Where to Shop
Here’s proof that small-town streets offer big-time shopping.
You don’t have to travel too far in Maine to find a delightful downtown.
Follow our shopping tour of Maine and you’re guaranteed holiday smiles.
Lewiston happens to be the longtime home of White Rock Distilleries, one of the country’s leading manufacturers and importers of spirits, but with dozens of microbreweries and small wineries scattered across Maine, it was only a matter of time before boutique distilleries entered the scene. The spirit — if not the illegality — of bootlegging survives in Maine. Here are a few of our favorite craft spirits.
Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, Union
Who doesn’t love cute Maine-themed baby clothes? Whether you’re clothing your own little person or looking for a gift that imparts a little piece of the Pine Tree State, the folks at Gambies (207-837-3288, www.gambies.com), based in Bath, have got you covered. These 100 percent cotton hooded gowns made in the U.S. feature silk-screened designs from lobster and crabs to whales and moose.
Michael Fleming transforms the ocean’s leftovers into elegant furniture and sculptures.
Rockland-based fashion designer and shop owner Beth Bowley is bringing clothing manufacturing back to Maine.
Our annual guide to the best of the best.
There’s a new toy in town — and it’s not just for the kids. Alphabetown (www.alphabetown.com), created by two freelance graphic designers from Camden, consists of images of individual letters found on signs from Boothbay to Belfast. The set ($24.99 for twenty-seven 4”x 6” cards) comes in a muslin bag, and is perfect for a letter-learning toddler. Buy the whole set, individual letters, or a full alphabet poster via the online store or at more than a dozen retailers across Maine.
Take 2 Dough Productions (79 Emery St., Suite B, Sanford, 207-490-6502, www.take2dough.com) makes a delicious organic frozen dough ball that comes in white, whole wheat, and multigrain. As the dough thaws and the yeast proofs, the container expands until a notch indicates that the dough is fully proofed. Find the 14”-16” dough balls at Whole Foods and select other stores in Maine.