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Paula's Nails and Aesthetics - Pamper Yourself!

Paula’s Nails and Aesthetics is located at 2 Church Street in Gardiner (behind Domino’s). This relaxing nail spa offers many services to treat yourself including facials, waxing, brow and eyelash care, manicures and pedicures. Here are a few words from Paula Murphy about her business:

“I enjoy being able to help people feel good about themselves, whether that be through caring for their nails or skin. I feel like as time goes on people are taking better care of themselves and taking better care of their skin and nails. Back in the day, soap and water was standard skincare and having a manicure meant red nail polish on long nails only! Now people are becoming more educated about what goes into their body and what goes on to their skin and nails. Educating my guests and maintaining the health of the skin and nails is what is most important. I have been a Licensed Nail Technician for over 27 years. I went back to school to obtain my Aesthetics license because I always wanted to do skincare and for the purpose of being able to offer aesthetics services on top of the nail services I was already doing."

If you are thinking about getting a fresh manicure or pedicure for summer, a relaxing facial or want to give someone a special self care gift, call (207) 620-4229 to set up an appointment.

Find Paula's Nails & Aesthetics at 2 Church Street in Gardiner (back of Domino's Pizza building). And at
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9am-5pm & Saturday 9am-2pm
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New Grant Program From Gardiner Main Street!

Gardiner businesses can apply for up to $2,500

As a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting economic and community development in its historic downtown, Gardiner Main Street is excited to announce its Catalyst Grant Program. This new grant initiative will provide funding to help strengthen established businesses within the City of Gardiner and encourage growth or development that might otherwise be delayed or less feasible. This program is funded through repaid principal from a concluded loan program.

Our small businesses continue to face challenges brought on from the pandemic and recovery continues to be held back due to soaring inflation, ongoing supply chain disruptions, and staffing shortages. This grant program will provide support Gardiner small businesses to help address these obstacles and critical needs, as well as to plan for long-term success and resilience.

Funded by repayment from a concluded loan program, grants up to $2,500 are available and may be used for many typical business expenses such as physical improvements, inventory, marketing, payroll, and utilities.

Applications are currently being accepted through Friday, June 3. A panel will review applications and make selections based on the impact of the proposed projects, the impact of the company’s services on the community, and the sustainability of the business. Grant reviewers will also consider the number of employees and length of time the business has been in operation.

Cleaning Out The Garden? Donate to Plant Sale  

Keep your extra plants to donate for June 18 Library Sale
Donations of healthy, pest-free, cuttings, seedlings, divided perennials, and labeled plants for the plant sale are appreciated. Herbs and vegetable plants would be great as well Native plants preferred. Bring gardening books that you are ready to let go of for a book exchange. Proceeds will go to the Gardiner Library Association.

Email John Woytowicz ( or Kathy Brown ( if you plan to bring plants and how many - or if you would like to help volunteer for the sale. Plant drop off is at the library on June 17th in the afternoon or early on June 18. 

Library Offering Museum & State Park Passes

Gardiner Public Library, 152 Water St 

The Gardiner Public Library is happy to offer Museum & State Park Passes to all active Gardiner Public Library card holders. To request any of these passes, please visit the Gardiner Public Library and speak to a staff member at the First Floor Service Desk. Please note: one pass per family per day. Before making your plans please check with us. Book in advance. Visit for more details


Paint Nights are back at Bateau Brewing!

Starting Friday, May 13th 6-8pm,  Bateau Brewing, 149 Water Street

Paint your Maine Wood Pallet at Bateau Brewing with Artist Nicole. A fun night filled with laughter and quality individualized instruction. You will leave with a painted wood pallet you cherish and are proud to hang in your home. Cost is $35 each or 2 for $65. Contact Bateau at (207) 203-0015 for more information or to reserve your spot.

Double Entendre Show at Bateau

Saturday, May 19, 6- 8:30pm, Bateau Brewing, 149 Water St
Summer is right around the corner and Bateau Brewing is a perfect place to get ready! Delicious brews, a food truck, a car show on the river front and live music by Double E sounds like a great way to enjoy a Thursday night! For more information call 207-203-0015

World Fish Migration Day Nature Walks

Saturday, May 21, 7am & 10am at Harrison Ave Nature Trail

The Harrison Avenue Nature Trail is always open to enjoy, but on May 21st the Augusta Bird Club, Maine Master Naturalists and Upstream will be offering guided bird walks at 7am and nature walks at 10am. An astounding 56 species of birds and thousands of alewives were seen in previous years, and the trail is a Kennebec birding hotspot and the go to place to observe river herring on Cobbossee Stream. 

Park at the New Mills Dam parking lot on Rte 126/Cobbossee Avenue in Gardiner for this one mile hike. Bring your binoculars and your phone to connect to the QR code signposts along the trail to learn about the history and wildlife on the stream. For more details call 207-582-0213, email or visit the event on Facebook. 

The Alewife Planters and Chairs will decorate our downtown and Pumphouse Deck on World Fish Migration Day at Gardiner's Waterfront Park. There is no better way to celebrate sea-run fish passage than enjoying a picnic on the river and watching the spectacle of migration and the wildlife that follow the alewives up the Kennebec to their spawning grounds. Be on the lookout for ospreys, cormorants, eagles, kingfishers, gulls, minks, otters and even sometimes the seals that chase the river herring home.

Open House at The Blind Pig: Next Level

Thursday, June 2, 3-9pm at their new private function room, 11 Mechanic St
Open House at The Blind Pig Tavern! Come see what they have done to open the "Next Level." It will be your first chance to check out their new function/private event room. Located on the third floor of their building, the entrance is in the back at 11 Mechanic Street. They will be offering light snacks and a cash bar. Please note that photos will be taken for social media and  general publicity. For more details call (207) 592-0776.

Celebrating Anne Davis

Gardiner Public Library, Friday June 3, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
The Gardiner Public Library is planning a small party to celebrate Anne Davis’s retirement from Library Director and her 30 years of amazing work at the Gardiner Public Library. The community is invited to attend this event at the Gardiner Public Library on Friday June 3, 2022 which starts at 12:30pm in the Hazzard Reading Room and the Peg Shaw Memorial Garden. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Questions? Feel free to contact Library Director Justin Hoenke at 207-582-6893


The Blind Pig Tavern
266 Water Street
Trivia & Tacos: Tuesdays 7-9pm
Karaoke: Wednesdays 6-9pm
Bateau Brewing
149 Water Street
Trivia Night: Wednesdays 6-8pm
Summer Live Music Series: Thursdays 6-8pm

Niche Inc
307 Water Street
Magic The Gathering: Fridays 2-7pm
Gardiner Public Library
149 Water Street
ME Career Center Resume & Job Search Help: Wednesdays 10am - 2pm
Children's' Storytime with Miss Ginni: Tuesdays at 10am
Gardiner Waterfront Park Cruise Nights
Every Thursday, 5-7pm

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Support Local With A Gift For Any Occasion!

Not sure what to give someone? Don't have time to shop? Support our local businesses with the flexible downtown gift card program - The Gift of Gardiner!  This Gardiner Main Street gift check program may be used at over 30 participating Gardiner businesses.

$20 Gift of Gardiner certificates are available year-round at the Camden National Bank Gardiner branch at 190 Water Street.

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