Followers

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

While out with three of my high school classmates this week, we happened to visit a unique store, called Paragon Shop.  I know most of you are used to seeing restaurants on my blog on Sundays, but this shop was so special, I really wanted to share it with you  It is located at 83 Main Street, in Waterville, Maine, and is really worth your time if you are in the area. 

If you are looking for a gift in a particular color or style to match the recipents home decor...you most likely will find it at Paragon.  Need a birthday gift, wedding gift, anniversary gift?  Whatever you are seeking,  the staff will help you find just the right item for the occasion!

As you can see, the displays are amazing.  The shop owner since 1981, Nancy St. Amand does most of them herself, and is obviously quite talented at it. She is capable of making eye-catching displays with a huge array of inventory in a limited amount of space.  And there are items in every price range, from $3.95 on up!


I apologize that this shot isn't as sharp as the others; I must have had an "old lady shake" in my hands when I took this one, but I just couldn't exclude it.


The Paragon has glassware, dishes, party napkins, placemats, jewelry, lamps, items for your garden--a mind-boggling range of gift possibilities, not to mention goodies you might want for yourself!


There are so many things to see and "ooh" and "aah" over!  Artificial flower arrangements, soaps, novelty books, coffe mugs, sun catchers, windchimes, I could go on and on!


Of course, if you're looking for something that screams "Maine!"  You'll find that here, too.  Maybe you want to remind a friend or relative who lives out of state what they are missing, or maybe you are here from "away" and want to take home a momento to remind you of your visit.  Either way, you'll find just the right item.


And I didn't photograph the jewelry! There were so many lovely pieces. My friend bought some for her daughter's birthday and also had a difficult time deciding which to purchase, as there were so many gorgeous sets of necklaces and ear rings.  I couldn't catch a time when my friend wasn't drooling over the selection, and I wanted photos without any old ladies in them.  (My friends and I are all over 60!)



When you do stop in (and if you are in the area, I strongly urge you to do so), don't forget to check out the Tomatos.   These are a line of greeting cards the shop carries that will have you in stitches!  They are so delightfully funny, my friends and I all bought some.  We read so many and laughed so hard, it was difficult to only buy 2 or 3 each!  We found many that were so appropriate for family or friends with a sense of humor.  I know I'll have to visit again even if it's just for the cards!


Note:  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I have never met Ms. St. Amand in person.  I just loved the shope and wanted to share it with my readers!

Blogger Templates
Blogger Templates

12 comments:

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. What a pretty shop. If I ever visit Maine, I would LOVE to go there. I would like to visit Maine one day. It has always appeared to be one of the most beautiful states from the pictures I have seen. Just lovely. : )

PS I LOVE funny cards so much!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Wow!! I love shops like that!!! Thomas doesn't...he knows I'm going to be in there forever and it's going to be expensive, lol!

Tara R. said...

Shops like that are so much fun to wander through.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Now that is my kind of shop. What I like most is that it is setup and displayed like a comfy and quaint little home rather than a store. Some great stuff there.

Unknown Mami said...

Just by looking at the pictures I can tell I would LOVE this shop. So interesting and full of personality and charm.

Brian Miller said...

wow. lots to look at and all the pretty colors...this is one of those shops we let T go in...while we go somewhere we wont break anything...smiles.

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

I could get lost in this store!!!

Pat said...

Looks like my kind of store! I'd love to browse through here - "browse" being the operative word here, since I'd want to buy every thing in the shop!

natalee said...

what a great shop....i love the lobster dishes!!!!!!

Erin said...

What an adorable shop! There looks like there is a million things to chose from, I couldn't narrow it down!

gaelikaa said...

I've never been to Maine, but if I ever go there, I'll check the shop out. Maine is a town which is always associated in my mind with Stephen King. I think maybe he comes from there.

Always nice to visit your blog Eva. I've joined in Sundays in my City for the last few weeks. If you feel like a fuss-free visit to India, you can check out my post LOL....

gaelikaa said...

I've never been to Maine, but if I ever go there, I'll check the shop out. Maine is a town which is always associated in my mind with Stephen King. I think maybe he comes from there.

Always nice to visit your blog Eva. I've joined in Sundays in my City for the last few weeks. If you feel like a fuss-free visit to India, you can check out my post LOL....