This Freeport Shop Is Your New Happy Place

This Freeport Shop Is Your New Happy Place

Stop by Palmer and Company for colorful home and children’s décor — and a pick-me-up.

Palmer and Company specializes in gifts and décor for youngsters and the young-at-heart.

ABOVE “Prints, pillows, and other items intended for children can bring a lot of fun to a grown-up space,” says Meghan Palmer, whose new Freeport shop specializes in gifts and décor for youngsters and the young-at-heart.



Since she was a kid growing up in Cumberland, graphic designer Meghan Palmer dreamed of opening a store. “I wanted a place where the line between kids’ and adults’ stuff is blurred,” she says, as is the case in her Freeport home, where framed children’s-book illustrations perk up the mudroom and stuffed rabbit heads donning party hats preside over a family hangout space. After the pandemic slowed their lives down, she and her husband, Ben, a builder, decided to turn a Freeport building that had been languishing on the market into “a general store of fun things.”

Meghan Palmer, owner of Palmer and Company in Freeport, Maine


The 2017 space had been a restaurant, then a Harry Potter–inspired dinner theater with ochre- and eggplant-colored walls when the couple purchased it last year. Ben gutted the downstairs kitchen/bar area, built poplar shelving, and hung Scalamandré’s famed ruby-red Zebras wallpaper behind the cashier’s desk. “I’ve loved that paper since I saw it in Margot’s bedroom in The Royal Tenenbaums,” Meghan says. They named the shop Palmer and Company, after the circa 1860 Portland department store Ben’s great-grandfather founded, and Meghan modeled the logo after the sweeping script on one of the former store’s clothing tags.



“I love the idea of everyday objects, like a water bottle, being amazingly fun and cute,” says Meghan, who stocks W & P and Corkcicle ones in pastels and color-block patterns, as well as whimsical Meri Meri partyware and prints that are intended for kids (but will delight fun-loving adults); botanical Rifle Paper Co. pillows, rugs, tea towels, trays, and wrapping paper; clean-lined Danish Maileg dollhouses; and, naturally, a menagerie of wall-mounted felt animal heads by Fiona Walker England.

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Palmer and Company in Freeport, Maine

ABOVE Ben Palmer, a contractor, renovated the building last year.


Moody, semi-abstract prints by Falmouth’s Sarah Madeira Day; fanciful patterns on pillows and totes by Gorham’s Erin Flett and tea towels by Freeport’s Abigail Gray Swartz; aromatic coconut-wax candles by Freeport’s Tide and Isle Co.; and Meghan’s taste in greeting cards, which ranges from sweet to irreverent. “Therapists could do field trips here and people would feel better,” she says.

9 Mechanic St., Freeport. 207-869-5463.