As spring temperatures fluctuate and flowers start to pop above ground, Camden business owners are readying their establishments for the coming tourist season. A number of shops are in the process of relocating, and the sound of saws and hammers can be heard throughout the town.

On Bay View Street, the former home of ABCD Books is getting a thorough renovation. Beginning in late May, the right side of the storefront at 23 Bay View St. will host Goose River Exchange. Specializing in antiquarian books and paper ephemera, Goose River Exchange has been in operation more than 30 years. Kenneth Shure opened his business in Rockport in 1977 and it has been located in Lincolnville Beach since 1982.

Shure described ephemera as those items that were originally made to be thrown away.

“Old sheet music, posters, postcards, maps, photographs, billheads and labels,” he said March 25. “Now they’re our window to the past.”

Next door, at the newly renumbered 29 Bay View St., Amy O’Donnell plans to open Sugar Tools sometime in mid-May.

“It’s going to be for the house and garden,” O’Donnell said. She said Sugar Tools will sell small new and antique household items. O’Donnell has a nurseries certificate from the New York Botanical Garden and previously managed Hable Construction, a specialty shop selling custom furniture and lampshades, antique wares, and tabletop items in Manhattan’s West Village.

Toward the water, on Bayview Landing, final touches are being put on Bayview Management’s new Grand Harbor Inn.

Matthew Levin, property manager for Bayview Management, said the 10-room luxury inn will open May 1.

“All the rooms are about 500 square feet in size,” Levin said. He said the rooms will have gas fireplaces and good ocean views. “We’re putting in a tremendous amount of entertainment technology as well,” he said.

Downstairs and toward Commercial Street, The Cotton Garden will reopen on April 1 and across the landing the White Lion Raw Bar and Bistro will reopen May 1.

Back on Main Street, two businesses are changing locations and a third one, new to Camden, will open its doors.

Jo Ellen Designs, selling hand hooked rugs and pillows, as well as other household accessories, will move across the street from its current location, to 21 Main St.

Lorie Costigan of Glendarragh Farm in Appleton will take over the location at 22 Main St., opening a shop specializing in herbal items. She said this week that Glendarragh Farm is taking its lavender line to Main Street with products that include natural and organic body lotions and soaps.

“We’ll also be showcasing culinary lavender products from lavender farms in other states,” said Costigan. Currently, the farm is busy working with neighbors who are making unique lavender linen and cotton drawer liners, lingerie bags, pillows and sachets.

“We can’t wait to share the many uses of lavender and our unique Maine crop with others,” said Costigan. “The uses of lavender, from aromatherapy to natural antiseptic to decorative to fragrant garden perennial, have been known the world over for centuries, yet few realize it’s an adaptable plant and hardy enough to endure a Maine winter.”
Glendarragh Farm has been working with the Maine Department of Agriculture, through its Maine Farms for the Future Program, and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in developing a new crop for Maine.
“Lavender grows well in our climate, given the right soil, and we are increasingly sharing growing tips with home gardeners and large scale farmers in New Hampshire,” said Costigan. She anticipates an early May opening for the Main Street store in Camden.

And Maine Gathering will move its inventory of traditional and contemporary crafts and well-known chocolates to 8 Bay View St. with a planned opening in mid-May.