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Sweet Laurel Rural Gallery

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Patricia S wrote a review Jul. 2019
Gray, Maine15 contributions2 helpful votes
I have been driving by this beautifully set-up garden shop for years. I stopped in last year and had a lovely visit. My sister-in-law and I loved some of the owner’s paintings and had a pleasant conversation with the artist. That was last year. This year (today) two of my sisters-in-law and I made the drive from Gray to the shop. Some of their pots and garden art are mostly unrivaled in beauty and uniqueness. I have a dwarf ginkgo that needs a pot and I was looked forward to picking out the right one. This is when my experience shifted: I was looking at a pot and having difficulty finding a price. The female owner was nearby and I asked her for the price. She walked away from me towards her husband, asked him the price, and in an abrupt manner he said all the items were priced. She walked towards the shop and he walked towards me and the pot, lifted up the top piece and found the price written on the inside of the base. He pointed to where it was written, told me the price, and noted that the price was marked, as it was in all the items. There was a chip on the top of the base; I could see the unpainted and unglazed terra cotta where the chip was on the very top of the round base. To be honest it wasn’t a huge chip, although most people who understand pottery for outdoor use and Maine know of the hazards of pottery exposed to wet and freezing weather (even when emptied and kept in a basement or garage). After he gave me the price I pointed out the chip and asked if there was any price reduction because of the chip. He said no, that the chip didn’t effect the usability of the piece. I noted that the lack of paint and glazing there could allow moisture in and reduce the life of the piece. He responded that all of the pots were handmade and that imperfections were part of the handmade process. I offered that I have many pots, some of them very nice and while I understood variations this chip was not an example of that. He walked away. The real issue here is he was confusing damage with being handmade, and tried to persuade me that what I was seeing was something different than the reality. His manner wasn’t pleasant, he seemed to think his position was superior, and his tone was impatient to me (and to his wife earlier when she inquired about the price). A thought: if the prices you mark on your items are difficult to see/find - take care of everyone by coming up with a new system. I was on my hands and knees finding the price for the stone benches (written on the underside of the seat). Secondly, educate yourself about what constitutes a pottery defect and what would be considered a unique quality of pottery. Saddened my experience was unpleasant, but I have many closer garden shops to visit where I am treated pleasantly.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Kevin D wrote a review Aug. 2017
Newburyport, MA25 contributions9 helpful votes
Definitely stop by Sweet Laurel's. Healthy plants, really interesting gifts and home decor as well as garden accessories. Also some great folk art done by the owner. We have been shopping there for years and have purchased many beautiful plants and home items. Dee the owner is great and we enjoy every visit.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Maila S wrote a review Jul. 2017
39 contributions11 helpful votes
This is a wonderful plant and gift shop. I always stop for something for my garden and end up with gifts for family members. Nice variety, friendly owner, healthy plants!
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Date of experience: August 2016
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carolcI4702GG wrote a review Sep. 2016
Haverhill, Massachusetts22 contributions9 helpful votes
People! You have to make the trip to visit Sweet Laurel's in the Naples, Maine area. The shop offers premium plants in season (both annuals and perennials), impressive paintings, plenty of kinetic yard art and all things good. The rustic shop and red barn are well stocked with a great variety of gift items (it's okay to gift yourself too) from jewelry to naughty socks to "made in Maine" bags and unique items that you don't find in other area shops. The stock is always fresh and it's easy to be surprised by what you find in the shop's nooks and crannies. The staff are helpful and friendly and welcoming. Truly, a place not to be missed.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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Maggie C wrote a review Jul. 2016
Bridgton, Maine117 contributions23 helpful votes
She has a gift for everyone and lovely hanging plants. Her paintings are beautiful. Tons of funky yard art and a packed gift shop. Go go go.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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