Brenda, the owner, is fantastic. Brenda Bonneville really knows her way around lamps, lighting, etc. I’ve had a lamp for 40 years that, thanks to her, will now reveal its beauty.
When I need help with shades/lamps, Brenda fixes it. I have purchased half a dozen lamp shades, new and vintage, at AMBIANCE and will continue to go there whenever I need/want another one. When I am not sure of what I want, Brenda has a great talent for finding what you wanted but didn’t know it. Never a forced sale. She has an amazing knack for helping you figure it out without imposing strong opinions just gentle suggestions or ideas. I usually don’t know what I want until she guides me. I am always thrilled with my purchase(s).
Last summer, while in Belfast, i chanced upon Ambiance. It was love at first blush. The shop is a haven for lamps, silver, trays, china, petit lovelies from around the globe. I felt forlorn this winter when my kitten jumped on and broke my favorite antique lamp, but not for long. Asked my husband to start up the car; it was time for a road trip. When I called to inquire about her winter hours and found out that we had the same days off, Brenda was gracious and offered to open at whatever time and day suited my needs! We made the 3.5 hour drive, to be welcomed once again by Brenda with her wonderful sense of hospitality, and her illuminated collection. We ended up purchasing 2 lamps that were just perfect. Thank you. This little shop is a treasure, and with Brenda at the helm, it is worth seeking out.
This is a fun, exciting, ever changing spot of culture and beauty. And, yes, ambiance, all made possible by a special owner with a special attitude toward connection and service. A treat to have it here in the midcoast region.
It’s always a pleasure to step into your inviting shop…and to chat with you ! I hope you have a special holiday season.
Love this shop! I can’t wait to go back! So many unique lighting choices! The owner is so helpful!
Warm, wonderful and absolutely delightful. Brenda is a gem and so is her shop.
Brenda is great to work with and made sure my lamp & shade looked perfect together!
Ambiance is a happy place…interesting and unusual finds!
Always excellent care and professional advice. I always love the end results. I am not one to envision the end results but with Brenda helping me, it always is what I had hoped for.
I’m not sure where else in the world one can go to find such a gem of a shop! From chic to antique to funky, Brenda’s offerings are eclectic in the very best sense of the word. Many treasures here, including the owner!!
Terrific eclectic little wonderland of fantastic treasures to peruse. A must stop as you never know what strikes your fancy.
My husband and I love frequenting this little shop. Brenda makes herself available should you need her while allowing you to poke about taking your time to go through the shop. I have purchased at least three lamps from Brenda all of which are standouts in our home. While I take my time looking about my husband can be found searching through Brenda’s collection of bits and pieces in various boxes and drawers which he uses in various projects. Ambiance is a lovely little shop, a place to frequent for that special something and a bit of conversation all while feeling right at home.
AMBIANCE is a awesome store. Great service by the owner! Very friendly so helpful.
We are incredibly lucky to have a store like this in our area. Brenda Bonneville, the owner, is welcoming, kind, knowledgeable and talented. She rewired two antique lamps for me and helped me to choose the most amazing shades and finials to make my lamps look gorgeous. I couldn’t be happier.
The owner of this story is so lovely and charming. She listens and help you find just what you are looking for. She can turn anything into a beautiful piece of art! I love going in here and seeing all the beautiful piece she has saved, made, or restored. I have bought I think 2 lamps now maybe 3 and she has fixed two old family gas lamps left to me by my great Aunt. They now are electric and sitting in my home. She sees how important your things are and treats them as her own. I would trust her with anything. What she was able to do and for such a reasonable price I was blown away. Will be going back for more amazing things. Have a couple of items I am hoping she can turn into lamps for me. The other stuff in the store is so outstanding. I always go in there if I am in need of a gift. I have found birthday gifts and thank you gifts and I tell you i know where I am headed for my holiday gifts as well. Stop in this amazing story even if it is just to say hello. The smile and welcome that greats you is sure to make you feel right at home
LOVE that painting. It is on my mantel and it looks like it’s always been there. Has a new home 🙂
Beautiful collection of vintage lamps and decor. The owner is delightful.
This is the most magical store! I always find some treasure that is a “must have,” and Brenda has made my tired looking lamps beautiful again with fabulous shades, quick re-wiring, and out of this world finials. The atmosphere couldn’t be more warm and welcoming. We are so lucky to have Ambiance in Belfast.
I love to browse in this shop and have found many well-priced treasures that I couldn’t live without. One item in particular is a beautiful tray and lid to dress up my casserole dish. I’ve brought it to potluck buffets to hold my contributions. Very stylish modestly-priced splurge.
Non-pushy shopping experience with a great eclectic collection of Items. Bought some nice prints. Will visit again.
(what we got right?) Everything! Wonderful owner, wonderful choices, wonderful service, wonderful pricing…just a beautiful, fabulous shop!!
Brenda, the owner, is fantastic! She is so pleasant, kind, friendly, and her customer service is the best ever.
Brenda is a delightful and patient person, who takes time with each customer. I would suggest calling and making an appointment. She is worth it!
Happy New Year to you and Thierry! Turns out our best presents came from Ambiance this year. Our friend gave us a set of beautiful silverware she got at your store! Here we are in our 60s and it’s the first set of silver either of us have ever had! Love it.
Brenda is delightful and has a wonderful eye. She has filled her shop with a unique collection of treasures making this shop one of my favorite haunts.
AMBIANCE is now in the same spot that many of us remember fondly as Old Stuff just across the street from the Belfast Post Office.
It is a shop that offers the delight of the hunt for the unusual.. a designer pillow crafted by Brenda Bonneville, the creative owner or a planter from Italy that has a touch of the Old World in its design or an old commemorative plate with the state of Kansas printed on it. The lamps are a main stay as they were with Old Stuff. And what fun just to hunt for the unknown. AMBIANCE is a place to spend time poking and picking and almost always finding something unique.
Always a must when visiting Belfast no matter the time of year. The ambiance of this charming shop is pretty near perfect.