Let's Talk About Community.

Community. We've got a great one, right!?

 Thorndike tracks and Maine blue skies.

Thorndike tracks and Maine blue skies.

Everyone . . . business owners, farmers, chefs, moms, dads, kids, poets, musicians, writers, potters, artists, pets, postal workers, teachers . . . literally everyone.

When we conceived of the idea of HEIRLOOM HOUSE we wanted it to be a workhorse in the community. A gathering place for meetings and parties, a shopping destination packed with unique and affordable finds, a place for parents to let their guard down just a little bit and maybe drink a cup of coffee with two hands, a lounge to "Netflix & chill" as the kids say (but, keep it g-rated, people) and... a spot carved out for local community members to shout from the rooftops about their passion projects/side hustles/new gigs/etc.

So our "Hyper-Local Room" was born. 

 Is this room calling your name? The answer is probably "YES!"

Is this room calling your name? The answer is probably "YES!"

This small room, with bight white walls and lots of shelving is perfect for creating displays of your work, hosting a trunk show, launching a new business, fundraising, whatever you think of we're probably game.

We've launched businesses before and we know how hard it can be. This is an opportunity for you to have a "soft opening" with low overhead and gage/garner interest in your idea.

We're keeping the fees to use this space super reasonable too. $10/week and we can negotiate services and help above and beyond that. Our aim is to provide a supportive environment so that other local businesses can succeed and thrive. Need Facebook'ing help? We are here. Need display ideas? You've come to the right place. Need website advice? We're on it. Need that rash looked at? Ehhh, we might not be the peeps for that.

 These tiny shelves have done well for our greeting cards, but they're out and YOU are in.

These tiny shelves have done well for our greeting cards, but they're out and YOU are in.

 

Seriously, we know the more ideas, products, services, and businesses we offer as the diverse community that we are, then the more outside dollars we can and will attract. Making this a thriving community with vibrant commerce, enabling our citizens to live and experience to its fullest that #MaineLife that we all love.

So let's talk. Let's book. Let's get the ball rolling. 

Email zoey@heirloomhouse.net and we'll work out a plan to make sure your venture gets the start it deserves.

 You know your stuff would look good in here.

You know your stuff would look good in here.

Why did I open a shop in this town?

Like a flash, our grand opening came and went. There were drinks and high-fives and lots of people; it was so perfect and so so quick.

 Open. Open. Open.

Open. Open. Open.

Something stood out though. If our grand opening was Twitter, and a hashtag were trending hard, it would be #WhyDidYouOpenHere? Underline, italicize, and put in quotes the word "here". Also, maybe, say it quietly out of the side of your mouth.

For those of you that are not from the mid-coast Maine area, allow me to let you in on a small secret: It's rural. Like, really really rural. What does that mean exactly? Farms, HUGE open spaces, small (micro-small) towns, and there's not a whole lot of extra money floating around. We qualify as "depressed," just not the kind of depressed that Prozac can help.

So #WhyDidIOpenHere? Well, because it's down the street from my house. Seriously, I walk here everyday. And . . . because we belong here. This area needs music and beauty and commerce and places to meet up. Just like any other community does. 

The people in this tiny town are fun, hardworking, loving, passionate, and social. We want HEIRLOOM HOUSE to reflect those qualities back at them. To be their place to express themselves, be together, and rock their days in a uniquely Thorndike way.

So going forward you will see a lot happening around here: mommy meet ups, paint and sip nights, book clubs, henna tattoo days, open mic in the yard nights, and a whole lot more.

Not only is this a lounge with the fastest wifi in town and super great coffee, a shop with handmade, creative wares; we are also that place that inspires you, engages you, and calls to you to get out of your home and into your community.

Investing in this community feels right. That's #WhyIOpenedAShopInThisTown and why I would do it again in a heartbeat.