Edgecomb Potters began in the most inauspicious of places: a modest school house on the side of a road in Maine. Owners Richard and Chris Hilton never dreamed that, 30 years after opening that school house for business, they would be in charge of three galleries across the state.
Today, their family continues the tradition they started, glazing and firing pottery in kilns built decades ago. The works never fail to capture the beauty of the region, drawing inspiration from New England's clouds, forests, and minor-league baseball teams. Delicately crafted bowls and vases can be found in the galleries alongside metal jewelry, wood sculptures, and glassware.
The skilled gardeners at Boothbay Region Greenhouses represent the lively vegetation of the Northeast with a vibrant array of lovingly and locally cultivated flowers, trees, and shrubs. Hundreds of colorful perennials ($4.99+) sink roots into fresh plots, and foliage plants ($2.99+) provide your garden with plants perfect for providing shade to accidentally shrunken children. Slightly tart and very sweet, Maine blueberries ($6.99+) expand the sensory purview of the home garden. The florist's obliging staff also creates custom floral arrangements ($30+) to suit individual needs and spruce up parties, anniversaries, or empty-handed replicas of the Statue of Liberty.
Canvas on Demand, backed by celebrity spokesperson Ty Pennington, transfers photos onto gallery-ready canvases. Different display options allow clients to divide one photo over three panels or group a series of photo canvases in one of 12 wall configurations. A pixel-painting option digitally modifies images, lending them the swirling texture of traditional oil paintings.
At Pick & Paint Pottery Shop, studio-goers can colorize raw ceramic forms with more than 70 kaleidoscopic paints and glazes. Pick & Paint Pottery stocks an eclectic array of bisques, ranging from simple mugs and plates to intricately designed vases ($1+). With brushes, glazes, stamps, sponges, stencils, and stickers at their disposal, customers creatively customize their ceramics, whether they want to adorn their pet bowls with canine imagery or paint Mike Ditka's scowling face onto teapots. The resident kiln operator then fires each piece, which can typically be picked up about a week later.