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Maine State Prison Store

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Address: 358 Main St, Thomaston, ME 04861-3907
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+1 207-354-9237
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Maine State Prison STore is a historic place full of handmade items

I love going to this place I have bought birdhouses, furniture. lamp it is just an amazing place to go to.............

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 February 2017
schmenge400
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

I love going to this place I have bought birdhouses, furniture. lamp it is just an amazing place to go to.............

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Thank-you for your comments about our store. We are quite unique in what we have to offer visitors. Sales through the store are what keeps the program going and gives us the ability to teach others woodworking skills and skills that will ready them when released. We hope you return again in the future. More 

West Buxton, Maine
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Many will turn a blind eye to this store because of its name. Yes it is a store full of goods made by inmates but for those who are willing to understand that people make mistakes but can still have talent and deserve a little hep and support, you will be rewarded with some incredible well made handcrafted items. In... More 

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Thank Michael B
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Michael, Thank-you for visiting the Showroom. Visitors like yourself who stop in and purchase items from the store are supporting the program which is a primarily self supportive program, revenue from sales provide all materials, machinery and gives prisoners the opportunity to save money so when they are released they will have money to start their lives. We are very... More 

Marco Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Grew up next town north visited many times these inmates go all out hand made craft from wood dorys to coffee tables wicked cool stuff

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Ray, Thanks for stopping by our Showroom in Thomaston. We have been at the same location on route 1 for over 50 years now and plan on staying there for many more. I hope you enjoy the Holiday Season! More 

Elmer NJ
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85 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This was our 2nd visit. Great variety of cutting boards in all sizes, wooden bowls, children's toys, bird houses, intricate jewelry boxes, wonderful ship models ( many took hundreds of hours to compete I'm sure), furniture pieces, other small wooden crafts. Something for everyone. Well worth the stop.

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Thank Vicki S
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Thank-you for your repeat visit to our store, it's appreciated. We have many repeat visitors each summer, many make it a yearly stop while on their vacation. you are correct that many of our items take a long time to build- our replica of the USS Constitution has over 250 hours into each one that is built. Thanks again for... More 

Franklin, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The quality of the woodwork is very good and prices are very reasonable. I saw a beautiful chess set, cutting boards, birdhouses and lots more. Park behind the store. It is worth your time. Small items like miniature toys to large items like bunk beds can be found. An acorn shaped bird house now hangs at my Aunt's house. Beautifully... More 

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Thank gary19522017
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Thank-you for your comments. With over 650 different items available, there is something for everyone. our acorn birdhouse's are one of the stores best sellers! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

If you need a quality gift, hand made,this is the ideal. place to shop. No department store hassles, easy parking. I love this store and you know what? the service is great !

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Thank Christine M
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Christine, I will share your comments with the staff who work at the store, they will be very happy by your comments. We try to make everyone's visit special. Take care, More 

Alabama
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We were driving up the coast and passed this store. We turned around to check it out and so glad we did. They have the most unique things made of wood, Furniture, toys, wall plaques, jewelry boxes and many other items. They are all made by prisoners. Prisoners who are very talented. If you are in the area, you need... More 

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Rhonda, Thank-you for your comments. We have a very unique store that we feel has something for everyone. We hope you stop again in the future. More 

Tonawanda, New York
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I travel back to Maine about every 2 years, and this is a must stop each time. I have purchased several tables in the past that are well built and of exceptional quality. I was just there on September 28th and purchased a stool and a kitchen island. The island is exceptionally well built, with a butcher block top and... More 

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Thank Scott D
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Scott, Thank-you for your continued support of our program, It's appreciated. We have visitors who return each summer. I hope you enjoy your island and stool they as they are both made of solid wood and will last for many, many years. We frequently have visitors commenting on how they have a family member or friend who has had an... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Furniture is very well made and the prices are very reasonable. You might even find something unusual.

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Thank Patricia Y
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

Thank-you for visiting the Showroom, we have an assortment of wooden novelties and furniture, something for everyone. More 

Ambler, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I know this is a great concept...and certainly the goods are very inexpensive, but definitely not for me. I shouldn't have spent the time there.

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Thank Jayne K
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this review

I am sorry you didn't enjoy your visit at our Showroom, we offer over 650 items handcrafted out of wood. If you don't enjoy unique items made out of wood this probably isn't the place to be. But again thanks for stopping by. More 

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