Each summer we try to plan as many gatherings as we can in our backyard and on a recent Friday morning, as we were prepping for a party over the weekend and in need of things like colorful napkins, hand soap, and candles, I decided to hop over the bridge and peruse some of our favorite shops in Portland for home goods & entertaining. As I was heading from store to store, the whole process seemed worthy of a blog post highlighting some of our go-to Portland shops – Folly 101, Home Remedies, More & Co., Angela Adams, k colette, and Fiachre.
While fantastic sources for furniture (like Portland Flea For All) or clothes (like Judith, Dry Goods, Corey & Co., or South Street Linen) are not listed, the below shops are our tried and true sources for all things home goods and gifts. If you haven’t visited any of these six shops, we hope you’ll wander in the next time you find yourself in Portland with time to spare.
We love Astrid & Emily at Folly almost as much as we love the shop’s thoughtfully selected home goods, all arranged by color. Whether we’re on the hunt for tablecloths, napkins, woven baskets, or just in the mood to browse the cookbooks and coffee table books, we always come from a shopping trip to Folly 101 feeling very inspired.
With such a large and conveniently located space in the Star Match Building on West Commercial Street, Home Remedies is an easy shop just to pop into when you’re on your way pretty much anywhere. It’s a great source for fabrics and our favorite Dash & Albert rugs, and their pillow selection is updated constantly. Home Remedies is also my go-to source for hand towels, while their bar accessories make some of the greatest gifts.
Browsing the unique selection of goods in this cheerful shop on High Street always puts me in the best of moods. It could be their fantastic line of Maine-inspired tees and sweatshirts, their whimsical collection of blue & white ceramics by Chloe May Brown, or simply a chat with the delightful people who work there, but I am always happy to see that open sign as I make my way across Portland.
Beautiful handmade rugs immediately come to mind when I think of Angela Adams, but the shop on Middle Street is so much more than the colorful rugs for which the brand is known. In addition to daydreaming about which floor deor I’d buy, I love browsing the shop’s selection of glassware, ceramics, pillows, and candles.
It’s difficult for me to walk by the perfectly styled windows of k colette on Commercial Street and not stop. Their selection of handmade goods sourced from all over the world (and especially Maine) is constantly updated, both online and in the shop. It’s a favorite stop for thoughtful greeting cards and gifts for our nieces and nephews, and is the best source in Maine to view pieces by brands and artisans such as John Robshaw, John Derian, Astier de Villatte, and lots more.
Soaps, plants, unique pots, and even cookbooks are just some of the reasons I return to this darling gardening shop on (the aptly named) Pleasant Street time and time again. Melissa, the shop owner, is a gem, has a fantastic aesthetic, and makes the very best recommendations for gifts and handmade wreaths.
Which shops did we miss in this list? With all the stores that continue to pop-up, it’s difficult to keep up with them all (although we’re counting down the days until the Gus & Ruby Portland location opens up). We’d love to hear your Portland favorites in the comments below.
All photos by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.