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Maine State Prison Store

358 Main St, Thomaston, ME 04861-3907
+1 207-354-9237
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Unique

This is an amazing place, out back you can check out the wall corner of the old prison It is now... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Peter S
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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Now even on the bus tour circuit

This is the first year that we actually ran into a group of tourists on a bus tour. A little... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert M
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Garland, Texas
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358 Main St, Thomaston, ME 04861-3907
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is an amazing place, out back you can check out the wall corner of the old prison It is now replaced with soccer and baseball fields This store is filled with fantastic true works of art. We stopped and bought and enjoyed it very...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the first year that we actually ran into a group of tourists on a bus tour. A little unusual for us but it really did not matter. Our home in Texas is full of items from the Prison Store and we love it...More

Thank Robert M
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Robert, Thank you for stopping by the store, we really enjoy seeing repeat visitors, we try to add new items each year. You never know what you are going to find in the store. And yes, we have different tour groups that like to visit...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were driving on HWY 1 and saw the sign for the store. After mulling it over, we decided to turn around and take a look. Wow, what a great place. We purchased numerous useful items, wishing that we knew people that could have used...More

Thank AAVAAV
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank-you for your kind words. We are glad you decided to turn around, there is a little construction going on but it's easy to get in and out of the parking lot. We have many visitors that return every year and it's great to see...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While touring a submarine in Portsmouth, NH the clerk there mentioned that we should stop in Thomaston to the Prison Shop. He described the woodworking done by inmates and the shop that was also run by them. We were intrigued and decided to make a...More

Thank AKUS1
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We hope you enjoyed the scenic ride along the coast to our store. We are quite unique in what we have to offer customers and there is something for everyone. You are correct in that we teach our workers job skills and help prepare them...More

Reviewed 22 June 2017

This gift shop offers wood products made by the men at the state prison. Their products are well made, and reasonably priced. It is an unusual "gift shop" along route 1.

Thank JohnP13147
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

John, You are correct in that we are not your average "run of mill" gift shop, we are very unique in what we do and have something to offer all shoppers. We hope you will visit again in the future.

Reviewed 20 June 2017

We found the products in the shop to be of excellent craftsmanship and prices very reasonable. Has a friendly vibe and we enjoyed shopping here.

Thank mandiandmike
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

Thank-you for your kind words. We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and we hope all visitors will enjoy themselves in a relaxed shopping atmosphere.

Reviewed 20 June 2017

I have been stopping at the prison store for 17 years and I always find something to buy. The store is manned by inmates who have taken classes in woodworking in an effort to develop skills they can use outside of prison. This is a...More

Thank NWRob
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Thanks for your continued support of our program. We feel we are one of the positives in the correctional facility. We work with all of the 140+ inmates that participate in our program on job skills and people skills so when they are released they...More

Reviewed 19 June 2017

Excellent shop for affordable, beautiful, handmade, wooden items! Gorgeous sailboats, birdhouses, nautical decorations, jewelry boxes, trivets, wooden toys, etc. I marvel at the beautiful items for sale here and you'll not find low prices like these at other craft shops. We love this place and...More

Thank gogranny60
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Thank-you for shopping at our store and your kind words of the workers we have working there. The workers and staff both enjoy the positive comments made by visitors like yourself and we hope you will visit again.

Reviewed 5 June 2017

We were driving down the road, saw the sign, and had to stop. I am one of the cheapest people you will ever meet, but the value of what you get in this store made me buy a gift for my daughter. The staff was...More

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Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thank-you for visiting the Showroom and thanks for your kind words. We pride ourselves on having something to offer for all visitors whether it's a child's toy built from wood to a birdhouse, cutting board or nautical item and we feel our prices are very...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

We saw the showroom advertised at a diner and decided to stop since it was on our way to our next location. It ended up being the highlight of our day! We loved walking through the aisles seeing the variety of items available. We bought...More

Thank Jessica N
Ken L, Industries Manager at Maine State Prison Store, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Jessica, Thank-you for visiting the Showroom. We are very unique in that we are one of the few Maximum Security Facilities in the country that have an industries program inside of it. We offer over 650 different items at the Showroom and it is a...More

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WCLamb
I just inherited a nautical-themed lamp -- a wooden sailing ship with a wooden lampshade -- that was handcrafted by inmates at Thomaston and bought by my late father many years ago while vacationing in Maine. Having forgotten the name of where he and my mom got it, I googled for Maine prisons and came across the Maine State Prison showroom website. I was amazed at the display of handcrafted items inside. Now I'm anxious to make a trip to Maine to visit this wonderful store, and perhaps bring a bunch of items home with me. I'll need to pull my trailer behind my motorcycle to have enough space to pack all the goodies I buy! I have a friend in Augusta, so it might be time to go visit him and make a side trip to Thomaston. Oh yeah, I can smell a road trip to Maine coming this summer! I can hardly wait! And with the store hours posted it won't be an inconvenience to go. It appears that the inmates do some wonderful work, atypical of the things one finds these days (this is surely no Chinese dollar-store junk). And since those who are incarcerated have a lot of time on their hands, this is a wonderful way for them to keep busy, stay out of trouble, be industrious and productive, and maybe even learn a trade or gain some skills that could benefit them when they get out of prison. I would harbor no resentment that these items are made by people with a criminal past. I would commend them for the quality workmanship of those items they're producing.
29 March 2016|
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Response from Larry B | Reviewed this property |
Good and ample parking behind the Prison Store off of Wadsworth for your return trip! See you this summer.
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Stephen V
11 February 2016|
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Response from Ken L | Property representative |
We normally have a Black Friday sale in November!
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tootsypop
21 January 2016|
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Response from Ken L | Property representative |
About 6 hours..
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