The Keep It Local Maine Podcast
Episode 51: Robin Kennedy - Maine Candy Maker

Episode 51: Robin Kennedy - Maine Candy Maker

September 17, 2021

This week, we tempted fate by talking about tasty treats before lunch with Robin Kennedy from Robin's Confections in Biddeford, Maine! We talked about how she got started making confections, how she works with other local businesses, the secret to a great Maine Needham, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Robin’s passion for making chocolate confections began while working for another candy company, where she learned the skills she would apply in 2012 when she started her own business out of her parent’s renovated basement. After only working the wholesale business for six years, they now have a beautiful store in Biddeford that Robin manages and her parents own. There she has expanded what they make and are able to offer, but the Maine Needham remains their most popular staple product… as it should.

Visit Robin's Confections at www.robinsconfections.com to shop online or visit them at 586 Alfred Street in Biddeford. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram too. 

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Episode 50: Ebenzer Akakpo - Maine Jewelry Designer

Episode 50: Ebenzer Akakpo - Maine Jewelry Designer

September 2, 2021

This episode, we had an inspiring and fun conversation with Maine jewelry designer Ebenezer Akakpo. We talked about his journey from dreaming to be an architect to becoming a jewelry designer, how he creates his new pieces, his inspiration, how he's helping people, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Ebenezer’s portfolio spans various mediums and processes; when combined with the visual Language symbols or Adinkra symbols from his native Ghana, he presents a unique collection of ideas and creations. His jewelry-making passion led him to Florence, Italy, where he studied stone-setting and jewelry design and also discovered the world of computer-aided design and manufacturing. He moved to the US and studied Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, and Industrial design at Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY. In 2017 he founded the Akakpo Design Group LLC in Maine, focusing on designing Jewelry, Apparel, and home accessories.

Visit Ebenezer's website www.akakpo.com to see the symbols he uses in his designs and also place orders as well. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube as well as checking out his other brand, Maine Culture.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Episode 49: Kristine Delano - Maine Writer

Episode 49: Kristine Delano - Maine Writer

August 18, 2021

This week, we had a great conversation with Maine writer Kristine Delano. We talked about her transition from a 20+ year career on Wall Street to a full-time writer, her writing process, how her time working in finance prepared her to write, how she defines success, and much more!

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Kristine is a 20+ year career woman of Wall Street. She left her panoramic city view and expense account in 2019 to pursue writing, enjoy family, and savor her great state of Maine. She is on the board of a seven-thousand-member global financial services organization focused on women empowerment and is a speaker, mentor, and strategic planner for businesses, churches, and parachurch organizations. She is a critique partner and literary judge at ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MWPA (Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance).

Information on her award-winning short stories and in-progress novels can be found at www.kristinedelano.com. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Episode 48: Alaina Marie - Maine Designer & Entrepreneur

Episode 48: Alaina Marie - Maine Designer & Entrepreneur

August 4, 2021

In this episode, we had a chance to chat with Maine designer and entrepreneur Alaina Marie, whose nautical themed bags and clutches have been a huge hit in and out of the state. We talked about what inspired her design aesthetic, her design process, how she overcame obstacles in business, how she defines success, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Born and raised off the coast of Maine, Alaina’s surroundings have always been her source of inspiration. Established in 2013, AM is now known for its iconic mesh handbags which were inspired by a lobsterman’s bait bag, and are also made using the same marine-grade materials. Her mission is to spread color, not only in your wardrobe, but in your world. She has worked diligently to perfect her product so that each handbag is durable, authentic, and ready to go wherever life takes you.

Learn more about Alaina Marie, shop her selection of bags, or book a session at the design bar at www.alaina-marie.com. Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram as well.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by The Fletcher Group at Keller Williams Realty, a Veteran owned and operated real estate group offering services in all aspects of the real estate market. The Fletcher Group has been serving Maine since 1997, and specializes in Commercial Sales and Leasing, Residential Sales, Commercial and Residential Development, and Investment Properties of all kinds. Their entire team philosophy is built upon honesty and integrity with the belief that their fiduciary responsibility is to their clients checkbook and not their own!  As a local Maine business, they work hard serving their communities, and would be honored to serve all your real estate needs. Give them a call 207-805-3233, visit thefletchergrp.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Episode 47: Dr. Phil Finemore - WorkFitME

Episode 47: Dr. Phil Finemore - WorkFitME

July 28, 2021

This week, we had a chance to chat with Dr. Phil Finemore who operates a concierge physical therapy practice in Southern Maine. We talked about how the last year has affected people's work habits and possibly led to injuries, how to prevent those injuries, the biggest lessons he's learned in business, what inspires him, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Dr. Phil is the owner of WorkFitME Mobile Physical Therapy where he specializes in helping busy Maine professionals maximize their physical performance so they can live a happy, healthy, and wealthy life doing what they love with who they love. He has a passion for helping people ensure their greatest asset in life, their body and its health, gives them the biggest return on investment possible: living an abundant life in all aspects without fear of missing out on what matters to them most.

Learn more about Dr. Phil and WorkFitMe at www.workfitme.com or you can call him at (207) 465-6078 to make an appointment. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by The Fletcher Group at Keller Williams Realty, a Veteran owned and operated real estate group offering services in all aspects of the real estate market. The Fletcher Group has been serving Maine since 1997, and specializes in Commercial Sales and Leasing, Residential Sales, Commercial and Residential Development, and Investment Properties of all kinds. Their entire team philosophy is built upon honesty and integrity with the belief that their fiduciary responsibility is to their clients checkbook and not their own!  As a local Maine business, they work hard serving their communities, and would be honored to serve all your real estate needs. Give them a call 207-805-3233, visit thefletchergrp.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Episode 46: Cherie Scott - Mumbai To Maine

Episode 46: Cherie Scott - Mumbai To Maine

July 8, 2021

This episode, we had a blast chatting with Cherie Scott - someone who truly does it all as a chef, entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster, and more. We talked about her blog and simmer sauce brand, Mumbai To Maine, as well as how she was inspired to begin cooking traditional Indian food from her childhood in her 30's, how food brings people together, the spices she couldn't live without, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Mumbai-native Cherie Scott left India at the age of 16 and moved to Vancouver, BC. With a few stops in New York City and New Jersey, Cherie has been anchored in Boothbay, Maine for over a decade. In 2015, she launched her culinary blog, MumbaitoMaine.com, to share her signature recipes and nostalgic anecdotes of her youth in Mumbai. In 2018, Cherie curated a series on regional Indian cuisine offered exclusively at the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School in York. In 2019, Cherie hosted season 1 of ‘Talking Food In Maine, Intimate Conversations’, exploring Maine’s rich culinary scene with some of Maine’s most creative and accomplished culinary taste-makers at the historic Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. In 2020, to celebrate Maine’s bicentennial and gastronomic talent, Cherie launched Mumbai to Maine’s podcast with a signature series: Maine’s Bicentennial Food Podcast, in partnership with Maine Magazine’s Eat Maine. The series takes a deep dive into Maine's food scene and story- past, present and future. Cherie launched her signature line of gourmet Indian simmer sauces with a trio of home-style sauces: Makhani, Saag and Caldine in December 2020. Inspired by her family’s heritage recipes, these simmer sauces are crafted with freshly roasted and ground spice blends, all-natural, preservative-free, gluten-free and handcrafted in small batches here in Maine. Mumbai to Maine is Maine’s first Indian-inspired culinary brand.

Learn more about Cherie and Mumbai To Maine at www.mumbaitomaine.com as well as ordering her new simmer sauces or finding local stores in Maine that carry them. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 45: Ken Bell - Portland House Of Music & Events

Episode 45: Ken Bell - Portland House Of Music & Events

June 30, 2021

This week, we had a chance to chat with Ken Bell, the owner of Portland House Of Music & Events in Portland - a stalwart of the Maine music scene and a familiar face for musicians and fans alike. We talked about how he cam to open PHOME, his favorite parts of running a music venue, what inspires him, how he defines success, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Ken has been part of local music in Portland for well over 12 years, providing a stage for hundreds of Maine musicians as well as national touring artists as well. After being shut down for most of the last year, he is set to open the doors once again this July with a packed schedule of shows.

See the schedule of upcoming shows at Portland House Of Music & Events, buy tickets, and purchase merch at www.portlandhouseofmusic.com. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram for show announcements.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 44: Carolyn Delaney - Journey Magazine

Episode 44: Carolyn Delaney - Journey Magazine

June 24, 2021

In this episode, we chat with Maine publisher and addiction recovery advocate Carolyn Delaney of Journey Magazine. We talked about how her recovery shaped her vision for the magazine, how people can educate themselves on recovery, what's most difficult about publishing, how she defines success, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Carolyn is the publisher of Journey Magazine and a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. She began Journey because it breaks her heart that active addiction is more visible than the millions of people now in recovery. The Journey team uses their print magazine to share inspiring and empowering stories to amplify the hope that people can and do recover. By making recovery more visible, they aim to change the narrative about addiction in order to save lives.

Learn more about Journey Magazine at www.recovery-journey.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 43: LaKosha Evans - Klassically Kute Designs Kids Clothing & Accessories Boutique

Episode 43: LaKosha Evans - Klassically Kute Designs Kids Clothing & Accessories Boutique

June 16, 2021

This week, we had a great time chatting with LaKosha Evans, the owner of Klassically Kute Designs Kids Clothing & Accessories Boutique in Biddeford, Maine. We talked about her inspiration for starting her own store, how being a military spouse has shaped her journey as an entrepreneur, what inspires her, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

LaKosha is the owner of Klassically Kute Designs Kids Clothing & Accessories Boutique in Biddeford that provides access to great private brand clothing for kids and outstanding customer service.  She is also a military spouse of 19 years with four amazing children. After years of moving around, and the starting and quitting of many jobs, she finally decided it was time to start her own business and Klassically Kute is the result!

Learn more about Klassically Kute Designs at www.klassicallykutedesigns.com or stop by 193 Main Street Suite 101 in Biddeford, Maine. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 42: Ian Scott - IPS Surf & Water Sports

Episode 42: Ian Scott - IPS Surf & Water Sports

June 9, 2021

In this episode, we had the chance to learn more about the great things Ian Scott is doing on Long Lake with IPS Surf & Water Sports. We talked about how he grew up coming to Maine with his family, working with his friend Jake Caster, his love of the water, how he defines success, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Ian’s love for the water began in Maine on Long Lake and has taken him to places he never imagined possible. He believes that everybody has a unique connection to the water. Its depths, movement, power, stillness; everything about it is captivating and brings us to a more mindful existence. His mission is to inspire others towards a happy and healthy life through the joy of water sports.

Learn more about IPS Surf & Water Sports at www.ipssurf.com as well as seeing their upcoming events. You can book a great day on the lake online or by calling (603) 930-3060. Be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook as well. 

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

 
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