Seven years ago, entrepreneur Melissa Hamilton opened her first small shop. That business has grown exponentially and is now moving into a permanent home of its own.
- story and photos by Ellis Anderson
In its most recent renovation, the building was set up as a duplex. For more than a decade, one side has served as a gift shop and gallery specializing in garden art, Twin Light Creations. Twin Light owners Pam Collins and Joy Panks have lived in the stylish one bedroom apartment on the other side of the building.
Hamilton is moving bijoubel into the shop side of 136 Main and will use the apartment side as a vacation rental. Off the large covered porch in back, a studio space will become the new home for the Joan Vass shop.
Hamilton says she’s been shopping for a permanent shop location to purchase since she began her business seven years ago.
“I knew if I was going to stay in business, buying would be an investment for my future,” she says.
Hamilton had looked at 136 Main when Collins and Panks had put the building on the market several years ago. However, she didn’t make an offer and “put it out of my head.”
Over the Christmas holidays, Hamilton needed a ladder to hang Christmas decorations and went next door to 136 Main to borrow from her neighbors. The casual conversation turned serious when she discovered the building was still for sale. Hamilton and her husband made an offer and closed the sale in the end of February.
The shop area at 136 Main is 1100 square feet – the same amount bijoubel currently occupies. The move will begin right after the March 9th Second Saturday Artwalk and be complete by the end of March. Hamilton doesn’t plan on any down time whatsoever.
Hamilton expects the central Old Town location of the building and its history to keep the vacation rental filled. Listed as the Angelone House on VRBO, reservations can be made starting in the middle of May.
“The first time I walked in the building, it felt right,” Hamilton says. “It’s got a historic great vibe and we’re definitely planning to add to it.
“Buying the cottage is the right move for me and my husband,” says Hamilton. “With the growth the town is having, it’s a prime time to have a business here. We’re very excited about the Bay’s future. I’m just grateful to be a part of it.”