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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 www.portlandbuylocal.org and check out our directory of over 400 business members.
Casco 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. cascobayframes.com
Coffee 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: http://www.
Gelato 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. gelatofiasco.com
Rising 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 risingtidebrewing.com
Maine 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 mainepieline.com
Waterlily – 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. waterlilyimports.com
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 tanoramame.net
Local 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. localsproutscooperative.com
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 oldportcandyco.com
East 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 eastendcupcake.com
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 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:
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 email@example.com. No matter what, let’s keep in touch this year. Find us on portlandbuylocal.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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:
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!
Shop downtown on Small Business Saturday (November 30) and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity!
***Check back for a full list of participating stores***
This year’s Shop for a Cause Day beneficiary is the Milestone Foundation’s HOME Team. The Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement Team provides outreach and community support to those with chronic health, mental health and substance abuse issues living on the streets. The HOME Team plays a proactive role in engaging with struggling individuals on the streets who may be exhibiting disruptive or unsafe behaviors. Their interventions result in significant safety to the individual and the community by helping the client relocate to a more appropriate location such as to shelter facilities or more intensive services. The HOME Team improves the quality of public and business areas throughout Portland, including the downtown district.
Shop at any of the following stores on November 30th and a portion of their proceeds will be donated to Shop for a Cause Day!
Casco Bay Artisans
Coastal Maine Popcorn
Coffee By Design
Cool As A Moose
D. Cole Jewelers
Fit to Eat
Harbor View Gifts
Le Roux Kitchen
Lisa Marie’s Made In Maine
Maine Potters Market
Old Port Candy Co.
Old Port Card Works
Ollo Hair Salon
Queen of Hats
Se Vende Imports
Ten Thousand Villages
The Black Dog
The Merchant Company
White Cap Grille
All Portland Buy Local members businesses can sign up to participate in Shop for a Cause Day by filling out THIS FORM by November 6th and returning to PDD at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about this day contact 207-772-6828.
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