This week we had an opportunity to do an interview we’ve had planned for quite some time with Harold Anderson, one of the owners of Shelton of York. The shop has been a fixture in this historic beach community for as long as I can remember, and is one of the places we go to select gifts for people who love the Maine seacoast as much as we do.
Earlier this year, a violent nor'easter ripped through York Beach, tearing down awnings, throwing signs and smashing windows. As you'll hear in Harold's own words, his neighbors showed up to help protect the store. This is not unusual. It's part of the culture in beach communities, helping one another in times of need. Shelton's exterior still shows a few minor bruises from the storm, but once you come in the door on the corner, you'd never know it.
During a recent visit , we saw the resident artist at work near the front of the shop, painting vivid seascapes. A giclee of one of his works depicting the battle between the CSS Alabama and the USS Kearsarge (Cherbourg, France, June 19, 1864) caught our eye, leading to a brief conversation concerning the accuracy of his depiction, which is flawless.
Wandering through the shop, we are dazzled by new and interesting decorations, lamps and models. My wife wanders off to look at the new fashions which are displayed deeper in the store. The whole place is alive with quiet conversation, color and light. It’s always a pleasure to stop by.
For those who unfortunately find yourself landlocked today, we bring a bit of the store to you via an interview with Harold. Take a moment to listen. You’ll be glad you did.