Kennebunkport Shopping at Five Excellent Kennebunkport Dock Square Shops
As year-round residents of Kennebunkport and business owners of the Captain Lord Mansion for 37 years, we have seen many different tourist shops in Dock Square come and go. We try to visit each shop during the season to get an idea of their inventory and become aware of any new items that they might carry. We also want to see and experience what new shops have opened for the season.
Despite the turnover in the shops in Dock Square, there are a few that have provided excellent Kennebunkport shopping opportunities for many years. They have been and remain steadfast members of the Dock Square business community. We salute these five unique Dock Square shops. Bev and I believe they each provide the best of a small town shopping experience. Additionally, we have been customers ourselves at each of these shops. So, let’s explore shopping in Kennebunkport!
Compliments Gallery: Compliments Gallery is located in the heart of Dock Square and for over 30 years has offered unique home accents that are decorative, original and artful. Additionally, they have an excellent selection of fine jewelry; I bought Bev some beautiful gold earrings here. The earrings are among her favorites. Compliments has an excellent online catalogue too! Shop founder and owner David Betses’ excellent taste is reflected in his diverse stock!
Coastal Jewelers: This is another shop in the center of Dock Square and the owners specialize in Maine Tourmaline, a unique and fascinating gemstone which comes in several striking colors and the gems really are mined here in Maine. Bev’s sister loved jewelry and she found a superb piece of Maine Tourmaline which was set in a ring. It was one of her most treasured pieces because she loved Maine and Kennebunkport; the ring reminded her of both!
Saxony Imports: This is another Dock Square shop that has been serving tourists for over 30 years. If your need is for an inexpensive keepsake of your visit to Kennebunkport, this store is a must visit; it sells embroidered baseball caps, sweatshirts, t-shirts, magnets, Christmas ornaments, mugs, sunglasses and all sorts of other memorabilia. This store is chock-a-block full of treasures!
Flaherty Imports: This winter was perfect for the cable-knit, authentic Irish sweater which I purchased at this Dock Square shop. This sweater kept me warm on cold Maine winter days and there were many of them this winter. (I didn’t wear the sweater every day.) This is terrific shop offering an excellent variety of imported Irish sweaters for all ages, as well as stocking other imported knitted goods such as wool scarves. I highly recommend a browse through this shop when you are shopping in the village.
Good Earth Pottery : Another gift shop which has been a fixture in Dock Square for over 35 years is this pottery shop. Owners and friends, Dave and Diane Jenkins personally create each piece of pottery at their kiln that is located at their near-by home. Being founding members of the Kennebunkport Business Association, they have been actively involved in supporting the business community during their long tenure in the Port,. Two years ago our niece and nephew purchased several items for their Steamboat Springs, Colorado home. Additionally, they bought us an earthenware water pitcher that we use almost daily at home.
This concludes this blog reagrding several of our favorite long-lived Dock Square retail shops. However, by no means does this blog do justice to the extensive choices of many other fine shops which are located throughout Kennebunkport’s historic shopping district. We will be recommend many of those in future Blogs. Your innkeepers, Bev Davis & Rick Litchfield