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November 30th: Shop for A Cause Day!

Jan 30, 2015 @ 1:20am   Events, Highlights, Member Events, News & Events, Recommended Reading

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

Country Noel

Cross Jewelers

D. Cole Jewelers

Dobra Tea

Edgecomb Potters

Fit to Eat


Harbor View Gifts

Just Kim

K Colette

Le Roux Kitchen

Liberty Graphics

Lisa Marie’s Made In Maine

Longfellow Books

Lovell Designs

Maine Potters Market

Material Objects

Old Port Candy Co.

Old Port Card Works

Ollo Hair Salon





Queen of Hats

Se Vende Imports

Something’s Fishy

Swiss Time


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 For questions about this day contact 207-772-6828.


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

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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!

July – celebrate your Independents!

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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!

The Smart Mart Revolution

The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition

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by Michael H. Shuman (Berrett-Koehler, 2006)

“People who own and work in small businesses have long known in their gut that they did more for their customers and communities than the mega-stores, but they have not always been successful in outlining the arguments in clear and concise ways. Here comes Michael Shuman to the rescue.”

—Adam Schnitzer, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA
Order online from Longfellow Books.

Great Good Place

The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community

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by Ray Oldenburg (Marlowe & Company, 3rd edition, 1999)

“The great value of this book is that Mr. Oldenburg has given us an insightful and extremely useful new lens through which to look at a familiar problem.”

New York Times Book Review
Order online from Longfellow Books.


Thank you sustaining members!

Aikido of Maine   /   Andrew and Debra Tenenbaum   /   AQUARIUS BALLROOM DANCE STUDIOS   /   BENCHMARK Residential & Investment Real Estate   /   Brianna Courneya   /   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   /   Joan Leitzer   /   Joe Gervais   /   John McVeigh   /   Kristen Smith   /   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   /   TruChoice FCU   /   Tsunami Tattoo   /   Vervacious   /   Videoport   /   XPress Copy