by Ardeana Hamlin
of The Weekly Staff
Di Woods opened her new shop Nana’s This N That Shoppe on Mother’s Day at 586 Main Road North In Hampden. The shop carries a mix of handcrafted items made in Maine, consignment items and screened-printed T-shirts. The shop is approximately two miles from downtown Bangor on Route 1A.
“Most of the ladies who have things in my shop are nanas — like me,” Woods said.
So far, the shop has 15 vendors, and Woods is seeking more. She pointed out that she doesn’t require a specific amount of items from crafters, there are no contracts and “no hoops to jump through.” Her shop is a place where those who craft and wish to sell what they make can do so at Nana’s on a consignment basis. Nana’s charges no up-front fees. She would like to find crafters who do beaded jewelry, make dream catchers or make items from wood.
“I want as much variety as I can get,” she said.
Crafter Logan Tripp, a costume maker from Bangor who has been interested in crafting since she was a child, said not having to jump through hoops to get her crafts into Nana’s shop is very appealing to her. Using recycled bottles, lace she finds at thrift shops and hemp twine, she decorates the bottles to repurpose them for use as vases, conversation pieces or a decorative accents.
Being the owner of a shop is a new endeavor for Woods. She spent 40 years in the fast food business, working for McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts and Burger King.
“It became too impersonal for me,” she said of the fast food industry. “I want to talk with my customers and find out what they want and need. This [the shop] is fun. It’s right up my alley — I love to talk — I couldn’t do that in fast food when you have only three minutes to get them [customers] in and out.”
Woods’ appreciation for the work of crafters’ hands is well-founded since she also enjoys crafting. She paints, makes jewelry and creates painted birdhouse, examples of which are part of her shop’s inventory.
The shop also carries shell art, candles, crocheted and knit items, windchimes, cribbage boards, soap, cat toys, cup and saucer bird feeders, hummingbird feeders made from recycled bottles and wall art fashioned from steel drum lids. The crafters come from as far away as Madawaska to the north and Kennebunk to the south.
Her future plans for the shop include craft classes this summer. Classes will include crocheting, flower arranging, soap making, birdhouse making and wind chime making. “What people want to learn, I will find a way to teach them,” Woods said.
In addition to craft items, Nana’s offers a concierge service for those who need help with shopping, laundry or other household task. Nana’s Bunch, a group of five nanas are available for such chores. The nanas also can teach someone to cook, help find a carpenter, a plumber or a doctor.
Woods has tourist information available in the form of brochures and can help travelers find lodging or a restaurant.
“We are a country shop with city traffic,” Woods said.
Shop hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday except by appointment.
For information, find Nana’s This N That Shoppe on Facebook, call 947-5800 or stop by.