Welcome to The Good Supply
Opened in 2012 by Catherine Walton McLetchie, this unique small business evolves every year with the help of our friends. Our mission is to: Cultivate creativity and community while supporting those who make by hand.
Deeply rooted in the nature, people, history, and culture of Maine, The Good Supply provides a meeting place for local artists, travelers, chefs, farmers, and business people to come together. All people regardless of chosen or inherited identity are welcome. Our barn storefront is family- and dog-friendly.
Representing more than 90 Maine-based artists in our restored barn storefront, our collection includes items for every gift occasion and for those who aspire to make a home filled with quality wares.
Focusing on housewares and gifts reveals sentimentality. It's possible that being surrounded by beautiful things made by good people can improve daily rituals. Objects can hold memories - of places and people.
Our restored post and beam barn is an up-and-coming venue for contemporary art. Every year, events are curated to bring community together. Sign up for our newsletter in the footer for news regarding art exhibits, open houses, artist workshops, and more.
The Good Supply Barn Restoration Complete
Pemaquid, ME (June 27, 2013) After a year and a half of work, The Good Supply artisan store opens the doors of its 150 year-old barn for the 2013 season on Friday, July 5th. Creatively curated housewares and handmade gifts by local artisans are sure to win over even the most discerning shopper. This year, the store showcases the wares of 30 artisans - with more in the pipeline - including newcomers Alex Beaudet and his elegant French-style rolling pins as well as Kate Mess and her cleverly-designed enameled jewelry.
Company founder and artisan Catherine Walton and her husband Karl McLetchie bought their property with designs to renovate the barn to house The Good Supply storefront. Two holes in the roof and a mostly rotted sill didn’t obscure their vision of the space and its potential to serve as a gathering point for local artisans and those who would like to support their craft.
Using two timber-framing books printed in the 1970s, the couple set to work to refurbish the three-story, rustic space. The resulting effect is one in which the patchwork of a century of repairs creates interest. Walton says, “Our main hope is that the handwork done in the barn will complement the fine local objects displayed within its walls.”
Beginning July 5th, The Good Supply will resume its normal business hours. The grand reopening will be celebrated through the weekend with refreshments, special offers, and a raffle. Please stop by to shop and check out the new space.
Promoting Local Artisans
Pemaquid, ME (July 2, 2012) Pemaquid’s newest shop celebrates its grand opening Wednesday, July 11. The Good Supply, based at 2106 Bristol Road, creatively curates housewares and gifts sourced from some of the region’s greatest talents. Those who wish to support local artisans and seek unique items for their homes or gifts for any occasion can rest assured that their purchases directly benefit the artisans involved.
Company founder Catherine Walton, an artisan herself, developed her concept for The Good Supply while working with a small direct trade company based in Seattle. The idea that both artisans and patrons can benefit from open communication resonated with Walton. She says, “A certain kind of consumer will go out of his or her way to buy products with a story - a story about the art’s process or the individual creating the art. My business is about introducing that consumer to artisans in the area and telling those stories.”
Store merchandise includes mostly useable wares. Following the mantra “form follows function,” almost every item in the store serves a purpose - those same products just happen to be handsome to boot.
With one-of-a-kind works from regional artists and various products from local wholesalers, the main unifying factor for objects exhibited at The Good Supply is Walton’s eclectic eye for design. By hand-selecting items that display a simple yet handsome aesthetic and the creative pairing of heavy objects with those more delicate, rustic with modern, and the practical with the whimsical, Walton hopes to inspire her clientele.