Camden, known as Maine’s ‘jewel of the coast,' will harbor a new Maine maker in its shopping district; the designer, manufacturer and retailer of handmade products from recycled sails, Sea Bags.

The company is opening its third Maine store in the historic sailing community “where the mountains meet the sea,” on Friday, May 26, at 6 Main St.

"We’ve had our sights set on opening a store in Camden for a number of years,” said Sea Bags CEO Don Oakes in a news release. “We held off until now in respect of our long-standing relationship with the Jane Alden shop, who was very successful in this space and decided to close up shop at the end of 2016. When we were contacted about the upcoming availability of the space, we jumped on the opportunity to bring a Sea Bags store to the Midcoast.”

The town’s population more than triples in the summer months with tourists and seasonal residents attracted to Camden’s small-town charm and sophisticated shops. Windjammers sailing out of the harbor will help to bring the Sea Bags story to life for customers.

"The Camden location, with the store only a stones throw from the harbor, is a perfect spot for us. People can watch the ships sail past and know that those sails might some day have another life as a Sea Bags product after they’ve served out their life on the water. In our store, they will find a wide assortment of products made by hand from recycled sails at our shop just down the coast on the working waterfront in Portland,” said Oakes.

The new 1,300-square-foot store, the largest in the fleet of 12 stores, will carry all of Sea Bags’ designs and seasonal collections, including totes and home accessories. It will also carry custom designed products made specifically for the Camden market and nautical merchandise by select New England artisans.

In addition, like all Sea Bags stores, the Camden store will operate a Sail Trade Program, where customers can trade in used sails in exchange for a Sea Bags product. Sails are evaluated by size and condition to determine the trade. Through this process, Sea Bags has reclaimed more than 500 tons of sails since 2006. Last year alone taking in 5,500 sails that would have otherwise gone to a landfill.

Sea Bags in Camden opens Friday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the summer months, hours will extend to later in the evening. Products are also available online at seabags.com and at its 11 other retail locations.