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October 22nd: 7th Annual Indie Biz Awards

Oct 22, 2014 @ 6:00pm   Events, Highlights, Member Events, News, News & Events

Portland Buy Local’s 7th annual Indie Biz Awards will take place Wednesday, October 22nd at SPACE Gallery. Please add this year’s event to your calendar and encourage your friends and employees to come out! The Portland Indie Biz Awards recognizes leaders among Portland’s vibrant independent businesses and community organizations, showcasing the impact that independently owned businesses have on Greater Portland and the state of Maine.

Last year’s awards brought together more than 200 supporters, Portland Buy Local members, and their employees for live music, a lively auction and food from Dean’s Sweets, Silly’s, PepperClub, Maine Pie Line, The Holy Donut, Gelato Fiasco, OTTO Pizza, and Y-Lime’s Gourmet. The 2013 Indie Biz Awards were also a successful fundraiser for Portland Buy Local – thank you again for all of you who supported us!

Start thinking now about who you think should be recognized for their recent work and contributions to the community and be sure to visit to submit your nomination and for more information on the awards.

Get involved.  From volunteering to sponsoring to in-kind support, there are many ways that you can be involved in this year’s awards.  Email us at for more information.

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September 24th: Come mix with us at Casco Bay Frames!

Sep 24, 2014 @ 6:00pm   Buy Local Mixers, Events, Highlights, News, News & Events

Portland Buy Local’s Mixer series kicks off again this fall with a gathering at Casco Bay Frames & Gallery on September 24th! Stop by from 6-8pm to reconnect with your favorite localists over a delicious Sebago Brewing Company beer.

Casco Bay Frames & Gallery specializes in high quality framing and also features an in-house art gallery. They are currently featuring the amazing work of their employees.

Who: Everyone is welcome.
When: Wednesday, Septmber 24th
  295 Forest Avenue, in the Hannaford’s Plaza

Buy Local Member Mixers are informal networking and social events for members, friends, and anyone who would like to know more about Portland Buy Local. Come unwind and get updates on the latest happenings in the Buy Local scene. Our Mixers are generously sponsored by Sebago Brewing Company.


September 20th: Harvest in the Hood

Sep 20, 2014 @ 12:00pm   Events, Highlights, Member Events, News, News & Events

HARVEST IN THE HOOD SATURDAY, September 20th, 12pm-4pm, Rosemont Bakery | Brighton Ave., Portland, ME

Free and open to the public

We’re so excited about this! It’s a Rosemont Market and Bakery block party featuring our foods and wine, and the products and services of other merchants in the Rosemont neighborhood. We’ll have outdoor activities, information tables, craft sales, yoga demonstrations, pumpkin carving, plenty of food, and a wine tasting inside the store. This event is free! What possible reason could you have to not stop by?

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


Thank you sustaining members!

Aikido of Maine   /   Andrew and Debra Tenenbaum   /   BENCHMARK Residential & Investment Real Estate   /   Brianna McCabe   /   Bull Feeney's   /   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