Our Darling Story

Welcome to My Darling Maine...

We are a gift shop and clothing boutique on Mount Desert Island 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 locally made 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 friend's retail business in Bar Harbor. "A summer break on Mount Desert Island? Yes, please...sweet!!!" Three seasons later I remained and was happy to call Maine my home again. Having recently adopted a bonded pair of senior rescue dogs (Natasha and Boris, mother and son), I decided to stay settled in Bar Harbor and purchased the gift shop I was managing. It was then, in 2017, that My Darling Maine began. It was 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 while also emoting a sense of nostalgia from my childhood. This reminded me of letters my Mom often wrote me, 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 shop is inspired by the beauty and wonders that surround us, including the handcrafted works of Maine makers we support. We welcome you to explore our handpicked curation of unique gifts and fashions for women, men, children & home (plus a few things for your four-legged friend too). No matter your connection is here--as a Local, Summer Resident, Vacationer or Visitor just passing through--a common thread is you WILL love this state. It forms a personal bond with those who embrace it. So come visit us on this charming island, home to Acadia National Park, 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

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