How an old hardware store became a creative home for Yarmouth couple

YARMOUTH, Maine — Creaky, well-worn floors. Dark corners once loaded with small parts bins. The hardware heart of a do-it-yourself village culture has been captured and transformed with an urban sensibility.

Artist Charlie Hewitt saw the half century-old Goff’s Hardware store on Main Street and instantly knew he wanted to live there. “It took me 40 years in New York to find the perfect loft in Maine,” said Hewitt, a Lewiston native.

The sculptor and painter left Maine at 17 and ended up in New York. After decades of orbiting the art world from SoHo to the Lower East Side, to Jersey City, Hewitt, who has a colorful piece on the High Line in New York City, and his wife Kate Carey, a painter in her own right, were eager to settle in a community and put down roots. Trying to raise two children amid the urban frenzy gave urgency to the

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