Stop by Our Store: 7 Old Searsport Ave, Rte 1, Belfast, Maine 04915             Phone: 207-338-4300
Our hours are:  April  Friday and Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 10-3
May –December open Daily, Monday – Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-3
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Shipping Note: If your complete order is 3 lbs or over, your shipping fee will not be included in the initial charge. We want to make your shipping expense is the most economical to you. We will contact you to discuss your preferred shipping choice and rate. Once you decide on shipping, the shipping fee will be charged to your credit card once your product has shipped.

Return and Exchanges:  Special orders are non-returnable.
Regular orders can be returned within 7 days of receipt in their original packaging and in the case of jewelry, in unworn condition. Please notify the Lupine Cottage by phone or email before the return. The client is responsible for returning the item(s) pre-paid and insured to the Lupine Cottage. Credit issued will not include original shipping and insurance charges. We reserve the right to not accept a return and may require a re-stocking or repair fee if the item has been at all damaged or worn. While our policies are firm for obvious reasons, we will do everything we can to work with you and make sure your experience with us is positive.

Meet Lupine Cottage Owner Margaret Masessa

My husband and I move to Montville Maine in 1988.  We purchase a 200 year old farm house, and started our family together.  There we had 3 daughters.  I wanted to stay home and raise my own children, so we grew what we ate, and raised chickens, turkeys and pigs.    

 

To earn some extra money I learned how to machine knit.  I purchase a used knitting machine, and contract knit for other companies.  I would pick up bags on yarn, a list of what needed to be made, and took it home.  I knit in the evenings and when the kids took naps.  I learned so much.  This is when my knitting and designing passion began.

 

Then I started design my own stuff, made products and did shows.  I became a KnitKing Dealer, sold machines, and gave classes out of my home.  As my business grew I joined several Craft Co-ops to expand my sales.  I was an active member in 2 co-ops, holding secretary and treasurer positions. 

As time went by, the building owners would double the rent, sell the building, etc. Not allowing us to have that repeat customer. So I decided to be the owner, so this would never happen to me again. 

 

In 2003, one of the co ops  landlord was selling the building and we needed to find a new place.

I found the land on Route 1 in Belfast, It was perfect.  I purchase the land and built the building as Limited Liability Company, holding  shares for the business.  The Lupine Cottage rents from me, and is also a LLC. 

 

Our name comes from the wild lupine on the land, we dug them out to build the building and put them back in;  and the Cottage industry, handmade products.

 

So after meeting with the bank, lawyer and my accountant, my Dream began. Several other crafters joined me and we wrote a business plan to open the Lupine Cottage. With over 22 loan, we struggled.  Determined to succeed,  I just kept going.  Adjusting along the way as needed.  Determined to succeed.

 

Shortly after the business plan was written for Lupine, my husband was deployed to Afghanistan for 18 months.  He signed papers saying I was doing this crazy business plan.  He left and it was a Field of Lupine, when he came home it was a finished building with the Lupine Cottage open for its first season.  Our daughters helped paint the walls and do whatever was needed to finish the project. 

 

Crafters believed in me, and made personal loans to me to get the down payment to start building. 

The Lupine Cottage is a two story building that I designed.  It is clean open space that compliments all the Maine Made items. 

 

We opened in 2004 with 23 small businesses in Maine.  We have a jury process to ensure, Maine Made, Quality – not purchase and enhanced, and no duplicate crafter, we want to add products not  already represented in the store. We are completing our 13th season, now with 65 small business and a year round web site.  We also  have  Pinterest page, Facebook Page.

 

Over the years, we have improved the landscaping, adding and improving each year.  I do all the lawn maintenance, so it is done the way I want. 

 

In June the Lupine are in Full bloom,  Visitors come from all over just to see the beauty of the Land. 

The Lupine Cottage is my dream,  I am one of the 65 small businesses in it.  I work full time in a Dental office Monday – Thursday, and then come to Lupine on Friday Saturday and Sunday.  I have a knitting machine in the corner, and knit and demo each day I work.  I have developed by business LupineKnits and now have my own website.  Loving to design I expanded my knit hat business, and developed KeepSakeKnogginKnits, which also has a web site. 

I hope someday to retire from Dental, and do custom knitting for Lupine KnitsKeepsake Noggin Knitsand the Lupine Cottage.  If you are willing to work hard, and believe in yourself………Dreams do come true.