June 21, 2018
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Bangor gift shop celebrates 25 years

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Owner Rick Vigue and employees Helene Rogan and Molly White, (L/R), celebrate 25 years in business in downtown Bangor. Bangor Daily News/Michael C. York
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — When looking for a unique gift, an item to decorate or accessorize a home, or a yummy Maine-made food or wine, there is one downtown business that has them all — Rebecca’s.

The family-owned business opened its doors in 1985 and over the years has grown and now occupies the ground level of two beautifully renovated historic buildings at 43 Main St. and 49 Main St.

To celebrate the store’s 25th anniversary, owners Rick and Rebecca Vigue are hosting a number of events Friday and Saturday designed to say thank you to customers who have supported them over the years, and to invite new customers in to see what they have to offer.

With the enticing smell of scented candles and so many antiques and artful objects for sale displayed all over the store, shoppers sometimes get lost looking for the perfect gift or item to take home, Rick Vigue said Thursday.

“We refer to it as a treasure hunt,” he said.

The store is filled with something for everyone, with adorable baby items mixed in with exquisite home decor, to Fenton Glass and Christmas items for sale all year long.

Over the years, the Vigues have strived to provide as many locally made items as possible, many of which are featured in their two-day anniversary celebration.

“I think people love to shop with local people and purchase local products,” Rick Vigue said. “For our tastings [Friday and Saturday], we’ll have Bar Harbor jam and Winterport wines.”

Bangor artist Collette King, who is considered Rebecca’s house artist, will be on hand Saturday to sign her book “Lost in Bangor,” and to unveil new artwork for sale.

By featuring local Maine items, “we’re trying to support the people who support us,” said Vigue, who added that employees had unpacked an order of candles from Hallowell on Thursday. “It works, you know.”

Visitors to the state and Mainers leaving the state to visit others often stop by specifically to pick up Maine items, he said. The business also sends items all over the world.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with many choices in a wide variety of price ranges,” Rebecca’s website states. “Another very important goal is complete customer satisfaction.”

To thank customers for their 25 years of loyalty, Rebecca’s is having several different sales that feature the number 25. All Christmas ornaments, boxed card sets and boxed mugs, and all Fernwood custom miniature replicas are 25 percent off, and the store is giving out gift certificates equal to 25 percent of purchases, Vigue said.

“Because it’s our 25th anniversary, if you spend $25 we’re giving you a $5 gift certificate,” he said. “If you spend $100 you get $25 off your next purchase.”

Each customer also will get a free candle with each purchase.

After being open for two-plus decades, the store now has children who once shopped with their parents as regular customers, and grandparents who were the original patrons are like family, Vigue said.

“It’s really nice for us to say thank you to people for supporting us,” he said. “We’ve been very blessed.”

The Vigues invite all of their local customers and those who have never stepped into the shop to stop by Friday and Saturday and enjoy the local Maine food and wine.

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