BELFAST — A new public art project offers visitors of all ages a whimsical view of the downtown providing a different way to explore its vibrant offerings. Twenty dollhouse-sized doors mounted at viewing level for children, and adjacent to store entrances of the businesses that inspired them, invite discovery by children and adults. A map of this smile-inducing tour of tiny doors can be found at

Our Town Belfast is launching the Tiny Door project of local artist-created miniature doors. The tiny doors encourage a closer look at the historic structures in Belfast’s downtown stretching from Church Street to the harbor along Main Street and outward down High Street from the traffic light.

The doors’ diminutive scale suggests a village for mouse-sized shoppers evoking beloved Maine author E.B. White’s character, Stuart Little, a mouse adopted by a human couple, Mr. and Mrs. Little of New York City. In the book, Stuart takes a ride in a model sailboat in Central Park. One can almost imagine that Stuart Little has paddled across the Penobscot Bay to Belfast for an adventure and a stroll. Perhaps visitors will find the tiny dock where Stuart may have tied up his birch bark canoe. One can easily imagine Stuart Little shopping throughout downtown Belfast.

Left Bank Books, which has a Tiny Door outside its entrance, also has a mouse hole inside in its children’s book area. Co-owners Barbara Klausmeyer and Lindsay McGuire could neither confirm nor deny that Stuart Little has ever visited the shop, but they have E.B. White’s classic books, “Stuart Little” and “Charlotte’s Web,” in stock, as well as his books for adults.

Tiny Doors be found at the following locations: The Good Table, 68 Main St.; Heavenly Yarns, 133 High St.; Northwoods Gourmet Girl, 65 Main St.; Downshift Coffee/CG Bikes, 39 Main St.; Eat More Cheese, 94 Main St.; People Places Things, 145 High St.; Out on a Whimsey, 88 Main St.; All About Games, 78 Main St.; Belfast Fiberarts, 171 High St.; Brambles/Ocean House, 2 Cross St.; Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, 64 Main St.; The Back and Forth, 25 Front St.; Archangel Computer, 107 Church St.; Epoch, 69 Main St.; Left Bank Books, 109 Church St.; Vinolio, 74 Main St.; Old Professor’s Bookshop, 99 Main St.; City Drawers, 105 Main St.; Man on Main, 103 Main St.; The Chocolate Drop, 35 Main St.; Stuart Little’s Garden, Between 69 & 65 Main St.; and Stuart Little’s Dock/Belfast Marine, 15 Front St.

Artists who created the doors include Sally Brophy, Valerie Schurer Christle, Lisa Gant, Bonnie Irwin, Pegi Miller, Tiffany Nemec, Anne-Marie Nolin, Amy Tingle, Craig Watson and Heather Wilson.