Photo By Robert Levin

A shop full of curios and crystals



Photo By Robert Levin

Annette Sohns Dodd, right, and her husband Chris Dodd own the Rock & Art Shop in Bar Harbor, along with Annette’s brother and sister, Tony and Amanda Sohns, and her parents Jim and Arlene. The family opened their Bar Harbor location this summer. They own similar shops on Route 1A in Ellsworth and in downtown Bangor.

BAR HARBOR — Downtown Bar Harbor certainly has a variety of merchandise available for perusal in the summer, but when it comes to oddities, no store quite contends with Rock & Art Shop, which opened on Cottage Street this season.

Shop owner Tony Sohns and his family bring a life-long love of collecting and natural history to the business, and their passion shows. The store’s two levels are filled with crystals, fossils, gemstone, jewelry, made-in-the-USA art and funky gifts. Visitors will find preserved giant beetles and scorpions, carvings from petrified wood, and rocks that are hundreds-of-millions of years old. And that’s not to mention the live hissing cockroaches from Madagascar and a giant Maine leatherback sea turtle carcass on display.

The family has owned the Rock & Art Shop on Route 1A in Ellsworth for some time, and three years ago they decided to open in downtown Bangor. Following on their good fortune there, they set their sites on Bar Harbor, to great success so far.

The Rock & Art Shop is located at 13 Cottage Street, not far from the intersection with Main Street. Along with the above-mentioned items, the store carries plants, home décor, educational toys, bath products and cards.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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