Old Paddy Hollow Gifts and Treasures goes 'back to roots'

Jennifer Gallagher may have first opened her store, Old Paddy Hollow Gifts and Treasures, in Brewer, but the name was actually inspired by her time living in Winterport.

Some locals claim that the section of town behind the Post Office (Mechanic, Marine, and Parsonage streets) has always been called "Old Paddy Hollow" due to the number of Irish Catholics who originally set sail or settled in that part of town.

Gallagher raised her children there, and lived in Winterport for over 15 years. She explained that the name has been misleading at times, as there have been individuals who've walked into the store expecting that it was an Irish Pub. Needless to say, they were disappointed with the shop's lack of Murphy's Irish Stout.

Gallagher's first store opened in 2012 on Wilson Street in Brewer, but eventually moved to Route 1A in Holden where she housed many different vendors. Her shop in Winterport is much smaller, but she still carries four of her original vendors.

The new store officially opened Sept. 8. It's located at 115 Main St. in Winterport, a building owned by J.P. Larsen LLC, which has been home to various businesses over the years.

Tea Mainea was most recently situated there until they moved into a bigger location back in February at 145 Main St. The space has also been occupied by various bakeries, but the longtime, most well-known tenant was Molly's Flowers and Gifts, a high-end gift shop originally owned by Molly Woodsum of Winterport.

Gallagher was sad to close her Holden location at the end of April, but felt that it was the right thing to do because of family complications. She was pleasantly surprised, however, to learn that the Winterport spot was vacant. "I contacted Dan Holmes (owner of Tea Mainea) and asked if this space was available, and he said it was. I contacted the owners (of the building), and the minute I walked through the door I knew it was perfect."

To Gallagher, primitive is still in, although she did admit that the modern farmhouse style has more recently gained popularity. The store carries mostly primitive items, such as signs and artwork, but also features a beach section, and even a spot to pick up last-minute gifts.

Gallagher is excited to be back in Winterport, as she knows and is friends with people in town. "This is a chance to redeem myself, go back to my roots, and be able to do classes again," she said.

Gallagher taught craft classes through Hampden Adult Education, and recently announced the class schedule that will take place in the back of her store. She states that her classes change with the seasons. Classes coming up will include how to make ornaments, cards, various scrubs, soaps, and Mason jar wall art, just to name a few.

For more information on dates and times of classes, you can follow Old Paddy Hollow Gifts and Treasures on Facebook. The store is open noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and closed Monday and Tuesday. Please stop by and support local businesses.

Boy Scouts

The Winterport Scout Pack 234 is looking for items that that may still be kicking around from four or five years ago. The pack had disbanded, but has been revived and could now use the items. If you have something that could be returned to the scouts, or if you would like information about joining, please contact Dale Rowley at drowley@myfairpoint.net.

News from Frankfort Congregational

If you're looking for a delicious meal this weekend, be sure to stop by the Frankfort Congregational Church for a feast of turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, cranberry, and your choice of pie this Saturday, Sept. 29, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children under 12, and free for preschoolers. Call or text 323-0050 to order takeout ahead. All takeout is $10.

Until next week, that's all from the one place on earth called "Winterport."