• Posts Tagged ‘gift shop’

    The Well Curated Home

    by  • December 4, 2013 • Buy Local, Shopping • 0 Comments


    So, on Saturday, there we were. It was blustrey and cold, and my son was complaining a bit about walking down Commercial street. I was puzzling over when they put an Ethan Allen and a Starbucks into the MaineHealth building. (How long have those been there, anyhow?) Then, just at the point where I thought […]

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    A Country Christmas

    by  • December 2, 2013 • Buy Local • 0 Comments


    A cornerstone (almost literally) of Exchange Street for decades, Country Noel brings a taste of the holiday season to the Old Port all year ’round. Descend the steps at the corner of Middle and Exchange and enter a world full of lights, sparkles, and Yuletide joy. Although the shop seems a bit crowded as you […]

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    Hidden Treasures at Shipwreck & Cargo

    by  • March 14, 2012 • Buy Local, Shopping • 0 Comments


    I’m going to be blunt. I was pretty dismissive of Shipwreck & Cargo before I walked in the door. There is a review on Yelp that kind of sums up my misgivings about even going inside: “It’s a tourist trap that definitely caters to the cruise ship crowd.  It has your typical assortment of tees, […]

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    Oh Baby! How I Love Blanche & Mimi

    by  • March 13, 2012 • Shopping • 0 Comments


    My inside voice always subtitles Blanche & Mimi with the words “that great baby store” although it’s not really true — they certainly have a wide assortment of treasures that aren’t related to babies in the least. It’s just that, whenever I have a baby-shower related need (now that my own baby has grown tall […]

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    Maine’s Pantry – a cornucopia of surprises!

    by  • January 25, 2012 • Buy Local, Shopping • 2 Comments


    I’m often suspicious of businesses with ‘Maine’ in the name. Often they’re not much more than tourist traps, putting a ‘Buy Local’ veneer on shoddily-made, mass-produced products. Maine’s Pantry, however, is a notable exception to that rule. On of the founding businesses of the original Portland Public Market, Maine’s Pantry moved to it’s current Commercial […]

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    Ferdinand: Ten Thousand Beautiful Things

    by  • January 12, 2012 • Buy Local, Shopping • 0 Comments


    Why drumming squirrels? Diane Toepfer, the genius behind Ferdinand, explains that when she and her husband moved here from California, they were told by locals that they could tell how bad the winter was going to be by how fat the squirrels were. Which led her to thinking about squirrels needing tiny sweaters. And she […]

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    Ember Grove: Functionally Fun

    by  • January 9, 2012 • Buy Local, Shopping • 3 Comments


    I have a confession to make. I’ve walked or driven past Ember Grove probably ten dozen times, and have always been laboring under the misconception  that it’s some kind of new age gift shop.  I could not have been more wrong.  Ember Grove is, instead, one of the most interesting and well-curated galleries of handmade […]

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