Shopper’s Diary: The Post Supply in Portland, Maine
The New York City to Portland migration continues and while much has been made of the love-hate Brooklynfication of the Maine city, the cross-pollination of cultures can sometimes yield magic. Case in point: recently opened general store, The Post Supply, “located on easily what’s the most happening street in Portland,” reports Annie (whose new book Remodelista in Maine hit bookstores just a couple days ago.)
Owners Katie Bowes and Hannah Haehn met in Brooklyn a decade ago and remained close despite Katie’s move to Portland a few years later. “We have also always been aligned aesthetically from clothing to home decor,” says Hannah—which is why they thought to collaborate on a store that would carry good-looking, well-made domestic goods. The two started brainstorming their dream shop in 2020 (just as the pandemic hit) and opened its online iteration a year later, followed by the brick and mortar Portland store this March.
It’s been important to Hannah and Katie (a Portland resident of seven years now) that The Post Supply honor and reflect the unique can-do spirit of native Mainers. “The community here is very supportive and encouraging of new shops, and the lifestyle here lends itself to the type of product we wanted to represent,” says Katie. “That New England ingenuity, love for the outdoors and gardening and exploring beaches, rivers, and lakes, and also the need to surround yourself with special, quality goods at home. You can see the 1:1 translation in our assortment, where we try to meet our customer needs with wonderful items for this lifestyle.”
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