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    Friday Features and Finds: (In the Name of Love Edition)

    by  • June 20, 2014 • 0 Comments

    First, a quick but important note for anyone who will be attending any events (including Pride) in Portland on Saturday the 21st. The funeral for Captain Michael C. Kucsma Jr of the Portland Fire Department will be held in Portland on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Hundreds (if not thousands) of firefighters from all over […]

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    The Flavor Shop

    by  • June 19, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Tucked away in a quiet, granite fronted space on Commercial street, Vervacious has, for close to four years, been spicing up Portland’s culinary scene. A feast for the senses, this little brick-lined hideaway contains one of the most acclaimed and interesting culinary destinations in the city. Vervacious doesn’t sell food, exactly. They sell flavor. Whether […]

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    Summer Fizz

    by  • June 16, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    Tucked away over on the edge of the Old Port is one of the most interesting and inventive shops in Portland – Vena’s Fizz House. Part antique store, part foodie supply, and part new-fashioned soda fountain, it’s a place no other in the city — and perhaps in the entire country. Step inside the front […]

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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

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    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


    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


      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


    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


    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


      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


    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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