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E llsworth’s Main Street is a great place to walk and shop, so let’s take a little stroll …
    Starting at the corner of Water and Main Streets, head across the Union River bridge and visit Rooster Brother. Offering everything from their own fresh roasted and ground coffees to the finest cookware, this is one of the best kitchen stores anywhere.
    Make sure to continue uphill to Courthouse Gallery. Located in the historic Courthouse building, this gallery features fine art by such artists as Stephen Pace, Lois Dodd and Eliot and Fairfield Porter.
     Crossing back over the bridge, take a left and head up State Street. First stop, Don and Dave Herrington of Pyramid Studios offer beautiful, jewelry in a fabulous faux-Egyptian motif shop. This dynamic duo has been creating fine jewelry from gold, silver, and precious stones for over 20 years.

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1. Cleonice
2. Courthouse Gallery

3. Pyramid Studios
4. Rooster Brother

Download a PDF of the Ellsworth Drive here (762 kb).
While you’re right there, go on up to that beautiful library. The main part of the library is one of the oldest houses in town. They provide internet access and online card catalog, an extensive collection of books, and a downstairs meeting room offering changing monthly art exhibits throughout the year.

Heading back to Main Street, you can stroll up and down both sides of the street and find something for everyone: toys and games and children’s clothing, more jewelry at two more locations, flowers, housewares, clothing and gifts, antiques, even handmade chocolates.

The Grasshopper Shop has been a Main Street fixture for over 25 years – providing a great assortment of gifts, clothing, toys, and housewares.

The old JJ Newberry building houses an antiques mall, and there’s another one – The Old Creamery Antiques Mall – on Hancock Street.

John Edwards Natural Foods, offering health food, organic produce, and wines, also has a wonderful Wine Cellar Gallery downstairs.

Cleonice, a Mediterranean bistro is located mid-Main Street, serving up fabulous organic entrees, with a lot of the food coming from their own farm, plus an excellent tapas menu and full bar. Just up the block, and across the street, Riverside Café serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week, opening as early as 7 AM. Try The Mex, for … Mexican, of course!

Finn’s Irish Pub will take you back to the auld sod with traditional Irish décor, Gaelic music, hospitality, and menu.

Just up the street, The Maine Grind will provide you java junkies with all the caffeine and snacks you could possibly crave.

While you are right there, stop in at SevenArts Gallery, a cooperative gallery featuring the work of seven local artists. Or pop into Nissa Smiley’s gallery space for some gorgeous handcrafted jewelry.

Looking for a bike?
Stop in at the Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop, next door to The Mex.

Want to see a movie?
Or a live performance? There’s lots going on at The Grand Auditorium this summer. Movies are offered at least five nights a week. They also host some really good musical acts, as well as putting on a number of live performances throughout the year. (Check our calendar for events.)

You don’t have to just stroll – you can hop in your car and head out High Street to even more shopping experiences! There’s lots to see and do, so allow yourself plenty of time to really explore this town.

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