The Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 Front Street

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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