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    Friday Features & Finds (Find The Yeti Edition)

    by  • December 13, 2013 • 0 Comments

    So much to do in this town. Sometimes (like this weekend) it’s just hard to choose. Here’s a few suggestions. (I’m going to try and be as brief as I can.) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 23rd Annual Portland Pottery Holiday Show and Sale. Pottery and Jewelry by local artists. Light refreshments. A portion of the […]

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    A Gathering Place

    by  • December 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Tucked away in a nondescript building in Bayside is a business that is very different from most other shops and stores in Portland … because what you buy from them is not so much a finished product, but rather the tools and space necessary to make your own creative dreams come true. Open since March […]

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    Winter Market

    by  • December 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    On Saturday morning I went to check out the new home of the Portland Winter Farmer’s Market, hosted by Urban Farm Fermentory at 200 Anderson St.  In addition to UFF, the building is also home to Maine Line Pies, Bomb Diggity Bakery, and Pure Pops, so the addition of farm fresh veggies, handmade cheeses, local […]

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    Friday Features & Finds (Holiday Circus Edition)

    by  • December 6, 2013 • 0 Comments

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      Tonight is the First Friday Art Walk, an event which promises to be the most epic evening in the history of the Art Walk. In addtion to all the regular Art Walk activities, they are closing Congress St to vehicular traffic from 6 – 8 pm.  The street closure will extend from State Street (the intersection […]

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    The Well Curated Home

    by  • December 4, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    So, on Saturday, there we were. It was blustrey and cold, and my son was complaining a bit about walking down Commercial street. I was puzzling over when they put an Ethan Allen and a Starbucks into the MaineHealth building. (How long have those been there, anyhow?) Then, just at the point where I thought […]

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    A Country Christmas

    by  • December 2, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    A cornerstone (almost literally) of Exchange Street for decades, Country Noel brings a taste of the holiday season to the Old Port all year ’round. Descend the steps at the corner of Middle and Exchange and enter a world full of lights, sparkles, and Yuletide joy. Although the shop seems a bit crowded as you […]

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    Friday Features & Finds: Fringe Edition

    by  • June 28, 2013 • 0 Comments

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      Happy Friday!  Hope everyone is staying dry on this rainy, rainy day. Just a couple of quick reminders: PortFringe continues throughout the weekend with over 35 performances at four locations in Portland. PortFringe performances run the gamut from serious to silly, and include music, dance, comedy (including stand up), improv, film, and “improvised zombie […]

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    Taking it All In: a Visit to the Portland Observatory

    by  • June 25, 2013 • 1 Comment

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    On Flag Day — June 14th — I was lucky enough to be able to visit the one Portland landmark I’d always wanted to see but never had: The Portland Observatory. Built in 1807, and the jewel of Greater Portland Landmarks, the Portland Observatory exists for only one purpose: to provide spectacular views of Portland […]

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    The Iconic Element: The Salt Cellar

    by  • December 6, 2012 • 1 Comment

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    Newly opened in a subterranean space near Post Office Park, The Salt Cellar is a celebration of just one thing: the humble sodium chloride, the only rock that we eat on a regular basis. Modeled on their flagship store in Portsmouth, NH, and, in a larger sense, modeled after a specialty salt store that the co-owners […]

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    Carried Away with justkim

    by  • December 4, 2012 • 3 Comments

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    Maybe it’s the holiday display in the window (including the wonderful snowman apron and old sewing machine). Maybe it’s the riot of color from row after row of practical, fanciful bags. Maybe it’s the giant paintings. Or maybe it’s the fact that all this is a reflection of the bubbly personality of Kim herself. Whatever […]

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    Quite a lot of Art on the Hill

    by  • December 1, 2012 • 3 Comments

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    Last night I had a wonderful time strolling around the Society for East End Arts’ 2012 Holiday ‘Art on the Hill’ show. Over 70 vendors — many of whom were not, I was totally pleased to note, the ‘usual suspects’ that I’ve seen at every vaguely craft-fair like show I go to.  Admission is free, […]

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