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The Mad Hatter
When faced with the decision of closing or moving from her downtown Bangor location after two years, owner …

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The Mad Hatter

When faced with the decision of closing or moving from her downtown Bangor location after two years, owner Harmony Allen decided to relocate her shop to Bangor Mall. It turned out to be the best decision she could have made. According to Allen, this vibrant store stocks “unique, quality items that are different from anywhere else.” She believes her staff’s personal attention keeps customers coming back. Her store also benefits from active outreach via social networks, plus a layaway option and free gift-wrap on orders being shipped.

The Mad Hatter

Ruth Foster’s

As a former politician, Ruth Foster knows firsthand that meeting the needs of the public ensures long-lasting support. Through selling classic clothing for boys and girls plus a wide range of books, plush items and toys, Ruth truly has made her colorful, 2,500-square-foot boutique a one-stop shop. She attributes her store’s success to her ability to find quality clothing her customers can keep for years and pass down from one child to the next. “I like to find good lines and stick with them,” Foster noted. “I’ve been carrying Le Top since I opened and don’t plan to stop anytime soon.”

Ruth Foster’s

Ms. Lulu’s Boutique

Located in Portland’s bustling shopping district, this three-year-old store has come a long way from its beginnings as a women’s and children’s gift shop. After noting customers’ requests for more kids’ merchandise, mother and daughter duo Ellen and Sarah Dolloff revamped their 1,000 square feet to offer an array of pint-size fashions and products. Providing a mix that includes christening gowns, PJs and one-pieces, Ms. Lulu’s Boutique makes young and old shoppers feel right at home. “We always want you to feel like you are walking into a closet,” Dolloff said.

Ms. Lulu’s Boutique


  • Petit Bateau: fuchsia velour footed rompers with bunnies on the front
  • A Mom Who Knows: white bibberalls with lobster detail
  • Le Top: pink dresses with purple roses
  • Angel Dear: pink chenille jackets
  • Zutano: pink and white striped coveralls
  • Claver: navy sweaters with red lobster on front
  • Hartstrings: denim overalls with tractor detail and coordinating sweater
  • Zutano: owl-print tops and striped leggings
  • Rabbit Moon: aqua running suits with gray polka dots
  • Le Top: bright green corduroy overalls

Girls 4 to 6X

  • Pink Chicken: empire-waist gray and white striped dresses with purple trim
  • April Cornell: red corduroy tiered dresses with lavender flower buttons
  • Little Joules: cream half-zip fleece with red accents
  • Cotton Kids: green corduroy dresses with floral appliqués
  • Flap Happy: pink elastic-waist corduroy pants
  • Lito: burgundy dresses with green sashes
  • Lanz: pink nightgowns with a fairy motif
  • Krickets: gray velour tunic tops and sparkly leggings
  • Hartstrings: brown and turquoise plaid pants and turquoise sweaters with puppy on front
  • Good Lad: black fleece coats with leopard collar
  • CR Kids: black and white striped leggings with layered black skirts, paired with red tops with black and white striped sleeves

Boys 4 to 7

  • Little Joules: green and blue sweatshirts with red zipper
  • Le Top: brown bomber jackets with emblems
  • Flap Happy: khaki elastic-waist corduroy pants
  • At Home: blue long-sleeve pajamas
  • Claver: maroon sweaters with sailboat on front
  • Hatley: farm-print pajamas; hoodies with a laborador retriever appliqué
  • Good Lad: three-piece dresswear sets in red
  • OshKosh B’Gosh: brown carpenter jeans

Girls 7 to 14

  • Girlfriends: brown and aqua long-sleeve dresses with brown tights
  • Mallory May: blue long-sleeve shirts with embellished neckline with coordinating blue and green leggings
  • Lito: sleeveless satin and chiffon tops in silver with sequin embellishments
  • KC Parker: black and white striped racer-back tunic dresses paired with lime green shirts
  • C’est La Vie: sage green corduroy adjustable-waist pants
  • CR Kids: black bolero jackets trimmed in black sequins
  • Puma: brown and pink sweatsuits


  • Little Joules: light blue wellies with multicolored polka dots; navy wellies with cream stars
  • Blabla: finger puppets and dolls
  • Angel Dear: animal lovees
  • Kidorable: ladybug raincoats, boots and umbrellas
  • Corolle: dolls
  • Pediped: brown boots with pink, lime green and white polka dots
  • Moby Wrap: 100-percent cotton convertible baby carriers
  • Gund: plush musical baby toys
  • Halo: sleepsacks

Del-Ann Henry

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