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Important Renewal Information

Member Updates, News  

We are looking ahead and are excited to share the big plans we have in store for this year. All of us at Portland Buy Local are grateful for your ongoing support.


We are thrilled to announce that we have transitioned to a rolling membership model to replace the current fixed-date renewal system we have in place. Not only will this make it easier for members to join and renew but it will also streamline our operation, redistributing more time towards member support and promotion.


For existing members this means that when you renew, your new renewal date will be one year from the month you renew (February 2015, for example.)


If you have any questions, be in touch. Email us at, or call us at 207.899.7885.


Shift Your Shopping for the Holidays!

Highlights, In the Media, Member Updates, News, Uncategorized  

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 ( 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!

This month, keep in touch with us on our facebook page to learn about creative ways to shift your holiday shopping. We will be posting warm cheer and local love throughout the coming months - Happy Holidays!

October 29th and 30th: Longfellow’s Haunted House

Oct 30, 2013 @ 6:00pm   Events, Highlights, Member Events, News

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

The Maine Historical Society promotes the understanding and enjoyment of Maine history.  To stay connected and receive regular updates, please subscribe to our email list, or follow Maine Historical Society on Facebook and Twitter.


Show off your Portland pride with our new T-shirts!

Highlights, Member Updates, News, News & Events, Recommended Reading  

Our new T-shirt has arrived! This years design by Portland’s own Teresa Lagrange features the Observatory and waterfront that make our city skyline stand out.
To get one of your very own, email us at or stop by any Coffee By Design location.
It makes a great gift for visitors, departing college students, and passionate locals. So dig through your couch cushions and remember that the $20 you spend on your tee will go towards some amazing community workshops currently in the works!
Wherever your summer vacation may take you, be sure to show your local colors with this beautiful and bold shirt!

August is Shift your Entertainment month!

Articles, Highlights, Member Updates, News, News & Events  

After a successful and exciting month of celebrating Portland’s Independents, we return to our monthly shift campaign! For the past year we’ve been talking about ‘shifting your spending’ and have highlighted everyone from banks to spas to graphic designers. These are the businesses and organizations that make Portland such a great city to live in and we hope that so far in 2013, you found a new place in our community to purchase your goods or services.

Here we are in August: the month when we encourage you to Shift Your Lodging, Art & Culture, and Entertainment!
Check out the Portland Buy Local members who fit into this category – they include bowling alleys, cryptozoologists, a cozy inn, amazing music venues, and more. We’re thrilled to show off this crew – after all, Portland has always been recognized for its lively arts and culture! How might you make some changes this month? Whether you’re entertaining visitors from away or planning a day out with friends, we’ve got the quirky museums, concert halls, and outdoor activities to keep you entertained!
This month, keep in touch with us on our facebook page to learn about the members in this category and to hear how others are shifting their spending.

In the coming months we’ll continue to bring you new ways to discover local businesses and services - from transportation to vacations and fun, from food and drink to arts and culture, from shopping to local charities. If you are a business in these areas but not yet a member, sign up now to be included in our public relations and marketing campaign.
To learn more about the national Shift Campaign, click here.

Thank you sustaining members!

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   /   Fetch   /   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