Gone Shopping

  • Onesies with attitude

    Onesies with attitude

    Do you need to laugh more? We suggest a stop at The Meadow of Blue Hill, where we found highly amusing items from cocktail napkins to socks and serving trays. But our favorite find were onesies emblazoned with snarky messages for the baby in your life. They come in white or black in baby sizes

  • Not just any bag

    Not just any bag

    What we love about a handbag is its ability to elevate whatever we’re wearing. If we’ve shuffled to the grocery store in threadbare yoga pants and our teenage son’s flip flops, a polished purse sends a message. Namely, “we don’t always look this disheveled.” We found so many beautiful bags in downtown Blue Hill. Three

  • Gaining the upper hand

    Gaining the upper hand

    When we were school age, we read a novel about a girl who was angst-ridden because she was going to a party and didn’t have elbow-length gloves, only wrist-length. On the chance you’re going to a party or high tea and need gloves, you’ll find them, including an elbow-length pair at Bears N Me, a

  • Suit up

    Suit up

    The sun is shining and it’s nearly July in Maine. That means it’s time to suit up and dive in the nearest water body. We found a good selection of swimsuits at Renys on High Street. They range from size 4 to 24, so there is a suit for every body from bikini to one-piece.

  • Rainy day dress-up

    Rainy day dress-up

    What are your children going to do once school is out for the summer? We think afternoons playing dress-up are in order, whether they are donning princess gowns or outfitting their pets. Ruth Foster’s Children’s Shop on Main Street in Ellsworth has garments specifically for make-believe. The children’s shop carries costumes by Great Pretenders, a

  • For your eyes only

    For your eyes only

    We have been hunting for a local source of eye pillows and finally found them at The Kimball Shop & Boutique at 135 Main St. in Northeast Harbor. An eye pillow is a rectangular piece of fabric stuffed with flaxseed or rice and often scented with lavender. Do you practice yoga? We think using an

  • A garden in a bag

    A garden in a bag

    Are you someone who doesn’t like to get your hands dirty? You can still grow herbs and flowers with an item called Garden-in-a-Bag. We found them at The Rock and Art Shop on Main Street in Ellsworth. The shop has Garden-in-a-Bag for mint, chives, basil, cilantro, mini-sunflowers and mini-snapdragons. Garden-in-a-Bag is just what it claims

  • Slide into summer

    Slide into summer

    We have found your summer shoe at Elizabeth’s on Main Street in downtown Ellsworth. The shop is carrying Starch Slides, which designer Shannon Crowley produces using recycled men’s long-sleeve, button-down shirts. The slides were conceived as a way to use textiles the Brooklyn, New Yorker would pass by in dumpsters. The slides frequently come in

  • Time to snap up cool, comfy tops

    Time to snap up cool, comfy tops

    Have you pulled out your spring and summer clothing to assess what’s lacking yet? Do it soon and then get to the Ellsworth Renys where there are racks upon racks of cute and colorful short-sleeve and tank tops by Talbot’s, J. Crew, Banana Republic and more. Most were under $10. We found a cotton, V-neck

  • Shower with love

    Shower with love

    We have two wedding showers in May and only one couple has registered for gifts. So, we stopped at The Meadow of Blue Hill, 140 Main St., which has gifts for every occasion. Karen Brandenburg owns the shop, as well as its sister store in Belfast, with her husband, David Caplan. Brandenburg, herself, has a

  • Party on at the Dollar Tree

    Party on at the Dollar Tree

    Shopping for party supplies and gift packaging got a lot easier with the recent opening of Dollar Tree, which is next to Marden’s. The Dollar Tree has paper goods — paper plates, napkins and utensils — in several festive colors, including purple, blue, red, green and pink, just to name a few. We found gift

  • Spring into spring!

    Spring into spring!

    Bar Harbor shops are waking up after the winter. Not everything is open yet, but there are a handful of stalwart year-round merchants with great things. We found our way into Window Panes at 166 Main St., which is open year-round. We needed candles to help clear the stale air in our house since it’s