One thing I love about Mystic are the mom-and-pop shops. There are several in downtown and in the surrounding area. I love supporting local businesses. Naturally the nautical name of Mystic Knotwork drew me into their store when they opened on Cottrell Street in 2015. The store overlooks the Mystic River park - I had been taking a stroll through the park when I saw the store. I had to walk in to see what it was about.
Walking into Mystic Knotwork, there is ropes everywhere! Even the smell of the ropes which takes me back to the childhood summer days on the Finger Lakes in Upstate NY. Every product in the store is handmade by the owners - the Beaudoins. The store was founded by their grandfather in his home then given to the current owner who operated it out of Stonington before moving the store into Mystic.
The knot products varies from bracelets, necklaces, bowls, door mats, monkey fists, ornaments, and many more. They even offer nautical knot decor for weddings such as monkey fists, napkin holders and card holders.
Mystic Knotwork supports many events around town, the Beaudoins are very active members of the community. Their popularity is visible through the ubiquity of their products and decorative contributions. You see their nautical decor in the Whaler’s Inn lobby and several other local businesses. Currently there is a pink nautical rope ribbon in honor of breast cancer awareness on the Mystic drawbridge that was created and contributed by them. They participate in many local fundraisers and shows (including Wooden Boat show at Mystic Seaport). Their role in the community makes me proud to support them.
It didn’t take long before I started having some of their products in my home! A few of my favorites includes a wreath, a bowl, a trivet, and the Christmas star. I have a navy blue and white rope wreath that I hang year-round in my home. I love seeing it daily on the wall in my living room. Last winter I fell in love with their knot star so I got myself a red and white one which will be displayed on top of the tree for first time this upcoming Christmas! Another favorite is a large navy blue rope bowl that I have in my kitchen. It was gifted to me by my parents. I’m aiming for the coasters next!
Mystic Knotwork is located on Cottrell Street but they also recently opened a retail store on Holmes Street. The Cottrell Street is the original shop which serves as their workshop. Most of time you will be able to watch someone working with the ropes. It’s amazing to watch! The workshop is open to customers - they have a few products for sale there. You also may get lucky to get a greeting from their adorable dog, Betsy! The store on Holmes street (which you can’t miss with the lighthouse fixture attached to the store!) is their retail shop where you will be able to purchase all of their products that were made at the workshop. It’s fun to visit both stores - which I do most of time when I go to downtown Mystic. The fact that they are super dog-friendly is a bonus for my dalmatian to be able to come shopping with me.
Visit their shop at 25 Cottrell Street and 2 Holmes Street in Mystic. Their hours are Monday-Wednesday 10-6, Thursday-Saturday 10-8, and Sunday 12-6. If you aren’t local to New England region - their products are found in many other shops all over United States and also sell on their website - https://mysticknotwork.com/.
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