Our Darling Story

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Welcome to My Darling Maine...

We are an Island Boutique providing thoughtful wares that nod to the joys of life in Maine. Whether you're from here or away, you'll connect with our distinct collection of gifts, apparel, accessories, jewelry, home decor, artworks, confections & specialty foods, plus a few surprises in the mix!

I am a native Mainer who migrated to New York City for an exciting career in the entertainment industry. After 15 years in the Big Apple, I returned to help launch a friends retail business in Bar Harbor, Maine. "A summer break on Mount Desert Island? Yes, please...sweet!!!" Three seasons later I am still here and happy to call Maine my home again. Recently adopting a bonded pair of senior rescue dogs (mother and son), I decided to stay settled in Bar Harbor and purchased the gift shop I was managing, formerly known as SHARD Coastal Lifestyle Shop. It is common to see Natasha, Boris and I walking along the Shore Path with the Porcupine islands in the distance--the inspiration for our logo. When choosing a name, I wanted to express the lovely things about Maine that are near and dear to me. This reminded me of letters my Mom often wrote addressed to "My Darling Daughter." Since this state truly is a darling place with so many darling things, the name "My Darling Maine" was born. Our Island Boutique is inspired by Maine's beauty and wonders--from rugged coast to mountain peaks and everything in between. Explore our colorful curation of gifts and fashions for women, men, children & home (plus a few things for your four-legged friend too). No matter your connection here-- a Local, Summer Resident, Vacationer or Visitor passing through--the one common thing is you WILL love this state. It forms a personal bond with those who embrace it. So come visit and capture a piece of "your" Maine from My Darling Maine. I hope what inspires us will also inspire you.

- Victoria Conner, Owner.  Boris & Natasha, Faithful Companions