Uncle Tom's Market. My local secret gem. This unassuming little corner shop has one of the best beer selections in town. The only place I know of where I can get fresh Bissell Brothers cans without having to drive to Portland. An amazing selection of Belgian/European bottles, and some fantastic local cans. There are beers that I haven't seen anywhere outside of the brewery, and some I haven't seen anywhere else in Maine. Cans can be purchased as singles, which is an absolute must in my opinion. The pricing on almost everything is quite reasonable and competitive, and things that are often marked up/overpriced at many other locations, are not. Dan is a genuinely kind human being, who's knowledgeable about his beer, and is more than willing to take the time to chat with you about it. A really nice guy who's always a pleasure to talk to. I always enjoy dropping by for a little haul. Great little shop.
Cool store that somehow exists catering to the demographics of excellent beer (domestic and imported), sight gags and strange knickknacks (it'd be my first stop if I had to get a whoopie cushion), and nudie mags. Not a huge selection of any of the above, but the beers they do stock is quality and the shopkeeper can point you in the right direction if you're looking for a certain type of beer. He's especially helpful with Maine brews and the European offerings, and they don't overcharge!
A truly unique experience, what a place. From the shopping cart with the had painted sign advertising steamed hot dogs and roasted nuts, to the library quality selection of smut Tom's is a must stop. Waking in is like a trip back in time, a few folks sitting around shooting the breeze, random smattering of goods, and then the beer. A Great selection of local Maine/New England beer plus some unexpected treats from across the US and Europe. SUPER friendly owner always willing to help you out and offer suggestions. Hit or miss on your big hitters (i.e. Bissel, Foundation, MBC) but a constant selection of the lesser known a from the area, and everything can be purchased as a single.
Good place to stop to grab something on the way home. Owner is knowledgeable and tries to stay current on the beer scene. Stock doesn't rotate much to usually stay away from anything hoppy. If you are looking for something special you have to ask. Keeps good things behind the counter.
Not as much porn as I had expected. Unfortunately, the selection was a little less than what I expected as well. They did have some nice offerings from Belgium/Europe, no loons or anything like that though. Good selection of Maine Craft Beer, but nothing too exclusive or rare the day that I was there. The gentleman that was working when I visited was quite knowledgeable and very helpful.
I'll start with what this place doesnt have- Uncle Tom's is NOT a flashy store with a nice deli, large shopping selection or other take out food. What they lack they make up in character- Beer, porn, novelty toys (snakes in a can, fake arms), jerky, smokes and random- shit I forgot to get toilet paper/milk. That is it.
They have the largest selection of Belgian beers I have seen in Maine and many, many local favorites and the largest selection of porn (outside of a sex shop) that I have seen in Maine (both on DVD and magazines).
If in there area, worth the stop- never know what you will find.
Uncle Tom's is the ultimate one stop shop for pretty much every (legal) adult only product out there! This is the only place I have ever been where I can pick up an Allagash Curieux, a pack of Camels, pretty much any dirty magazine in existence and top off the purchase with a delightful hodge podge of beef jerky (what can I say, the wife was out of town and I wanted to get my party on).
Seriously though, I love shopping at Uncle Tom's. It's a family owned, totally authentic Maine store where you are as likely to run into local wino as you are a professor from Bowdoin. Although it's located right on the main drag of Route 1 it is slightly hard to find as it's in a non-descript building and the sign is slightly small, fairly old and basically looks like it has been hanging outside since 1978.
Don't let the exterior fool you though, the beer selection inside is top notch. They have pretty much every Allagash out there, Jolly Pumpkin, Rock Art and Red Racer to name a few North American brews as well as really solid variety of high end imports from Belgium and Germany. Prices are lower then other quality beer stores in the area making this a great stop on the way to/from midcoast Maine.
So to sum up Uncle Tom's...great beer selection, good prices, really friendly service and an outstanding medley of smut. Does it get any better then that? Not in my book.