ELLSWORTH – While many people were shopping in the mall, Ellsworth community members are shopping local at the new Pop- Up Stores located downtown.
“We’ve been busy and everyone is happy,” said Mary-Alice Alley, Manager of Maine Arts Publishing.
The door bell is ringing as people off the streets pop in to see what the fuss is all about. There’s a new way of shopping for the holidays in Ellsworth, and now people don’t have to travel far.
“People like buying things like that,” Alley said, “They are quaint. They are Maine and it’s fun!”
The new pop-up stores, located in the former Grasshopper Shop building, is up and running. It brings more than 9 businesses inside, all looking to experience selling downtown.
“All the businesses in here are local businesses. So it’s not your typical chain stores,” Samantha Politte, owner of Three Wishes in Bluehill, “So you can come get special made items. And it’s a nice opportunity for Ellsworth to not have empty storefronts.”
“It gives us the opportunity to spread out. Like in unity, Maine, a lot of people do not know where we are,” said Rikki Garcia, manager of the Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm, “So this is kind of, for us, to advertise ourselves and be able to talk about our product.”
For years the Grasshopper Shop provided community members with unique items. But when it went empty, it was noticeable. When people heard about this holiday season special, It would be an understatement to say that they weren’t excited.
“I was looking forward to it. Actually, that was my black Friday goal, to come here,” said Anne Marie Pardue, a shopper.
Which not only brings life to downtown, but a smile for those who prefer to shop locally.
“I am just so happy that they came up with this idea – a pop up situation. And more importantly, most of the businesses are selling their own wears,” said Pardue.