Written By: Jess Feldman | Photography By: Jess Feldman

As we head into August, family and friends gather together for final celebrations on the island we know and love before heading back to reality on the mainland. Whether you are living as a houseguest or simply heading to a dinner party, there is nothing quite like a considerate, well-thought-out gift to honor your host’s generosity. Seeking out the perfect present for a party planner can be difficult, but this summer finding “the” gift became a lot easier with the opening of 28 Centre Pointe, a new home-goods store located in the heart of Nantucket’s cobblestone’s streets at 28 Centre Street.

Margaret Ann Nolen, owner and mastermind behind 28 Centre Pointe, has been coming to Nantucket since she was 20 and much like the rest of us, she has a special place in her heart for this little island. As a local homeowner, Nolen was determined to become more involved with the community and decided that the best way to do that would be to delve into the business side of things.

“There are so many beautiful shops already on Nantucket and I didn’t want to compete with them, so I wanted to find pieces that nobody else carries and find exclusives or create my own pieces,” Nolen explained. “The reason we called it Centre Pointe is because we want it to be a central place on island to come for hostess gifts, furniture, a snack, a t-shirt and anything that reminds you of Nantucket or will help create the home you want on Nantucket.”

And the store does not disappoint. With items ranging from a $6 dollar snack to a $10,000 dollar sofa, 28 Centre Pointe really does have something for everyone. So to help you start August off right, here are a few of our favorite hostess gifts from 28 Centre Pointe to show your appreciation.



Ice Buckets

When thinking of an ideal summer party, refreshing drinks are almost always on the mind. With these handy ice buckets, your hostess can be sure that the rosé, white wine or bubbly will remain at the perfect temperature all night long. These ceramic ice buckets with wooden covers to keep the cool come in bright orange, blue, green and white.


Himalayan Body Scrub + Bath Salts

After a long evening of entertaining, your hostess will be ready to simmer down, relax and take some time for herself. With the Riviera Collection of bath salts from Mer Sea, your hostess can do just that with the delicious smells of Capri lemon and white lily or Spanish amber and bergamot orange. P.S., be sure to include the 100 percent natural Himalayan body scrub from Majestic Pure to leave your hostess calm and refreshed.


Fish Cook Book

The perfect hostess knows how to prepare delicious snacks for all… but that doesn’t mean she can’t use some help. With Cree LeFavour’s cookbook, “Fish”, your hostess can learn over 120 new seafood recipes necessary for pleasing island visitors. Whether it’s a simple New England clam chowder to tie guests over or a full lobster and black truffle linguine dinner, this cookbook has got you covered.


Shot Glass Set

If your hostess has done this before, she knows that every good celebration has the potential to lead to shots. With this beautiful set of six shot glasses from the European handmade glass company LSA, your hostess will be ready for whatever comes her way, whether it’s just a girls night in or a bachelorette party.


Custom Thank You Cards

Although we are in the age of emails, texts and tweets, there is still something so special about receiving a hand-written note from someone you care about. With these adorable custom thank you cards created by Delaney Designs, your hostess can send a piece of Nantucket to her loved ones from anywhere in the world. Each pack comes with five cards and for a personal touch, your hostess can add initials or a special design to the front.



Planning the perfect party or evening with friends certainly brings a lot of joy to those involved, but with that comes the preliminary stress of making sure the night is a success. With the help of these gifts from 28 Centre Pointe, we at N Magazine are sure that your host will feel appreciated and confident to throw the next big bash!




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