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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
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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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.
All year we’ve been encouraging you to shift your spending towards local vendors and services. This month, we pause to celebrate all the unique and exciting local spots that keep Portland vibrant and independent: celebrate your Independents!
July 1-7 we recognize Independents Week to engage Portland’s local businesses and community members in celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurism and freedom that independent businesses embody. Throughout the entire month of July we will celebrate independent businesses’ contributions to the community–and recognize local residents’ role in shaping our community’s future.
We are joining other local alliances and national partner organizations in supporting Independents. Be sure to take this opportunity to share your favorite spots and support the places that make Portland unique!
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