Mystic shop carries on knot-making family tradition - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Mystic shop carries on knot-making family tradition

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Thursday marks one week before Christmas Eve, but if you’re still looking for some unique, Connecticut-made gift ideas, a Mystic business will rope you right in.

After a few years online, and a small location in Stonington, Matt Beaudoin is now celebrating the grand opening of his first storefront of Mystic Knotwork, on Cottrell Street.

The store is new, but the knot-making dates back to his grandfather, who knotted frames and everything else when he was a merchant mariner in the 1930s.

"The actual talent for the business starts with the Seaman's Church Institute, where he was teaching able-bodied seamen before World War II - and staying there to hang out and that's where he learned from all the old sailors,” Beaudoin said.

Beaudoin eventually took over the business, and with the help of his wife, daughter and a small staff, they’ve expanded to include all kinds of things, like Christmas ornaments, wreaths, door mats, door handles and so much more.

"Coasters are probably the most popular thing and especially, we make bottle stoppers now which are brand new and they've been selling like crazy,” said Beaudoin’s daughter, Christa Clarke.

She is also well-trained in tying, to carry on the family tradition.

The officials “rope cutting” at Mystic Knotwork is on Thursday at 5 p.m.

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