Artemis’s Attic Bringing in New Vendors, Events

By Lura Jackson


As it prepares to head into its 5th year of business, Artemis’s Attic in Calais is embracing the new year with the introduction of three vendors and, as always, a steady influx of new stock and offerings. The Main Street mainstay now hosts sixteen vendors, each of which has its own unique flair in terms of the products available. In addition to an ever-changing array of products, owner Shari Doten is opening the door to some interesting events for the coming year.

A visit to the store enables one to peruse a variety of antiques and vintage pieces, some of which are locally relevant, such as maps of historic Calais. Other vendors offer “up-cycled” or refurbished and/or repurposed furniture and décor. There’s always a steady supply of crafting materials available as well, including notions, fabric, scrapbooking supplies, and pattern books.

Among the vendors offering the ability to customize furniture to your liking are Tracy Simpson, owner of Wicked Ink. “People think of her as the tattoo artist, but her art is gorgeous,” Doten said. Simpson will customize “anything for anyone” with whatever style they desire. Examples are visible on Simpson’s Facebook page. 

The new vendors coming in include Helen Messemer-Thomas, a talented artist that will be offering a selection of her mixed media artwork and Celtic-themed painted pieces. Another vendor will offer “a little of this, a little of that,” and a third one will be bringing in furniture and items from a bedroom suite, including beds. More furniture is anticipated to arrive in the store by the end of January.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, Artemis’s Attic is a great place to check out a large selection of estate jewelry with a variety of genuine gemstones. New arrivals include a selection of pieces featuring “beautiful diamonds” with which to celebrate your loved one.

Moving forward, Doten is gauging interest on the possibility of having sip and paints in the store, as well as sip and strip furniture workshops. Another option will be creating stained glass artwork with rubbing alcohol. “Something to get people out of the house in the winter time and get some fresh air,” Doten said. If you’re interested in any of these events, contact Doten at Artemis’s Attic by calling 454-7000.