Hi. I'm Clare and I opened Monkitree in May of 2010. If you had told me when I started that I'd be celebrating 10 years in business during a pandemic, I wouldn't have believed you. Yet here we are.
At Monkitree, I showcase the art and craft work of local artists and some not so local artists and craftspeople whose work I love. I hope you enjoy it too.
I am working on adding more to the site as social distancing has made it hard to rely on person to person sales. Please take a look at our facebook page too. If you see anything there and I have it in stock I am happy to ship or arrange for in store pick up.
We would love for you to visit us in person (masked and safely distanced) at-
263 Water Street
Gardiner, ME 04345
What are your shop hours?
Winter Store Hours
Thursday- Friday 10-5
My winter hours are shorter but I am quite serious about being open to appointments. This doesn't have to be planned far in advance. If you are working and think you might like to stop in after work, just let me know. We live above the shop and it is very easy for me to come down at 5 or 6 to meet you. Same goes for coming in early, just let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.
What if I am not comfortable coming in but need to purchase a gift?
There are many options.
We can schedule an appointment so you are the only customer.
You could email or message me with the types of gifts you are looking for and I can pull some options together and take pictures to share with you. Once you decide, I can take payment over the phone or send a paypal invoice.
You can look at pictures I have posted on the facebook page and message me that you are interested in an item.
You can purchase from the website and if local select pick up and I can get it ready for you. Once ready, I can bring it out to your car or set it on the table near the entrance.
I am sure there are other ways. I am here to help. Let me know what works for you.
How will items ship?
Monkitree will ship items USPS priority mail within the United States. For international shipping please contact us. Shipping costs and sales tax appear in Paypal. If you are local please select In Store Pickup under shipping options to pick up.
Where did the name Monkitree come from?
When we were trying to come up with a name, Peter asked me, "What about something monkey related? Do you have any connection to monkeys?" I'm not sure how I responded. Likely, "What? Why would I have something monkey related?" But then I thought about it. Growing up, we had a Saucer Magnolia tree in our backyard. It was an excellent climbing tree so we called it the Monkey Tree.