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The Commons has grown from a dream, to a group, then a building, now a creative enterprise.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

Our Story

Since 2004, The Commons has welcomed guests to our 1886 restored building in Eastport’s Historic Downtown. A women owned business, our three partners, are known locally as “The Women of the Commons.” We showcase the work of Maine artists, artisans and authors in our Water Street Shop and new Online Shop,
launched this year. We happily invite you to visit both Shops!

– Linda, Meg and Nancy

“The Women of The Commons": Back row from left: Anna Baskerville, Meg McGarvey, Nancy Asante, Linda Godfrey, Vera Francis. Front row from left: Sue Crawford, Alice Otis, Ruth Brown, Alice Gough.
Photo © Gary Guisinger

The Women of the Commons

Linda Godfrey

Linda Godfrey was recently honored by The University of New England as being one of the four Maine women selected as members of their Deborah Morton Society. “The award recognizes Maine women distinguished by their careers, public service, and leadership in civic, cultural, or social causes.”

Linda brings a joy of living in Downeast Maine for 30 years to her work as a creative educator — with special interests in leadership, community development, storytelling and biomimicry. Godfrey’s primary business, The Atlantic Leadership Center (ALC) in Eastport, produces custom-designed retreats, seminars, and institutes — based on both historic and contemporary life at the”Glorious Edge” around Passamaquoddy Bay and the Bay of Fundy, on Campobello Island and in Eastport.

Meg McGarvey

Meg McGarvey, a graduate of Cornell, is an artist in fibres and stained glass type work. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, she is deeply involved with the arts and education in her community of Eastport. Sourcing her designs and creations from nature, Meg spins wool and uses shells and other beach finds in wall hangings and jewelry. Meg is one of the partners at The Commons and takes great joy in being part of such a stellar grouping of other artisans and artists.

Eastport artist, Meg McGarvey, has created a unique and generous opportunity. Anyone purchasing one of her boxed shell ornaments for $45, will have $20 of that purchase price divided evenly to benefit Eastport Arts Center and Peavey Memorial Library. Meg and The Commons value these local organizations and want to support ongoing programs. 

Nancy Asante

Nancy Asante brings her international background to the partnership, having been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, and an English as a Second Language instructor in Congo Brazzaville and Montreal. Nancy owned a communications-based business in Montreal, providing both communications education and translation services.  She brings her abilities to write and speak French to The Commons partnership.  

Nancy has a passion for music.  In 2007, she was a Founding Board Member of the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra, a constituent member of the Eastport Arts Center. PBSO is made up of dedicated musicians from Washington County, Maine and neighboring New Brunswick, Canada. Orchestra members enjoy the opportunity to play classic music and to premier new works by Maine composers.  Nancy plays the flute in the orchestra.

Ashley Hinson Dhakal is the web designer and online shop manager for The Commons Eastport. Through her business, AHD Design, she helps small businesses and organizations build their brand and visual presence in print and online. 
Caroline Coleman is the social media manager for The Commons Eastport. A mom of three, she also teaches yoga, and enjoys travel, writing, and spending time in nature. Learn more about Caroline’s business, Maine Moon Social Media.

From the Guestbook

"We are so grateful to be back home in The Commons again. We are so appreciative of and impressed by what you have created in this community. Thanks for letting us be part of it."
Teresa and Sean, Ohio
"The ladies of The Commons have thoughtfully provided every creature comfort one could want. We were cozy during the blustery storm and today is picture perfect. As many others have written, I hope to return."
Traci, California
"Wonderful accommodations at Water's Edge ... almost perfect through all kinds of weather ... sun ... fog, drizzle, rain; we saw it all. Thanks to the Ladies of the Commons for all the useful tips."
Chris & Susan, Ohio

Click to Enlarge and Read this Article from Main Street News. Or Download the PDF.

This article by Andrea L. Dono of the Main Street Project, National Trust for Historic Preservation, appeared nationally in the organization’s prestigious newsletter.

Why the oak tree? At The Commons, we love the Oak Tree because it is a symbol of wisdom, strength, morale, and knowledge. It grows slowly, but surely — at its own rate. It is often called The Mighty Oak!

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