The Local Bottega store in Kennebunk, Maine offers handcrafted products, workshops

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Lindsay Kamon has two passions — making soap and other products and supporting local artists and independent entrepreneurs — and she’s found a way to combine the two in one space.

she opens The local Bottega, a new shop featuring handicrafts and workshops for other makers. The store, which is expected to open this month, is located at 7 Agatha James Drivejust off Route 1 and a bit south of downtown Kennebunk.

Kamon said his shop aims to “nurture”, to provide a welcoming atmosphere, where coffee and tea will be served and where makers can share their craft and hone their artistry.

“We want to give a vibrant resource to the Kennebunk community,” she said in an interview Tuesday morning.

She chose the right name for the place. A bottega is an artist-led workshop that creates opportunities for other artists to showcase their own work and participate in efforts to enhance their abilities. Makers are “invited to come and share their process,” as Kamon put it.

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Pottery, artwork, jewelry and more

The store will offer more than 50 local products of carriers such as pottery, artwork, jewelry, soaps, candles, bath bombs, etc., according to Ellen Callaway, store operations manager.

Bath bombs are “like a magic potion in the bath,” according to Kamon.

“They’re really nice on the skin,” she said.

The local Bottega in Kennebunk sells handicrafts.

In-person and online workshops will be offered to DIYers of all ages. In addition, the shop will offer DIY kits for children and adults.

“We will also have Craft Nights,” Kamon said.

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The shop will regularly feature local artists. Those with a craft they would like to show off and sell in the shop are encouraged to contact Kamon at [email protected] Kamon would also like to hear from those who are already teaching classes or want to start teaching.

Lindsay Kamon is the owner of The Local Bottega in Kennebunk.  The shop will sell handicrafts, offer workshops and be a nurturing home for artists.

Local Bottega soon to open

While originally from Missouri, Kamon and her husband, Mike, moved to Maine from Connecticut two years ago.

“We love this place,” she said. “This is my forever place.”

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The Kamons have three daughters – in fact, it was through motherhood that Kamon discovered that she enjoyed making soap, candles and other products. During her pregnancy, she began to pay more attention to the food and bath, body, and cleaning products she allowed in her home. A system engineer by profession, she developed her new passion as a stay-at-home mom.

Lindsay Kamon is the owner of The Local Bottega in Kennebunk.  The shop will sell handicrafts, offer workshops and be a nurturing home for artists.

Kamon wasn’t the only one busy with crafting lately.

“A silver lining that has come out of the pandemic is that many artisans have been born,” she said.

Kamon has extended this awareness of what she allows in her home to her new shop. In her new business, she focuses on sustainability and checks that all the products she presents and sells are environmentally friendly. All products in the store will be “clean and healthy” for “the body and the environment”.

“We want to be a place that creates awareness,” she said.

Kamon hopes to give the store a smooth opening by Labor Day weekend next month. Store hours are still being determined, according to Kamon. To find out more about the store and its opening in the coming days, go online to www.thelocalbottega.com . You can also follow the store on Facebook and instagram.

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