TONY COX, Owner, Casco Bay Frames & Gallery; President, Portland Buy Local
My Portland is Creative, Friendly, and Delicious.
How did you get here? My wife and I had the opportunity to purchase her families business in Portland 10 years ago. We both are from Maine and instantly fell in love with Portland.
Why do YOU buy local? For the great personalized service I receive.
NORMAN PATRY, Owner, Summer Feet Cycling; Vice President, Portland Buy Local
My Portland is Unique, Vibrant, Beautiful
How did you get here? I grew up in Lewiston and moved away for college and work. In my early 30’s I decided that I wanted to move back to Maine and settled in Portland.
Why do YOU buy local? Being a small business owner, i think it is important to support other local businesses and keep as money as possible in the local economy.
TOM GANGEWER, Owner, Local Economy; Treasurer, Portland Buy Local
My Portland is lived in, approachable, and welcoming.
Why do YOU buy local?
Because I want my money to stay in my community.
Because I want to support small business owners who take huge risks when they give up employer-paid insurance and regular pay checks to follow their dreams, but in doing so make our city the special place that it is.
Because when I walk into big box stores and see miles and miles of fast-fashion and miscellaneous merchandise it makes me wonder where it came from and where it will end up.
ELISE LOSCHIAVO, Realtor, Vitalius Real Estate; Secretary, Portland Buy Local
My Portland is Vibrant, Creative, and Special.
How did you get here? On a January weekend in 2002 and I was whisked away to Portland by some college friends from Maine. Coming from the mid-Atlantic, somehow I’d never been in the state before so Portland was a completely unknown quantity to me. Despite being introduced to the city during a bonafide hurricane, my then-19-year-old self fell head over heels in love with Portland (and got the tattoo to prove it)! Three years later I graduated college in Boston, hightailed it to Maine, and I never plan to leave.
Why do YOU buy local? In my former job as PR and Events manager for Portland’s Downtown District, I saw firsthand the way our locally owned independent businesses cared for and invested back into our surrounding community. Our local businesses are the lifeblood of our town, and a huge reason Portland is as wonderful and unique as it is. I buy local because I want Portland to continue to thrive!
My Portland is Outdoorsy, Scrumptious, Unique
How did you get here? I spent most of my adulthood in large urban areas because I loved the access to culture, food, diversity, and creativity. After living in some phenomenal cities around the world, I moved back to NY and after four years in NYC, I hit a wall. I was spending almost every weekend trying to get out, often more time in the car than at the destination. In 2008 I was visiting one of my best friends and made some comment to the effect of, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could actually find a job in Portland?” She responded, “Have you ever even looked?” I went home, got on the internet and four months later had a job in Portland. Its been love ever since!
Why do YOU Buy Local? I buy local because I believe in supporting and growing my community in as many ways as possible. Portland is my adopted home and I love being a part of and helping the community grow. And selfishly, I find shopping local often brings better quality, more interesting products, and I love being able to interact and learn about the people providing my goods, foods, and services.
CAITLIN CAMERON, Urban Planner, City of Portland
My Portland is historical, picturesque and windy
How did you get here? I came to Portland for an unparalleled career opportunity.
Why do YOU buy local? I buy local because I believe in quality of life. Local businesses add character and individuality to Portland. Local businesses create real economic development and good quality jobs. Local businesses also allow me to keep my car-free lifestyle by shopping in my own neighborhood.
My Portland is Authentic, Progressive, and Tasty
How did you get here? I grew up in Portland’s Oakdale neighborhood (near King Middle School). I left Portland for college in 2004, but moved back here after graduating and decided it was the best place for me to be. Since returning, I’ve done as much as I can to immerse myself in the community I grew up in. This includes attending Graduate School at USM, coaching soccer at PHS, and even starting my own business. I am happy and thankful to live in this awesome community.
Why do YOU buy local? Portland has a unique character that is unlike any other place in the country. Thankfully, I believe this is due in large part to our thriving local businesses, and I want to do as much as I can to help protect and support our city’s small business culture.
Why do YOU buy local?I grew up surrounded by big chain stores. When I got here, it was the breath of fresh air I never knew I needed. Businesses here are unique, determined, and community-minded. Supporting them is vital to our thriving community.
My Portland is Vibrant, Welcoming, Innovative
How did you get here? I was one of those people that had “live in either Portland” on my bucket list, and after school in Chicago, Maine was closer to my family in PA than the West Coast was. My first job in Portland was at Coffee By Design, so I was introduced to Portland Buy Local early on, and the overwhelming local support for independently owned businesses played a huge role in my growing love for the area. Now, as a board member, I’m excited to learn even more about all that’s happening in Portland.
Why do YOU buy local? I think everyone has a dream of their ideal job, or what they’d do with their time if they could do anything. There are so many people in Portland who turn that dream into a reality by opening their own business, and they’re what make our community the incredible place that it is. Buying local helps these types of businesses to thrive, and helps local people continue to bring their dreams to life.
CHRIS BETTERA, Owner, Po’ Boys and Pickles
My Portland is accessible, quirky, and progressive
How did you get here? I was looking for an intimate city with a vibrant cultural scene, and Portland felt like home immediately.
ADAM NYHAN, Opticliff Law
ANTHONY ZELI, Owner, West End News
My Portland is Rugged. Charming. Home.
How did you get here? I attended a small liberal arts college in Vermont and loved living in northern New England. My first job after graduation was with a media company in Portland. The unique character of this seaside town impressed me. I was comfortable here. And I had a lot of fun, too. I knew I was staying. So, I got involved. Got to know my neighbors. And now I get to run a community newspaper! I am very lucky to live and work in such an amazing place.
Why do YOU buy local? I want to positively impact our community with everything I do, and that includes with every purchase I make. I like knowing that my resources are supporting local jobs, creative businesses and good neighbors. I trust our local business people. I buy local to support them and their endeavors. Independent businesses are a big part of what makes Portland awesome!
HEATHER CASTON-TALBOT, Account Executive, Clark Insurance
My Portland is Diverse, Collaborative & Growing
How did you get here? I was lucky enough to be born and raised here in Portland. I’ve spent time in other parts of Greater Portland throughout my years and likely will into the future, but I will always consider myself a Portlander.
Why do YOU buy local? I buy local to support my friends, family, neighbors and the community in general. Small business is at the heart of every community and I believe it’s why Portland is the amazing city it is.
MARY ALLEN LINDEMANN, Co-Owner, Coffee By Design; A Founding Member, Portland Buy Local
How did you get here? After seven years of adventures in Appalachian Ohio, Chicago, Boston, and Arizona, I moved back to Maine to accept a position with the Portland Farmers’ Market. I was then lucky enough to discover Buy Local, and am so excited to be a part of an organization that does so much for our wonderful city!
Why do YOU Buy Local? I buy local to support what I love: Portland’s independence!
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