TONY COX, Owner, Casco Bay Frames & Gallery; President, Portland Buy Local
My Portland is Creative, Friendly, and Delicious.
How did you get here? My wife and I had the opportunity to purchase her families business in Portland 10 years ago. We both are from Maine and instantly fell in love with Portland.
Why do YOU buy local? For the great personalized service I receive.
My Portland is Creative, Community, Energetic.
How did you get here? I grew up in a working in a family business in Pennsylvania, so I’ve always appreciated the hard work and commitment it takes to run your own business. When I moved to Maine about 6 years ago, I was so impressed with all of the blue and black Portland Buy Local stickers in the windows and on the bumpers of cars that I decided that Portland Buy Local was something I had to get involved with. I love being able to support all of the locally owned and independent organizations that we have here!
Why do YOU buy local? Variety is the spice of life! There are so many unique places in the world and I want to keep Portland as one of them!
My Portland is Energetic, Nonjudgmental, and Beerlicious.
How did you get here? I moved up to Maine from the Boston area 15 years ago so my then-boyfriend, now-husband could go to med school. Before I came up here, I was afraid nobody would have any teeth and there wouldn’t be anything to do. And then I found Portland and, just like falling in love with a person, I realized that Portland was the one true place for me.
Why do YOU buy local? I buy local because the local businesses are what makes this city so great. Portland is filled with creative, optimistic risk-takers who love this city enough to have their business here. Those people, of all ages, races, levels of experience, and interests make Portland the city where I want to live and raise my children. The day the opening of a Wal-mart strikes joy in the hearts of Portland’s residents is the day I’ll have to pack up and go.
NORMAN PATRY, Owner, Summer Feet Cycling; Treasurer, Portland Buy Local
My Portland is Unique, Vibrant, Beautiful
How did you get here? I grew up in Lewiston and moved away for college and work. In my early 30’s I decided that I wanted to move back to Maine and settled in Portland.
Why do YOU buy local? Being a small business owner, i think it is important to support other local businesses and keep as money as possible in the local economy.
My Portland is Beautiful, Friendly, and Fun.
How did you get here? I came to Portland after living in Washington, D.C. for a decade. I had been coming to Maine in the summer all my life in, so when I was ready for a change from D.C., I knew Portland would be the place to go. I became involved with Buy Local after deciding to pursue self-employment full-time.
Why do YOU buy local? To keep Portland the unique and special place that brought me here.
MARY MARSH, Marsh Agency; Co-Chair of Membership Committee, Portland Buy Local
My Portland is Vibrant, People, and History.
How did you get here? I started volunteering for PBL in the Spring of 2010 – delivering directories and posters. I then volunteered for Indie Biz, joining the committee to organize the event. I met some great, enthusiastic people who were committed to the cause of Portland Buy Local and supporting the businesses in this community. I was invited to join the Board and here I am!
Why do YOU buy local? Our family owns a small business in Portland (for over 35 years!) and we are committed to providing the best service for our customers and to supporting other local, independent businesses. When planning our daughter’s wedding this summer we made sure that we used local businesses for her invitations, flowers, dresses, rings, gifts for attendants and for all the other details that go into making a wedding perfect. It is amazing what this city provides and at a cost that was the same or less than “big box” or internet companies. And the service and friendliness of our local business owners is incomparable. They went out of their way to help with anything we needed. Thank you Portland!
CAITLIN CAMERON, Urban Planner, City of Portland
My Portland is historical, picturesque and windy
How did you get here? I came to Portland for an unparalleled career opportunity.
Why do YOU buy local? I buy local because I believe in quality of life. Local businesses add character and individuality to Portland. Local businesses create real economic development and good quality jobs. Local businesses also allow me to keep my car-free lifestyle by shopping in my own neighborhood.
DOUG JOHNSON, Proprietor and Chief Cleaner, Grandview Window Cleaning
My Portland is Ocean-ready, Enchanting, and Culture-rich.
How did you get here? I first visited Portland in 1993 to attend a loved one’s graduation form UM law School. I fell in love with the city and moved here in 1998 when a job opportunity opened up.
Why do YOU buy local? I buy local because each dollar I spend locally increases the vibrancy of our local economy, strengthens our community and puts food on the table and a roof over the heads of people I know and love. It is also a pleasure to buy local because inevitably I get to know the vendors and their families including children; grandchildren; lovers; parents; grandparents and significant others. These relationships enhance the quality of my life in immeasurable ways.
ELISE LOSCHIAVO, Realtor, Vitalius Real Estate
My Portland is Vibrant, Creative, and Special.
How did you get here? On a January weekend in 2002 and I was whisked away to Portland by some college friends from Maine. Coming from the mid-Atlantic, somehow I’d never been in the state before so Portland was a completely unknown quantity to me. Despite being introduced to the city during a bonafide hurricane, my then-19-year-old self fell head over heels in love with Portland (and got the tattoo to prove it)! Three years later I graduated college in Boston, hightailed it to Maine, and I never plan to leave.
Why do YOU buy local? In my former job as PR and Events manager for Portland’s Downtown District, I saw firsthand the way our locally owned independent businesses cared for and invested back into our surrounding community. Our local businesses are the lifeblood of our town, and a huge reason Portland is as wonderful and unique as it is. I buy local because I want Portland to continue to thrive!
My Portland is Fun, Exciting, & Cultural
How did you get here? Mary Marsh from the Marsh Agency invited me & I love this City!
Why do YOU buy local? You vote with your dollar; so try out your local merchants… You won’t regret it!
My Portland is Outdoorsy, Scrumptious, Unique
How did you get here? I spent most of my adulthood in large urban areas because I loved the access to culture, food, diversity, and creativity. After living in some phenomenal cities around the world, I moved back to NY and after four years in NYC, I hit a wall. I was spending almost every weekend trying to get out, often more time in the car than at the destination. In 2008 I was visiting one of my best friends and made some comment to the effect of, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could actually find a job in Portland?” She responded, “Have you ever even looked?” I went home, got on the internet and four months later had a job in Portland. Its been love ever since!
Why do YOU Buy Local? I buy local because I believe in supporting and growing my community in as many ways as possible. Portland is my adopted home and I love being a part of and helping the community grow. And selfishly, I find shopping local often brings better quality, more interesting products, and I love being able to interact and learn about the people providing my goods, foods, and services.
KAI SMITH, Owner, Buoy Local
My Portland is Authentic, Progressive, and Tasty
How did you get here? I grew up in Portland’s Oakdale neighborhood (near King Middle School). I left Portland for college in 2004, but moved back here after graduating and decided it was the best place for me to be. Since returning, I’ve done as much as I can to immerse myself in the community I grew up in. This includes attending Graduate School at USM, coaching soccer at PHS, and even starting my own business. I am happy and thankful to live in this awesome community.
Why do YOU buy local? Portland has a unique character that is unlike any other place in the country. Thankfully, I believe this is due in large part to our thriving local businesses, and I want to do as much as I can to help protect and support our city’s small business culture.
TOM GANGEWER, Owner, Local Economy
My Portland is: lived in, approachable, and welcoming.
Why do YOU buy local?
Because I want my money to stay in my community.
Because I want to support small business owners who take huge risks when they give up employer-paid insurance and regular pay checks to follow their dreams, but in doing so make our city the special place that it is.
Because when I walk into big box stores and see miles and miles of fast-fashion and miscellaneous merchandise it makes me wonder where it came from and where it will end up.
My Portland is Vibrant, Welcoming, Innovative
How did you get here? I was one of those people that had “live in either Portland” on my bucket list, and after school in Chicago, Maine was closer to my family in PA than the West Coast was. My first job in Portland was at Coffee By Design, so I was introduced to Portland Buy Local early on, and the overwhelming local support for independently owned businesses played a huge role in my growing love for the area. Now, as a board member, I’m excited to learn even more about all that’s happening in Portland.
Why do YOU buy local? I think everyone has a dream of their ideal job, or what they’d do with their time if they could do anything. There are so many people in Portland who turn that dream into a reality by opening their own business, and they’re what make our community the incredible place that it is. Buying local helps these types of businesses to thrive, and helps local people continue to bring their dreams to life.
MARY ALLEN LINDEMANN, Co-Owner, Coffee By Design; A Founding Member, Portland Buy Local
How did you get here? After seven years of adventures in Appalachian Ohio, Chicago, Boston, and Arizona, I moved back to Maine to accept a position with the Portland Farmers’ Market. I was then lucky enough to discover Buy Local, and am so excited to be a part of an organization that does so much for our wonderful city!
Why do YOU Buy Local? I buy local to support what I love: Portland’s independence!
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