New downtown antique shop joins Waterville’s growing artisan community

As Waterville undergoes revitalization, the emergence of new local businesses continues to add vibrancy and variety to downtown. Lunanightday Antiques, located on Appleton Street, is augmenting the growing local art scene by offering a unique combination of antiques and art.

Ed West, who co-owns the business with his partner Mike Hidalgo, feels that the shop has offered visitors a special experience since its opening on Sept. 1, 2017.

“We bring something that isn’t here at the moment,” West said in an interview with the Echo, “We bring a different level of antiques.”

Having been involved with antiques for 30 years, West has operated a successful eBay store since the website’s early days. While he and Hidalgo will continue to sell antiques to buyers across the globe on eBay, their passion for antiques is now being channeled into the newly opened Waterville retail store. 

“Preservation is very important to us and the idea of being able to pass down good things to the next generations,” said West. “It is important to be able to assist young people in trying to understand what they’re looking at and understand why it’s important.”

Lunanightday Antiques, which was named for Hidalgo’s mother’s maiden name, sells a vast selection of quality dinnerware, silver goods, glass, and pottery.

“A lot of it is about the artistic quality,” explained West. “We’ve displayed the pieces as artwork and we see the shop as somewhat of a gallery.”

In addition to the full range of antiques, Hidalgo’s artwork is sold in the shop. Having earned an art degree from University of Maine at Augusta last year, Hidalgo creates multimedia pieces that seek to convey a message. 

“Waterville is supposed to be a city that’s for the arts and the arts are a big deal,” West said. “With Colby and the art museum, there is a lot of emphasis on this.” 

Colby’s growing investment in Waterville is extremely visible around the shop given its location across the street from the renovated Hains Building and close to the site of the new residential complex. The shop, located in the same building as Selah Tea, is also near the drop off point for the Colby Shuttle.

“It is very exciting that Colby is doing more activities off the hill and trying to invest in the City,” said West. “Colby is integral to the growth of Waterville at this point.”

In juxtaposition with the new construction, the art-deco style building housing the shop is reminiscent of earlier times. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and maintains design elements from its 1920s construction.

In the future, West and Hidalgo hope to joint-market with other related businesses, including the recently opened Hathaway Antiques, to highlight Waterville retail.

“It’s nice to be part of the community and to be able to work with the residents that live in that part of the City,” West said. “The goal is to make Waterville a destination for people who are antiquing so they don’t just pass us by.”