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By Melissa McDonald | May 22, 2020
Photo by: Melissa McDonald A pie bird from Roaring Acres Ceramics & Smoke Shop in Brooks.


Hello. I hope this finds everyone well. Please continue to support our local businesses. It seems I've been remiss in that department and I apologize. I've left out a business and wanted to interview the owner:

Roaring Acres Ceramics & Smoke Shop is owned by Carol Hegstrom. She is originally from Sioux City, Iowa. In 1978 Carol was in art school and met husband Bill who was working in Iowa at the time. Bill is from Brooks (that's how she ended up here). In 2005, Carol bought what was then called the "Blueberry Shop" from the previous owner. After some remodeling (there were no walls, just bookshelves), the shop was divided into two sections.

One area of the store focuses on ceramics — not pottery. The difference? Pottery is formed by hand with slab clay. Ceramics are made with slip (liquid clay) poured into a mold. When dry, the pieces are removed and refined by hand and called bisqueware. They are then kiln fired and become greenware. Greenware is hand-painted, glazed and fired again. The pieces for sale at the shop are 100% lead free, non-toxic, microwave, oven, dishwasher and food safe. There are many items to choose from, both utilitarian and decorative. I was gifted a sweet little "pie bird" with a blueberry motif.

In the past, Carol offered many different classes for both children and adults. She has slowed this down now because of time constraints and some orthopedic health issues. However, she may still offer some adult classes and suggests that you contact her regarding availability. Classes have included painting, wood burning, terrarium making, fairy house construction (popular right now) and paint pouring.

Three years ago, a second section of the shop was opened — a Smoke Shop/Head Shop. It features just about every 420 item imaginable. Carol is a "Storefront Caregiver" of organic products and can advise consumers based on needs and symptoms. This includes "Queen of the Hill" edibles, CBD products and salves. In addition there are tons of eclectic gifts, art pieces, pyrography (check out the wood burned moose), handmade jewelry and more.

We continue to advocate shopping locally. It's more important than ever to support local businesses. Carol tells me that the shop does not pay for itself. To remedy that, they have about 300 acres in hay and also own and operate Roaring Acres Storage. She thinks a big issue is the location of the shop. Locals either go to JP's and then home or zip by on the way to Belfast. Make the trip — you'll find something for yourself or a gift.

Roaring Acres is located at 50 Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 7) in Brooks. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 722-3454. You can also find them on Facebook.

A little more about Carol: Her first job was working at her Dad's print shop in Iowa. She's got her dream job now. Her astrological sign is Aquarius. She used to own Boston Terriers, but now has "Grand dogs." She can drive a stick (you've seen that little Smart Car).

Early A.M. or Night Owl: Morning

Tea or Coffee: Coffee

Favorite Food: "Tavern" - a Midwest Sloppy Joe

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Song: "A Horse with No Name"

TV Shows: "Leave It to Beaver," "My Three Sons"

The church bell continues to ring each day at 6 p.m. to honor health care workers, first responders and essential employees.



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