Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 6, 2018
Lucky Hill building under new ownership
Politanos to sell yarn, vinyl
by Monique Labbe
The former Lucky Hill building on Main Street in Castine is under new ownership.
Tony and Bonnie Politano recently purchased the building, with plans to use the downstairs as a gift and yarn shop and the upstairs as an “analog attic,” where there will be vintage vinyl records, refurbished stereo equipment from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, and other vintage equipment such as cameras.
The purchase of the building was a bit of kismet for the couple, according to Bonnie.
“One day Tony said ‘we should keep our eye on the Lucky Hill building, in case it ever goes up for sale,’” she said, adding that his plan was looking toward the future when he was ready for retirement in about 10 years.
The building came up for sale sooner than they expected, and they decided to jump on it.
The Politanos plan to open a “preview shop” in October and stay open through the holidays with limited inventory. The plan is to do some renovations in the building during the winter months and open in the spring as a year-round business.
Along with selling gift shop items, clothing and yarn, Bonnie plans to have events such as knitting lessons and sip-and-stitch evenings.
The couple is excited for the new endeavor, and Bonnie said she is hopeful that people will go in and check them out.
“Hopefully people come in frequently, because I plan on changing the inventory a lot, adding things and whatnot,” she said.
The Lucky Hill shop was formerly owned by Dan Graziano and Kristin Blank. Politano said they had planned on opening up their shop again this summer; however, Blank’s mother’s health was declining, prompting them to sell and move back home full time.