I visited the Maine State Prison Store during a road trip on US 1. I was driving north bound to go to Bar Harbor, and received a recommendation to check out the store in Thomaston on the way up.
It was intriguing to hear that there was a store selling crafts made by inmates of the state prison. Initially I thought this was more gimmicky; but after visiting the store and getting several items from there, I gained appreciation of the wonderful crafts that they had available for purchase there. There were many wooden crafts -- small and large -- that you could purchase from the store at reasonable price. I think these were great ideas to get as souvenirs from a visit to Maine as supposed to purchasing something similar (but not as unique in terms of its origin) at higher price from souvenir shops in tourist towns.
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