Melissa Clark stands in her new shop in Ellsworth, Melissa’s Maine Made Shop, located at 14 Water St. PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

Maine-made craft shop now open in downtown Ellsworth



ELLSWORTH — Melissa’s Maine Made Shop is open for business on Water Street.

As the name implies, the business — located at 14 Water St. — features products made in Maine by local artisans and craftspeople.

Melissa Clark is the proprietor.

“I’ve done craft fairs for years,” Clark said. “I wanted to do my own shop for awhile.”

Among the products that Clark makes are doll clothes and scented rice packs that can be heated or frozen as needed and used on aching muscles. The packs are available in cinnamon, vanilla and peppermint, among other scents, while an unscented variety is also available.

There are products from about a dozen artists and craftspeople in the store. Earrings and bracelets with “beautiful designs inspired by the sea” come from M Designs, while there are chip and dip plates, bowls and mugs from Red Sunset Ceramics.

Salty Air Primitives has wooden signs on display while Maine’s Natural Inspirations from Appleton has rocks with leaves and flowers along with inspirational sayings on them. Jo-Ann Coffin from Hancock has crocheted shawls and afghans available.

Clark said new material is coming into her shop all the time. She said there is still room for other artists, and she can be reached by calling 460-2819.

One artistic creation has a very specific value — $34.65 — but is not for sale. Clark thought the sales counter at her shop looked too plain, so her daughter Briana came up with an idea: cover the countertop with pennies.

Three thousand, four hundred and sixty-five of them, to be exact.

Melissa’s Maine Made Shop is open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clark plans to be open the full week before Christmas to give holiday shoppers time to get gifts. For more information, call Clark at the number above or find her shop on Facebook.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller has worked at The Ellsworth American since 2012. He covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. [email protected]