The Smiling Cow
Speciality & Gift Shops
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Smiling Cow is a 80 year old family owned gift store located in the scenic coastal community of Camden, Maine. This Camden landmark is located atop the Megunticook River as it spills into the Penobscot Bay providing their customers with a priceless view from their back deck. A wide variety of gifts are available from Maine Maple syrup and home made fudge to clothing and jewelry made in Maine. We have shortened hours this summer in response to the Covid 19 epidemic. We are following all CDC guidelines. Masks ARE required as is social distancing and limited numbers of customers at one time. We currently are open 10 am to 4 pm and expect to expand hours in July.
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GAM
Sterling, VA66 contributions
Oct 2020
No trip to Camden is complete without a visit to The Smiling Cow. Celebrating their 80th year in town in ‘20. Homemade fudge, souvenirs, local crafts. If you’re not shopping, just stop in to say hello. You’ll find something to help you remember Camden and Maine.
Written October 2, 2020
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Thanks so much for your kind words. We have been really gratified that so many customers and friends have stopped in to shop or just to say hi and see how we're doing as we navigate through these far from normal times.
Written October 4, 2020
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EMPatten
Newport, RI6 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
This store is a Maine gift to all of your senses. The scent of a Maine woods and the fresh salty coastal air, to the taste of homemade fudge (made in this store), to the laughter from shoppers discovering the humor within this store's walls, to squeezing of the softest, most cuddly stuffed animals, to the view from the back deck - one of the most photographed views in Camden; this store has something for everyone. Several of my friends were looking for small beautiful gifts for friends at home (what a jewelry and scarf selection!), and I was looking for original photographs of the Maine coast, a t-shirt, and a few high end gifts. We found everything we were looking for, including directions to the 3-4 ice cream shops in town.

We happened to be in Camden while this family owned and operated store was celebrating it's 75th Anniversary. As our luck would have it they were giving away celebratory gifts to the first 75 customers on opening day! Such a fun store. What a friendly, helpful, and fun loving staff - and I learned the boss is often in the store herself leading the fun.

I also need to note that many stores in Camden are pet friendly especially this one, if you are traveling, you should not leave your dog in the car. Water bowl at the front door here, and dog treats behind the counter. Like I said - something for everyone, including the family dog.

Another helpful hint I learned in this store, if you'd like to park for longer than 2 hours, there is ample parking behind the smoke stack (which can be seen from all over town). Turn onto Washington St. next to the Camden Opera House, pass the fire/police station, and on your left at the end of the building, is a driveway that takes you behind this massive building (the former Knox Woolen Mill). Every other parking space in the down town area is 2 hr.
Written April 26, 2015
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Love2taketripsUSA
USA130 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
The smiling cow is always a pleasant place to stop in and take a look around. The tea and coffee on the back porch overlooking the harbor is very nice.
Written September 11, 2017
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Thanks for taking the time to review our shop... we do appreciate feedback from our customers. Glad you enjoyed visiting us and taking advantage of the view of the beautiful harbor from our back deck.
Written September 13, 2017
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greenway35
Austin, TX21 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
You simply must visit the Smiling Cow shop when visiting Camden, Maine. When you finish your shopping, you'll be smiling too. Every time we visit Camden, we shop at the Smiling Cow. They have all the types of nice souvenirs and gifts that you would hope to find, plus unusual items not found elsewhere. The staff is friendly and helpful. Family-owned and operated by the third generation of the family. It's easy to see why the Smiling Cow has been making customers smile since 1940. Drop in and you'll see why. I shop at their webpage too: www.smilingcow.com
Written July 3, 2015
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JQSax
1 contribution
Jun 2015 • Family
I have been coming to Maine in the summers for years and there is nothing that quite sums up the experience as the Smiling Cow. It used to be the highlight of my trip when I was a kid and now it's the same for my kids. Where else can you eat fresh made fudge on the beautiful deck that boasts the best view of the Camden falls and harbor over some free coffee? Where else can you get a new Maine pine cushion, ceramic mug, calendar, dish towel, lobster gadget, while your kids can peruse a book about Andre the Seal or by Chris Van Dusen or try to decide which of the many small toys, games and crafts they want to get to keep them entertained during their vacation. Did I mention lobster buoys? You can get them here. They have a beautiful hand-painted selection if them. You can get the latest in ME-themed accessories and there's always fun silly stuff, too, from sassy magnets to gift cards, bumpah stickahs, jewelry, pajamas, slippers, soaps, Christmas ornaments, and on and on. This place is a true treasure and there's a reason it just celebrated its 75th year. It also happened to be owned by the nicest people in ME. The owners are often in the store at closing time during the summer, around 9pm, and they are full of great stories and good cheer. Thank you, Smiling Cow, for so many of years of fun on the Maine Coast! You keep us smiling!
Written June 24, 2015
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Joseph M
Camden, ME14 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
This has been in business for 75 years and is a great place to buy tourist souvenirs and fudge. They have a little bit of everything! A must stop for visitors!
Written April 22, 2015
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Truth H
1 contribution
Jul 2014 • Family
The Smiling Cow is a wonderful little shop with friendly staff. You are welcomed to a coffee on the balcony outback over looking the Camden Falls and harbor. I recently took an exchange student there to buy Maine gifts to take back to Italy. We also bought some of their delicious homemade fudge! Definitely a must see while visiting our beautiful town.
Written November 8, 2014
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Connie C
Dallas, TX738 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
I was so surprised at the great selection of items! And of course I had to buy souvenirs including a super nice t-shirt for me and some trinket Christmas gifts. My daughter who owns an Inn in Camden recommended it and I’m glad we checked it out. Very friendly people and helpful while we were there.
Written October 27, 2019
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heels94GreensboroNC
Germantown, TN163 contributions
Sep 2019
Great selection of gifts for everyone in downtown Camden. They've been there for a long time in what appears to be a highly competitive market and I can see why they've survived. Unique and quirky items at very reasonable prices.
Written September 17, 2019
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Thanks for your review... I love us being "unique and quirky"! We feel lucky to be located in beautiful Camden for the past 79 years overlooking the falls and the harbor.
Written October 14, 2019
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Maxiegirl12
Bailey Island, ME11 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
The Smiling Cow is our favorite place to go when we are in Camden. Besides having tons of souvenirs, toys, you name it, it has a gorgeous balcony in the back of the store that overlooks Camden Harbor. They even provide complimentary tea and coffee! Wonderful place to shop, relax and take awesome pictures. The Smiling Cow has it all!!
Written September 23, 2015
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  • Mon - Mon 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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