New Businesses and New Offerings in the Calais Area

By Lura Jackson


If you’re recently returning to the St. Croix Valley, there are a number of new enterprises to visit during your stay, and some familiar places have new offerings to partake in as well. The past year has seen the opening of a new eatery, a traditional barber, a day spa, a retail store and more, while Kendall’s Jewelry is under new ownership, Wicked Ink has a new location, and Pat’s Plus has a seafood menu that’s been proving popular with regulars.

Fans of classic Maine takeout with the option of added twists will appreciate St. Croix Snack Shack, located where the former Ice Cream Patch was on Route 1 on the way to Eastport. The Snack Shack opened earlier this year and it offers Quoddy Bay lobster in a variety of forms, beer battered fish and chips, and daily specials including wraps – and don’t forget the ice cream. Pat’s Plus is also getting on the fried seafood wagon with its new selection of haddock, scallops, and more – and of course they continue to offer hotdogs cooked in peanut oil and fresh hot peanuts, among other specialties. Both Pat’s and Crumbs now have a wide selection of soft serve ice creams to choose from. 

If you’re in the mood to be pampered, you can consider Thumos, a traditional barber on Main Street that offers straight-razor shaves, or Rejuvenation Day Spa, where visitors can receive a Swedish massage with hot stones, facials, pedicures, and manicures, among other options.

Visitors with a passion for shopping can enjoy some new options in Calais. The former Kendall’s Jewelry store has been taken over by employee Danielle Smith; now called Rachel Ashley Jewelers, the store has a selection of new products including an array of Yankee Candles, locally made crafts, scarves, and other fashionable accessories – in addition to an array of jewelry, of course! If you’d like to see how far your dollar will go, visit the Dollar Tree next to Marden’s, where everything is literally priced at $1. 

If customization is your primary interest, you’re in luck: You can customize your vehicle with Raw Customs Mobile Install (adding speakers, video screens, security systems, remote starters and more), customize your skin with a tattoo by Wicked Ink in its new Main Street location by Artemis’s Attic, or customize your house or outfit with a piece by Dream Green Designs. 

And, finally, if you find yourself in need of a new windshield or any other kind of glass replacement, consider Coastal Glass on North Street in Calais. Previously located in Robbinston, the well-experienced glaziers have been steadily meeting the needs of businesses throughout the region since it originally opened in 1978.