Today is one of those days. You know the kind. Gray skies that seem to cradle you from above; a light drizzle that’s just enough to turn your windshield wipers on; a sea breeze that kisses your cheeks. You just want to curl up on your couch with a blanket and let the coziness of a Wednesday envelop and send you on your way to a more productive Thursday.
But let me tell you something. This is the best kind of day to slip on your boots and take a leisurely journey to the Old Port. It’s April, and if you’re a local who finds yourself avoiding this area because of the popularity during the summer months, this is the perfect time to catch up on what you’ve been missing. We will welcome you with open arms.
Step into Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine—we not only have the best selection of Maine-themed products, we pride ourselves on carrying locally-crafted art, food, jewelry, décor, books, clothes, pottery etc.…the list goes on. Take your time, let your eyes roam. It can be as relaxing as visiting an art gallery. Fun fact: looking at art can lower the stress hormone cortisol, so even if it’s a brief visit on your lunch break please stop in and let our artist’s hard work have a positive effect on the rest of your day.
I have been enjoying the atmosphere of the shop today and trying to pay more attention to the small details that make it a beautiful place to work. I stand behind the counter, and atop the grand mantel behind me sit two whales, “Jack and Little Jackson.” The artist has an eye for transforming old pieces of barn board, and in Jack’s case an old lobster shack, into works of art.
All the whales are one-of-a-kind, understandably, because they are handmade from resources that vary from time to time. They are wonderful statement pieces for any living space, adding that rustic, nautical style that never gets old.
I stopped by Bard (a snug, delicious coffee shop) to grab a cup of coffee to warm up with during the rest of the afternoon, and when I returned I realized how much I would rather enjoy it out of one of our many talented potter’s mugs. I did resist—difficult as it was—but I snapped a picture of one of our last heart styled mugs to share with you and encourage everyone out there to have at least one unique, special handmade mug in the cupboard to make drinking tea and coffee that much better.
Cheers to another day. Enjoy it to the fullest!
~Marissa (Assistant Manager in Portland)