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New shop offers unique novelties, CBD products

By Beth A. Birmingham | Oct 22, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Herman "Rusty" Hoffman and Felicity Hall outside their new retail store at 167 Main St., Thomaston.

Thomaston — A new retail shop offering such things as figurine novelties, heat transfer T-shirts, swords and knives, as well as a variety of cannabidiol or CBD products, has opened at 167 Main St. in Thomaston.

Owner Herman "Rusty" Hoffman, who also owns Mad Hatters Wonderland Emporium in Wiscasset, said the main reason for opening the shop in Thomaston was the number of requests he was getting for CBD products.

His partner, Felicity Hall, said the couple were making deliveries of the products from the Wiscasset location and, since they live in Spruce Head, thought, why not open a shop locally?

"We do not sell marijuana products and have no interest in that," Hoffman said.

The shop does sell tobacco products and hopes to get some glass pipes in to accommodate people who do not like to smoke their tobacco from a wooden pipe.

His other location does feature a variety of pipes as well as adult toys.

The front of the store features a rack of heat transfer T-shirts, which include tie-dye designs, among others. Hoffman said he has more than 150 designs on hand and a book of 5,000 that he can make available.

The heat press is located in the back of the store, along with a selection of colored T-shirts. Hoffman said people can also bring their own T-shirts in and get an even better price.

Along the wall are figurine novelties — a lot of unique salt and pepper shaker designs.

Hoffman said the selections will vary as he buys out storage units and makes those items available at a significantly reduced price.

A variety of authentic swords and knives are also available at Hoffmans, which Police Chief Tim Hoppe said are completely legal — as are other items offered at the shop, including CBD products.

"Yes, it comes from the same plant, but it's not THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol)," Hall explained, adding, "It has no euphoric effect — it just attacks the pain and discomfort and that's it."

Hall said whether it is applied via cream, tincture, edibles or vaped, all CBD products work the same. "It depends on your ailment," she said.

Such ailments can include anxiety, pain, inflammation, arthritis or even certain types of seizures.

Other factors to be considered include body weight and level of pain, she said.

The couple said with their combined locations ordering similar products, they have been able to pass along any discounts to their clientele.

"It's important to keep it affordable, as we realize money is tight," Hall said.

She also noted the area's big opiate epidemic, and how CBD products are actually helping people who do not want to be addicted.

Hoffmans is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at





Hoffmans in Thomaston offers a variety of CBD products, as well as heat transfer T-shirts, figurine novelties, tapestries, and more. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Oct 27, 2018 10:19

Congratulations to the Hoffmans and their new endeavor.  Being a Rockland resident would have preferred to see you open in our town,  however the Rockland City Council has placed a NO VACANCY sign to new business where Thomaston seems to be very welcoming to newcomers.  Think you will do well as the number of new businesses in Thomaston continually grows.

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