MOUNT DESERT — For nearly four decades, Redfield Artisans Gallery was a mainstay of Main Street in Northeast Harbor.
Its final season ended in October when owner Rita Redfield retired.
Now, Erika Wibby Mitchell has opened Main Street Mercantile in the former gallery space.
“It’s a fun mix of a little bit of everything,” she said. “There’s clothing, children’s toys, housewares, fancy foods, personal care products, some books.”
Mitchell, who has had a successful career in real estate, said she had wanted to open a store in Northeast Harbor for a long time and began looking for a space on Main Street a few years ago.
“Rita [Redfield] knew I was interested and contacted me last fall, and I signed the lease at the beginning of the year and have been working on it since then,” Mitchell said.
She opened the shop May 21 and plans to stay open year-round.
At the back of the shop and to the right is a small room that, years ago, was part of Redfield’s restaurant. Mitchell has turned it into an art gallery with a series of changing shows scheduled through the middle of September. (See story in Arts.)
Mitchell and her husband, Aaron, have three children who attend Mount Desert Elementary School, which is just a few blocks from both their home and the new shop.
“I’ve always thought it would be nice that they would be able to just walk down here after school and visit,” Mitchell said. “That’s kind of fun.”