Local business owners mark decades of creativity in Bar Harbor

This spring marks the 25th anniversary of Evergreen Pottery and the 15th anniversary of its housemate, Queen Anne’s Flower Shop.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MO MCGUIRE

BAR HARBOR — This spring will mark the 15th anniversary of a local Mother’s Day gift destination, Queen Anne’s Flower Shop and the 25th anniversary of her colocation business, Evergreen Pottery.

Scott Stevens, owner of Evergreen Pottery, said his business has operated from the same Mount Desert Street location since it opened in 1997. Stevens, of Mount Desert, has spent the majority of those years at his Trenton studio shooting pottery to put on display in his Bar Harbor shop.

“Everything is from scratch. I get raw clay, my chemicals are raw and I mix my own glazes,” he said. For more than two decades, the artist has sold everything from large ceramic lamps to dinner services.

Founded in 2007, Queen Anne’s Flower Shop was purchased by Stevens’ wife, Mo McGuire, who moved her business to the same location as her husband’s shop.

The separate businesses offer pottery and flowers, as well as handmade photographs, jewelry and other gifts, mostly by the couple.

“Mo’s jewelry is in every window display, all of her photographs are on the walls, and she also helps out in the pottery studio,” Stevens said.

The couple have been delivering flowers and gifts all over the island for events of all kinds for years. “We’re kind of split between doing everyday bouquets for hotels and premises, but the majority of my business is actually weddings,” McGuire said. “I probably performed 90 weddings last year, which broke records because of COVID.” Many of the vases made by Stevens are incorporated into McGuire’s flower arrangement orders for customers looking for an extra gift. “Each ceramic piece is signed with our names, Evergreen Pottery, Bar Harbor, Maine, and the date because they are all personal to us,” Stevens said.

Due to the pandemic, Stevens and McGuire have decided to close their stores for the past two winters. “Despite COVID throwing a wrench in things, the fact that we’ve survived this long as a pottery shop is amazing. Having a family business for 25 years is pretty amazing,” Stevens said.

If it hadn’t been for repeat customers over the years, the owners said they wouldn’t be where they are today. “People who buy coins come back and buy more to add to their collection or for friends. It’s really emotional when people do that,” he said.

The couple are grateful to everyone for nurturing their passions and plan to stay in business for as long as possible.

“I don’t really see us changing that at all,” McGuire said.

Queen Anne’s Flower Shop and Evergreen Pottery have Facebook pages as well as business websites at www.queenannesflowershop.com and www.evergreenpottery.com.

Ninah Rene

Ninah Rein, originally from MDI, covers the city of Bar Harbor. She is happy to be back in Maine after earning a bachelor’s degree in San Diego from the University of California.

Ninah Rene