My New Favorite Store | Longboat Key-Bradenton FL Photographer

When I fell in love with the food photography and styling work of cookbook author Béatrice Peltre a couple of years ago or so, I also set out on a mission to find those fun, funky plastic spoons that she uses in many of her bright and vibrant images she showcases on her blog.  And when I was crazy lucky to attend one of her food photography and styling workshops last summer in NYC, do ya think I would have asked her?!?  No, ugh.  So I continued my search, checking kitchen specialty stores and party supply websites to no avail.

I grew less enthusiastic and hopeful of stumbling upon them after such a fruitless search.  That is, until I ventured to the quaint town of Camden, Maine last month……..


My spirits were renewed by Camden’s charming historic downtown and the visually appealing storefronts…..I spied beautiful linens in one, and happily noted kitchen specialty items in another.  I was on the hunt!!  Again!!  Lafe was indeed the most patient man evah as we combed through each potential spoon-discovery store only to be let down one after another.

And then we ventured into the last probable store – Jo Ellen Designs.

Talk about gorgeous!!! The shelves and tables held a bounty of stunning tableware, cookbooks, and beautiful home accessories. I saw Béa’s cookbook La Tartine Gourmande on one of the display tables and struck up a conversation with the owners about her NYC workshop and how fantastic it was. They showed great interest in that and invited me to take photographs of their store which I happily did.

While I was navigating between using my DSLR and my iPhone, Lafe called to me and held up a spoon and asked me if that was kind of like what I was looking for.  Kind of?!?  IT WAS!!!!!!!!  It was IT!!!!!!  I’m not sure if I screamed or yelped or something equally as embarrassing and unladylike, but I became wildly and uncontrollably giddy!!!!  I thought at first that maybe that was the only style available….but then we started circling back around the store with “new” eyes and sure enough, at almost every display, were more spoons in a different color or pattern. Needless to say, I bought 16 of them……

It’s an AMAZING store!! Jo Ellen Designs is located at 21 Main Street in Camden, Maine and is a must-stop if you enjoy fine tableware and home accessories. It’s also a prop stylist’s dream come true!! Thank you for letting me wander throughout the store taking photographs and I hope my travels take me to Camden again very soon!

bea - July 8, 2014 - 3:47 am

Just discovering your post now Stacey! Love it. Thank you! I will stop at the shop when I head North!

admin - September 1, 2014 - 2:47 pm

I do hope you have the chance Bea!! :)

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