First of several new businesses

Unique bookstore opens in Thomaston

By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 09, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Celebrating the opening of Antiquarian Books in Thomaston Nov. 3 are, from left: Brooks Stevens and Hillary Jackson of Camden National Bank; Barbara McNulty; Kate McCoubrey, new owner of Thomaston Cafe; John Vigue of Thomaston Grocery; Andrew Josephs; Davene Fahy; owner Sandra Hoekstra and husband Bruce; selectmen Peter McCrea and Pete Lammert; Shirley Barlow; Gina Josephs; and Peggy McCrea.

Thomaston — As the Route 1 construction winds down, Thomaston residents are seeing new activity along their Main Street -- including the opening of a new bookstore, Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Interesting Ephemera.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 3 at the 153 Main St. location, sponsored by Main Street Matters.

After retiring from nursing and business, Sandra Hoekstra found herself selling antiques and being drawn to textiles and print materials because of an interest in the printing process.

She said her family traveled to Maine for vacations when she was young, and Midcoast Maine became a favorite location.

"To an antiquarian bookseller, Thomaston seems ideal," Hoekstra said. "There is a large and enthusiastic community of historic- and artistic-minded people."

Shop offerings include antiquarian (more than 100 years old), highly sought-after collectibles, out-of-print and rare books, maps, prints and interesting ephemera, with an emphasis on illustrations.

"The majority of our stock is pre-1930, because of the change in printing methods and paper quality between the two world wars, but you can still find many 20th-century items in stock," Hoekstra said.

"I am delighted to now not only sell at shows and on the internet, but as a brick-and-mortar shop," she said.

The shop will be open weekly on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, unless she is traveling to a book show.

Updates on hours, shows and new stock can be found on Facebook at Sandra L Hoekstra Bookseller and the website at

Another change in Thomaston will be celebrated Friday, Nov. 10, with the grand opening of Thomaston Cafe under new ownership.

Other new businesses coming to Thomaston include Indigo, a consignment clothing shop next to Thomaston Grocery, and a combined coffee shop and art store called Thyme for Talk/Moon Dance Art & Gifts, going into the former Chambers Jewelry space in Watts Hall.

Main Street Matters is a newly organized community development group.

(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Holly Ann Tracy | Nov 10, 2017 15:37

Looking forward to a nice walk down Main St Thomaston again!!  Great News!

Posted by: Colleen Richmon | Nov 10, 2017 07:03

This is suck good news.  Congratulations to the new shops and to the members of  "Main Street Matters."  The best of luck to all.

Posted by: Margaret McCrea | Nov 09, 2017 14:18

A huge welcome and well wishes to each and every new business for a long and successful and lengthy tenure in Thomaston! It goes without saying that the town residents also greatly appreciate those former businesses who persisted and survived the recent intrusive construction. Thomaston is on the rise and I, for one, am happy to ride the wave with all of you. Through community spirit, this little town that could is growing stronger every day while promoting our one-of-a-kind history and architectural heritage. The box we have been hiding under has been lifted as big changes continue to happen.

Thank you, Beth and the Courier Gazette, for noticing our revival!


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