• About Anna S.

    "Oh, that's one of my favorite places to visit!" - living in Portland, Maine I hear that all the time. So, when you visit, I want you to see more than just the tourist stuff that everyone sees. I want you to see the Portland I love. So, I write about it.

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    A Gathering Place

    by  • December 11, 2013 • Buy Local, Things To Do • 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 • Buy Local, Food & Drink, Shopping • 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 • Things To Do • 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 • Buy Local, Shopping • 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 • Buy Local • 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 • Things To Do • 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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    The Iconic Element: The Salt Cellar

    by  • December 6, 2012 • Buy Local, Food & Drink, Shopping • 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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