Nesting on Main – Concord Massachusetts

If you were to ask me to recommend a retail shop where you would find lots of one-of-a-kind gifts, craftsman jewelry, home accents, and interesting vintage pieces  and you told me that it must be a fun shopping experience that is a feast for the eyes then I would tell you to visit Nesting on Main in historic Concord, Massachusetts.   Nesting on Main is even more inviting since they carry lots of  USA made products with many of them produced by small businesses all over America.

Come on up!

Located at 44 Main Street in Concord you walk up to this inviting  shop much like traveling up to a nest.  It is here you will begin your happy shopping experience with interesting rooms, nooks and corners filled to the brim with goodies.  Three women combined their talents and opened this shop.   The trio of Wendi Snider, Melissa Cox, and Beth Hylan have clearly hit the mark with both the mix of products and the way they display and merchandise every area of the store.

The day I visited Nesting on Main I spoke with Beth Hylan who makes a lovely line of jewelry called Beth Hyland Designs.  She uses vintage papers to make charms, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings and  all of her findings and components are American sourced.

Vintage paper charms by Beth Hylan Designs.

I love the crown accent piece and the winged jewelry dishes which are made in Atlanta, Georgia using antique molds.

Nothing updates a space quickly like new pillows.  These large linen/hemp pillows are made in New Hampshire.

Love these antique lampshades which are like a hanging art installation.

Even the smallest items are gems to discover.  These hand felted acorns are made by women in California and Vermont using real acorn tops!

Little cosmetic jars get enhanced with vintage button tops.

If you are fascinated with vintage ephemera: cards, papers, little booklets, tickets, small interesting documents, maps, post cards, etc then this is your store.  How about some musical paper scrolls from the 1800’s.

Lavender Shea soaps made on the west coast.

I would highly recommend this lovely shop.  During the Christmas season they do an outstanding job of transforming it  into a holiday extravaganza!  For more information and store hours, check out their website at www.nestingonmain.com

Until next time happy shopping!

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Sumptuous Throws Made on Nantucket Island

For as long as I can remember I have loved Nantucket Island (off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts).  It is here you will find Nantucket Looms which has a rich history and a wonderful product line.  They are best know for their line of luxurious Cotton, Mohair and Cashmere throws, all produced in their weaving studios right above their Main Street retail store.  They also offer a variety of unique and stylish home furnishings and gift items.

Nantucket Looms weaving studios

The welcoming women at Nantucket Looms gave me an informative tour of their weaving studios and how the process works.   Nantucket Looms is a production hand weaving  process.  Once the loom is set up, (a detailed task), they are able to produce 7-8 throws.

Here is Becky at one of the looms working on a Mohair throw.

Craftsmanship at its best!

In addition to their regular variety of  beautiful throws I was really excited to learn of a special edition they weave each year for the Nantucket Conservation Foundation Inc.  For this endeavor everything is exclusive to Nantucket even the sheep!!   Here is  how it works.

  • Lovely sheep graze on conservation property on Nantucket.  Their grazing conserves the unique grassland on Nantucket.
  • In October the sheep are sheared during Nantucket’s Cranberry Festival.
  • This wool is sent to the Twist of Fate Spinnery in Portland, CT where they spin it into various weights of yarn.
  • The skeins of yarn come back to Nantucket Looms and they are woven into 4’x7′  organic, wool blankets.

A skein of wool from Nantucket sheep sits atop two of the woven blankets.

Here are some more images from the weaving studio.

Weaving studio at Nantucket Looms

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Everything is beautiful at Nantucket Looms!

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OK, lets go downstairs to the retail shop.  My personal favorite item is the 100 % cotton, machine washable, 4’x7′ woven, throw.  I love the weave pattern, color options, and the generous hand tied fringe and did I say…its machine washable! After you treat yourself to one of these don’t forget to keep it in mind as a wonderful wedding gift option.  At $310. I think it is well worth the investment since you will have it for a very long time.

This really is the perfect summer or fall throw for those cool evenings.

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A Mohair throw.

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The most luxurious Cashmere throws.

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Oh and I cant forget the smaller items they offer like the lovely Wildflower and Glycerine soaps that are made in Rhode Island for Nantucket Looms.

A box of these soaps makes a great and very affordable hostess gift. A three pack of Wildflower soaps for $6.00

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Nantucket Looms at 51 Main Street. The weaving studio is on the second floor.

That’s me eying the delicious throw in the window.

Bye-bye Nantucket…I miss you already.  If you want to learn more about Nantucket Looms, purchase a throw or shop for other items check out their website:  www.nantucketlooms.com