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Portland Press Herald Editorial: Maine Voices

Highlights, In the Media, News, News & Events  

Wealth of vibrant independent businesses enriches all of Portland  

By Kristen Smith

We’ve all read the “best of” lists and the accolades and recommendations that put Portland on the map for the rest of the country. But have we ever stopped and thought about exactly why Portland is such a beloved destination and place to live? Or, to put it more broadly, what makes any of us like any particular city?

The answer lies in the independent businesses. Think about the last city you enjoyed visiting. What made that place stand out for you? What made it interesting? What made it better than Anytown, USA? Chances are, somewhere in your answer would be the local, independent businesses.

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September 30th: Eat Awesome Pizza. Support Portland Buy Local.

Sep 30, 2014 @ 5:00pm   Events, News, News & Events

Our great friends at Otto’s will be hosting a fundraising night for Portland Buy Local at their Munjoy Hill location at 225 Congress Street on Tuesday, September 30 from 5:00-9:00pm. They will donate 8% of ALL SALES during that time (including take-out and dine-in) to Portland Buy Local so be sure to make September 30 your pizza night! We’ll see you at Otto’s!

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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 www.portlandbuylocal.org 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 awards@portlandbuylocal.org for more information.

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September 8th: Aaron T. Stephan Exhibit: To Borrow, Cut, Copy and Steal

Sep 8, 2014 @ 10:00am   Events, Member Events, News, News & Events

Portland artist Aaron T. Stephan is known for his take-offs from, and take-downs of, characteristic or “signature” gestures by artists throughout the American modern and contemporary canon. In his first solo exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, part of our Circa series of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists, Stephan will present a suite of sculptural installation and recent prints that showcases his witty dialogue with the formalities of the art museum by making mischief with pedestals and architecture, and with the conventions of mass reproduction.

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August 14-23: Portland Chamber Music Festival

Aug 14, 2014 @ 8:00pm   Events, Member Events, News, News & Events

Portland Chamber Music Festival

August 14, 16, 21, and 23, 2014; Children’s Concert on August 17

Abromson Center, USM Portland
The Portland Chamber Music Festival’s summer concert series is our signature event. The series features nationally acclaimed performers in a wide range of repertoire including the music of living composers. Audience members note the warm and “unstuffy” atmosphere of festival concerts, and performers often address the audience directly with onstage commentary.

PCMF’s summer concerts are held at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus — an easily accessible, modern, air-conditioned venue close to downtown Portland.

For more information please visit our website at Portland Chamber Music Festival.

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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