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ReMain Nantucket Purchases Annye’s Whole Foods Building to Continue Healthy Food Vision for Island

Annye Camara, proprietor and namesake of Annye’s Whole Foods, has long believed that better food leads to better health for all on Nantucket. That concept will continue and expand, following the sale of her mid-island storefront to ReMain Ventures.

With the purchase of 14 Amelia Drive, ReMain Ventures will continue to strengthen the economic vitality of the island by expanding its scope to include food and agriculture initiatives that address environmental and social resilience.

To advance regenerative food systems across the island, ReMain has developed a tenant-landlord collaboration with local food hub curator, 100 Mile Makers, through its hybrid store concept, Pip and Anchor. Proprietors Rita Higgins, Mayumi Hattori, and Chris Sleeper identified a need for equitable community access to healthy food, further strengthening the local economy by supporting local growers and makers.

“The Pip and Anchor team is excited to continue Annye’s legacy in this new space and looks forward to advancing a healthy community by reconnecting people to local food and goods,” said Higgins.

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By combining 100 Mile Makers’ current online model with a storefront to make shopping and eating local convenient, Pip and Anchor plans to foster a healthier community through progressive local food systems. The team plans to collaborate with non-profit organizations like Health Imperatives, and other food makers like The Corner Table and Born & Bread, to promote educational opportunities and raise awareness about minimizing food waste.

“In a year that changed how we experience community health and safety in an uncertain future, ReMain has taken a hard look at the role we can take in facing pandemics, sea-level rise and economic instability,” said Cecil Barron Jensen, executive director of ReMain Ventures and ReMain Nantucket. “This partnership is another way we can create a healthier community, which is essential for vitality across the island.”

Pip and Anchor on 14 Amelia Drive is scheduled to open this summer.

ReMain Ventures and ReMain Nantucket are funded by Wendy Schmidt and her husband Eric to support the economic, social and environmental vitality of the island of Nantucket by fostering innovation and resilience. ReMain Ventures works to enhance mission-related business ventures through private partnerships and collaborative initiatives.

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