Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, June 12, 2014
The Periwinkle opens under new ownership
The Periwinkle retail shop will open its doors in Deer Isle, Maine—under the ownership of Jim and Candy Eaton—on June 14, 2104. “It is a soft opening,” said Candy Eaton, adding the shop will offer a variety of locally made products and gifts.
by Faith DeAmbrose
Under new ownership, the Deer Isle village retail store The Periwinkle will return for its 48th year.
Jim and Candy Eaton purchased the store from former owner Neva Beck who retired at the end of last season. Beck founded the business in 1966. The Eatons officially became owners at the end of April, according to Candy Eaton, and have been moving at a quick pace since then. Eaton said they have upgraded the electrical system, painted the space, landscaped outside and are in the process of stocking the shelves with as many locally produced items as possible.
“We are thrilled and honored beyond belief to have this opportunity, said Eaton.
The doors will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, for a “soft opening,” said Eaton, who added that they are still getting items in.
From local favorites such as 44 North coffee, Tempest in a Teapot tea and Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies, there will also be a wide variety of children’s games, natural wood products, soy candles, Maine-authored books and locally made soaps. Eaton said she plans to keep prices as low as possible.
The store will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be staffed on a rotating basis by Candy and Jim Eaton.