ELLSWORTH — Trio, a colorful shop featuring upcycle fashion, contemporary jewelry and home goods and gifts, has popped up next to downtown Ellsworth’s Art Deco-style Grand theater. It joins the mix of friendly, service-oriented businesses ranging widely from a tattoo parlor and pubs to a health food market and floral/fine chocolates shop that are making the city’s historic shopping district a popular destination for locals and visitors.
At 169 Main St., entrepreneurs Suzanne Anderson of Yikes Studio Enamels, Leslie Harlow of 207mainer and Julia Ventresco of onewomanstudio joined forces to found Trio. All three women and their enterprises previously were located across the street in the Maine Grind Building, which served as a small-business incubator for many years.
The COVID-19 pandemic and other factors spurred their move and collective venture. They also have partnered with The Grand and are channeling 10 percent of their sales to the landmark theater’s capital campaign to install a new HVAC system and improved seating.
“Trio is a community partner with The Grand. As we embark on a capital campaign to raise funds for a new HVAC system, the new shop will be supporting our fundraising efforts by helping raise funds and spread the word,” says Nick Turner, The Grand’s executive director. “The Grand is excited to work with Trio.”
Not a conventional jeweler, Suzanne Anderson approaches her creations as an artist, primarily concerned with color and shape. Her vision results in unique, wearable art. The pieces are created from hand-cut copper that has been enameled in a kiln. Enameling techniques such as scraffito and fused graphite are used and the artist’s rich color palette makes the work stand out.
Julia Ventresco is a maker, sewist and creative upcycler. She creates natural fiber apparel, home goods and other one-of-a-kind items using thrifted clothing, salvaged materials and textile waste. All of onewomanstudio’s items are thoughtfully designed, expertly crafted and built to last. The artist prides herself on the craftsmanship of cutting and sewing by hand each piece. She uses the simplest of tools and a trio of vintage sewing machines.
Leslie Harlow of 207mainer has many years of experience as restaurateur, innkeeper and retailer. She has curated a variety of Maine-inspired offering gifts that reflect a casual lifestyle. Made-in-Maine lines include hats and flags by Original Maine Flag, maps from Penobscot mapmaker Jane Crosen, spices from Skordo and cocktail infusion mixers from Vena, to name a few.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, Trio will hold its grand opening, teaming up with the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce to promote early bird shopping for the holiday season. Trio’s fall hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Hours will expand closer to the holidays.