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The Nest on Main in Bel Air is a gift-giver's paradise

Kathi Gromacki opened The Nest On Main store in October shortly after returning to the retail world after 21 years as a stay-at-home mother to her four children.
Kathi Gromacki opened The Nest On Main store in October shortly after returning to the retail world after 21 years as a stay-at-home mother to her four children. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

In search of an engagement gift for a friend, Jessica Rinehart arrived at The Nest On Main for the first time just 10 minutes before the store closed. She took a chance and went into the boutique, which had recently opened in Bel Air.

“The shop just caught my eye — her windows were great,” the Forest Hill resident recalled.

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Upon entering the home goods boutique, Rhinehart realized that she knew the owner, Kathi Gromacki, who used to work at the Harford County gift shop Mayfields.

“I saw Kathi and I knew I could find something there,” said Rhinehart, who bought a living heart-shaped wreath and a towel. “Within 10 minutes I had it. I was so excited about my gift. … It was perfect.”

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With an array of items — from furniture to kitchenware, pancake mixes to nut butters — Bel Air’s new store lives up to its tagline: the simple comforts of home.

Gromacki opened up the 2,000-square-foot store in October, shortly after returning to the retail world after 21 years as a stay-at-home mother to her four children — ages 16 to 21.

Gromacki worked at Mayfields for three years before it closed its Forrest Hill location (it later consolidated into its current Bel Air location).

“When I started working again in retail it rekindled my love for retail. I wanted to bring this love to Main Street,” she said.

Gromacki, a Forest Hill resident, thinks that Rhinehart’s experience is a typical one.

A serendipitous internet search for her grandmother’s set of Pyrex bowls sparked Katie Kracke’s passion for collecting the dishes that were a kitchen staple between the 1940s and 1980s.

“The Nest on Main has been described by customers as ‘a good place to find a gift for somebody,’ ” Gromacki said.

The store, which has an eye-catching robin’s-egg-blue front door, is stocked with plenty of reclaimed and refinished furniture and a good dose of local flair — featuring goods from 20 local artisans.

Rhinehart has been back two more times since her initial visit — all have been successful gift-finding excursions.

“Whenever I go in there … I don’t have a gift in mind,” she said. “But I never have any problem finding it. She has a great variety.

Fittingly, the store makes you feel at home, she says.

“I’m happy for her. And I’m happy for us that we have it.”

The Nest on Main

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110 S. Main St., Bel Air

410-838-5300

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