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Portland Buy Local Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Portland Buy Local Gift Ideas – Forgo the Maine Mall this year and shop in your downtown. This year we reached out to our members to ask them for the best local gift ideas for Mother’s Day.

Handbags – $170

Kurier is a small boutique that has an array of beautiful, and locally made, products ranging from handbags and accessories to apparel and personal goods. Featured in the photograph is the Lenore handbag for $170.

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Kurier

615A Congress St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

Banana-Strawberry-Nutella Crepe with Ice Cream – $5.75

Normally priced at $6.45, this delicious treat is available with the purchase of a drink and is an amazing way to kick start Mother’s Day. But who is to tell Mom she can’t have dessert all day? Swing by Tu-Fri from 9am to 8pm, Sa-Su 8-8.

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Sip of Europe

229 Congress St., Portland

 

 

 

 

Soy Candle  – $24

Give Mom the gift of relaxation with a curated apothecary candle to help her create her own oasis. Visit Angela Adams for unique handmade jewelry and life-style accessories sure to make every Mom feel beautiful this Mother’s day.

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Angela Adams

131 Middle St., Portland

 

 

 

 

100% Beeswax Candles – $19.99

The Honey Exchange has a wide variety of sizes and styles for Mom’s indoor and outdoor candle needs! Supply her with one of these patio or formal dining table candles featured, and it will burn clean for 50 hours and remove allergens from the air!

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The Honey Exchange

494 Stevens Av., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

Pembroke White Bow Tie – $59

The perfect addition to any spring outfit, from nautical chic Maine weddings to country cocktail parties by the lake!

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Bowline Co.

35 Hammond St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Book – $17.99

Little Ghost Vintage has lots of different goodies for Mother’s Day! A beautiful and slightly modern version of a baby book is featured for $17.99, but they also have A Guide to Discovering Nature. Kits to do with Mom include Nature Art Kits and Seedling DIY Solar System Kits.

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Little Ghost Vintage

477 Congress St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

Recycled Reflections – Price Varies

Gardiner, Maine artist Curt Brown works tirelessly to salvage old barn doors and windows from across Maine to make into beautiful mirrors. Having a Recycled Reflection mirror in your home helps preserve some of Maine’s history in a stylish, functional way.

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Home Remedies

83 West Commercial St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Lesson – $45

If your mother likes being on the water and hasn’t tried SUP, an introductory lesson could make a great gift. Portland Paddle’s weekly SUP lessons begin in early June, so you can reserve a spot for your mother or give her a gift certificate so she can reserve one herself.

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Portland Paddle

East End Beach, Portland

 

 

 

 

 

Vivid Motion’s production of Peter Pan – $13 adults/$6 kids under 13

This Mother’s Day send mom on a vacation she’ll never forget; a trip to Neverland! Soak in the native culture while luxuriating in the mermaid lagoon. Sail the seas with Captain Hook, explore the island with the Lost Boys, and soar through the skies with Peter Pan and Wendy! Get tickets for Vivid Motion’s production of Peter Pan.  Proceeds benefit the Center for Grieving Children.  Shows: 5/13 – 7:30, 5/14 – 2:30 &7:30, 5/152:30.

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Vivid Motion

St Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totes – start at $15

Patti’s Machine Quilting & Gallery has you covered for any and all tote needs! Whether mom needs a garden tote, market tote, book tote, or shopping tote while shopping local! Mention this ad in the store and receive 10% off your tote or table runner!

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Patti’s Machine Quilting & Gallery

570 Brighton Ave., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewelry – $25 (bracelet), $15 (earrings)

Why spend money buying Mom pre-made jewelry when you can design and make something special for less? You can make this sterling silver and gemstone bracelet for less than $25.00, and either pair of earrings for under $15.00! Caravan Beads Retail Store’s friendly and knowledge staff can help you create and customize a memorable gift for Mom on her special day. All skill levels are welcome.

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Caravan Beads Retail Store

915 Forest Ave., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

Rhubarb Smash Liqueur (375 ml) – $21.49

Something sweet & tart for Mom this Mother’s day from Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery. This liqueur is made from 95 % Maine rhubarb and 5% Maine elderberries. Something for Mom to sip and savor.

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Sweetgrass Farm and Winery & Distillery

324 Fore St., Portland

 

 

 

 

Wallet Card Bottle Opener –  

Summer is coming and that means grilling, back yards, bonfires and sipping on the best summer time local craft beer’s. Open your favorite beer with your favorite state. Introducing our 50 States Wallet Card Bottle Opener Collection.

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Zootility Tools

170 Anderson St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birth Stone Rings – Prices begin at $120

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Folia’s updated classic birthstone rings! Easily stack-able and infinitely versatile. Textured solitaire bands showcase the birthstones of all of your loved ones — custom made at Folia in your choice of gemstone and precious metal.

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Folia

50 Exchange St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Dog Wash – price varies, starting at $20

Baths in the kitchen sink? Save it for the photo album. Let your loved one take advantage of The Dog Wash Etc ergonomic tubs, professional equipment and expert staff. No bending, no lifting, no struggle, no mess! A gift certificate for a self- or full-service dog wash guarantees a clean dog, tidy bathroom and quality one-on-one time with their second favorite.

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The Dog Wash Etc

1037 Forest Ave., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rising Tide Items – Prices listed

Provide mom with useful items that rep Rising Tide! Spread the love of one of Portland’s local breweries!
4 pack of Maine Island Trail Ale: $11
Rising Tide Brewing Company Maine Island Trail Ale Tee Shirt: $18
Bar of handmade Hop and Barley Beer Soap: $6
Handmade Beer Lotion: $12
Hand Crafted Rising Tide Bottle Cap Earrings: $9 
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Rising Tide

103 Fox St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cards and Chocolate Boxes – Prices vary by selection

Wide selection of unique cards and custom chocolate boxes made for mom!

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Old Port Candy Co. & Old Port Card Works

3 Moulton St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

In Spa Package – $89  

This package from SOAKOLOGY will cater to a very special Mom for a wonderfully affordable price. The package includes: an aroma therapy foot soak and foot massage along with a snack and beverage plus a personalized gift to take home. Also available are SOAKOLOGY gift cards if you are unsure when Mom will able to take the time for a spa package. Gift cards never expire and hold their value for ever.

Create an oasis of relaxation for Mom ‘at home’ with the pre-packaged gift set! This gift set includes a pot of tea, a bit of chocolate to savor with the tea and an essential oil bar for massage & soak (geranium, rose, cocoa & neem) for only $20.

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SOAKOLOGY

511 Congress St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Little Mainer” Jumper – $22

For new Moms or Grandmas, snag a little something for their new little something from Little Tap House! Available inside are the Little Mainer Classic Style Jumpers! They are wicked pissah cute!

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Little Tap House

106 High St., Portland

 

 

 

 

3 Mystic Spray Tans – $66

Send some love in the form of a spray bottle this Mother’s Day. Mom will look and feel amazing for that special occasion or her regular routine! Maine may not have Florida’s sun, but thankfully it does have Tanorama Tanning & Clothing. Make it a date and go together!

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Tanorama Tanning & Clothing

287 Marginal Way, Portland

 

 

 

 

DOG IS GOOD Never Walk Alone Hoodie – $49.99

Whether fosters, sitters or lifetime caretakers, dog moms do a lot!  They take care of everything from feeding to potty accidents, training sessions that require lots of patience, and administering lots of love and walks. If you want to thank a dog mama in your life we’ve got you covered with these fun tee’s totes & sweatshirts!

 

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Fish & Bone

195 Commercial St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

Touareg Loose Leaf Tea – $4.50 – $10

For a mom that does so much, give her a gift she can truly indulge in! There is a massive variety of loose leaf teas for Mom at Dobrá, including specialties like Touareg. Dobrá also has black, herbals, green, pu-er, white/wild and oolong teas available. She can brew some you pick out special for her or brew her own with a gift certificate!

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Dobrá

89 Exchange St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Cleaning – $259

A Common Area Special! A deep cleaning of your Entry/Mudroom, Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, ½ bath, and staircase. This will be done  by one of Green Clean Maine’s Earth-Loving, Dirt-Fighting cleaning teams who will scrub, polish and shine your home to perfection, all using their own hand-made, super-effective cleaning supplies. You’ll love the results, and the time you’ll free up to focus on the more important things in life!

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Green Clean Maine

179 Sheridan St.,  Suite 200, Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt Caramels (package of 8) – $17.50

Give that sweet mama of yours some sweet love from Dean’s Sweets! Choose from the many yummy treats inside that include a box of yummy salt caramels and chocolate Xs and Os (to spell out your love!). Go visit the store with Mom on May 6th (First Friday) for a book signing by Nicole Chaison, author of the graphic novel The Passion of the Hausfrau: Motherhood Illuminated.

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Dean’s Sweets

475 Fore St., Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beading Party – Price depends on materials

Get Mom and her whole gang together for a private beading party at The Bead Hound! With beautiful materials, the parties are open for all levels of bead designers and is a great way to make memories and celebrate Mom!

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The Bead Hound

477 Congress St. Suite 9W, Portland

 

 

 

 

 

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Maine Voices: Forest Avenue project chips away at city’s character and hurts tax base

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The Portland Buy Local organization, now in its 10th year, has a mission of educating its members and the public about the benefits of supporting our local economy. It is in this capacity that the board of Portland Buy Local would like to convey its concern over the recent proposal on Forest Avenue by CVS to demolish five existing buildings, several of which house local, independent businesses, in order to build a national chain store. We would be remiss if we did not point out to the city leadership both the physical and economic impacts of the CVS proposal.

The Portland community has recently been engaged in a citywide conversation about growth and change. At the heart of the debate is the question of not whether Portland should grow or change but how. We at Portland Buy Local believe the proliferation of local businesses is an essential and desirable component of Portland’s character. A proposal like the one on Forest Avenue erodes the fundamental DNA that locals and visitors alike cherish about our city.

First, there is a physical benefit to preserving buildings like those proposed to be torn down by the CVS project. Recent attention has been given to Forest Avenue as a major corridor with streetscape improvements at Exit 6 and plans to transform Woodfords Corner.

Replacing five existing buildings on Forest Avenue with a single building surrounded by parking drastically changes the character of this critical gateway location and undermines work that has already been done. Not only does preserving the existing buildings keep the desired feel of the street, it also has the impact of preserving small-scale, affordable real estate for our local, independent businesses.

Second, there is economic benefit to the City of Portland in preserving buildings like those proposed to be torn down by the CVS project – higher tax revenues and employment. Cities gain more income through property taxes when there is a high number of small, dense parcels with buildings. By tearing down five buildings and combining several smaller parcels into one larger parcel with only one, low density building, the City will lose property tax revenue in the process and jobs will be displaced. In other words, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.

The Portland Buy Local board hopes that the community outcry over the CVS project brings to light some of the policy changes needed in the city to protect our local character and quality of life.

With the city’s recent stated interest in concentrating more effort in developing Forest Avenue, we hope those goals are achieved through thoughtful planning and not simply letting those with the deepest pockets determine the future of that area. Portland has grown tremendously as the economic engine of Maine and as a magnet for innovative, entrepreneurial individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

The appeal of our city for those who want to vacation here, live here, and work here stems from the unique character our independent businesses and restaurants create. Tourists want to visit our city because it is not like any they have visited before. Residents want to live here because of the variety of offerings and the close connections our locally-owned businesses provide.

And business owners want to locate and start their businesses here because they see it is a place that values independent businesses and it is a place where they have the potential to thrive.

If we as a city do not carefully plan our development, we may end up with a series of strip malls and chain stores that do not add to our city’s vision of creating a good life for all and, in fact, detract from it economically, aesthetically, and culturally. While we will continue to advocate for our mission and our membership, we also welcome the opportunity to be a resource and community partner as the city tackles the challenge of change.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Danielle Sarmir is a Portland Buy Local Board Member and Jennifer Thompson is the Portland Buy Local Ambassador. Both live in Portland.

 

View the original article in the Portland Press Herald

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Portland Buy Local Celebrates 10th Birthday in 2016!

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As we reflect on the past ten years, and look forward to the next ten, we are grateful to all of the wonderful businesses that have joined our organization and have left a mark on our city. We can’t help but ponder how the local economic climate will change during the coming ten years, and what businesses we will be welcoming to our city. Together, we must nurture and protect the local business culture that brings so much texture to our lives. Independent business owners invest in our city. They employ Portlanders, serve our visitors, neighbors, and fellow Mainers.

We invite you to join us as we continue to advocate for Portland’s independent future. Become a member today. Volunteer with us. Shoot us an email at info@portlandbuylocal.org. Where do you want Portland to be in 2026?

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Portland Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide!

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Portland Buy Local Gift Ideas – Forgo the Maine Mall this year and shop in your downtown. This year we reached out to our members to ask them for the best local gift ideas for the 2015 holiday season.  You’ll see that we’ve got pretty much everyone on your list covered!

 

Lobster Pull Toy – $35

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The Lobster Pull Toy is sure to delight both the young and young at heart equally. Children will love the brightly painted wood as well as the noise the claws make as they pull the toy along behind them. No danger of pinching from these claws however, just hours of entertainment! The Lisa-Marie’s team calls him Leroy and will jump at the opportunity to help test him out with any customers under 3 feet.

 

Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine
35 Exchange St
http://www.lisamariesmadeinmaine.com

 

Maileg mice – starting at $20

giftguide2fbWhen it comes to finding that perfect gift this season, we’re heading straight for Maileg mice! These sweet creatures come dressed up and ready to play. Guaranteed to bring a smile to any little one’s face, these mice are ideal for year-round use. Mice + matchbox sets range from $20 – $30.

Little
42 Exchange Street
boutiquelittle.com

 

Handmade mugs by Rebecca May Verrill Ceramics – $38

These FerMaine Fern and Stone Mugs-2n and Stone mugs are handmade in Portland by Rebecca May Verrill. Inspired by hikes in the Maine Woods, this series also includes bowls, plates and tumblers and would make a thoughtful gift for anyone that enjoys the Maine outdoors.

Maine Potters Market
376 Fore Street
mainepottersmarket.com

 

 

Frye leather bags – starting at $100

full-sized-2Whether you’re looking to give the perfect gift, or hoping to spoil yourself this season, browse Bliss Boutique’s selection of Frye bags! Two of their favorites are the Melissa Foldover bag & the Parker Backpack. They’re versatile, stylish, and get better with wear! Frye accessories range from $100 – $500.

 

Bliss Boutiques
58 Exchange Street
blissboutiques.com

 

Portmanteau bags – starting at $24.50

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Rugged good looks and built in durability. Heavy weight waxed cotton tote fully lined with coated nylon ($54.50) has leather straps and pocket.  Shown with matching wristlet ($24.50). Both bags are made at Portmanteau on Wharf Street.

Portmanteau
3 Wharf Street
portmanteauonline.com

 

11×14 lobster illustration print

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Titled “Long Island Blue Sea Glass,” this lobster print by native Maine artist Andrew M. Cook is a unique design anyone one your list will be sure to appreciate. Visit Old Port Card Works for the largest selection of “Lobstering Is An Art” cards, prints, and calendars in southern Maine.

 

 

Old Port Card Works
3 Moulton Street
oldportcardworks.com

 

 

Maine Historical Atlas – $75

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The history buff on your shopping list will love the Maine Historical Atlas, published April, 2015 by the University of Maine Press, offered at Letterpress Books.

 

Letterpress Books
91 Auburn Street
letterpress-books.com

 

 

Green cleaning package – starting at $160

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The lucky recipient of this gift will be getting: 1) A green-cleaned home and 2) Free time! Let our Earth-Loving, Dirt-Fighting cleaning teams scrub, polish and shine their home to perfection, while they kick back and enjoy the spirit of the holiday. Prices start at $160 for an introductory package. Popular packages range from $225-$395 and up. All packages are deep cleanings of specific rooms or the whole house.
Green Clean Maine
179 Sheridan Street, Suite 200
(207) 221-6600
greencleanmaine.com

 

Maine Beer Tours gift certificate – any amount

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Is there a person on your shopping list already into craft beer or thinking about expanding their taste buds with wonderful locally made beer, spirits, mead, cider and kombucha?  Then look no further than snagging them a Maine Beer Tours gift certificate. Maine Beer Tour gift certificates are the perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list, that is over the age of 21 of course, and can be purchased on their website. Gift certificates can come in any denomination.

Maine Beer Tours
180 Commercial Street
(207) 553-0898
mainebeertours.com

 

We Compost It! membership –  $107.88/year

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For just over $100/year, give the gift of going green with a We Compost It! membership. Not only will the lucky recipient of this membership help save the earth by composting, but they will also save 8% on Wednesdays at select restaurants around town AND cut garbage bag costs!

We Compost It!
910 Riverside Street
(207) 272-0896
wecompostit.com

 

 

Love Maine coaster set – $42

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Those who are connected to Maine are a proud and loyal group of people, with so much love for this incredible place that we live. This set of 4 hand-designed coasters are the perfect gift for the proud Mainer on your shopping list.

Lola Arts
70 Merrill Street
lolaarts.com/

 

 

Selection of fine teas at Dobra Tea

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We’ll have gift baskets and gift certificates for tea lovers, along with brewing supplies and loose tea. If you haven’t had the blooming flavor of an oolong, the sweetness of a green, or the richness of a pu-er, it’s time to step away from the bag and try real tea.

Dobra Tea
89 Exchange Street
(207) 210-6566
dobrateame.com

 

 

Oil and vinegar gift set – $38.99

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Leroux Kitchen has culled four customer favorites from their extensive balsamic vinegar and olive oil tasting bar to offer in a convenient gift set. Wrapped, tied with a ribbon and ready to go, the “Favorites” include our Traditional 18 Year Balsamic, Summer Peach White Balsamic, Lemon Infused and Tuscan Herb Ultra Premium Olive Oils.  The perfect gift for the cook or food lover on your list.  

 

LeRoux Kitchen
161 Commercial Street
(207) 553-7665
lerouxkitchen.com

 

Gritty McDuff’s

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Gritty’s Portland Brew Pub is the perfect place to experience the holidays in Portland’s Old Port. Their Fore Street location is right in the heart of the historic district. Pull up a chair at the copper-topped bar, strike up a conversation at the beer hall-style tables, drink a Christmas Ale or take in festive street life on the cobblestones of Wharf Street from the basement Brewery Bar patio. They are open every day and you’re always welcome.

Gritty McDuff’s
396 Fore Street
(207) 772-2739
grittys.com

 

 

Rogue Industries wallet – $65

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Rogue Industries’ patented Rogue Wallet is slim, lightweight, and shaped for your front pocket. RFID-blocking WalletGuard is stitched directly into the lining of the wallet, protecting your credit cards from unauthorized access. Crafted in Lewiston, Maine.

 

 

Rogue Industries
386 Fore Street, Suite 500
rogue-industries.com

 

5-piece bonbon assortment – $10

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Looking for that perfect gift for the one on your list with a sweet tooth? Look no further than this great gift from Christopher Hastings Confections. CHC makes their deliciously dark chocolate caramels with sea salt from the Eggemoggin Reach off Deer Isle, Maine and the dairy is locally sourced as well. Orders can be placed through their website, or purchases can be made at several Portland retailers including The Otherside Delicatessen and Dobra Tea.

Christopher Hastings Confections
(207) 209-0551
chconfections.com

 

 

Maine Foodie Tours gift certificate – $55

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Give the gift of experiencing Maine’s culinary culture through a tour with Maine Foodie Tours! Four locations are offered in Portland, Rockland, Kennebunk, and Bar Harbor. Gift certificates are available in any denomination, and never expire.

 

Maine Foodie Tours
(207) 233-7485
mainefoodietours.com

 

 

Infusion kit – starting at $8.50

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Vena’s Infusion Kits are a great option for so many on your gift list. It’s easy to create homemade infused alcohols. Simply add your desired spirit, let it infuse for 5 days, shaking daily. Once the flavor is to your liking, strain and pour on the rocks or in your favorite cocktails. Choose from their Fall/Winter flavors!

 

Vena’s Fizz House
345 Fore Street
shop.venasfizzhouse.com

 

 

The Dog Wash gift certificate – any amount

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Know someone who deserves a pat on the head? A gift certificate from The Dog Wash Etc. is good for any purchase, in-store and online, and makes life a little easier for the pet lover in your world. Whether it’s a no-hassle dog wash, free pet supply delivery, a special toy or a pampering visit to our professional groomer it’s sure to get tails wagging.

The Dog Wash Etc.
1037 Forest Avenue
(207) 797-7082
dogwashetc.com

 

 

Starry Eyes stuffed animals – $22

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Adorable soft cotton velour loveys for littles, made in France by Moulin Roty. A perfect gift for infants as the eyes and clothing are stitched and have no choking hazards. Toddlers will love these sweet little creatures as well, just look at those snazzy outfits! Owl, kangaroo, duck, and fox.

 

Starry Eyes
76 Washington Avenue
starryeyesmaine.com

 

 

Portland Paddle gift certificate – any amount

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Give the Gift of Paddling on Casco Bay with a Portland Paddle Gift Certificate: In the middle of winter it’s nice to have a reminder that summer is only a few months away. Portland Paddle sells gift certificates through its website that can be used for its daily guided sea kayak trips on Casco Bay or for its wide range of lessons and its kayak and SUP rentals.

Portland Paddle
(207) 370-9730
portlandpaddle.net

 

Planet Dog’s Orbee-Tuff Buoy – $17.95

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Toss it! Tug it! Float it! Fetch it! Stuff it! Made right in Biddeford, Maine, this toy’s buoy shape makes for amazingly unpredictable bounces, while the rope allows for easy fetching while on land or at sea. Features a Treat Spot for interactive treat-dispensing fun. Stuff it with Planet Dog Eats and enjoy!

Planet Dog
211 Marginal Way
planetdog.com

 

 

Portland House Of Pizza gift card – any amount

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Great for any holiday but especially the cold winter ones! From Nov 1st through December 24th  when you buy a gift certificate worth $25 at Portland House of Pizza, you will get a coupon for YOU: A free large cheese pizza! Redeemable from Jan 1st until Feb 28th.

Portland House of Pizza
1359 Washington Avenue
(207) 797-9030
portlandhouseofpizza.com

 

Ingenium gin, Eight Bells rum, Gunpowder rye whiskey – $39.99 each

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Ingenium Gin, Eight Bells Rum, and Gunpowder Rye Whiskey are brewed, distilled, and bottled by New England Distilling, right here in Portland’s Riverside neighborhood. Our flame heated, traditional copper pot stills create flavorful spirits that have won national awards.  New England Distilling is open for free tours and tastings, come see for yourself!

 

New England Distilling
26 Evergreen Drive, Unit B
(207) 878-9759
newenglanddistilling.com

 

 

Flowfold “Zip Porter” Tote – $65

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Made of DiamondFiber fabric, the bag’s main compartment is perfect for carrying a variety of essentials while a compact outer pocket keeps your phone, keys, and wallet within easy reach. Stormproof zippers keep the contents secure and dry. The “Zip Porter” makes a great gift for the commuter or adventurer in your life.

 

 

Flowfold
(207) 200-8080
flowfold.com

 

 

Custom-made pet ornaments – $25

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Bring Ann Tracy a photo (or even email) of your pet and she will make an ornament for you for only $25. Gift certificates are available for the ornaments as well as portraits.

Ann Tracy Photography
(916) 804-6095
anntracy51@gmail.com

 

 

Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books at Circa Home and Vintage – $15.95 each

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These best-selling coloring books by Johanna Basford are back-ordered just about everywhere but at Circa Home and Vintage! These coloring books feature beautiful pen-and-ink illustrations and hours of coloring fun. Psychiatrists agree that coloring can stimulate your brain to ease stress. Stop by the shop for these titles that are great for any age!

 

 

Circa Home and Vintage
247 Congress Street, Suite B
circahomeandvintage.com

 

 

Soft pajamas and robes at Aristelle – starting at $139

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Bedhead Pajamas are 100% cotton pajamas that are made in the USA and feature delightful prints. Looking for something a little different? Aristelle also carries cozy UGG robes in a selection of colors.

 

Aristelle
92 Exchange Street
aristelle.com

 

 

 

Silk yarn gift set by Tess’ Designer Yarns – $25

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This yarn kit has been a popular seller, great as a gift for yourself or a loved one. In the kit are 8 luscious shades of 100% silk in neutrals or brights, enough for any small scarf or cowl project.

Tess’ Designer Yarns
305 Commercial Street
(207) 460-9276
tessyarns.com

 

 

The 1820 Collection by Might and Main

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As an homage to this great state we call home, Might and Main created the 1820 collection: a collection of usable goods marked with the word that has proclaimed our state’s mission since declaring independence in 1820, “dirigo,” Latin for “I Lead.” Whether you’re a true Mainer, a transplant, a part-timer, or just an admirer, may these goods inspire you to lead your own way and keep Maine in your heart.

 

Might and Main
408 Fore Street, Suite 3A
might-main.com/shop

 

Gift selections from Waterlily Imports – starting at $5

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For every person on your list, Waterlily Imports has the perfect gift guaranteed to bring a smile. Pictured are one-of-a-kind paintings by an artist in Thailand on reclaimed teak wood. Also offered are embroidered pillows by store owner Renee Garland for Waterlily, “Little Monster” keychains for Thailand (makes a great stocking stuffer!), all natural Dr. Dandelion soaps, and an assortment of colorful beaded bracelets.

 

 

Waterlily Imports
26 Milk Street
(207) 604-9845
waterlilyimports.com

 

 

Tanning gift certificate package – $58.99

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Buy a gift certificate for an 8-visit tan package for $58.99 and receive a free packet of tanning lotion.

Tanorama Tanning and Clothing
287 Marginal Way
(207) 775-3318
www.tanoramame.com

 

 

Reusable “paper” towels – $50

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These towels will help you add a touch of style to your sustainable home. They would make the perfect holiday gift for the environmentally-conscious on your list. The towels come as a set of 12 that snap together and are available in many fabric choices. They can be purchased at the Portland Food Co-Op and The Merchant Co.

 

Anne Riggs Designs
(207) 831-6184
etsy.com/shop/AnneRiggsDesigns

 

 

Massage Works Gift Certificate- starting at $35

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Have someone on your list that could use a break? Maybe you’re the one deserving of a relaxing massage to lessen that holiday stress!

Massage Works
22 Monument Square, Suite 406
(207) 775-7252
massageworksme.com

 

 

Home Remedies gift selection – starting at $15.95

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Home Remedies never fails to offer an amazing selection of unique furniture and accessories. This holiday season, they are offering several wonderful gifts, including custom woolen benches and throw pillows, bark candles in various scents, a vintage cigar mold, and three popular book titles.

 

Home Remedies
83 West Commercial Street
mainefabrics.com

 

Handmade jewelry by Bosco Jewelry – starting at $125

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Pamela Bosco of Bosco Jewelry creates unique pieces inspired by nature, and these gift ideas straight from her studio would be at home on any jewelry-lovers wish list! Pictured are a pair of handmade sterling silver spiral hoop earrings, which can be made in any diameter. Another fantastic piece Bosco’s fine silver wrap bracelet, a stylish bangle made of one piece of metal. Also available in oxidized silver.

Bosco Jewelry
(207) 775-3515
boscojewelry.com

 

Gin selection – starting at $27.49

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These gins distilled at Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery make a wonderful holiday gift with no wrapping required! Their Back River Gin, made with a Mainer blueberry twist, was named the #1 best gin in the world in 2015! Their delicious cranberry gin makes a great mixer and is just as sweet on its own.

 

Sweetgrass Winery and Distillery
324 Fore Street
(207) 761-8GIN
sweetgrasswinery.com

 

Gourmet cookie gift box – $15

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Who wouldn’t love a cookie gift box during the holidays? My 3 Sisters Italian Cookies has the perfect gourmet Italian cookies, ready to be gifted for anyone on your list who appreciates the sweeter things in life. The gift box includes a baker’s dozen of assorted cookies.

 

My 3 Sisters Italian Cookies
86 Codman Street
(207) 450-8684
etsy.com/shop/My3SistersCookies

 

 

Custom cookbook or photo album – $175

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Have a custom cookbook or album hand-made by Wheatberry Design! Finally, a chance to gather all your family recipes, photos, or other memorabilia into one special place, making for a truly special gift for your loved ones. Offered for the special promotional price of $175!

Wheatberry Design
(603) 498-5156
wheatberrydesign.com

 

 

2016 SunriseGuide, print & mobile – starting at $20

FrontCover-Bow_Mobile-RightTilt_SRG_16The SunriseGuide is Maine’s guide to healthy and sustainable living. And this 10th anniversary edition is the best one yet! With hundreds of coupons from greater Portland’s favorite local-owned businesses, the SunriseGuide is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Now available in print and in mobile at fine retailers throughout greater Portland as well as online at www.thesunriseguide.com.

The SunriseGuide
(207) 221-3450
thesunriseguide.com

 

 

 

Handmade gift selection from Patti’s Machine Quilting and Gallery – starting at $15

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Just in time for the holiday season, Patti’s Machine Quilting and Gallery offers an assortment of gifts for your friends and loved ones! Holiday table runners, tote bags in several styles, and quilts of several sizes and fabrics are just some of the items available at Patti’s.

Patti’s Machine Quilting & Gallery
570 Brighton Avenue
(207) 780-9759

 

 

 

Portland Buy Local Individual Membership & Tote Bag – $25

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Of course we’d be remiss not to add that an individual membership to Portland Buy Local makes an excellent gift. Not only do members receive discounts at local businesses and get into all Portland Buy Local events for free, but they also get the warm and fuzzy feeling of being a part of a larger network of local people dedicated to keeping Portland the independent, unique, and fabulous place it is.

Portland Buy Local – www.portlandbuylocal.org
207.799.8995

Society Notebook: Local love for independent businesses Indie Biz Awards rally around entrepreneurs and leaders who make Portland unique.

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If Portland Buy Local is the city’s cheerleader for independent businesses, the annual Indie Biz Awards are the pep rally.

“This is our annual celebration of what we do all year, spreading the word about the benefits of buying local,” said board treasurer Norm Patry.

Nominations are accepted from the community in nine categories and voting happens online. Winners are announced at the Indie Biz Awards, heightening the suspense for the 300 people who turned out at the free reception Thursday night at Port City Music Hall.

Composting was a hot topic among Indie Biz voters, with awards going to both Garbage to Garden and We Compost It!

“We operate daily out of trucks, but have a headquarters with tours and we’re four years running,” said Juliane McClellan of Garbage to Garden, which received the Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind award. It hasn’t been a bad run for Garbage to Garden, which was named Environmental Hero in 2014.

Composting competitor We Compost It! took the Environmental Hero award this year.

Voters lauded books as well, with Longfellow Books taking the Portland Icon award and Letterpress Books taking the Best-Kept Secret title.

Portland Patisserie was named Best New Business. Performance venue One Longfellow Square was named Creative Crusader. And Portland Food Co-op, one of the food sponsors for the evening, received the Flavor of Portland award.

Standard Baking Co. accepted the Portland Beacon award, with event host Spencer Albee yelling, “Sticky buns forever!”

The Portland Buy Local board presented the Buy Local Champion award to Bill Duggan, the nonprofit’s first president and longtime owner of the recently closed Videoport.

“The Indie Biz awards keep it real,” said Chandra Leister, director of marketing for the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Portland is about a lot of different kinds of businesses. We’re all trying to occupy the same space, and it’s best when we can do it together. The chamber is sponsoring an award this year, and we’re thrilled to be part of such a great event.”

The chamber sponsored the Best Neighborhood award, which voters gave to the West End – setting the stage for some spirited neighborhood voting in 2016, drawing attention to independent business clustered throughout the city.

“Tonight is about highlighting great businesses in town and why people want to live here,” said Elliott Teel, a Portland Buy Local board member.

“It’s a celebration of the nominees as well as all of our members and all of Portland’s locally owned businesses,” said Portland Buy Local ambassador Jenn Thompson, the nonprofit’s sole employee.

Amy Paradysz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Scarborough. She can be contacted at: amyparadysz@gmail.com and the original article can be viewed here. 

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