About Us

Cindy and Rolf Nelson turned their summer life into dream businesses.

With a long, mutual family history on the island, we spent our young summers with Nantucket sand between our toes—and working at the Sconset Market.

Today, after 23 years of running the hugely popular Sconset Café, we draw on our backgrounds to bring a no-frills, “life’s good” feeling of the Nantucket summer to the Sconset Bookstore.

We love getting together with friends and celebrating. We want to create a fun, light sense of community, welcoming all with laughter and love and connecting new friends. That, to us, is the spirit of the island.

And speaking of spirits, we constantly evolve our selection, stocking all the favorite beers, wines, and liquors while welcoming new, interesting, and exciting sips to our shelves. It’s all part of helping you create lasting summer memories. Because as Julia Child said, “A party without a cocktail is just a meeting.”