Maine Seaside Treasures is a new boutique on Main Street with a coastal theme, featuring decor, unique collections and crafts made by local artists.

Owner Connie Sawyer creates a peaceful atmosphere with calming music and scents in the spacious, open store.

"It’s easy to come in here and feel you’re part of the coast — peaceful and laid back," Sawyer said. "People love the smell, they love the serene feeling."

Some of the local products are made from driftwood, including furniture made in Rockport, and shelving, wall hangings and Christmas trees made by Sawyer's daughter, from driftwood she and her two little boys collect.

There are soaps made in Washington and sea glass art from Waldoboro. Framed maps, 3-D maps and cards are made by artists and crafters who live along the Maine coast.

Wreaths, carved birds and figures in wood, stone and ceramic, signs, wall hangings and bath products are just some of the things found in the store.

This is the second retail store Sawyer has opened since retiring from a career of over 20 years in banking.

In her retail stores, Sawyer loves the combination of talking to people and doing something she finds relaxing and peaceful. She also enjoys buying merchandise, which she sees as challenging and like a big adventure.

Her first store is Seagull Cottage in Rockland. In 2015 she joined as store manager, and the same year was given the opportunity to purchase the business, which she calls "my happy place."

This spring, Sawyer's husband, who is in the concrete business, was working on Islesboro and regularly driving through Camden's downtown. He noticed the 'For Rent' sign in the empty space formerly occupied by Sherman's Books, and suggested she "check it out."

Sawyer went to look at the space, loved it, and "started praying to see if it was the right thing to do.

The woman who owns the building had visited the Rockland store, loved it and said she thought it would be a perfect fit for Camden. It just fell into place."

Store hours are currently 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. In May, the plan is to be open seven days a week.

For more information visit Maine Seaside Treasures website, Facebook page, call 230-8005 or email