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Celebrate Independents Week!

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Join Portland Buy Local this summer as we celebrate Independents Week, July 1-7. Independents week is a national campaign to engage local independent businesses and citizens in celebrating entrepreneurial spirit and the freedom our local businesses embody.

We hope you’ll come to the first ever Portland Buy Local CASH MOB at the Portland Farmers Market to celebrate Independents Week. Cash mobs are community events where participants meet at a specific place and time and agree to spend money at a local business while having fun and getting to know other PBL members at the same time. For the first cash mob, we will be shopping at the Portland Farmers’ Market – Join us Tuesday, July 3rd at noon to enjoy a piece of Buy Local birthday cake, grab the new 2018/19 directory, and hear instructions for the cash mob.

When: Tuesday, July 3rd @noon
Where: Portland Farmers’ Market, Monument Square – find us at the Portland Buy Local table
What: CASH MOB benefiting the Portland Farmers Market

Check back for updates on more events and happenings throughout the week!

Independence Week Events Include:

July 1: Patricia Chandler Solo Exhibit Opens at Richard Boyd Gallery (10am)

July 1: Somali Independence Day at Deering Oaks Park (2-8pm)

July 1: Live Music: The Cut O’ Your Jib at Rising Tide Brewery (1-4pm)

July 1: Vinyl Tap on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (2-6pm)

July 2: Baby Lunch Date drop-in for parents at Rosemont Wellness Center (11am-1pm)

July 2: Wayne Tuohey from Cue Culture BBQ, pulled pork & BBQ sauce tasting at LeRoux Kitchen in Portland (11:30am-2pm)

July 2: Cash Mob at the Farmers’ Market (See above for details)

July 2: Launch Event for Paul Doiron’s new novel, STAY HIDDEN at Print: a Bookstore (7pm)

July 2: Trivia at Bull Feeney’s (7-9pm)

July 2: Bimini Twist: A Jane Bunker Mystery by Linda Greenlaw at Longfellow Books (7-9pm)

July 2: Gina And The Red-Eye Flight Crew at Portland House of Music and Events (8:30pm – 1am)

July 3: Coffee by Design, Cold Brew Coffee Demo and tasting at LeRoux Kitchen in Portland (11:30am-1:30pm)

July 3: Author Signing with Linda Greenlaw at Letterpress Books (6-8pm)

July 3: Dan Merrill + Darren on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (6:30-9:30pm)

July 3: Open Mic hosted by Jake McCurdy at Bull Feeney’s (9:30pm-1am)

July 3: Port Veritas Poetry at Bull Feeney’s (7-11pm)

July 3: Hello Newman at Bull Feeney’s (9pm)

July 4: Country Roads on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (2-6pm)

July 4: Singer Songwriter on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (6-9pm)

July 4: Independence Day Fireworks Express with Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad (4:30-7pm)

July 4: $4 Baxter Stowaway Drafts at Bull Feeney’s (8pm-1am)

July 4: Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise with Portland Schooner Company (8:15-10:15)

July 5: SUP Paddle at the East End Beach with Portland Paddle (7am-8am)

July 5: Christine Pistole from Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants, “Sourcing Spices & Composing Blends” tasting at LeRoux Kitchen in Portland (1-3pm)

July 5: Bacon + Cheese Happy Hour at Bull Feeney’s (5-6pm)

July 5: Group Trail Ride Thursday with Portland Gear Hub (6-8pm)

July 5: Quiet Riot Act on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (6-9pm)

July 5: Akela Moon and Pretty Sad at Portland House of Music and Events (8pm-1am)

July 5: Urban Farm Fermentory tasting at LeRoux Kitchen in Portland (4-6pm)

July 5: Hello Jerry (the band) at Bull Feeney’s (9:30pm-1am)

July 6 – Bitters Tasting at Vena’s Fizz House (2-4pm)

July 6: First Friday Art Walk! Celebrate independent art all over town. See Creative Portland website for more information and map.

July 6: Yoga Nidra at Arcana (5:30-6:30pm)

July 6: Tilden Katz Band on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (7-11pm)

July 6: Hambone | Wild Root | Skosh at Portland House Of Music (9pm)

July 6: The Dapper Gents + Jacob McCurdy at Bull Feeney’s (9:30pm-12:45am)

July 7: Make Your Own Kid-friendly Mocktail at Vena’s Fizz House (11am-1pm)

July 7: Doug Fletcher, Fletcher’s Mill – “Choose & Care for Your Mill”, discounts and give-aways at LeRoux Kitchen in Portland (11:30 – 2pm)

July 7: Vena (namesake of Vena’s fizz house) makes a “return” from the 1920s to hand out advice and give $2 off cocktails and mocktails at Vena’s Fizz House (2-5pm)

July 7: American Ride on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (2-6pm)

July 7: Ylli Brekofca, The Roaming Accordion Player: Performing at Vena’s Fizz House (6-8pm)

July 7: DJ Tish on Portland’s Largest Waterfront Deck at the Porthole (7pm-1am)

July 7: Dave Rowe at Bull Feeney’s (9pm-1am)

July 7: To Be Determined (the band) at Bull Feeney’s (9:30pm-1am)

Additional Independence Week Specials:

LeRoux Kitchen will be doing additional tastings and offering drawings and discounts in their Portland store, plus sampling out various Stonewall Kitchen products in their Scarborough location.

Email to submit your event and add to the festivities.


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Join us July 11: Portland Buy Local Annual Meeting

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Please join us for our Annual Meeting and Celebration! From 5:00 to 6:00pm there will be plenty of great conversation, snacks (on us), and delicious Maine Craft Distilling drinks (on you). At 6:00pm you’ll hear a quick from our Board of Directors, get an overview of what we’ve worked on over the past year, and hear about what’s coming up next!

Plus, pick up a copy of the new 2018-19 directory!

Where: Maine Craft Distilling, 123 Washington Ave

When: Wednesday, July 11, 5-7pm

Downtown Worker Appreciation Day

May 3: Downtown Worker Appreciation Day

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It’s that time of year again! Portland Buy Local and Portland Downtown are teaming up for Downtown Worker Appreciation Day. On May 3rd, we’ll tip our hats off to the people who make our downtown an awesome place to live, work, and play!
When: Thursday, May 3rd (7:30-9:30am)
Where: Three convenient locations in Downtown Portland (Monument Square, Tommy’s Park, and in front of the Portland Museum of Art)
NEW THIS YEAR: Restaurant workers (and other folks who aren’t early birds) can swing by the Portland Downtown office (549 Congress Street) anytime between 2pm and 4pm to enjoy all of the perks of the day.
Why: This feel-good event is our way of extending a huge THANK YOU to the friendly and talented folks who work downtown — whether it’s in a shop, a restaurant, an art gallery, or an office. Each of our 1200 guests will enjoy complimentary coffee, delicious breakfast treats, fresh flowers, and more. How wonderful is that?
Downtown Worker Appreciation Day is a huge success each year thanks to your participation and support. If you’re a business who’d like to get involved, by sponsoring or contributing a coupon, let us know! Email Mary Alice for more information.
Be sure to encourage your employees to attend this fabulous event. Click here to RSVP to our Facebook event and share it with your community (friends, employees, audience, etc!).


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SPECIAL Education Series Event: Uncoding the Experience Economy with Jeff Milchen

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Portland Buy Local invites you to hear how your local business can build customer engagement and loyalty to compete successfully with chains and online mega-retailers. This is an exciting opportunity to hear directly from a national expert. 

Join us Thursday, March 8th from 8:00am-9:30am to participate in this unique workshop.
Get tickets here.



For any independent business competing against large corporations with superior purchasing power, “customer experience” is your best opportunity to excel. But what does that mean? And, for retailers, how can you close a sale when the “Amazon price” is just a phone tap away?

This workshop will track a potential customer’s journey from their first impression (seeing or learning about your business) to entering your doors to departure. We’ll explore how your business can stand out at each stage and how you can make a personal connection that keeps them coming back. Hint: engaged employees are key!

This event will also tie individual business branding to the work of Portland Buy Local, so your business and your organization are reinforcing each other’s key assets and messaging. Come ready to share stories from your experience as a business person or customer about what’s turned you from a drop-in to a loyal customer!



Milchen-headshotJeff Milchen is co-director and co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). Jeff has spent 20 years helping communities build vital local economies and enhance economic opportunity through supporting local independent businesses.

AMIBA helps communities launch and develop a range of local initiatives to strengthen and sustain community-based businesses while empowering citizens and small business to guide community development. Milchen pioneered the Independent Business Alliance organizing model, founding and directing the Boulder Independent Business Alliance in Colorado, starting in 1998. Milchen’s prior work includes successfully launching and operating two small businesses.




When: Thursday, March 8th from 8:00am-9:30am

Where: Portland Public Library

How Much: $20, or $10 for Portland Buy Local members. Click here to get your ticket.

PLEASE NOTE: We want this event to be accessible to all. If this fee is a burden to your business at the moment, please be in touch with us directly. If you purchase a $20 ticket, we will reduce your 2018-2019 membership fee by $10 when you sign up by March 30th.

Please note that space is limited – we encourage you to register today.


Thank you to our sponsors for this event:

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Friend Sponsor


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Feb 21: Portland Buy Local Mixer at DiMillo’s

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Join us Wednesday, February 21, for our next Portland Buy Local mixer!

The mixer will be held upstairs at DiMillo’s (25 Long Wharf) from 5:30 – 7:00pm. Buy Local Member Mixers are informal networking and social events for members, friends, and anyone who would like to know more about Portland Buy Local. Come unwind and catch up with other indie biz enthusiasts, plus get updates on the latest happenings in the Buy Local scene.

Portland Buy Local mixers are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Sebago Brewing Company, so bring a friend and hang out on the water with us! Your first Sebago beer of the night is on us. The bar will be open if you’d like to purchase a drink beyond that. Snacks provided by DiMillo’s.

All are welcome!

When: Wednesday, February 21st from 5:30 – 7:00pm
Where: DiMillo’s (25 Long Wharf)

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