by Emily Burnham

of The Weekly Staff

A new clothing store in downtown Bangor promises a fun, easygoing shopping experience. Sea of Cotton, owned by Bangor resident Joyce Mallery, offers high quality women’s clothing, accessories, bags and body care products. It opened at 15 State St. in early April.

Sea of Cotton  originally was open in downtown Bar Harbor from 2006 until late 2014, before picking up shop and moving operations to downtown Bangor. Mallery, who has lived in Bangor for more than 20 years, has watched the downtown Bangor boom unfold over the years, and wanted to be a part of it. The availability of the location — next to home accents store Blue Heron — sealed the deal.

“I think we’re very complimentary to one another,” said Mallery in an interview in Dec. 2014, of the choice to move in next to Blue Heron. “When you own a business in a community, you are a part of that community. We want to support all the good stuff that’s happening in Bangor these days.”

Sea of Cotton offers a wide array of women’s clothing, including lines such as Fresh Produce, Habitat, Pure and many others, as well as jewelry and handbags, including Sea Bags, Chart Metalworks, Silver Seasons and more. In the transition from Bar Harbor to Bangor, Mallery sought to fine tune the offering in the store to cater to an audience shopping for clothes for both work and pleasure.

“We selected a few more pieces that are geared more toward people putting outfits together for work, more than for a coastal vacation,” said Mallery. “It has just a slightly different flavor, though we still carry many of the same lines.”

Mallery prides her business on offering excellent customer service — she and her staff try to create a low-stress, enjoyable shopping experience for women of all stripes.

“Our focus here is color, comfort and customer service,” said Mallery. “We want it to be fun. We carry clothes in sizes from extra small to 3XL, so there’s something for everyone. We want everyone to have a good experience shopping.”

In the few weeks that Sea of Cotton has been open in Bangor, Mallery said the response from the community has been extremely positive.

“We just opened up one day with no sign, just to see what would happen,” she said. “We’ve  had such a great reaction so far. People are grateful to have another local place to shop for clothing. And we are very fortunate to be in such a beautiful space. That’s a gift unto itself.”

For information on Sea of Cotton, find it on Facebook, or call 942-6400. Sea of Cotton is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.