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 (email@example.com) 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!
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.
Maine Historical Society holds Longfellow’s Haunted House: an evening based on the poem “Haunted Houses”
PORTLAND, ME – Maine Historical Society will open the Longfellow House, childhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to the public for five nights beginning October 24. Groups will enjoy a private guided tour of the house based on the interpretation of Longfellow’s poem Haunted Houses, written in 1851. The poem opens with the immortal line: “All Houses wherein men have lived and died are haunted houses.”
Guides will usher the guests through the house reflecting on the Wadsworth and Longfellow family members who lived and died in the home. A unique “kinetic reading” will set the tone each evening as visitors get a rare opportunity to experience Longfellow’s literary web of “quiet inoffensive ghosts” and “harmless phantoms.”
Longfellow’s Haunted House will be held 6-7:30 pm on Oct. 24, 25, 26, 29, and 30. Tours leave from the front gate of the Longfellow House located at 489 Congress Street in Portland. Open to the public. Admission: $10/per person. Tour groups are limited to 12 people per group. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Cider and cookies follow the tour outside the House.
Reservations required by calling MHS, Longfellow House Site Coordinator John Babin, 207-774-1822 ext 212, or email@example.com.
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