The Beaudoin family has been tying nautical knots for 60 years in the Mystic area. Mystic Knotwork, owned and operated by the Beaudoin family, is dedicated to preserving the New England nautical tradition of knot tying. Started by Alton Beaudoin in 1957, the company is celebrating 60 years of American Made craftsmanship. They’ve been honored as Heritage Award Winners at Martha Stewart’s American Made Summit 2014, SCORE’s CT Small Business Champions for 2015, and are the current Artisan of the Year for American Craft Week. The Beaudoin family would be honored to share their traditions with you.
Mystic Knotwork is currently located at 25 Cottrell St. in downtown Mystic (Take a peak inside). Their business has seen such remarkable growth that they are opening a second location at 2 Holmes St. The Grand Opening is scheduled for June 28, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The public is invited to help celebrate the growth of this long-standing local business and are asked to RSVP Here
They also setup a live feed of the Mystic Drawbridge that you can watch 24 hours a day.
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The current owners, Matt and Jill Beaudoin, took over the business from Matt’s grandfather, Alton, in 1996. Continuing and expanding upon his grandfather’s tradition, Beaudoin offers hand-tied sailor bracelets, accessories and dog toys as well as nautical home and wedding decor items. Mystic Knotwork also creates custom knotwork for clients.
This dedicated retail space in the center of Downtown Mystic will add to the artisan experience by creating a more curated space, complementing the workshop just down the street on Cottrell. This expansion is a reflection of Mystic Knotwork’s dramatic growth in both their retail and wholesale divisions over the last several years and creates the opportunity to turn the workshop into an even more immersive and educational experience. The Beaudoins credit this growth to being honored as one of 6 Heritage Award Winners at Martha Stewart’s American Made Summit 2014. Equally, the encouragement of the creative and business community around the region notably the Chambers of Commerce, Connecticut’s DECD Team, Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition, and Downtown Mystic’s Merchant Association. The company has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Rachael Ray Every Day, WFSB 3 Connecticut, WTNH News 8, Connecticut Magazine, and will be featured in the July 2017 Connecticut Bride magazine.
Beaudoin notes, “This year marks the 60th anniversary of when my grandfather, Alton Beaudoin, started this business. We are thrilled that we can carry on his legacy by opening our second retail location in Mystic, CT, where we’re continuing our family’s tradition of tying nautical knots.” Along with Matt, Jill, and their daughter, Christa, Mystic Knotwork employs more than a dozen local artisans. Visitors can see the artisans at work at both Mystic locations.