The Mustard Seed Bookstore, at 74 Front St., will celebrate its first anniversary the week of Feb. 15-20, offering giveaways, discounts and free cake on Saturday.

The new bookstore opened during a snowstorm last year, and they haven’t looked back since. The store offers a wide selection of new books, cards and gifts. In addition, the store serves more than 15 varieties of loose leaf fair trade tea and baked goods made locally by the Starlight Café.

In the next few months, the store will also bring in art supplies, filling a void left when R.M. Tates closed.

Megan Shea, an assistant manager, said, “We’re also expanding our literature and health and wellness sections, and continue to pride ourselves on our well-curated Maine authors, best-sellers, history, children’s and teen sections. We will also be offering a large section devoted to gardening and sustainability, and are introducing a new section on boat building and sailing, just in time for spring and summer.”

“Starting an independent bookstore in this day and age is ill-advised at best, but when you have a dream you have to follow it,” Assistant Manager Susan Shipsey said. “Partnering with Julie Shea to open The Mustard Seed Bookstore has been more of a ‘fairy tale’ than we could ever have imagined and we owe it all to one thing … our dear and faithful customers. Midcoast Maine is full of intelligent, curious and thoughtful readers who know that to keep our doors open they must make the extra effort to support us. In return, we hope to provide them with a well-curated bookstore, that feels more like a home than a business, and excellent customer service.”

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