You can smell it before you see it.
The scent of herbs waft down Main Street in downtown Machias. Upon opening the screen door, it is like being transported into a different time.
Machias Hardware Co. is a family owned and operated business in the heart of downtown Machias. Purchased in 1951, the store has stuck to its classic 1950’s roots.
“It’s definitely from a different era,” Michael Hoyt said.
Hoyt and his sister, Sandra, along with their father Paul run the family’s business.
Walking inside, the wood-oiled floors creaking slightly, the natural food section can be found. A variety of items can be found from pickling salts to hand-made reversible aprons to pots to steam clams in. Maine-made soda pop and maple syrup line the shelves. Small plastic bags filled with salted pumpkin seeds, sweetened pineapple and Turkish apricots fastened with twist ties are categorized for shoppers.
“We try to find Maine made stuff,” Michael said.
Passing the cash wrap and walking further into the store, the hardware section features curve claw hammers, kerosene lamps, pitcher pumps and mouse traps.
“It’s like walking into a museum,” Sandra said.
The store also functions as a center for information for people around the town, where they can go in and find out what is happening and the latest news.
“The Bangor Daily News used to come in here to find out the news,” Michael joked.
The Machias Hardware Company is open Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.