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Welcome to Day Tripping, our seasonal guide to shopping some of New England's top spots.

When you think of Maine—our northerly neighbor "Vacationland"—it's typically lobsters and trail hiking that come to mind, not necessarily shopping. However, tucked into the winding streets of Portland, there is a variety of indie retail to lure you in while waiting for a spot at the oyster bar. Here are six stores that beg a visit, from locally designed (and vibrantly-hued) home goods and gifts at More & Co. to small batch skincare at Portland General Store.


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1. Bliss Boutiques

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58 Exchange Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 879-7125
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Set in Old Port, Bliss is a haven for trendsetting buys from trusty lines like Susanna Monaco, J Brand, Steven Alan, Prairie Underground, AG, Frye, and more (especially premium denim). Come in and style a relaxed weekend look or party get-up from head to toe.

2. Judith

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3 Market Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 747-4778
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This newcomer calls itself a "concept store," stocking contemporary pieces from cool-kid labels like Rachel Comey, Ulla Johnson, Ace & Jig, and Winifred Grace Jewelry.

3. SEAWALL/Portland Dry Goods Co.

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237 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 699-5575
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Portland Dry Goods Co. is a partnership between local brands SEAWALL and Portland Dry Goods—two lines that speak to a rich Maine heritage and champion classic American style. Stocking both men's and women's, the boutique's roster includes Barbour, Rancourt, Baldwin, Reigning Champ, and more.

4. Portland General Store

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43 York Street
Portland, ME 04101
With roots in fragrance and locally-made Maine beeswax candles, Portland General Store supplies natural beauty enthusiasts with small batch skincare and scent items for men and women alike.

5. Etain

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646 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 370-7278
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Run by a mother-daughter team, Etain offers up a lingerie shopping experience that is both pleasant and pretty. Get a solid bra fitting, then select lovely underpinnings from brands including Natori, Clo, Mary Green, Tutti Rouge, and more.

6. More & Co.

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112 High Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 747-4730
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More & Co. is a design studio-slash-boutique which puts out creative collections multiple times a year. Explore colorful ceramics, children's apparel and toys, non-corny Maine souvenirs, and blankets.

1. Bliss Boutiques

58 Exchange Street, Portland, ME 04101
Set in Old Port, Bliss is a haven for trendsetting buys from trusty lines like Susanna Monaco, J Brand, Steven Alan, Prairie Underground, AG, Frye, and more (especially premium denim). Come in and style a relaxed weekend look or party get-up from head to toe.
58 Exchange Street
Portland, ME 04101

2. Judith

3 Market Street, Portland, ME 04101
This newcomer calls itself a "concept store," stocking contemporary pieces from cool-kid labels like Rachel Comey, Ulla Johnson, Ace & Jig, and Winifred Grace Jewelry.
3 Market Street
Portland, ME 04101

3. SEAWALL/Portland Dry Goods Co.

237 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
Portland Dry Goods Co. is a partnership between local brands SEAWALL and Portland Dry Goods—two lines that speak to a rich Maine heritage and champion classic American style. Stocking both men's and women's, the boutique's roster includes Barbour, Rancourt, Baldwin, Reigning Champ, and more.
237 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101

4. Portland General Store

43 York Street, Portland, ME 04101
With roots in fragrance and locally-made Maine beeswax candles, Portland General Store supplies natural beauty enthusiasts with small batch skincare and scent items for men and women alike.
43 York Street
Portland, ME 04101

5. Etain

646 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Run by a mother-daughter team, Etain offers up a lingerie shopping experience that is both pleasant and pretty. Get a solid bra fitting, then select lovely underpinnings from brands including Natori, Clo, Mary Green, Tutti Rouge, and more.
646 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

6. More & Co.

112 High Street, Portland, ME 04101
More & Co. is a design studio-slash-boutique which puts out creative collections multiple times a year. Explore colorful ceramics, children's apparel and toys, non-corny Maine souvenirs, and blankets.
112 High Street
Portland, ME 04101