Alewives Fabrics is housed in an antique barn in Damariscotta Mills; a small historic town located on the coast of Maine. Family owned and operated since 1978, today, Alewives Fabrics is known for an eclectic mix of carefully selected fabrics: we carry the best of contemporary designs, mixed in with vintage graphics such as stripes, polka dots and toiles.

We are called Alewives Fabrics after the alewife fish, who make their annual migration to a waterfall located near our store. Every year thousands of alewives migrate to Damariscotta Lake. The midcoast area is beautiful in any season, but "alewife time" is our own particular season.

We feel very fortunate to have a business in this area of the country that is so full of natural beauty and populated by people who value a simpler way of life. Thank you for visiting our website and we would love to meet you in person at the shop some day!


Our barn was originally built as a carriage house and stable for a nearby property. In the 1930's the stable was converted into a general store and was owned by Ernest McGray. Interestingly, Ernest McGray was Barbara Neeson's great-great uncle. Barbara's mother Florence was Ernest McGray's niece and used to work at McGray's General Store as a teenager.

We are called Alewives Fabrics after the "alewife" fish, who make their annual migration to a waterfall located near our store. Every year thousands of alewives migrate to the "fish ladder" (a series of locks that travel uphill) which places them into Damariscotta Lake. This event usually lasts between Mother's Day and Father's Day each Spring. Over Memorial Day weekend, there is an annual "Fish Ladder Festival" held by the locals to help raise money for the maintenance of the fish ladder. The midcoast area is beautiful in any season, but "alewife time" is our own particular season.

We feel very fortunate to have a business in this area of the country that is so full of natural beauty and populated by people who value a simpler way of life. Thank you for visiting our website and we would love to meet you in person at the shop some day!

Sincerely,

Barbara and Rhea

During COVID 19 we are closed to the public and operating through the website only. Our window for curbside pick up is Tuesday-Thursday from 10am-4pm.

Also closed on the following holidays:
Easter Sunday
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas


INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

If you look out your window and the weather is bad and the roads look icy you should probably stay home, but if you brave the elements just to make it to our shop, it is a very good idea to call ahead of time (207 563 5002) and make sure that we are open. Even though some of us live very close to the shop we do like to "hunker" down and enjoy a good snow day, or our kids might be home from school for the day. Thanks for planning ahead!!!

DIRECTIONS

We would love to see you at Alewives Fabrics and want you to find us quickly and easily. We feel very fortunate to be located in a small, rural area that is just slightly off the beaten path...

Please be advised that GPS systems may not work so well in our neck of the woods... May we suggest a little old-fashioned direction-following?

• Our street/mailing address is 10 Main St. Nobleboro, ME, 04555

• Our physical location is along Route 215 in the small village of Damariscotta Mills. Damariscotta Mills does not have a post office nor it's own zip code, and is made up of one half the town of Newcastle, one half the town of Nobleboro. This may account for some of the troubles with GPS units, but we are easily found just five minutes off of Route One by following the written directions just below.

• From points North: Take Route 1 SOUTH towards Newcastle/Damariscotta. Take the Newcastle/Damariscotta/Damariscotta Mills exit. This is also the exit for Route 215 and is a right-hand exit. At the end of the ramp, turn RIGHT onto Route 215 North. Follow Route 215 North for approximately 2 miles until it makes a marked, sharp left-hand turn. Make the turn, and we are immediately found in a large red barn on the left hand side.

• From points South: Take Route 1 North towards Newcastle/Damariscotta. Take the Newcastle/Damariscotta exit. This is also the exit for Route 215 and is a right-hand exit. At the end of the ramp, go STRAIGHT ACROSS the 4-way intersection onto Route 215 North. Follow Route 215 North for approximately 2.5 miles until it makes a marked, sharp left-hand turn. Make the turn, and we are immediately found in a large red barn on the left hand side.

• From Route 215 North: Follow Route 215 headed South to the one-way split in Newcastle. At the intersection at the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Route 215 North. Follow for approximately 300 feet where Route 215 North makes a very sharp left. make the turn, and we are immediately found in a large red barn on the left hand side.

You can contact us through our contact page! We will be happy to assist you.

FAQ

It is our intention that you have a great experience with Alewives Fabrics from start to finish and we work very hard to meet your needs.
Please be advised that cut fabrics may not be returned, unless defective, incorrect or a misrepresentation of what you ordered.
Please also keep in mind that every computer monitor/screen is different, so while we make every effort to make the images on our website as accurate as possible, slight variations in color may appear to occur.

If you are unsatisfied with any merchandise please return it to us for a full refund or exchange and we will ameliorate the problem as soon as possible. Please e-mail any questions, comments or concerns to alewives@alewivesfabrics.com.

Due to the nature of our business, fabric and other items that must be cut by the yard (such as ribbon and interfacing) may not be returned. Scissors are also not returnable. However, fat quarters, notions, patterns, yarns, kits and books may be returned so long as they are in pristine, unopened, re-saleable condition and accompanied by the original receipt. If you are unsatisfied with ANY of your merchandise due to a defect or an error on our part, please contact us as soon as possible for a full refund or exchange.

Call Us

207.563.5002

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alewives@alewivesfabrics.com