Gone Shopping

  • Handmade for the home

    Handmade for the home

    Main Street Ellsworth has a new boutique focused on handmade items. Sunshine & Dixie, at 194 Main St., opened last fall. Handmade home décor, gifts and consignment items are the focus of the shop, which belongs to Amy M. Holler and Gail Brown. We fell in love with rings and pendants featuring miniature hand-embroidered flower

  • Time to get gifting

    Time to get gifting

    The next big gifting season is approaching. You know, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, baby showers, wedding showers, weddings. It’s really endless. So, we were happy to stumble upon Huckleberries Card and Gift Shop at 81 Main Street in Bucksport. Diane Stimpson, who owns the shop with her husband, Lee, said they strive to carry

  • Cut a rug with Dad

    Cut a rug with Dad

    Hancock County girls have two upcoming occasions for fancy dress. Easter is Sunday, April 1. The Ellsworth Lioness Club’s annual Father-Daughter dance is Saturday, April 14. This year’s theme is a red carpet premiere. In downtown Ellsworth, Ruth Foster’s boasts a dress for every taste. Most are around $62.50. You can also buy dance tickets

  • Scrunchie back in favor

    Scrunchie back in favor

    No matter the decade or our hair length, we always keep scrunchies in our giant basket full of hair products. If you were born after 1990, perhaps you don’t know what a scrunchie is? Well, it’s an elastic device to pull your hair back in a ponytail, but it’s covered in soft fabric, which scrunches

  • Holiday hub

    Holiday hub

    The Holiday Marketplace in the former J&B Atlantic space on Main Street in Ellsworth is full of holiday accoutrements from ornaments to candles to cards. Brooklin’s Leaf & Anna shop has decorations galore, including glitzy decorated tree ornaments, which we want made into earrings. Leaf & Anna also brought from Brooklin an extensive offering of

  • Layer up and stay warm

    Layer up and stay warm

    We know you don’t want to hear about cold weather gear but winter is coming. Also, the Ellsworth Marden’s is freshly stocked with apparel for all. We found dozens of snowsuits for babies. Sizes range from 12 months to 3T. Those are in pink or blue and cost $12.99. Marden’s also has winter coats for

  • Sweater weather

    Sweater weather

    Despite climate change, a Maine winter still provides plenty of sweater weather. We found cozy pullovers for crisper temperatures at Elizabeth’s at 124 Main St. in downtown Ellsworth. Our favorites were soft, knit V-necks by Wooden Ships. Those come in gunmetal gray or watermelon for $98. Elizabeth’s also has crew-neck pullovers by United Knitwear. One

  • Get your gourd

    Get your gourd

    Pumpkins are the symbol of all the great things for fall: changing leaves, pumpkin pie, scary movies, jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, Brach’s pumpkin candy and witches. If you are looking for fresh pumpkins for carving, we found lots of them in many sizes at Simons Hancock Farm & Greenhouses and at Mainescape Garden Center in Blue Hill.

  • Time to say boo!

    Time to say boo!

    It’s nearly time to dress up your child and/or dog for Halloween. We found costumes for both at T.J. Maxx. The High Street store had Snow White dresses as well as Greek goddess outfits with white flowing gowns. Both are $24.99. They ranged in size from small to medium. T.J. also has devil outfits, including

  • Gone to the dogs

    Gone to the dogs

    We intended to go sweater shopping for you this week. It is, after all, officially fall. But with seemingly endless sunny 70-plus-degree days plus our never-ending hot flashes, we couldn’t bear to look at sweaters. We suggest putting on a T-shirt and going outside to play with your dog or a neighbor dog. To that

  • Time to cook and cover up

    Time to cook and cover up

    Labor Day has passed, which means it’s time to start baking fall things like apple pie or grunts. If you’re going to bake or frankly cook anything worth eating, it’s best to wear an apron. We found several aprons at Rooster Brother — a few are almost too attractive to wear. We were especially fond

  • Denim Dilemma

    Denim Dilemma

    September has launched so it’s time to put away the shorts and slide into jeans. We found denim jeans for men, women and teenage girls at Renys in Ellsworth. Renys has Lee  and Carhartt jeans for women. We found lots of petite sizes in dark wash and medium blue wash. Lee is promoting one variety