BROOKSVILLE — The founders of Sargentville-based taqueria EL EL FRIJOLES, Blue Hill’s ArtBox Micro Gallery and Ecouture Textile Studio have announced the opening of a new venture, Makers’ Market Shop & Studio, in a former general store at 30 Bagaduce Road in Brooksville.
Michael Rossney and Michele Levesque, founders and proprietors of the popular EL EL FRIJOLES Mexican Food in Sargentville and The ArtBox, the fine-art vending machine located inside Fairwinds Florist in Blue Hill, have joined forces with the renowned textile artist and Ecouture Studio principal Amelia Poole to create an innovative retail space on the Blue Hill Peninsula.
Makers’ Market Shop & Studio is a hybrid gallery/boutique/lifestyle store that features the fine art, craft and innovative makings of more than a dozen local artisans in a carefully curated, eclectic environment. With the exception of a thoughtfully selected mix of artists supplies imported from Germany, the Czech Republic and Japan, Makers’ Market exclusively features products that are created and produced within 15 miles of the store. Almost everything in the store is handmade, and most items are one-of-a-kind.
Born as an outgrowth of The ArtBox, the vintage cigarette machine that vends fine art in Blue Hill, the trio endeavored to bring a wider mix of pieces and products, with less of a limitation on size, to the Peninsula’s retail landscape. With an ever-changing product mix that ranges from locally produced preserves and hand-made soaps and body care products, to photographs, toys, ceramic pieces, a wide array of textiles both decorative and wearable, all the way to fine art paintings; the selection is as eclectic as it is diverse.
Featuring a casual and informal design within a rustic and historical building, Makers’ Market appeals as much to travelers and tourists as it does to the local population. Anyone searching for a unique piece of clothing or jewelry to add to their wardrobe, a quick gift for a friend or colleague or a new piece to grace their living space or collection will find a bounty of interesting options on display. The shop offers a wide variety of items redolent of the Maine Experience, while eschewing the familiar ticky-tacky-kitschy tourist items. As most pieces are unique, the shop sees a frequent turnover of the items on display. Freshly baked cookies, biscotti and jams are available, as well as other treats, and can be enjoyed on the shady porch overlooking the quiet country road out front of the shop.
Makers’ Market Shop & Studio is open noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through September, or by chance or appointment beyond normal business hours. Information can be found by visiting the shop’s Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/Makers-Market-Shop-and-Studio-423542031429449/?ref=bookmarks.
Makers’ Market Shop & Studio, 30 Bagaduce Road, Brooksville ME 04617 (207) 812-3703 or firstname.lastname@example.org