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February 9, 2021
Revisiting, Revising and Reviewing 

Featured above, one of our most popular products, the Passamaquoddy Sweetgrass Braid by Peter Neptune. The sweetgrass season is ending and we have our last batch of braids to share with you. See full product details here. 

Dear Friend of The Commons,

We are in the fifth month of our new Online Shop venture. It was on September 5th at 6:25 a.m. with the rising sun touching the shore of Eastport that we launched this addition to our Water Street Shop. We have dared reaching into the greater world, and many of you have reached back to us. Thank you.

Our news today includes three key words — revisit, revise, review. We have revisited these past months to look at every action taken to offer our visitors a positive experience when viewing and selecting products that have been created by our talented Maine artisans, artists and authors. We have made some revisions in the way our growing collection and technology bring our story and inventory to you in the easiest and most enjoyable way possible. And we have just this week launched the process of asking for your reviews on our offerings. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing more about who we are as “The Women of The Commons,” more about our artisans, artists and authors, and of course, their wonderful work.

Today, we start by highlighting our most historic, traditional, sacred, and revered products. These are the Passamaquoddy sweetgrass braids and Passamaquoddy bookmarks, created by the Tribal twosome of Elder Peter Neptune and his daughter Victoria Neptune. Both are carrying on the honored traditions of using sweet grass and brown ash in their creations. And here are the words your reviews have brought about their work:

"The braids are beautiful and so well done. Knowing they were made in Sipayik by a tribal elder, Peter Neptune, made them all the more special for our friends out West."


"This sweetgrass braid is not only beautiful, but also smells amazing and will be enjoyed every time my daughter walks into her room. Thank you so much for crafting such a beautiful piece." 

"Buying a unique gift has lead me to think and research about another part of this country's history bringing light to cultures. Will enjoy the simplicity & meaning it has.”


"I bought the bookmarks for my adult children. My daughter & son love the smell of sweet grass as much as I do. And I loved the card that came with it because it gave them something special about their heritage. I made my children homemade cookbooks with family recipes in that person's handwriting, copied and put the bookmarks with the cookbook. It was their favorite gift! “


"Love these!! Makes a wonderful gift.”


"The smell of sweet grass is wonderful!”

Above, Passamaquoddy Sweetgrass Braid by Peter Neptune and Sweetgrass Bookmark by Victoria Neptune. 
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