KENNEBUNK, Maine — A new women’s clothing store is bringing unique finds to Main Street.
“I’ve always been interested in fashion and having a different style,” said Lauren Helliwell, who opened Restless Threads at 22 Main St. in early October. “I like to find something unique. Something with a certain flare to them. Something that you won’t find elsewhere.”
On the walls at each end of the store, colorful paintings by Helliwell’s friend Celeste Millette of Biddeford inspire shoppers to find “style that motivates you,” and “be your own kind of beautiful.”
“That is something I feel strongly about. I think it’s really important for people to appreciate their own beauty,” she said.
At Restless Threads, Helliwell prides herself on offering unique and affordable clothing, jewelry, purses, scarves and other finds.
“I’m a bargain shopper,” she said. “I want to keep everything here affordable and good quality.”
Helliwell, who lives in Arundel, first opened Restless Threads in Saco in April 2011 and said she has been interested in having her store in Kennebunk since then. But things fell into place this fall when she found the space on Main Street.
She opened the business after being laid off from her career as a medical social worker. Wanting to do something different, Helliwell said, she first thought of opening a gift shop.
“I talked to my friend who said you have such a thing for clothes and we need a nice clothes store around here,” Helliwell said. “The opportunity was there and I thought, ‘it’s now or never.’ I just went with it.”
And she’s glad she did.
The move to Kennebunk has been an exciting one and presents new opportunities. Helliwell said she will be offering 12 Days of Christmas specials — with a new special every day — promoting specials on the store’s Facebook page often, and will be adding “fun” home décor items moving forward.
“I’m really glad I made this jump. I love it,” Helliwell said, adding that she can watch activity on Main Street from her store window. “People are really excited to have a new retail store in town.”
Restless Threads is open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Extended hours will be offered from Thanksgiving to Christmas. To keep up with deals and more, find Restless Threads on Facebook at www.facebook.com/restlessthreads.