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Maine State Prison Store

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Address: 358 Main St, Thomaston, ME 04861-3907
Phone Number: +1 207-354-9237
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09:00 - 17:00
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Well made goods

This was our 2nd visit. Great variety of cutting boards in all sizes, wooden bowls, children's toys, bird houses, intricate jewelry boxes, wonderful ship models ( many took... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
Vicki S
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Elmer NJ
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Elmer NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This was our 2nd visit. Great variety of cutting boards in all sizes, wooden bowls, children's toys, bird houses, intricate jewelry boxes, wonderful ship models ( many took hundreds of hours to compete I'm sure), furniture pieces, other small wooden crafts. Something for everyone. Well worth the stop.

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Thank-you for your repeat visit to our store, it's appreciated. We have many repeat visitors each summer, many make it a yearly stop while on their vacation. you are correct that many of our items take a long time to build- our replica of the USS Constitution has over 250 hours into each one that is built. Thanks again for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The quality of the woodwork is very good and prices are very reasonable. I saw a beautiful chess set, cutting boards, birdhouses and lots more. Park behind the store. It is worth your time. Small items like miniature toys to large items like bunk beds can be found. An acorn shaped bird house now hangs at my Aunt's house. Beautifully... More 

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Thank-you for your comments. With over 650 different items available, there is something for everyone. our acorn birdhouse's are one of the stores best sellers! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

If you need a quality gift, hand made,this is the ideal. place to shop. No department store hassles, easy parking. I love this store and you know what? the service is great !

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Christine, I will share your comments with the staff who work at the store, they will be very happy by your comments. We try to make everyone's visit special. Take care, More 

Alabama
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We were driving up the coast and passed this store. We turned around to check it out and so glad we did. They have the most unique things made of wood, Furniture, toys, wall plaques, jewelry boxes and many other items. They are all made by prisoners. Prisoners who are very talented. If you are in the area, you need... More 

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Rhonda, Thank-you for your comments. We have a very unique store that we feel has something for everyone. We hope you stop again in the future. More 

Tonawanda, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

I travel back to Maine about every 2 years, and this is a must stop each time. I have purchased several tables in the past that are well built and of exceptional quality. I was just there on September 28th and purchased a stool and a kitchen island. The island is exceptionally well built, with a butcher block top and... More 

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Scott, Thank-you for your continued support of our program, It's appreciated. We have visitors who return each summer. I hope you enjoy your island and stool they as they are both made of solid wood and will last for many, many years. We frequently have visitors commenting on how they have a family member or friend who has had an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Furniture is very well made and the prices are very reasonable. You might even find something unusual.

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Thank-you for visiting the Showroom, we have an assortment of wooden novelties and furniture, something for everyone. More 

Ambler, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I know this is a great concept...and certainly the goods are very inexpensive, but definitely not for me. I shouldn't have spent the time there.

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

I am sorry you didn't enjoy your visit at our Showroom, we offer over 650 items handcrafted out of wood. If you don't enjoy unique items made out of wood this probably isn't the place to be. But again thanks for stopping by. More 

Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This is a wonderful project that talented artisans/prisoners who make furniture, decor accents, model ships, and assorted wooden items as part of a retraining program. Their work is fantastic and reasonable. Unfortunately, our car did not have the space to transport all what we wanted-namely a pair of night tables, a dresser, a jam cupboard, chest of drawers, or the... More 

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit, we are very unique in what we do and support from visitors like you make it possible to keep the program running and give more workers an opportunity. We hope to see you again. Thank-you. More 

Boston MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Worth a visit. A little sad for the most part. Some folks really talented. With a little more training material, and folk art focus could be really good.

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Thank-you for stopping by. The reason we have this program is to work with inmates on getting ready for the return to society so they do not return, teaching them people and job skills, recidivism rates for inmates who leave our program are much lower than the national average. There are many who do not realize they have woodworking skills... More 

Savannah, GA
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This state prison store has been in the same location for many years and the quality of the prisoner made crafts are outstanding. We stop every time we pass thru the area and always buy some thing. The quality is very good and the price is right. These prisoners should be proud of the work they do. It's all great.

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Thank-you for stopping by, we recently celebrated our 60th season at the Route 1 location. Your support is appreciated! More 

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