A new retail shop on Main Street in Bangor features work by more than 70 Maine artists and artisans from all around the state, in a building that a pair of downtown real estate developers recently purchased.
Country Blessings, owned by Elaine LaPoint King, opened last week at 35 Main St., in a building purchased last month by Louie Morrison and Luke McCannell. The shop fills a downtown Bangor storefront that has been vacant for more than a year and a half, and it marks the latest addition to a building that has been filling up with tenants since its new owners took over.
Morrison had had his eye on 35 Main St. for more than a year, he said, and had been working for months with the building’s former owner, Greg Lovley, on a deal to buy it. Morrison said there are 13 apartments in the building’s upper floors, all of which are now occupied, and that there is another commercial space available to rent in the building’s basement.
Morrison and McCannell also own 1 Main St., where Umami Noodle Bar is located, and Morrison manages a number of downtown properties, including the Circular Block on Broad Street and 31 Main St., next door to 35 Main.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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