FARMINGTON — This month will mark the end of an era for three Broadway storefronts. In the coming days, SugarWood Gallery and Calico Patch will ring up final sales and close the doors to storefronts in the downtown business district.  The Chickadee’s Nest will close its retail store but continue to offer products through other venues.

Tuesday, Dec. 24 was to be the last day of sales for SugarWood Gallery. The gallery, prominently located at the corner of Broadway and High Street, first opened in 2001 as a collaboration of 15 Maine WoodNet member businesses. The gallery featured wood-based products made in western Maine.

Janice and Dan Maxham, owners of SugarWood Gallery, will close the store on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Dee Menear/Franklin Journal

Dan and Janice Maxham acquired the gallery in 2008. Under their ownership, the gallery became a place for a variety of artisans to showcase their work.

The couple instituted an Artist of the Month series which gave locals an opportunity to exhibit their talents.

“Local artists got a lot of first-time exposure with Artist of the Month,” said Dan. “It allowed them to get their feet wet. Over 100 different artists were introduced through the series.”

Over the years, more than 120 artisans have sold their goods at the gallery.

“I will miss working with people,” said Janice. “I recognize the majority of the people who come through the doors.”

Gail Rucker, the one and only employee, has been an integral part of the success of the gallery, Janice said.

“It’s been great fun,” Rucker said. “Janice and Dan have been wonderful people to work for.”

“It has been a great way to keep a finger on the pulse of the community,” Dan added. “I am really going to miss it.

Emily Hartung, owner of Calico Patch, will celebrate her retirement and last day of sales on Saturday, Dec. 21. Franklin Journal file photo

The Maxham’s will continue operating their other business, W.A. Mitchell Fine Furniture, 710 Wilton Rd.

The Chickadee’s Nest was to cease selling goods at its physical location on Dec. 24 as well.

The herb farm store offers handmade herbal soaps, natural bath products, dried flower wreaths and other flower and herb creations.

The store, owned by Julia Staples, has been in business in the downtown area for nearly 12 years.

“I will continue to make products at my farm and offer them for sale at The Mercantile, Better Living Center and on my website,” Staples said.

In September, Emily Hartung of Calico Patch announced her retirement. The gift and consignment shop, which has been a mainstay on Broadway for 37 years, was to close Dec. 21.

In celebration of Hartung’s retirement and nearly 4 decades of business, cake and coffee will be served.

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