Art Mart sells art supplies for the student to the professional. We have pastels, all painting mediums, canvas, pads, brushes, clay, etc. We sell everything you will need to create brilliant works of art. We also have a full line of Melissa and Doug products for children.
Gerard Bianco, the chief jewelry designer at Porte 4, mines 40 years of experience to fashion precious metals and gems into pendants, rings, necklaces, and bracelets inspired by the nautical imagery of Maine's coastline. The 14 karat Maine anchor pendant ($229) can dangle deliciously from either a necklace or a bracelet, and the Grand banks sterling-silver yacht pin ($75), bearing the Yankee marina insignia on its back, authorizes wearers to take the wheel of any cruise ship with or without the captain's permission. A leopard-print travel jewelry box ($23) keeps rings, earrings, and necklaces neatly sequestered, and a compact mirror can be used to perform self-hypnosis in public places. Porte 4 cleans jewelry brought in by Groupon customers as a complimentary service, so tarnished silver, dull diamonds, and mozzarella-covered emeralds can return to pristine states.
Ms. Lulu's gently lit, soft red walls enclose a mélange of cozy kids' clothes, toys, accessories, and more. A soft, stuffed Angel Dear lovey gently nuzzles slumbering tots ($12), and a full-body lobster biberall from A Mom Who Knows prevents baby from being stained by drool, carrot purée, or octopus ink ($25). Baby shoes from Pediped ($30) and Petit Bateau onesies ($20+) swaddle infants in stylish comfort while protecting them from the judgmental eyes of fashion-critic teddy bears. In addition to national kids' brands, Ms. Lulu's also stocks its shelves with luxury skincare products and locally made tutus.
Located in downtown in the historic Old Port, Lovely Things fills its late 18th-century building with an eclectic mix of new and vintage items. Scented gems such as soaps in grapefruit or vanilla-orange ($12 each) tantalize noses while taunting mouths. Painted in a variety of chromatic possibilities, Ringlet Cafe cups perfect any retro drinker's breakfast nook ($5.99 each). Truly vintage items, such as a porcelain ballerina lamp ($39.99) or an oil painting of an oriole ($48) can add time-tested flair to ordinary rooms, propelling them into chic nirvana. Cute character tote bags stuff themselves with as many items as possible in a bid to win the title of World's Fattest Animal-Shaped Bag ($14).
Nomads stocks a wide selection of stylish activewear and accessories from brands such as Prana, Icebreaker, Isis, and Ibex. Dress up days on the trail with feminine apparel such as the versatile and quick-drying Seaside skirt ($49) or the Dryflylite cap sleeve top ($49) featuring high-rising cap sleeves, wrinkle-resistant fabric, and a hidden security pocket for stowing excess swagger. Men's button-up shirts ($48) keep chests cozy with 100% organic cotton, and a selection of Smartwool socks ($11.95–$22) ensures that feet stay fresh during long runs, short sprints, and medium naps.
Distiller Ned Wight can trace his heritage through a long line of distillers, starting with his great-great-great-grandfather John Jacob Wight, who ran the Sherwood Distillery in Hunt Valley, Maryland in the 1850s. The family business shuttered in 1958, and the legacy seemed lost to the annals of time. That is, until Wight—a former brewer at Allagash Brewing Co.—moved the operation and opened New England Distilling in Portland. Wight has filled his distillery with a blend of new and old-fashioned equipment, from a custom-built traditional copper pot still to barrel racks salvaged from his ancestral distillery.
Wight's spirits, like his distilling process, are an exercise in creative fusion. Each spirit's unique flavor comes from New England grain combined with recipes from around the world. This trio of craft spirits includes Gunpowder Rye, a spicy Maryland-style whiskey caramelized in the copper pot still, Ingenium Gin, a Dutch-style sipping gin made with exotic Southeast Asian botanicals, and Eight Bells Rum, crafted with Caribbean molasses and aged in bourbon barrels. Their unusual characteristics—and Wight's unorthodox operation—have earned praise from publications such as Maine Magazine.