• Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

    Summer Fizz

    by  • June 16, 2014 • Food & Drink • 2 Comments

    Vena's Fizz House Natural Soda Bar

    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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    As far as the eye can see – Yes Books

    by  • October 9, 2012 • Buy Local, Shopping • 0 Comments


    Located on Congress Street, directly across from the Portland Museum of Art, Yes Books is something of a local institution. Like a cat with nine lives, it has survived a location change, a change in ownership, changes in the face of the city, and the move toward digital content, and yet it continues to be […]

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    PICNIC in the Park

    by  • August 25, 2012 • Shopping, Things To Do • 1 Comment


    So, how was your summer? Here are a few images from Saturday’s annual Picnic Music + Arts Festival, probably the premiere showcase for independent artisans and craftspeople in the city.  Enjoy!   Please visit the Picnic website (www.picnicportland.com) to learn more about the vendors whose work is featured here.  You can also follow them on […]

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    Oh Baby! How I Love Blanche & Mimi

    by  • March 13, 2012 • Shopping • 0 Comments


    My inside voice always subtitles Blanche & Mimi with the words “that great baby store” although it’s not really true — they certainly have a wide assortment of treasures that aren’t related to babies in the least. It’s just that, whenever I have a baby-shower related need (now that my own baby has grown tall […]

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    Your Own Personal Design Consultant: Nicola’s Home

    by  • January 23, 2012 • Shopping • 0 Comments


    Until recently, getting home design tips from nationally renowned designer, builder, fashionista, and home renovation expert Nicola Manganello was something that a middle-class HGTV junkie like me could only daydream about. A Maine native and MECA grad (she studied sculpture), Manganello’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Better Homes and Gardens and Maine […]

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    Ferdinand: Ten Thousand Beautiful Things

    by  • January 12, 2012 • Buy Local, Shopping • 0 Comments


    Why drumming squirrels? Diane Toepfer, the genius behind Ferdinand, explains that when she and her husband moved here from California, they were told by locals that they could tell how bad the winter was going to be by how fat the squirrels were. Which led her to thinking about squirrels needing tiny sweaters. And she […]

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    Want to go to a craft fair every day? Try The Merchant Company!

    by  • December 15, 2011 • Buy Local, Shopping • 1 Comment


    Since it seems to be local crafts week here, today I’m going to highlight one of the most interesting and innovative businesses to come out Portland’s active craft and vintage movement: The Merchant Company, which opened this spring and has quickly become one of the most interesting and talked-about businesses in the city.  Co owners […]

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