In Maine, we take enormous pride in our long history of fine craftsmanship. From food to furniture, clothing to boats, and everything in between, our products represent the resourceful, dependable and inventive spirit of Maine. Shopping for locally created products is one of the more unique things to do in Maine.
Shopping in Freeport and Portland
For the home, there’s the Maine Float-Rope Co’s colorful doormats woven from reclaimed lobster trap float rope and premium cotton and wool blankets and throws made by Brahms Mount and Maine Woolens. Edgecomb Potters will delight you with one-of-a-kind, handmade porcelain plates and tableware.
Maine fashion may start with a pair of L.L. Bean boots, but it doesn’t end there. Freeport is home to clothing designer Jill McGowan, whose work has been featured in numerous fashion publications and on The Martha Stewart Show. Stop by her Main Street boutique to check out her signature design, “The Great White Shirt.”
For one-of-a-kind jewelry depicting a favorite Maine location, CHART Metalworks features collections of jewelry and accessories that allow you to “wear the world.” Let John and Charlotte create your special piece featuring a location from your most memorable Maine island or mountaintop. Then slip on a pair of Sperry Top-Siders, and grab some recycled sailcloth accessories from Sea Bags or Flowfold.
Maine Maritime Luxury
If you’re sensing a theme here, you’re not alone. It’s no surprise that Mainers are as proud of their maritime heritage as they are of their craftsmanship, especially because the state is home to a distinguished list of luxury yacht builders. Hinckley Yachts of Southwest Harbor, founded in 1928, is one of the oldest yacht builders in the U.S. Hinckley, Hodgdon, Sabre and Morris are just a handful of the dozens of boat builders that call Maine home.
If you’re shopping for something that’s a little smaller than a yacht but is no less of a statement piece, consider one of Maine’s quality furniture makers. Angela Adams specializes in modern furnishings, while Windsor Chairmakers and the well-known Thos. Moser hand-craft more traditional pieces. For a unique vacation experience, Thos. Moser offers an exclusive weeklong “Customer in Residence” program, where visiting woodworkers can create their own one-of-a kind piece.
Don’t forget to pamper yourself, too. Situated on a 32-acre farm in Rockport, Avena Botanicals Gardens & Shop, Midcoast Maine's largest herbal apothecary for over 22 years, is known for making high quality, handcrafted herbal skincare products for men, women, children and pets. Their backyard gardens flourish as a result of using biodynamic preparations and permaculture techniques.
Bring Home a Bit of Coastal Maine
For those just looking for a little souvenir to take back home, there are the whimsical crustacean illustrations of Lobstering Is An Art, and a fun range of products from Buoy Sports. If you’re traveling through Bath or Portland, be sure to stop at Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine boutique, filled with everything from hand-crafted toys to artisanal jams from over 400 Maine artisans.
An extensive collection of beautiful handcrafted products may be found at the Center for Maine Crafts, just off the Maine Turnpike in West Gardiner Maine. Or, visit us for the annual statewide tour of craft studios during Maine Craft Weekend in October.
This is not an exhaustive list, by far. Be on the lookout for the Maine Made and Get Real, Get Maine! labels. Whether shopping here in person on online in the comfort of your home, when you choose to shop for Maine Made products, you’re supporting a rich tradition of excellence inspired by the natural beauty and warmth of Maine.