move as needed for space for book selling and to host community events, classes, meetings, author dinners and more. The building was awarded a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2009.

Look for the Sign

Can you guess why the Mitchell's sign is painted blue on one side and orange on the other?

Nantucket Authors

Nathaniel Philbrick, Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer are among the authors who got their start on Nantucket

Keeping Watch

Of course a Nantucket bookstore would have a marine mammal as a mascot—meet Moby the Bottlenose Dolphin

Partner: Mitchell's Book Corner

Located at the corner of Main and Orange Streets in downtown Nantucket, Mitchell’s Book Corner has been a favorite island business since 1968.

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Partner: Nantucket Book Foundation

The Nantucket Book Festival is presented annually by the Nantucket Book Foundation. 

Explore Nantucket Book Festival

Partner: Nantucket Bookworks

Nantucket Bookworks is also part of the Nantucket Book Partners and a beloved island institution since 1972. It features books, gifts, chocolates and other treasures from around the world.


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By the numbers

The best way to get to know Nantucket is to visit its favorite bookstore. There you will find a section of books dedicated to the island, including its history, gardens and glorious beaches. There is always the chance you will rub elbows with some of the island’s most famous authors. We recommend that you strike up a conversation with the staff and other shoppers—you are guaranteed to hear some curious local tales! 

  • 17,000

    Books in stock
  • 75

    Years of combined bookselling expertise on the team
  • 52

    Weeks a year that the store is open
  • 5

    Comfy reading chairs
“To my mind, the impact of the ‘philanthropic landlord’ model pioneered on Nantucket by Remain has been immensely important in preserving our community character while supporting independent local businesses. By paying a percentage-based rent that works well for both parties, Mitchell’s Book Corner can survive where it absolutely could not under market-rate conditions because independent bookselling is a low-margin business. I love this concept for Nantucket and hope to see it replicated in other communities that face the same pressures.”

Founder, Nantucket Book Partners

Remain Nantucket is committed to supporting the evolution of a healthy year-round community across the island. Remain taps into continuous dialogue to identify challenges and explore solutions. By supporting resourceful thinking and research, Remain builds on Nantucket’s traditions of independence and innovation while adding expertise from a worldwide network. Remain Nantucket, LLC engages in charitable work and community investments as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Schmidt Family Foundation.

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