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2014-2015 Portland Buy Local Directories are now available!

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Hot off the presses: it’s the 2014-2015 Portland Buy Local Directory!
Our intrepid volunteers are just about done delivering them to all our 460+ members. They can also be found at our office at our new office at 306 Congress Street – feel free to reach out for a convenient time to stop by.
Grab one for yourself and one for a friend.  We guarantee you’ll find something you didn’t even know existed in Portland!
And of course, our online directory is always available – at any time of day on your nearest computer or mobile device!
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Offer up some Local Love – our Valentine’s Guide!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Portland Buy Local

You don’t need to look far to create the perfect Valentine’s Day. Portland Buy Local has created a handy guide for all your needs. And, as always, if you don’t see what you need here, go to and check out our directory of over 400 business members.


casco1Casco Bay Frames and Gallery – Buy your sweetie some beautiful Valentines by Casco Bay Frames and Gallery framer and designer, Holly Karolkowski. You can choose from some great Superman valentines or a cute “You are My Maine Man map valentine with a heart sticker to place your location on the map. 295 Forest Ave Ste 6, Portland · (207) 774-1260.

CBD_Valentines_Coffees_2014Coffee By Design — Bring a certain buzz to any relationship with these specialty blends from Coffee By Design. Now until February 15th, you can order Almond the Mood for Love, Nuttin’ But Kisses, Cupid’s Choice 2014, and Chocolate Cherry Kiss for the special folks in your life. Give the gift of buzz back to your loved ones this February! Visit one of their locations, or purchase online:

fiascoGelato Fiasco – Each year on Valentine’s Day, Gelato Fiasco transforms the gelato case into a collection of red, white, pink, and chocolate flavors all specially created for the day. Successful past flavors likely to be repeated this year include: Conversation Hearts Gelato; Sticky Kisses Gelato (peanut butter with chocolate kisses); Heart Flutters Gelato (espresso); Box of Chocolates Gelato; Throes of Passionfruit Sorbetto; Orange You Glad We’re Together? Sorbetto; Red Hots Gelato; Chocolate Chipotle Gelato (spicy!); Berry Kiss Cheesecake Gelato; Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Gelato The Gelato Fiasco Old Port is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Valentine’s Day (and every day) at 425 Fore Street in Portland.

risingtideRising Tide “Love at First Cutter” Event – Valentine’s Day can’t get easier or more fun with this event – taste the return of Rising Tide’s Calcutta Cutter Imperial IPA, enjoy chocolate truffle and beer pairings, make your own valentines and even get a chair massage from Bee Well Massage. Thursday, February 13 from 4-7pm and Friday, February 14 from 12-5pm. At the event, get the Ménage a Trios’ gift box special for your honey – a box of 4 truffles from La Crème Chocolat, gift certificate for 30-minute massage from Bee Well Massage and 2 stemmed Rising Tide beer glasses along with a 22 oz. beer for only $50. 103 Fox St, Portland · (207) 370-2337

pieMaine Pie Line will be featuring a Valentine’s Day pie for folks to order (and either pick up at the bakery…or get delivered to their door!). The Valentine’s pie will be a raspberry chocolate truffle pie spiked with a “love potion” elixir from Swallowtail Apothecary – a potent mix of herbs and elixers to make any couple fall in love! 200 Anderson St. 207-249-5121


waterlilyWaterlily – From hand-made felt heart ornaments and heart art made out of nails and yarn to love spell soy wax candles, lavender heart sachets, and handprinted cards for your valentine, one stop at Waterlily on Milk Street will let you get all your Valentine’s Day needs taken care of. 26 Milk St, Portland · (207) 775-5459.

Tanorama Tanning & Clothing is offering a Valentine’s Day special to help everyone look great for the big night. Buy a gift certificate of $25 or more and receive one free tan and a lotion packet. Gift certificates can be used for tanning, spray tanning, clothing or jewelry. 287 Marginal Way, Portland · (207) 775-3318

sproutsLocal Sprouts – Here’s a special treat for Valentine’s Day, Local Sprouts will be preparing their vegan, gluten-free Dark Chocolate Truffles, sweetened only with Maine maple syrup. We make them right here from scratch with organic, fair-trade certified cocoa powder. Special orders welcome! 649 Congress St. (207) 899-3529.



Old Port Candy — We dip strawberries every year on Valentine’s Day, in milk & dark chocolate as well as dipped in our own fudge!! (Yes, strawberries dipped in fudge.) And we’ll be open 9-9 on V-day this year! 422 Fore St, Portland · (207) 772-0600

cupcakesEast End Cupcakes – Cake-in-a-Cup that we ship all over the country? What’s more romantic than receiving a Maine-Made treat from your significant other if you can’t be together on Valentine’s Day? But even if you CAN be together, still a great gift! Order by Feb. 11 for shipping but can be bought individually at the store Feb. 13 and 14. The individual ones will have special heart stickers that say “To: and From:” so they can be personalized and will also include a little wooden spoon. They will sell for $3.50 at the store and ship for $35/ half dozen and $53/ dozen (includes cost of shipping). 426 Fore St, Portland · (207) 228-3304

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Place an Ad in our 2014-2015 Directory

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We’ve already begun working on our annual 2014-2015 Directory, which will hit local businesses, and tourist hubs in June.  

The annual printed Buy Local Directory is one of the best ways to get the word out about your business! Consider placing an ad – we print 20,000 Directoies each year, and they are always hot items for tourists and locals alike.

Look in your mailbox and inbox in coming weeks for more information, or e-mail Heather Chandler to book your spot today!


Happy 2014!

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Happy New Year!

Portland Buy Local is looking forward to a 2014 full of growth and good things. We are excited to include you in all that we will be working on this year.

Here are some things you can expect to see this year:

  • A ribbon cutting and party to introduce our new office space.
  • An updated website (mobile friendly too) featuring new content including a page to acknowledge our individual members.
  • A new rolling membership model, making it easier to join and renew any time of year.
  • New locations for our directories including the ferry terminals, airport, and more so we can reach more Portland visitors.
  • More member events such as a book club, or brown-bag lunch open table to pool our collective knowledge as an organization.

We are so thankful to you – our community of members, volunteers, businesses, non-profits, and localists – for your continued support of our mission to uphold the creative entrepreneurship of Portland and to build a strong, local community. With your continued support, we know that these goals are well within our reach! 

If you have more ideas for us about what you’d like to see from Portland Buy Local in 2014 and beyond, drop us an email at No matter what, let’s keep in touch this year. Find us on portlandbuylocal.orgFacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


Shift Your Shopping for the Holidays!

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The Holidays are upon us – full of good cheer, crisp days, and local shopping!

For the past year we’ve been talking about ‘shifting your spending’ and have highlighted everyone from banks to cryptozoologists to interior decorators. These are the businesses and organizations that make Poryland such a great city to live in and we hope that as we near the end of 2013, that you found a new place in our community to purchase your goods or services.

We at Portland Buy Local ask you to keep Portland’s businesses in mind as you map out your holiday shopping. From your Thanksgiving turkey to the table settings, from your holiday gifts to your dry cleaning, our members offer all that you’ll need to keep you sane and prepared during this busy season.

Some events to keep on your calendar:

  • Tap into the national campaign for Plaid Friday on November 29th, a local alternative to Black Friday. Read more about how you can flaunt your plaid fashion in support of Portland’s indepedents. If you are a business, feel free to use our branding and be in touch ( if have any special events that day!
  • On Small Business Saturday (November 30th) we are partnering with Portland’s Downtown District to host Shop for A Cause Day – participating businesses in Portland agree to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Milestone Foundation, working to help our city’s homeless population.

For our members we are offering exclusive ad opportunities – see here for more details of which local new outlets are participating and the special rates they are sharing with us!

This month, keep in touch with us on our facebook page to learn about creative ways to shift your holiday shopping. We will be posting warm cheer and local love throughout the coming months - Happy Holidays!

Thank you sustaining members!

Aikido of Maine   /   Andrew and Debra Tenenbaum   /   BENCHMARK Residential & Investment Real Estate   /   Brianna McCabe   /   Casco Bay EyeCare   /   Casco Bay Frames & Gallery   /   Coffee By Design   /   CornerStone Building & Restoration   /   Danielle Marks   /   David Munster’s TV   /   Fish & Bone   /   Goodwill Industries of Northern New England   /   Green Clean Maine   /   In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation   /   Joan Leitzer   /   Joe Gervais   /   John McVeigh   /   Kristen Smith   /   Longfellow Books   /   Marsh Agency   /   Mitch and Peg Cyr   /   Nine Stones   /   Nomads   /   Peter Metsch   /   Planet Dog Foundation   /   Port Property Management   /   Portland’s Downtown District   /   Sebago Brewing Company   /   Stacy Mitchell   /   The Great Lost Bear   /   The SunriseGuide   /   Tsunami Tattoo   /   University Credit Union   /   Vervacious   /   Videoport   /   XPress Copy