It’s official, Maine County Home is on the move! We’ve settled in Thomaston, just north of Warren, and south of Rockland. It’s a great town with a growing main street, we’ve already become addicted to the espresso milkshakes at the Highlands Coffee House…
After two great years at the Nobleboro Antique Exchange, we’ve now grown by leaps and bounds and now need a space of our own. But don’t fret, we’re keeping a small space at The Exchange where Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® will be housed. So if Thomaston is just a little too far, you can still stop in to get your fix.
It wasn’t easy finding our new home. We were on the search for so long that my husband kept calling us “Maine County Homeless.” Let me try and make a long story short…
We looked at buying a building in Waldoboro, it was very cute! It had a river running through the basement, and several other code violations…pass.
We briefly toyed around with the idea of renting a 5,000 square foot warehouse building in Rockland, but quickly talked ourselves out of that! That would be about 3 times the amount of space we would need.
We were ready to move into another space in Rockland, but the owner suddenly backed out of the arrangement. And by backed out I mean he wouldn’t return our phone calls after he said he’d rent the space to us. Oh well, not meant to be.
Finally we thought we had caught a break, a spot that we had initially passed over was still available. After closer inspection it wasn’t as bad as we thought. We signed the lease, we had a new home! Or so we thought…
There were a few cosmetic changes we wanted to make to the interior, so we had the building inspector come in. Boy, were we surprised by the time he was done. More code violations then you could shake a stick at. Oil leak in the basement, and not a little one either. A whole new ceiling had to be put in with a sprinkler system. And to top it all off, there was asbestos in the building. Ugh…back to being Maine Country Homeless.
After so much rejection we decided to take a breather and reevaluate. We thought that Rockland was going to be our next home, but after all the problems we were having nailing down a space it seemed like the universe was saying to look elsewhere.
So we listened, and took a harder look at the surrounding towns. Now I grew up in Maine, I’ve seen the revitalization of the Midcoast towns over the past 10 years, and I couldn’t be more pleased at how some once sleepy towns have really done a 180 and changed for the better. Thomaston has really set the framework for their renaissance. A few years ago they beautified their main street by putting in elegant raised granite sidewalks and planters. Gorgeous!
So when we reviewed our options and found this three story corner building in the main street we both went, why didn’t we want to be in Thomaston?? After a few negotiations we had our lease! Renovations are almost done…what would we do without helpful friends and spouses?
Maine Country Home
153 Main Street
Opening July 4th
Closed Monday & Tuesday