As a small business, I am gifted with the ability to witness the stories behind some of Maine’s most talented and hardworking entrepreneurs.
While I attend various festivals and markets throughout my home state to promote LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls and our other products, I also enjoy walking the aisles to see what other eco-friendly items are out there and how they came to be.
Many have a larger, socially conscious purpose. I know what it’s like to have a lofty vision and high hopes. I also know the gratification I feel when others share this vision and they, too, desire a healthier, happier home.
During every show I am constantly reminded that there is a person with a dream behind each piece of jewelry, art piece, clothing and home accessory. Passion drives their brands and anyone who cares to connect with their story can’t help but back their small business.
So I do.
Visiting favorite local stores is more about the experience you have when you visit. Getting to know the people who work there and hearing about products they recommend and are excited about is always fun.
Shopping local helps keep money within our towns and supports local families, friends and neighbors. Items made in the USA are created in our own backyard and strengthen our economy. What better way to invest in the future of our community?
Made in Maine
A Few of my Favorite Small Businesses
Addie Best Studio
Addie Best doesn’t just practice reusing and recycling, she preaches it. This artist is as passionate about running a sustainable business and educating others on how to do the same as she is about the folkloric prints, calendars and other items she sells.
If you’re looking to stock your shelves with handmade, reusable everyday staples, this Portland-based small business is for you. Paper and plastic are replaced with sustainable (and colorful!) paper towels, cloth napkins, bowl covers, baby wipes and makeup pads.
Former organic produce farmer Hilary Crowell says she’s “interested in making products that can easily slide into people’s day-to-day lives.” Five years ago she started with a selection of soft and absorbent handwoven towels and has since incorporated colorful and sturdy table runners and throws into her wares.
Nature-themed organic cotton kitchen linens and comfy T-shirts and pullovers are available either online or in the Hearth & Harrow brick-and-mortar store in Camden, where you’ll also find a curated offering of like-minded goods.
A couple of years ago, Kate Tallberg decided that dolls should look more like the girls playing with them. So she launched a line that you can customize with your choice of skin shade and hair length, color and style. Each purchase includes a donation to an organization in need that you designate.
I just love the earthy artwork hand printed on Madder Root textiles—from linen drawstring bags to comfy cotton T-shirts. This husband-and-wife team is a testament to living family first—their Maine studio located in their home allows enough flexibility so they can be present to watch their young children grow.
Artisan Lauren Beveridge does it all in her coastal mountain home—dyes, sews and tags beautiful rope bowls that help us keep everything in its place. Bowls are available in cream and a variety of colors and sizes.
Michelle Byram started out as a farmer but decided to channel her passion for healthy living into soap making and educating others about living green. Michelle has since added plastic-free and zero-waste skin care and household cleansers to her line.