How clean are you?

If there was a soap that your mother used to wash your mouth out with, it probably wasn’t this one. In fact, Whiskey River Soaps might encourage just the kind of foul language that got you a mouth full of suds in the first place.

IMG_20170308_155230_253 Made here in the US of A, these sassy glycerine soaps will leaving you feeling clean, and a bit dirty, at the same time. There is a scent to suit any personality. Morning people? Watch out, they can cut you. Hipsters? Smells like coffee, bacon, craft beer, and your beard. Then of course is the middle child, featuring a largely invisible scent. The hysterical packaging still has me in stitches. Just wait until you read the directions for use. They think of everything.

Now it’s your turn to let someone know just what you think of them. The only question is how to choose just one.

So You Want to Know What’s Inside.

We opened our Bethel shop in 2011, then moved up the street to a funky old garage in 2013. Going from the back of a barn to the center of town was a big deal. It came with huge display windows, think service garage doors, and we jazzed it all up with bright colors. Still, I hear it all the time, “I’ve been meaning to come in. I wondered what you had in here.” If you haven’t stepped foot in the store yet, prepared to be amazing. I love the ‘wow’ look a new customer gets upon entering.

Recently I was approached by a real estate agent in town. Cassie, from Cassie Mason Real Estate, (cassiemasonrealestate.com) had a new blog idea and wanted to showcase all of the gems Bethel has to offer. Boy, wasn’t I excited to be her first test subject. We had so much fun making this video and I feel it really captures the heart of what Nabos has to offer. If you’ve never been in, now you’ll see what you’ve been missing. If you’ve been in before, we’d love to see you again!

Check us out, and when you’re done, take a peek at Cassie’s site to see more of what our area has to offer.

In the Press

People who discover our quintessential little mountain town are liable to fall right in love with it. If you ask someone who lives here how they got here, the answer often starts with, “I moved here to be a ski bum back in xxxx.” This statement rings true with me as I am now celebrating my 10th year of living in the Sunday River area. It’s now been five years since Nabos opened its doors here and we have gotten to know our community, participated in Bethel’s Real Maine Wedding, and received accolades from the Rising Star Entreprenuer award to being voted the best local gift shop five years running. This past week I was thrilled to find out that we were mentioned in Maine Magazine along with many other great spots in town. Pick up the latest edition, or read the article linked below. You’ll see just why us Bethelites love where we live.

Click here to find out what Maine Magazine said about us:

http://themainemag.com/travel/48-hours-in/2887-bethel.html

Coloring Books for Grown Ups.

Van GoghThey’re not just for kids anymore.  A new trend is starting in the adult world bringing us all back to the crayon boxes of our youth: coloring books for grown ups. If you thought coloring was just a tool to learn motor skills in kindergarten, think again.

Coloring can be a great way to relax and unwind, especially for those of us who lack the talent to draw a picture from scratch.  Playing with colors can open Zenup your creative mind and transport you to any scene of your choosing.

As an adult, you’ll probably want to leave those thicker crayons behind and invest in a nice set of colored pencils or fine tipped markers. Let your inner artist shine bright and give your mind a rest after a stressful day. And best of all, when you are finished, you’ll have a lovely piece of art to keep or to give. Whether you are apprenticing with Van Gogh  or meditation over a mandala, go ahead and let your inner child out to play. You’ll thank yourself.

$5.99 each at our Bethel location.

Becoming a Better Cyclist

 

About a decade ago, I started road riding. Over the years, I’ve upgraded bikes twice, participated in various biking events, and started riding with a group. Each time I get on my bike I think of all the tips I’ve gathered over the years and how they have shaped me into the cyclist I am today. So, I’m here to share with you some of the things I’ve learned, both the hard way, and the easy way.


 

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Enjoying the Women’s Ride in Freeport, Maine.

1. Pump it up. Your tires, that is.

This was a lesson learned the hard way. The very first Trek Across Maine that I ever participated in, I had no idea what I was doing. I was on an old cyclocross bike with little knobby tires and not nearly enough gears for my liking. I was trudging myself up a hill when a fellow biker told me I was looking a little flat in the rear. At the next rest stop, I checked in with a mechanic and found out I was nearly 40 psi under inflated. It didn’t sound like much, but when I hopped back on my bike, I couldn’t believe the difference. It was like I had a whole new set of legs.

When your tires are underinflated, you are working harder than you have to. Your tire should tell you the maximum air pressure. You certainly don’t need to inflate it to the max, but make sure it is close to that. It’s ok to leave a little wiggle room for rolling over things without popping your tire. If you are on a mountain bike, you will want to inflate much less than the max as to not get bounced over rocks, roots, and such. Even if you haven’t been riding recently, tires can lose air pressure due to temperature fluctuations. Invest in a good bike pump and use it.