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 still too cold, for our blood anyway, to open windows.
Window Panes had just the thing: candles in vanilla bean and date, paprika and roasted tomato and white pepper and lemon zest. The candles smell great but they’re also packaged in mercury glass holders, which we picture holding small summer bouquets on a nightstand.
The shop also has quadruple-milled soaps made in France by Pre de Provence. We left with peony and angel’s trumpet-scented bars. These soaps are so much gentler on our skin than the foaming hand soap in a pump dispenser we’ve been using for eons.
Pre de Provence offers many scents, too many to name them all but they include linden, verbena, lime zest, starflower, white gardenia, mint and lavender.
A stone cat Buddha statue caught our eye but our cats don’t like being mocked, so we left it on the shelf.
While you’re in downtown Bar Harbor, don’t miss neighboring year-round shops, including Spruce & Gussy, Sherman’s, Cool as a Moose or Stone Soup, a shop for children.
Clinique fans who have been anguished about the closing of Macy’s in Bangor should take note that Sephora located inside J.C. Penney’s at the Bangor Mall will start carrying Clinique makeup in early April. The shop already offers Clinique skincare but color products are coming.