❄️ WINTER 🧣
The beginning of a new year brings with it a couple of reasons to celebrate – we made it through the holiday season AND end of year inventory, which means we deserve a staff party! It’s such a joy to have the team from both stores together to gather, laugh, eat and drink and take some time to relax together.
The cooler winter months were spent restocking the stores and adding new inventory to our online offerings. Here’s some of the Maine made products that were added to our website in early 2023.
Mary and Joe NEVER disappoint. We were excited to add these new Maine Woods Mugs by Devenney Pottery.
Heather made sure we had these in time for Valentine’s Day and we’re sure glad she did! They are the perfect gift to share a fun experience with someone special, and create a little something to commemorate the event.
Pro tip : Snag a sharpie and sign the back with the date and a little love note for later.
It’s always exciting when Sue is able to find rare shades of red sea glass in her beach combing. These one-of-a-kind pieces are sometimes turned into pendants and brought to us. This dark burgundy piece (with a tiny little pearl above!) got snatched up real fast.
If you are interested in a pendant made from rare red sea glass, subscribe to the product and you’ll get an email if/when we get another one! Red Sea Glass Necklace
Phil forages through the woods of Western Maine in search of antlers naturally shed by the majestic moose that reside there. He then turns the gorgeous bone into the hilt of a knife.
These frosted glass beads are wrapped in sterling silver. Authentic sea glass is becoming harder and harder to find, but maker Sheila has found a way of emulating the surf-tumbled look of sea glass in these delightful little earrings. They are the perfect addition to any outfit!
We are thrilled to have new maker, Gabby with us. She specializes in taking vibrant Maine flower blooms and sealing them within resin to create stunning earrings and necklaces.
Stay tuned for what Gabby has in store for 2024…
Hint hint, do you love Maine beaches? 🌊😉
You asked and we listened. The First Maine Flag became available on this super-soft green hoodie and immediately became a customer favorite!
From her mugs impressed with Maine sea shells and evergreen branches to her earring holders glazed in the colors of the Maine seaside, you’ll never find two pieces of Nancy’s pottery to be the same.
We welcomed a lot of new Maine products to the website in the cold beginning months of the year, but we are most excited about
The Most Precious Addition of 2023.
The newest member of the Lisa-Marie’s family was welcomed in February, and though he isn’t quite old enough to work (😉 hehe) he sure is bringing lots of joy to everyone. Lisa-Marie and Andy have been making sure to take some time away from the role of “Store Owners” to take on the even more important role of
“Nana and Pops.”
🌱 SPRING 🌼
In April we celebrated 13 years of business in the Old Port!
Read about our 13 items hand-picked to celebrate 13 years on Exchange Street in Portland.
As the snow starts to melt and the sun decides to stay out a little longer we get a new sense of excitement as we begin to prepare for all our summer visitors. Spring 2023 brought a few more fun additions to our Maine made online offerings…
These came to us just in time for Baby Shower season. With 4 different prints and 3 different sizes available you’re sure to find the perfect Maine onesie for the new ones in your life. That “Maine Pride” starts young!
“Do you have a State of Maine cookie cutter?” For so long the answer was “no” but thanks to Jeff Crider we are SO excited to now be able to say “YES!” We’re pleased to have their nautical cookie cutters available online now but you can shop their seasonal selection (like christmas trees or hearts) in-store.
We are so proud to be one of the first Maine retailers to be selling this amazing cream. Maybe you’ve seen it in your social media feed? This Soothing Hydration Cream is made with marine glycoproteins and it’s a remedy for sensitive, itchy, eczema-prone skin. Patrick and Amber created Marin while studying bioengineering at UMaine Orono and we’re so pleased to be supporting these young, Maine entrepreneurs!
Over the years we’ve been asked several times for pottery travel mugs, and now that Muddy Toes Pottery is part of the Lisa-Marie’s Maker Family we are excited to finally be able to say YES!
We also can’t resist her gorgeous mugs with natural glaze drippings that makes every single one unique.
The family behind Cobb’s Hill has been making maple syrup for nearly two decades, and adding novel infusions for about five. We LOVE the variety and are so happy to carry it online as well as in store!
☀️ SUMMER 🌊
In anticipation of our 20th anniversary in Bath, Maine we decided to host a series of Meet the Maker events in our Bath location to get people excited and meet some of these clever Mainers in person!
8 Meet the Makers:
#1: “Meet the Maker 20th Kickoff:” May 27th – feat. David of Mainely Pens and Tenley of Lobster Designs.
#2: June 3rd – feat. Kate of Bixby Chocolate and Joe with his Lobster Trap Caddies.
#3: June 17th – Sue of Latitude 43 Designs and Pam of Olde Haven Farm.
#4: July 1st (Heritage Days! 🎉) – Gail of Miller Designs and Dan of Cobbs Hill Sugarhouse.
#5: July 13th – Ben of Benjamin Williamson Photography and Charlie of Maine Towns Playing Cards.
#6: July 29th – Mary and Joe of Devenney Pottery and their daughter Nina of Wild Rosie.
#7: August 19th – Gabby of Simply Tilton.
#8: Last, *Rescheduled,* but Not Least!: September 16th – Alexis of Art by Alexis, Bailey of Bailey DeBiase Ink, and Jen of Miss Moonmaker Maine.
Summertime in Maine brings the hustle and bustle of visitors from all over the world and while we’re always busy in store helping tourists pick out the perfect piece of Maine to bring home we still found some time to add some new offerings online.
Dish towels are the perfect travel gift. They fold up tightly, they won’t break no matter where they end up in your luggage, and can even be used to help protect more fragile items while traveling. They also make the perfect useful souvenir to remind you of your time in Vacationland.
Speaking of making travel easier…
Salty Sail Bags are made with recycled sailcloth, recycled outdoor canvas fabric and nylon braided rope. The best part about these tote bags is that they are FULL OF POCKETS, inside and out.
What says “summer in Maine” more than sea glass?
Kelley arranges blue, teal, green and clear sea glass juuuuuust right to create the shape of our hoME state.
We are so excited about this jewelry line made by Jess. These dainty necklaces in silver and gold are SO Maine…. some of them really are the state of Maine!
Jess also casts pendants from REAL MAINE shells. These necklaces are available in Bath and online.
Etched Maine Glassware
Etched Maine Glassware
🎶 Sippin’ away again in Vacationland….
…while it may not be 5 o’clock there is no wrong time of day to use a glass etched by Reclaimed Maine. Available in curvy “wine” shape and simple “beer” shape and etched with designs created by Mainer Mary.
Maine Wooden Buoys
First Maine Flag Buoys and Centerpieces joined our online offerings as well as in store.
We were also THRILLED to have helped arrange the EXTRA EXTRA large buoy centerpiece to be used as a guest book for a Maine wedding. We LOVE this unique idea! Email us if you want one for your Maine wedding guest book.
🍁 FALL 🍂
20 years in Bath, Maine
We can’t believe we’ve had a brick and mortar store on Front Street for TWENTY YEARS! What started as one tiny little storefront at 170 Front Street where Marie and Josh used to hang out after school while Lisa-Marie worked now spreads FOUR storefronts wide and has promoted HUNDREDS of Maine Makers and employing over 20 people.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in Bath on September 30th to celebrate this momentous occasion and thank you to all that added to the Tribute video for Lisa-Marie and Andy. We wouldn’t be here without all of you and we are so grateful.
👇 Watch the Tribute video here!
Chocolate is BACK!
In the warmer months we remove chocolate from our online offerings because shipping something that melts doesn’t always turn out well. But once the cooler months roll around we are putting it back online, just in time to send your favorite Maine chocolates to your friends for the holidays.
Ready-to-Go Gift Packages
We like to make things as easy for you as possible. So in anticipation of the busy shopping season ahead Lisa-Marie hand picked items to be a part of our Ready-to-Go Gift Packages. While typically only available online it did inspire a few customers to put together some Customized Maine Gift Packages on their own for their friends and family “from away”.
Brand New Images from Benjamin Williamson
We just can’t get enough of Ben’s work and he did not disappoint this year. The weather gave him lots of opportunities for crazy skies and stunning sunsets and boy did he capture them. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with in 2024!
Tammy arranges Maine shells and colorful pieces of glass to create decorative pieces of art, often featuring flower bouquets.
Marin Lip Treatment
One of the most asked for items in the month of December! Remember that hydration cream in a bright orange bottle from the Spring? Well Marin doubled down and made a Lip Treatment to rival any angry Maine winter storm. Made with the same Marine glycoprotiens but available in TWO options – Unscented and Blueberry French Toast.
Kitty Lamb Mixes
Joining us right before the holidays were these SUPER easy to make and deliciously decadent baking mixes.
- Fudgy Browie
- Gooey Pumpkin Cake
The descriptions are accurate, they are in fact Fudgy & Gooey.
After trying out his popular short- sleeved button downs, Michael asked us if we wanted to try out his beanies. He designed these classic Maine creatures
- Black Bear on Charcoal Grey
- Brown Moose on Forest Green
- Red Lobster on Navy Blue
each stitched into the fold of these warm and comfortable beanies. We only received a few in our Portland store but stay tuned and you just might be able to snag your very own online.
🎄 HOLIDAYS 🧑🎄
Shop for a Cause on Small Business Saturday
This year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving we collected donations for the Bath Area Food Bank, then at the end of the day we decided to continue it for a bit longer. Every dollar donated in this time period was matched by Lisa-Marie’s and we were so pleased to be able to support such a vital organization in our small community. Thank you all for your support in this giving season!
Bright Night Bath
This year’s City of Bath Holiday Tradition took place on December 8th and the Lisa-Marie’s elf was out and about discovering all the fun things to do during Bright Night Bath in the City of Ships.
in Downtown Portland
When Portland Downtown puts on a holiday event, we show up – with bells on!
This year, one of our amazing team members even dressed as Santa *insert the classic Buddy the Elf quote: “Santa! I KNOW HIM!“* and brought smiles to SO many!
Holiday Window Contest Community Choice Winner
We had Gingerbread Candy Land as the inspiration and we are so pleased our hard work creating this sweet winter scene for the Portland Downtown Holiday Window Contest. And thanks to all of our social media friends we won the Community Choice Award! Thank you so much!!