Some things old, others new, always unique is how Betsy Kyle described White Pine Home, a new business in Wiscasset Village specializing in vintage and antique home décor.
It is in the former carriage house attached to Kyle’s and her husband of more than 40 years, Leo Egan’s, 19th century home. The restored farmhouse of white clapboard is at 57 Washington St. kitty corner to the town office.
A winding stone path leads to the shop’s entrance. The business is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
“Opening my own gift store has been a dream come true,” Kyle told the Wiscasset Newspaper. The shop is brimming with unique items including a vintage set of patio furniture, several volumes of rare books, colorful floral arrangements, one-of-a-kind picture frames, and an assortment of antiques and more.
“Some of the items for sale, the wooden tables, shelving and mantels were handmade by Leo,” she added.
Kyle’s wares include a display of Sweetgrass Farm products. The Greenland, New Hampshire-based company makes scented candles, natural soaps and lotions.
Kyle also sells vintage botanical prints and stationary products produced by the San Francisco-based Cavallini Papers.
“I’m planning to carry fresh flowers too that will be supplied by the Snell Family Farm of Buxton. They’re a family-owned business that’s been in Maine since 1926,” said Kyle.
Running her own business is a new experience for Kyle. The Stow, Massachusetts native began her professional career as an elementary school teacher.
“After graduating from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, I returned to Stow where I grew up. I taught science there and also English language arts.” She later earned a master’s degree from Lesley College in Cambridge.
Last year, she and Egan moved from Massachusetts to Wiscasset. The couple initially wanted to move to the Cumberland area, where Egan’s family lives, but instead chose Maine’s prettiest village.
“We toured the house and fell in love with both it and the Wiscasset community,” Kyle said.
Kyle recently became a member of the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce. She’s also joined the Garden Club of Wiscasset and volunteers Friday mornings to conduct the Children’s Story Hour at Wiscasset Public Library.
Egan previously worked in technical support for the BOSE company. A musician, he plays electric, acoustic and pedal-steel guitar. Egan performs locally with several bands and musicians including Steve Jones, a member of the Bone Heads.
White Pine Home can also be found at whitepinehome.me and on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Call 978-857-1849.