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Now Accepting Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

Member Updates  

It’s not too early to start thinking about the holiday season, and we’re already compiling our annual Portland Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide. This online guide is shared with our members and fans, across social media channels, and with the press to highlight some of the fantastic options available for shopping locally this holiday season.
We’re currently accepting gift guide submissions through Friday, 10/26. Submissions are free and open to our members, just enter the relevant information below (or email info (at) to share with us the item you’d like to see featured (including cost, a short description, and a photo). The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 26.

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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Announcing the Finalists for the Indie Biz Awards!

Events, Member Updates  

After receiving hundreds of nominations for 11 categories for this year’s Indie Biz Awards, we are pleased to announce the following finalists:

Flavor of Portland:

  • Ameera Bread
  • Boda
  • LB Kitchen
  • Oxbow Brewing Company
  • Sisters Gourmet Deli

Healthy Portland

  • Coastal Pharmacy and Wellness
  • Lila East End Yoga
  • Nine Stones Spa
  • Optimal Self
  • Rosemont Wellness Center

Environmental Hero

  • Bangs Island Mussels
  • EcoMaine
  • Maine Island Trail Association
  • Revision Energy
  • The SunriseGuide

Portland’s Best Kept Secret

  • Bogusha’s Polish Restaurant & Deli
  • Chaplaincy Institute of Maine
  • Hour Exchange Portland
  • My 3 Sisters Italian Cookies
  • One Longfellow Square

Business to Business

  • Local Economy
  • Opticliff Law
  • Portland Flea-for-All
  • Systems Engineering
  • Xpress Copy

Portland Ambassador

  • Adam Burk / The Treehouse Institute
  • Creative Portland
  • Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center
  • Portland Public Library
  • Think Tank

Made in Portland

  • Holy Donut
  • Portland Mattress Makers
  • Portmanteau
  • Standard Baking Co.
  • Zootility Co.

Creative Crusader

  • Kafari
  • Maine Academy of Modern Music
  • Maine the Way
  • Still Life Studio
  • Tessa O’Brien / Portland Mural Initiative

Best New Business

  • Heritage Seaweed
  • Little Woodfords
  • Maine Food for Thought
  • Rose Foods
  • Salon Lavender

Portland Icon

  • Great Lost Bear
  • Greater Portland Landmarks
  • Harbor Fish Market
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
  • Preble Street

Local Love

  • Coffee ME UP
  • étaín
  • Pistol Pete’s Upholstery
  • Silly’s
  • The Fish + Bone

Click here to vote for your favorite.

Only one vote per IP address is permitted. Voting will close on September 15th, and the winners will be announced at the Indie Biz Awards on Thursday, October 4th. Click here for more information about the event.


Shift to Local: Clothing, Books, and Art!

Member Updates, News, Shift  

As part of our ongoing “Shift to Local” campaign, this August we are encouraging Portland residents and visitors to shift a portion of their Clothing, Books, and Art spending to local, independent businesses.

As you are thinking about back to school shopping, think about which local businesses have the goods you need before visiting a chain store. Each dollar you spend at a local, independent business is three times as likely to stay in our community than when you spend that same dollar at a chain store.

To highlight one of the great local art options, we are featuring Adria Moynihan Rusk, owner of Still Life StudioRecently Adria just opened her own art studio and immediately felt the impact of being a part of a local community. She shared, “the amount of support I received from friends, artists, family, and the community was incredible.” Adria’s hope is to attract people of all different ages, all different class levels (even if you’re a beginner!) to come check out the new art studio.

Still Life offers a variety of different art classes from painting, to collages, to silk screening. All of her classes are small and intimate, which gives the students the opportunity to engage with their instructor and make the most of each session. Adria wPhotos courtesy of Still Life Studioas proud to share that one of her patrons who painted at her studio is now going to New York City for the summer to study art at the New York Academy of Art.

Local artists are part of what makes our community a vibrant, thriving place to live and work. By supporting local artists and studios like Still Life Studio, you’re not just helping to create a strong local economy, but also participating in keeping Portland a unique and beautiful community.

Portland also has a plethora of local clothing and book stores. We are fortunate to live in a community with a diversity of local options for back-to-school shopping. Let’s keep it that way by supporting them!

Consider shifting 10% of your clothing, books, and art this month to local, independent businesses to build community and entrepreneurship, while also keeping Portland independent!


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Nominate your favorite local business for an Indie Biz award!

Events, Member Updates  

**Update: Nominations are now closed, and you can click here to vote for the finalists. Voting closes on September 15th**
Nominations are now OPEN for the 11th Annual Indie Biz Awards. Click here to nominate your favorite local businesses! Nominations will close on August 21st.

Please note that last year’s winners are not eligible to win in the same category this year.

NEW this year — we are introducing the “Hall of Fame” for organizations and businesses who have won 3 or more Indie Biz Awards in the past. The following businesses will be inducted into the new “Indie Biz Hall of Fame” and as such will not be eligible for other awards: Coffee by Design, Garbage to Garden, Longfellow Books, Micucci, Portland Food Co-op, Portland Maine Farmers’ Market, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Trails, Rosemont Market + Bakery, SPACE Gallery

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Check out our Annual Report

Member Updates  

We closed our fiscal year on June 30th, and celebrated at our July 11th Annual Meeting. If you didn’t get a chance to pick up a copy of our Annual Report, click here to download one. We also made a fun infographic to recap all that we’ve accomplished over the past year. Click here to download our infographic.

We hope you’ll join us for the 2018-2019 year to help us ensure local, independent businesses are lifted up, rather than overlooked. Email info (at) to volunteer or to find out how to get involved.

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