Each month, Main Street Bath will spotlight a double-feature of Bath businesses and non-profits. This spotlight aims to bring attention to the wide variety of organizations in town from all areas of commerce and non-profit.  Retail, food, hospitality, charity and professional services are among those included. These interview questions and more will serve to further populate the Main Street  Bath website directory as a window to the community. This month the spotlight focuses on The Chocolate Church Arts Center and Heart of Bath Health Center.


Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street  www.chocolatechurcharts.org

When and Why did you begin the enterprise?

The venerable old Gothic building that houses the Arts Center was saved from urban renewal destruction when artists and entrepreneurs lead by Jack Doepp, a New York theatre designer, acquired the old building. Built in 1847 and formerly known as Central Church, it soon became the Performing Arts Center of Bath (PACB) in 1977. No matter the diligence and early efforts, the name would not stick. Everyone referred to it as the Chocolate Church and it has been referred to as such ever since.


What do you offer? 

CCAC is a growing and sustainable organization that builds community by cultivating the arts for everyone in the region from a landmark venue. Our performance season with music, theatre, comedy, dance, visual arts and family entertainment is September-June with an increasingly robust summer schedule.


Why do you love Bath? 

We love attracting people into Bath creating a positive economic impact. Throughout the Sept-June season we entertain more than 6000 people and during the summer there is an additional 1000+ people who come into Bath for dinner, to window shop or visit stores when open, and some stay over night in local bed and breakfasts and hotels. We are grateful for the growing support of local businesses through advertising and show sponsorship that are essential for our operation. Access to cultural arts helps create the sense of place and quality of life that makes Bath so special.


What might surprise someone about you or your business? 

People are surprised that so much is accomplished with only 3 staff people and legions of dedicated volunteers. Artistic expression transcends the box (or theatre or gallery) that it operates within. As formerly a church sanctuary, the acoustics of the main stage are unrivaled. That same stage has hosted Grammy award winning musicians as well as local and regional musicians. Community members of all ages have performed on that stage in theatre productions and dance performances. The historical significance is richly steeped in talent culminating through 40 years of showcasing a variety of cultural arts.


What are you excited about in the coming year?

Chocolate Church Arts Center announces summer schedule complete with international gypsy jazz concerts (The Django Festival Allstars, July 2 and The Sultans of String, August 4) and the theatrical production of the musical WORKING, based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers (August 11) on the main stage. For the fourth consecutive year, the Chocolate Church will continue free admission concerts throughout downtown Bath, such as producing the Saturday, July 1 performance line up as part of Main Street Bath’s Heritage Days Festival in the gazebo within the Library Park on Washington Street. The following weekend, July 8 and subsequent Saturdays from 6:00-7:30pm thereafter will be the return of the free admission Summer Concert series in cooperation with the City of Bath in Bath Waterfront Park, located off Commercial Street downtown. This in addition to the 40th Anniversary 2017-18 performance season to be announced in July…

In conjunction with a new initiative, we’re also asking:  What favorite local non-profits do you support?

Throughout the year we support Main Street Bath, Patten Free Library, RSU1, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Brunswick, MCAP Head Start, Brunswick Business Association, Bath Housing Authority and senior citizen centers.


Heart of Bath Health Center, 9 Centre Street. www.heartofbathhealthcenter.com

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath) 

Both Matt and Julie had independent acupuncture businesses in Bath and elsewhere for a decade. In 2009 we decided to create an acupuncture clinic  together, bringing over twenty years of combined experience under this roof.



We joined forces because working cooperatively suits are individual temperaments and creates a refreshing environment of camaraderie and peaceful relaxation for all who walk through our doors.


What do you offer? 

Our services include acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal remedies.


Why do you love Bath? 

Bath is a small city with a big heart. We love the people. The vibrant downtown values and supports small businesses like ours. Of course we love the waters and woods of Maine, too.


What might surprise someone about you or your business? 

Acupuncture is  a covered service under many health insurance plans. A large portion of our clients pay a small copay and insurance covers the rest.

What are you excited about in the coming year?

We’re  excited to have recently expanded. We now have 5 treatment rooms dedicated to acupuncture.


In conjunction with a new initiative, we’re also asking:  What favorite local non-profits do you support?

Julie has served on the board of directors of Midcoast Youth Theater since 2013.



For more information, visit www.visitbath.com or follow Main Street Bath on Facebook as additional spotlights on product and staff or volunteers will appear each month. If your Bath business or organization is interested in being featured, email Tamara at tlilly@btsmaine.com.

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Judson Pottery Studio – 52 Front Street, 3rd Floor- Carolyn Judson, owner/artist – JudsonPottery.com

When did you begin the enterprise and why? I set up my studio here in Bath in 1996. I moved here from New York City where I had a studio. Bath was a quieter, less hectic and more affordable place to be an artist and potter.

What do you offer? My studio doubles as a gallery displaying my paintings, drawings and ceramic sculpture. I teach a class in ceramic sculpture and handbuilt pottery. I have shown as a guest artist at The Centre Street Art Gallery and my work is also for sale in Markings gallery downstairs from my studio.

 What might surprise someone about you or your business? What might surprise people about me is the wide range of subject matter, style, technique and mediums I work in.

What are you excited about in the coming year? I currently have a large drawing in a show at River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta and I have upcoming shows with The Points of View group of artists in Brunswick at 18 Pleasant Street. I am in the studio most days, except Sunday. You can tell I’m there when my sandwich board sign is out in front of 52 Front Street. Come on up, it’s worth the climb to the third floor!

In conjunction with a new initiative, we’re also asking: What favorite local non-profits do you support? A portion of our sales from our upcoming Food For Thought show in Brunswick will go to the food bank.



Pitter Patter – 94 Front Street – www.pitterpatterinc.com

When did you begin the enterprise? In 2007 I purchased the former business Baby Magnolia and opened Pitter Patter.

Why? I worked for the previous owner & when the opportunity to purchase it arose, I jumped in!

What do you offer? Exceptional children’s clothing, accessories, books, toys and more.

Why do you love Bath? I love the community. I can sincerely call my fellow business owners friends. We support each other which makes us all successful.

What might surprise someone about you or your business? Some may think my store is too expensive but I pride myself in carrying many different brands with all different price ranges. You can always count of the quality no matter which brand you choose.

What are you excited about in the coming year? This is my tenth year in business! We are looking forward to having a fantastic birthday celebration in July

In conjunction with a new initiative, we’re also asking: What favorite local non-profits do you support? I support many non profits, we would need a bigger page!   I’ll just name a few: Main St. Bath, March of Dimes, The Backpack Program, Good As New Thrift Store, Chop Point Ministry in Nicaragua.




Studio Theatre of Bath www.studiotheatreofbath.com

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)

Jack Doepp, later a well-known designer of New York productions, fell in love with a historic and vacant church in downtown Bath, Maine in 1969 and set about converting the structure to house his Performing Arts Center of Bath (PACB).  A carpenter on the job, Cliff Greene, had always dreamed of becoming an actor.

Together, the two men decided that the first production PACB would undertake would be A Streetcar Named Desire.  The Broadway actress and New York director, Chouteau Chapin ? also well known as Marlon Brando?s acting coach, directed the 1979 production, and the cast of mostly local folks played the run to standing-room only houses.  This was the first of over seventy productions by Studio Theatre of Bath in the years to follow.

While the people who make up Studio Theatre, and the production venues have changed over the years, the heart and soul of Studio Theatre has remained pretty much as Jack envisioned it.  Just simple, everyday people coming together in connecting and ever-expanding circles to share their gifts and talents with each other and the larger community.

What do you offer?

Our Mission: “The Studio Theatre of Bath is an organization dedicated to enriching the community through live theatrical events.” We offer plays of every genre, workshops and opportunities to volunteer for actors, directors, stage techs and supporters! (Want to get involved? Email studiotheatrebath@gmail.com)

Why do you love Bath?

Bath is home for many of us. It’s been a nurturing place and where STB has grown over three decades. Even when we take the show on the road, Bath is home.

What are you excited about in the coming year?

So many things! We’ll soon announce some outdoor summer events, are looking forward to our next full production,The Fantasticks, in the fall (location TBA), followed by the 5th annual Twisted Christmas at Winter Street Center. We’re excited to being even more present in our community by way of special events, classes and community involvement. We also have new directors coming on board in 2017-18, which is always exciting!

In conjunction with a new initiative, we’re also asking:  What favorite local non-profits do you support?

As an organization and as individual board members, we strive to support our fellow theaters and thespians, (and are frequently involved with shows at other venues) and each of us are active members of our communities in myriad organizations.




The Coastal Journal, 97 Commercial Street

Raye Leonard, Editor www.coastaljournal.com


When did you begin the enterprise?

The Coastal Journal has been around since 1966. We just celebrated our 50th anniversary last year. I have worked with or directly for the Coastal Journal since 2007, first as a contributor, and in 2013, I came on board as assistant editor, then editor in 2015.

What do you offer?

The CJ, as we call it, is a free weekly community newspaper. We offer businesses and readers hyper local news and information, covering Freeport to Waldoboro. W

Why do you love Bath?

Bath is a vibrant city that offers the people who live here a strong sense of community. You can make a life in Bath. I’m not sure every small city in Maine can say that.

What might surprise someone about you or your business?

There are only six full-time employees!

What are you excited about in the coming year?

The Coastal Journal has undergone a design transformation in the last six months and in the next few months our website redesign will launch. That’s exciting because we will be able to post news as it happens and information as it becomes available – something we are not able to do with our current platform.

In conjunction with a new initiative, we’re also asking:  What favorite local non-profits do you support?

The CJ supports non-profits in all of our communities. We don’t have a favorite … too many to choose from.



Markings Gallery.  50 Front. Street. website

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)

Markings was founded in 2010 in its location at 50 Front Street in Bath. Founding artists Nan Kilbourn- Tara and Judith Barker had been practicing /working artists, in clay and metal respectively, since the 70s.

Why? Bath has energy about it that we found quite exciting and a vibrant main street with an interesting mix of businesses. We felt our gallery would complement the existing businesses and add an important element…showplace for the vast talent of Maine artisans.

What do you offer?
We offer unique fine artwork in 3 dimensions created by Maine artisans. As each year passes we see we are strongest in being a showplace for the truly unusual….tiled panels, one of a kind jewelry, fantastic felted and woven clothing, and sculptures in many media. All the artisans are Maine artists…presently about 60 are represented through us.
Being in the arts, we understand the importance of having artwork interwoven in one’s daily life. ..Our goal is to present art to wear and live with!

Why do you love Bath?
The character of the main street and its surrounds is so appealing to people wanting to visit Maine and experience our way of life! We felt also that the business environment and the support systems through the town are strong and encourage business success.

What might surprise someone about you or your business?
gallery is fresh and an exploration! Our fiber artists get more and more innovated with unusual thoughts in wearables . New carved seashore birds will be appearing. Sculptures of felted elements and found objects combined with the elegance of gold leafing as well as gold and silver adornments will be pleasant treasure to discover. Truly the amazing element is to see what the creative mind does and presents!

What excites you about the coming year?

Each year is new for us as the work we receive from our artists has never existed so each visit to the
Gallery is an adventure! Often there are artists in the gallery to present their pieces to the public! The fun of interacting with the actual maker is always intriquing. This opportunity allows the public a peek into the mind of our talented artists and a chance to understand the techniques and process of creating the work.

Bath Natural Market.   36 Centre Street.   website

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)
There has been a health food store at 36 Centre Street for nearly 40 years. I took it over during the summer of 2004.

I was looking for a business that I could grow with, that would encourage positive personal development and that would help me to integrate within a community.

What do you offer?
We offer lots of local and organic foods. We also offer vitamins, gifts, home goods, and body-care items. We are an all-natural general store.

Why do you love Bath?
Bath has character stemming from hundreds of years of history and evolution. Our citizens reflect old and new ideas and the city is evolving alongside those ideas.

What might surprise someone about you or your business?
Often the local health food store is thought of as being expensive. We work hard to keep our prices down and have many bargains on our shelf.

What are you excited about in the coming year?
I have a new son, Gus, I am excited to watch him grow and watch him play in the store.

In conjunction with a new initiative, we’re also asking: What favorite local non-profits do you support?
In 2016, we made cash donations to the following non-profits:
The Girls Scouts
The Boy Scouts
Maine Adaptive Sports
Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education
B&W Classic
Camp Susan Curtis
RSU1 Odyssey of the Mind
Wiscasset Heat Cheerleaders
Bath Area Food Bank
Bath Area Backpack program
Oasis Free Clinic
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath Brunswick
The Food Mobile
Kennebec Area Land Trust


The Cosmopolitan Club, 894 Washington Street. Website

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)  The Cosmopolitan Club of Bath formed in April 1913 when Miss Elizabeth E. Webber, along with sixteen other Bath women, created a social club for working women to get together and share a fellowship. Their primary purpose was social interaction outside of home and work, and volunteer service and philanthropy locally, nationally, and internationally.  In March 1915, the women gathered their resources to purchase the 1841 Greek Revival house at 894 Washington Street in Bath. As the local gentleman’s club had a house, the Cosmopolitan Club women also wanted their own house for community events and eventually for rental to single women in need of housing.

What do you offer?   The Cosmopolitan Club is committed to inspiring and encouraging women’s aspirations.  The clubwomen and their volunteers are striving to practice social connections, community service and education, and supportive partnerships. We provide this in our beloved home while working towards its restoration.

Why do you love Bath?   Women are a powerful force in Bath as there are many women entrepreneurs. The community of Bath also appreciates the Club’s long history and, in particular, the preservation of the city’s architectural history.

What might surprise someone about you or your business?   The Cosmopolitan Club has been hosting Senior Teas since 1953 (63 years!) and Strawberry Shortcake Festivals since 1974 (42 years!).   Also, in its first month of existence (April 1913), the Club welcomed Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan to the Winter Street Congregational Church (over 600 tickets were sold at 50 cents!).

What are you excited about in the coming year?   The Club would like to offer more educational programming with topics highlighting women’s health and fitness, financial independence, and women as entrepreneurs. The Club would like to recruit more members and volunteers.  The Club would also like to start a fundraising campaign to fund renovations to the meetinghouse.

What favorite local non-profits do you support?   Recently we have supported the Teen Essentials Program through Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark, Bath Food Bank, Bath Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity’s AmeriCorps NCCC teams, and Maine Youth Leadership.

J’adore Consignment, Becky Welsh, owner. 190 Front Street  J’adore Facebook

When did you begin the enterprise? J’adore opened in July of 2014

Why? My daughter and I have always wanted to have our own shop and one day I decided that I was just going to take the leap. I told my husband that I had inquired about a few retail spaces for rent and his response was “oh that’s good” I think he was not thinking it would go far . I e-mail stalked Jane Morse for two months before she was convinced that I knew what I was doing, and many times after my opening she would swing in to say how happy she was to have me here, which was a huge compliment coming from such a business-driven lady .

What do you offer? J’adore offers a variety of quality items ranging from adult clothing to shabby chic furniture .

 Why do you love Bath? I love Bath because of the loyalty that we as small business owners get from our customers and the constant support from Main Street Bath . The focus of economic stability and community pride is greatly achieved through Main Street Baths organization and the business benefit from it immensely.

What do you look forward to in the coming year? We look forward to seeing what will come through the door from one day to the next . It is always a treat to receive such great treasures to display and sell in our store. 

Stable On Front Gallery, 110 Front Street, Facebook Page

When did you begin the enterprise? Stable On Front Gallery celebrated its 2nd anniversary in November and just finished it’s 3rd Holiday season.

Why? SOF GALLERY originally intended to just pop up for the holiday season in 2014 but Caroline Clare Davis decided to take it on as a sole enterprise.

Why do you love Bath? Bath is a great year-round community with good tourist traffic in the summer. The downtown business community is very welcoming.

What do you offer? Stable On Front Gallery offers local art and gifts made in Maine. There is an eclectic mix of fun and funky with a side of vintage thrown in.

What might surprise someone about you or your business? Much of the work is by the proprietor herself. Caroline is also a floral designer and does wedding and event flowers using local flowers. She states “I like to curate my shop as though it were my home , or sometimes one large installation . For me it’s all about the FUN!”



Country Farm Furniture, 148 Front Street, Website  (Daniel Coulombe, co-owner)

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath) Catherine and I have been in the furniture industry for about 35+ years.

We took over the Country Farm Furniture Store on May 1, 2014. We had worked to start a store together in the mid-coast area for 10+ years before we had got the offer to help the past owners retire in 2014 and several business plans and bank rejections later here we are, thanks to Elliott Berry of the Portland, Maine Camden National Bank.

Why? Catherine’s family owned a shirt factory in Bridgeport Connecticut, her early interest in fabric’s and color is in her fourth generation blood, her knowledge and love for the furniture industry is truly a strong reason why she is here today. Dan’s was interested in space planning and studied color at MECA Maine College of Art, working together in this kind of collaborative relationship is a dream come true, and being able to help others in their homes create spaces that work for them brings great satisfaction, along with helping our staff grow to their full potential, we love or work.

What do you offer? We sell comfort. We have a selection of furniture that is wide and moving by “moving” we find ourselves in a furniture Renascence, updating your living space has become more then stuff, a sense of being comfortable both physically and mentally, your creating a haven, a space to be yourself. We do this by offering guidance, direction, and the ability to get a huge section of furniture.

We are committed to offering US and New England made furniture whenever we can find it locally sourced hardwoods and sustainable company practices are more important to us than ever.

Why do you love Bath? Bath is so much more than a small town, it’s charm is in it’s ability to feel small but deliver great food, art, music. The residents have “local Flavor” that is like no other town, and our riverfront is a cool treat on a hot day. Everything is downtown, and available locally. We love the architecture and enjoy meeting the out-of-state travelers.

What might surprise someone about you or your business? The vast amount of US made furniture we have available now, the fact that you can custom order a sofa, chair, sectional, choose the size- arm style- pillow back style- seat softness- leg style- in 700 fabrics- finish- trim. Delivered in 30 days!! This location has been a furniture store since the late 1800s. We love to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank as a continuing donor. We still employ Vicki Arsenault a former owner, her knowledge of the industry and a area is of great importance to our team.

What are you excited about in the coming year? We are introducing an exclusive new collection of living room furniture called the Hamilton Collection made for us by CR Laine a leader in quality built upholstered furniture. We will be starting the process to update and improve the front of the building!

We are eager to introduce our son Evan Coulombe to the retail side of the operation, he’s been involved in the industry for 7 years and is moving forward to understand all aspects of service and delivery, and ready to explore the design service, sales and retail space planning.




The Library Bookstore, 194 Front Street    Website

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)

Featured business, The Library Bookstore opened in May 2007 at 194 Front St. in Bath and is open from 10 – 4pm on Mon. – Sat. The Friends of Patten Free Library sponsor the store and all proceeds benefit the Library.


The purpose of The Library Bookstore is multifaceted. The store not only provides another revenue stream for PFL, but also gives the community a second outlet to: find books on numerous subjects for all ages, recycle books to other bibliophiles, keep used books out of the trash stream, engage volunteers who act as ambassadors for PFL, and be open all day Mondays and Saturday afternoons in the summer, when the Library is closed.

What do you offer?

The Library Bookstore sells gently used books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles that have been donated by members of the community, organized into categories for easy browsing, and sold at bargain prices. As customers point out, the high quality and variety of books, excellent lighting and comfortable chairs add to the ambiance of the store.

Why do you love Bath?

Bath’s “down town” offers a compact, diversified business district along the Kennebec River. That’s a combination that is hard to beat. In just a few blocks you can satisfy most needs and meet friendly people. The train station next to Bath Iron Works and Patten Free Library in Library Park anchor the south and north ends respectively.

What might surprise someone about you or your business?

You may be surprised by the number of books that get donated every year. In addition to the gently used books that are sorted and added to the bookstore shelves daily, other books are destined for the Heritage Days Book Sale over the 4th of July. These books are packed into boxes in categories, transported, and stored at a separate location before completing their journey to the sale. Thus, approximately 1,200 boxes or 24,400 books are handled each year.

The dedication of fifty volunteers, who donate time to make the bookstore possible and successful, may also be surprising. Additionally, the children’s area with its own table and chairs has become a favorite destination for many families.

What are you excited about in the coming year?

In May of 2017 the library bookstore will complete its 10th year. This milestone is exciting, but so are the increased numbers of summer visitors who intentionally return to the bookstore each year and customers who come from a larger area around Bath. Finally, the growing net income from $15,000 the first year to $25,000 this past year raised by the library bookstore for PFL keeps this small non-profit business on task.


Halcyon Yarn, 12 School Street. www.halcyonyarn.com

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)

Halcyon Yarn started in Denver Colorado in 1971, and we moved to our current location in Bath in 1981, and we’re so glad we did. This year marks 45 years in business, as well as the transition to our second generation of family ownership!


There’s nothing more rewarding than making something beautiful by hand, and we’re incredibly lucky that our job is to help people pursue their creative passions. We care deeply about where the objects in our lives come from, and we are amazed by the creativity and skill of our staff, teachers, and customers. We love sharing and celebrating the community of artists and makers in the fiber arts, and providing a hub for creativity!

What do you offer? 

Halcyon Yarn started out providing high quality natural fibers to handweavers all over the country, and in our 45 years we’ve expanded to serve all of the fiber arts. We continue to be a go-to for weaving supplies, and we also provide yarn and tools for knitting and crochet, fibers for spinning and felting, dyes, and materials for rug hooking. We offer classes in all the crafts, and the years ahead will bring even more natural fiber offerings, including more locally made yarns and products, tools, and unique textile books and supplies.

Why do you love Bath? 

Bath is so supportive of independent businesses, it’s really unique! We have customers visit the shop from all over the world and they often remark how welcoming the town is, and what a treat it is to experience such a sense of genuine small town community. Every year there are new and distinct businesses and cultural opportunities, and with balance that innovation with a sense of place, history, and interconnection. We’re lucky here that our friends and family are also our providers and customers, so we get to work with people we really care about!

What might surprise someone about you or your business? 

How much yarn there is! We’re one of the largest independent yarn stores in the world, with customers on every continent, and we do it all with a small and very dedicated staff from right here in Bath. Even if you’re not a yarn person, we’d love for all our neighbors to pop in for a dose of color and texture. As the days get shorter, and we all need a little pick-me-up, we’ve got over 10,000 square feet of cozy to explore!

What are you excited about in the coming year?

We’re thrilled to be expanding the selection of what we carry, especially with a focus on more sustainably and locally made products. We’re also really looking forward to offering more retreats and workshops, it is great to invite customers from all over to visit us and enjoy all the area has to offer in the fiber arts, and beyond.


The Inn at Bath, 969 Washington Street. Elizabeth Knowlton – Owner/Innkeeper  www.innatbath.com

 When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)

The Inn at Bath was opened as a B&B in the late 80’s by Nick Bayard. I came to Bath in 2001 and started running it in 2004, buying it a year later after installing the sprinkler system, and expanding the parking. In 2006 we transformed the kitchen into a lovely welcoming and functional space; it is truly the heart of this home.


I had a guest lodge in Montana for 6 years, then returned to Maine and settled in Bath. I loved running the lodge, but we were really isolated and not really a part of a community. I wanted to live and work in town, become a part of the wonderful community that was so welcoming. When Nick told me it was time to sell the inn, I spent the day thinking how lucky the new owner would be to have such a terrific B&B. By the end of the day I had shifted my thinking and I became that lucky one. I called Bath Savings and the Small Business Association; together we made it happen.

What do you offer?

The Inn at Bath is in Bath’s Historic District, an easy walk to the Kennebec River and Bath’s downtown. I have 8 guest rooms, all with private baths and either a King or a Queen bed. Four of them have wood-burning fireplaces and two of these also have 2-person whirlpool tubs. We serve a healthy and delicious breakfast daily, starting with fruit, yogurt and homemade granola and coffee, of course. Then we serve a hot entrée. Guests all eat together around a large table in the dining room, or end the day in the living room with a glass of wine beside the fire.

Why do you love Bath?

I love the people, the downtown, the energy, the friendliness, the walkability, the willingness to pitch in, the amazing job people have done to revive the downtown area, and of course I love Main Street Bath. Bath is a B&B owners dream town; it is easy to ‘sell Bath’ to potential guests. We have the Maritime Museum, the Chocolate Church, the Farmers Market all year ‘round thanks to the Freight Shed Alliance. We have great locally owned restaurants, shops and galleries. I tell people they can do all their Christmas shopping here!

What might surprise someone about you or your business?

After 13 years of running the Inn I am ready for a change, what I do not know. But the Inn is for sale and I am preparing for my next adventure! Meanwhile, I continue to be the steward of this wonderful house, and the innkeeper of The Inn at Bath. Guests often tell me that they have thought about running a B&B when they retire; living here and running the Inn is not retirement, but it is a great life full of fascinating guests in the midst of this wonderful community.

Burgess Technology Services, 6 Oak Grove Ave. Jeanne Stanton, Mike Dorr, Matt Rice – Owners   BTSmaine.com

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)

In 1985, Ronald Reagan was president, Huey Lewis and the News were chart-toppers, and Cheers was one of the top-rated shows on television. Rubik’s Cube was the game of the moment, and people of all ages bobbed their heads as they listened to their Walkman. Stirrup pants and shoulder pads were tres chic, and the hot tune of the moment was ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun.’ 1985 also saw the founding of Burgess Computer in Bath. In 2016, we changed our name to Burgess Technology Services, to build on our history and better reflect the reality of who we are today.  “Because we’re so much more than just computers!”


Burgess was a small computer sales and repair shop, primarily focused on consumers.  “Most business arose directly from computers sold,” explains co-owner Jeanne Stanton. “We were happy to be able to meet the needs of those who were confused or frustrated by the jargon and condescending attitudes which frequently surrounded computer sales.”

What do you offer?

Burgess is a technology-forward, business-oriented group of professionals that can support any size organization, large or small, no matter what their technology needs.  We provide Managed IT Services, Network Design & Analysis, Computer Repair, Help Desk Support, Web Hosting & Cloud Services, as well as Disaster Recovery Solutions, Vulnerability Testing, PCI Compliance & Voice Over IP telecommunications. Our team of experts also provide custom programming, software development and project management. Our clients range from small businesses to large organizations in many sectors: commercial, financial, non-profit, municipal, military, education, and industrial/manufacturing. We provide excellent long-term value and exceptional personal service throughout New England.

Why do you love Bath?

Many of the staff of Burgess were born and raised here. It’s in a beautiful and convenient central MidCoast location, with a lot to offer. Small town feel of community with 21st century opportunity.

What might surprise someone about you or your business?

Over 10 years ago, three of our employees purchased the company. Mike Dorr, Matt Rice and Jeanne Stanton are the co-owners at the helm of the consistently growing company.

What are you excited about in the coming year?

In 2016, we grew to a team of 18 and changed our name to Burgess Technology Services, to better represent the extensive business services we provide. In the coming year, we look forward to continuing our growth and expanding our business relationships.



Wags & Whiskers, 180 Front Street. Regan Reed, Owner  www.bathwags.com

When did you begin the enterprise?  November of 2010.

Why? We were traveling either 30 minutes North or 40 minutes South to get good dog food; coincidentally, we figured others must be doing the same. We happened to see Jane Morse hanging a “For Rent” sign in an empty store front window and decided to give it a go.

What do you offer? Food and Treats for Cats and Dogs that are free of Corn, Soy, Wheat, By-Products and that are all sourced in the USA or Canada.

Why do you love Bath? The size of the town and the people. How people here understand the need for shopping local and supporting one another.

What might surprise someone about you or your business? We are CHEAPER than the big box stores! And we also have a self-service dog wash.

What are you excited about in the coming year? More growth! We are always bringing in new foods and treats per our customers’ suggestions. We would also like to add more space for leashes, collars, harnesses and toys.



Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front Street. Mike Fear, Owner    www.acooksemporium.com

When did you begin the enterprise? Betsy and I started Now You’re Cooking in 2000, initially taking the space that used to house Shaw’s Office Supplies. Then, over the next three years, the store expanded in both directions to spaces occupied by Bath Jewelry and the Bath Area Chamber of Commerce. We have just started our 17th year.

Why? I wanted to start a small business, and it was important to us that it should be in Bath to serve the community in which we made our home. Betsy would say that I loved cooking stores so much that it was inevitable that I would have to have my own. So, after working with some small business consultants, we opened Now You’re Cooking: A Cook’s Emporium in May of 2000.

What do you offer? The range of products we offer is broad, including bakeware, cookware, cutlery, dinnerware, gadgets, kitchen electrics, textiles, beer, wine, cheese and other foods. There are also wine tastings, cooking classes and kitchen demonstration. Advice and recommendations are also on tap at Now You’re Cooking, as the staff has a combined 95 years of experience in culinary retail.

Why do you love Bath? Bath is in MidCoast Maine, a sweet spot in a lovely state. It is in easy reach of some of the best coastline and communities. Also, Bath is a very walkable size, and it has a wonderful history and a great variety of stores, restaurants and facilities. As Garrison Keillor might say: “If you can’t find it in Bath, you can probably get along without it.”

What might surprise someone about you or your business?

  1. I used to be office manager for the Bath Area Chamber of Commerce, the office of which was located at 45 Front Street. My desk now is within six-feet of my old desk!
  2. Forty years ago, I was a sheep shearer in the West of England, shearing hundreds of sheep each year.
  3. Six members of the staff have worked for Now You’re Cooking for eleven years or more, three for over 15 years.
  4. Chris Toy, one of our culinary instructors, has been doing classes for us for over 16 years. His classes have included pasta making, sushi making, Thai and Chinese cuisine, Mexican food, and much more.
  5. I only have 200 bow ties in my wardrobe!

What are you excited about in the coming year? New products always excite us, and we expect we’ll have lots to look at and try out over the next 12 months. Plus, we really enjoy demonstrating novel products in the store kitchen. This month, we are looking forward to getting a new window—a replacement for the one we lost in last month’s accident. We will enjoy replacing the displays in the window. Personally, Betsy and I are excited about our son Charlie’s upcoming wedding to his partner in life, Heather.

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The Mustard Seed Bookstore  74 Front Street www.themustardseedbookstore.com

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)

The Mustard Seed Bookstore opened on February 16, 2015, during a break in the blizzard that winter! We spent about 9 months researching and making detailed plans for opening the store prior to that date.


Bath has always been supportive of an Independent bookstore. When Connie Butson, owner of The Bath Bookshop, decided to retire, we jumped at the opportunity to continue serving our local community by keeping a bookstore in Bath. Co-owner Julie Shea “It had always been my dream to own a bookstore, one I’ve waited a long time to realize. All towns need an Independent bookstore”

What do you offer?

Our store’s main product is new books, and we specialize in: best-sellers, Maine authors and books on Maine, children’s books, history, classics, gardening, cooking, Bibles and faith-based, and a variety of non-fiction genres. We also serve and sell tea, cookies/scones, sell greeting cards, small gifts, journals/notebooks; and recently we’ve added art supplies.

Why do you love Bath?

We love Bath and feel that it is a wonderful community and a quintessential coastal Maine town. The people are hard-working, kind and generous; the businesses are prosperous, creative, and supportive of one another; the buildings are beautifully historic and well maintained; the Kennebec River is majestic; Bath Iron Works is bold and impressive; and the overall energy and atmosphere in Bath is warm and welcoming. We all work together to maintain the strength, beauty and goodness that Bath’s forefathers envisioned.

What might surprise someone about you or your business?

We don’t think this will come as a surprise, but some people think we are able to read all of the books in our store. It’s just not possible, though we try to read as many as we can.

What are you excited about in the coming year?

We are just as excited about the people who will walk through our door in the coming year, as we are about the new books that will be available to our customers. At The Mustard Seed, we love meeting new people and hearing their stories. Our Tag Line is – Where Your Story Matters. That’s what we are about. In addition to selling good quality books, we want to meet people and hear about and intersect with their lives. Everyone has a story!

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Sally Lobkowicz, Red Cloak Haunted History Tours

Offering walking tours in Bath. www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com

When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)

I began Red Cloak Haunted History Tours in Damariscotta in 2007, expanding to a new town or venture every year. Bath was added to my lantern lit walking tours in 2010. I started out just during October and have slowly worked up to a 6 month time frame – May through October.


History has always been something I’ve been very interested in, particularly early American history. The ghost stories and haunts seem to be a perfect fit, as they are intertwined with history in one way or another. There were no walking tours in the mid-coast area, so it all fell into place.

What do you offer?

We are now open in 9 Maine towns for lantern lit walks, cemetery tours, lighthouse cruises and specialty tours. We also do speaking engagements, presentations and school groups. Last year we began a partnership with Maine Maritime Museum for some of these offerings. Our tours are family friendly.

Why do you love Bath?

We love the small town/city feel of Bath. The history, the architecture and the location right on the river are amazing.

What might surprise someone about you or your business?

Many people are surprised that I am not a native Mainer, due to the amount of history that I know. I am originally from Nevada, having moved here 40 years ago. My father’s family, both maternal and paternal sides, came from Maine in the early 1800’s, though. I am cousins to the Bath Shaws.

What are you excited about in the coming year?

We are excited to continue the very unique tours that we have in place, but also to see what new discovery might pop up that we can incorporate into our offerings.

David Matero of David Matero Architecture:   Top Floor, 100 Front Street. www.davidmatero.com

David MateroWhen did you begin the enterprise?
In 2008, I opened up an architectural practice along with Greg Day providing architecture and lighting design called Day Matero Studio on the top floor of 100 Front Street in Bath.  In 2012 we split businesses and I started David Matero Architecture.
I graduated from architectural school from Roger Williams University in 1989, worked for 12 years in New York City, and then moved back to Maine in 2001 to work in Portland.  Working for many years for good quality architecture firms, it was finally time to begin practicing architecture for myself.
What do you offer?
We have a wide variety of experience and a varied portfolio, providing design and planning services for residential and commercial projects.  A full service architecture firm, we specialize in energy efficient, good quality design.
Why do you love Bath?
Having grown up in Norway, Maine and lived in cities like Portland, Boston and New York, I have been most attracted to walkable communities.  I love being able to walk downtown to work, shopping, dining, and walking home from the pub.
What might surprise someone about you or your business?
We have worked on some projects that are familiar to many people, such as Bayside Bowl, Easy Day Bowling, Linda Beans Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern, and Cool As A Moose in Brunswick.
What are you excited about in the coming year?
We are busy working on some very interesting projects, most notably the corporate headquarters for Patriot Insurance Company, a 30,000 sf office building in Yarmouth, not to mention Bath’s newest restaurant opening this summer, Salt Pine Social, on Front Street.

Cyndy Carney, Development Chair, Friends of Seguin Light Station: 72 Front Street.  www.seguinisland.org

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What is Friends of Seguin Island Light Station?
FOSILS mission is to “distinguish Seguin Island as part of Maine’s heritage, fostering connections with our history for generations to come”.
What is the history of the group?
The organization was originated in Georgetown in 1985 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to save the first order Fresnel light when the Coast Guard was decommissioning the station. Since the summer of 1986, The Friends of Seguin Island Light Station have had volunteer keepers on the 64 acre Island to welcome guests, maintain and improve buildings and trails as well as keep the Coast Guard posted on any problems with light equipment.
Why do you love Bath?
Bath is a great little city which lends itself to a feeling of community and belonging. It is a great neighborhood to be a part of.
What might surprise someone about you or your business?
Seguin is the tallest light in Maine, was commissioned by George Washington in 1795, is powered by one 1000 watt light bulb and can be seen as far as 25 miles away.
What are you excited about in the coming year?
Opening day is Memorial Day! hope to see you all out on the island this summer!

For more information, visit www.visitbath.com or follow Main Street Bath on Facebook as additional spotlights on product and staff or volunteers will appear each month. If your Bath business or organization is interested in being featured, email Tamara at tlilly@btsmaine.com.