The Keep It Local Maine Podcast
Episode 83: Gary Rainford - Maine Writer

Episode 83: Gary Rainford - Maine Writer

June 28, 2022

This was a great conversation that we had with Maine writer Gary Rainford. We talked about his newest book of poems called Adrift, how he came to writing poetry, how his surroundings on Swan Island influence him and his writing, his creative process, how he defines success, some of his favorite poets, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Gary Rainford lives on Swan’s Island year-round,and is the author of three poetry collections: AdriftSalty Liquor … and Liner Notes. Gary's poems, shaped by tides, saltwater, music, and experience, are published in a wide range of literary magazines, university journals, and newspapers. His most recent book, Adrift, is a love story, and his poems tell the story of his mother’s Alzheimer’s disease.

To learn more about Gary and where to buy his books, visit www.garyrainford.com. Also be sure to follow him on Instagram as well.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Weather is getting warmer and it’s project planning season - which means you should call Maine Commercial Contracting - your locally owned choice for residential and commercial services in Southern Maine. They’ll be there for that new driveway, walkway, or excavation for your home and for your business with parking lot paving, road milling, heavy hauling, and competitive commercial pricing. So when you need your project done right on your timeline, get ahold of the company with an appetite for excellence and the skills to see it through. Call Maine Commercial Contracting at 207-391-0540 for a free estimate or find them online at mainecommercialcontracting.com.

 

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 82: Van & Sumit Sharma - Founders of Rupee Beer

Episode 82: Van & Sumit Sharma - Founders of Rupee Beer

June 15, 2022

We had the chance to chat with Van and Sumit Sharma, the founders of Rupee Beer - a craft beer specially designed to be paired with Indian and other spice-rich foods. We talked about their inspiration for the brew, their history growing up in the restaurant industry, how they've brought more diversity to the craft beer space, how they define success, and more!

 

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Sumit and Van Sharma always found it frustrating that Indian beer giants never distributed to states like Maine in the early 90’s. Both of them grew up in the Indian restaurant trade which their family has been in for over 45 years, but it wasn’t until COVID that they both ended up living in Maine after being overseas in the UK and Australia. During that time, they set out to change the food and beverage arena in a bold, diverse, and innovative way. After partnering with global brewing legend Alan Pugsley, co-founder of Shipyard Brewing Company, they have taken what started as an idea to solve a problem of sourcing Indian beer in Maine and grown it into a dialogue of increasing ethnic diversity within the craft brewing scene.

To learn more about Rupee Beer, visit www.rupeebeer.com to find out where to get a cold can and news about new releases. Be sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and LinkedIn.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Weather is getting warmer and it’s project planning season - which means you should call Maine Commercial Contracting - your locally owned choice for residential and commercial services in Southern Maine. They’ll be there for that new driveway, walkway, or excavation for your home and for your business with parking lot paving, road milling, heavy hauling, and competitive commercial pricing. So when you need your project done right on your timeline, get ahold of the company with an appetite for excellence and the skills to see it through. Call Maine Commercial Contracting at 207-391-0540 for a free estimate or find them online at mainecommercialcontracting.com.

 

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 81: Ryan Adams - Maine Painter & Muralist

Episode 81: Ryan Adams - Maine Painter & Muralist

June 7, 2022

In this episode, we had a lot of fun talking with Maine painter and muralist Ryan Adams. He told us about his beginnings in art, his favorite projects, advice to aspiring artists and business owners, how he defines success, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Ryan Adams is a painter and muralist residing in his hometown of Portland, Maine with his wife, Rachel Gloria and their two daughters. His background in traditional graffiti led him to creating large-scale mural work and hand lettered design and signage. His signature ‘gem’ style of work is a geometric breakdown of letterforms with shadows and highlights included to create depth and movement throughout the pieces. His pieces tend to be bold, colorful and clever; often including statements within. Currently, Ryan co-owns and operates a hand painted signage business, designs for a brewery, paints murals any and everywhere and exhibits his work as often as possible.

To learn more about Ryan, visit his website at www.ryanwritesonthings.com where you can view his artwork and contact him about commissions and projects. Be sure to follow him on Instagram (@ryanwritesonthings).

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Weather is getting warmer and it’s project planning season - which means you should call Maine Commercial Contracting - your locally owned choice for residential and commercial services in Southern Maine. They’ll be there for that new driveway, walkway, or excavation for your home and for your business with parking lot paving, road milling, heavy hauling, and competitive commercial pricing. So when you need your project done right on your timeline, get ahold of the company with an appetite for excellence and the skills to see it through. Call Maine Commercial Contracting at 207-391-0540 for a free estimate or find them online at mainecommercialcontracting.com.

 

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 80: Ethan & Bud - Aquaboggan Waterpark

Episode 80: Ethan & Bud - Aquaboggan Waterpark

June 1, 2022

In this episode, we sat down with Ethan and Bud from Aquaboggan Waterpark. We talked with Bud about his time getting the park off the ground over 40 years ago, how Ethan has stepped in as general manager, the exciting addition of the Saco Drive-In for this coming Summer, what inspires them, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Aquaboggan has been a Southern Maine institution for over 40 years. From waterslides to mini golf, it is the coolest place around to splash, slide, and play all summer long. They have a giant wave pool, go karts, bumpin boats, eight water slides, as well as a kids splash area and the aquasaucer for the little ones. This year, they’re excited to be adding the Saco Drive-In to the park and will be opening for the season June 25th.

To learn more about Aquaboggan and purchase passes for this Summer, visit www.aquaboggan.com. They are located at 980 Portland Road in Saco, Maine. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Weather is getting warmer and it’s project planning season - which means you should call Maine Commercial Contracting - your locally owned choice for residential and commercial services in Southern Maine. They’ll be there for that new driveway, walkway, or excavation for your home and for your business with parking lot paving, road milling, heavy hauling, and competitive commercial pricing. So when you need your project done right on your timeline, get ahold of the company with an appetite for excellence and the skills to see it through. Call Maine Commercial Contracting at 207-391-0540 for a free estimate or find them online at mainecommercialcontracting.com.

 

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 79: Khaled Habash - Maine Entrepreneur & Business Owner

Episode 79: Khaled Habash - Maine Entrepreneur & Business Owner

May 25, 2022

In this episode, had a chance to sit down with Khaled Habash who owns multiple businesses with his wife Jen. We talked about how they became "serial entrepreneurs", what it's like running a seasonal business, advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, how he defines success, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Khaled and his wife Jen are serial entrepreneurs and the owners of The Blue Lobster, Maine Duck Tours, and Scenic Route Maine Tours. After years of learning the ropes in business in other parts of the country, they brought their experience home back to Maine. As extensive world travels, they enjoy and have firsthand insight about how to host tourists in Vacationland.

For some great Maine apparel and souvenirs, visit their online store at www.thebluelobster.com or stop by 177 Commercial Street in Portland. Follow The Blue Lobster on Facebook and Instagram.

Want to get a unique tour around Portland this Summer or Fall? Visit www.maineducktours.com to book your tickets now. Follow Maine Duck Tours on Facebook and Instagram.

To view all the ways you can see the state with The Scenic Route Maine Tours, visit www.thescenicroutemainetours.com to book and follow them on Facebook.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Weather is getting warmer and it’s project planning season - which means you should call Maine Commercial Contracting - your locally owned choice for residential and commercial services in Southern Maine. They’ll be there for that new driveway, walkway, or excavation for your home and for your business with parking lot paving, road milling, heavy hauling, and competitive commercial pricing. So when you need your project done right on your timeline, get ahold of the company with an appetite for excellence and the skills to see it through. Call Maine Commercial Contracting at 207-391-0540 for a free estimate or find them online at mainecommercialcontracting.com.

 

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 78: Anthony McKeown - Fight Coffee

Episode 78: Anthony McKeown - Fight Coffee

May 17, 2022

In this episode, we spoke with the founder of Fight Coffee, Anthony McKeown about how he's raising awareness and funds in the fight against human trafficking. We talked about the launching of his online coffee company, how they're making an impact on multiple levels, what is inspiring to him, and how others can join the fight as well!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Anthony’s launched Fight Coffee in 2021 at the height of the COVID pandemic. They are a family owned and operated business that donates 100% of their profits to fight against human trafficking both in Maine and worldwide by enabling people to shop for quality coffee online and choose which anti-trafficking organization they want to contribute to. One of Anthony’s favorite things about Fight Coffee is that it makes it super easy for everyone everywhere to join the fight simply by drinking delicious coffee.

To learn more about Fight Coffee, their mission, order coffee and merchandise, visit www.fightcoffee.org today. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for news and updates.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Weather is getting warmer and it’s project planning season - which means you should call Maine Commercial Contracting - your locally owned choice for residential and commercial services in Southern Maine. They’ll be there for that new driveway, walkway, or excavation for your home and for your business with parking lot paving, road milling, heavy hauling, and competitive commercial pricing. So when you need your project done right on your timeline, get ahold of the company with an appetite for excellence and the skills to see it through. Call Maine Commercial Contracting at 207-391-0540 for a free estimate or find them online at mainecommercialcontracting.com.

 

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 77: Barry & Stacy Miller - Sea Love

Episode 77: Barry & Stacy Miller - Sea Love

May 10, 2022

In this episode, we had the chance to speak with Barry and Stacy Miller from Sea Love. We talked about how Stacy began making her own candles and scents, how that turned into a thriving business, how they work with other local businesses and makers, what success looks like for them, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Barry and Stacy are a husband-and-wife team who love making & creating, and adore the lifestyle of coastal living. Their small batch candles are in 500+ retail stores across the United States - all inspired by a feeling, a moment, a place, and the list goes on. In Summer 2020, they opened Maine’s first DIY custom fragrance experience in Kennebunkport. Their candle bar and boutique is meant to inspire, and designed to help you bring memories to live with the art of scent blending and 'pouring your own'. They are passionate about fragrance and helping you create a space you love and feel alive - and reflect a life well lived!

To learn more about Sea Love and purchase from their online shop, go to www.sealove.com or stop by Dock Square at 2 Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport, Maine. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Weather is getting warmer and it’s project planning season - which means you should call Maine Commercial Contracting - your locally owned choice for residential and commercial services in Southern Maine. They’ll be there for that new driveway, walkway, or excavation for your home and for your business with parking lot paving, road milling, heavy hauling, and competitive commercial pricing. So when you need your project done right on your timeline, get ahold of the company with an appetite for excellence and the skills to see it through. Call Maine Commercial Contracting at 207-391-0540 for a free estimate or find them online at mainecommercialcontracting.com.

 

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 76: Ellen Dorr & Amanda Berry - Woodfords Family Services

Episode 76: Ellen Dorr & Amanda Berry - Woodfords Family Services

May 3, 2022

In this episode, we had the chance to speak with Ellen and Amanda from Woodfords Family Services. With May being National Foster Care Month, we talked about what Woodfords does to help support foster parents and foster children, the different types of foster care, how to learn more about becoming a foster parent, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Woodfords Family Services is a nonprofit organization that has served the greater Portland and larger Maine community for 55 years. Founded by five families who wanted better educational opportunities for their children with special needs, Woodfords has stayed true to its roots, while growing to provide thousands of individuals and their families with compassionate support throughout their lives. Woodfords offers a variety of clinical, educational, family support, residential, and training programs to individuals with special needs. One signature program, and especially important this month, is Woodfords’ Therapeutic Foster Care program, which trains foster parents and places children in foster care with loving and safe families. Every child deserves a safe and loving home, and Woodfords is committed to helping all children find their way in this world with love and support.

To learn more about Woodfords Family Services, go to www.woodfords.org or call (207) 878-9663. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Weather is getting warmer and it’s project planning season - which means you should call Maine Commercial Contracting - your locally owned choice for residential and commercial services in Southern Maine. They’ll be there for that new driveway, walkway, or excavation for your home and for your business with parking lot paving, road milling, heavy hauling, and competitive commercial pricing. So when you need your project done right on your timeline, get ahold of the company with an appetite for excellence and the skills to see it through. Call Maine Commercial Contracting at 207-391-0540 for a free estimate or find them online at mainecommercialcontracting.com.

 

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 75: Alice Yardley - Maine Fashion Designer

Episode 75: Alice Yardley - Maine Fashion Designer

April 20, 2022

This episode, we the chance to speak with teacher-turned-designer Alice Yardley! We asked her about the transition from teaching to designing her own line of handbags, how she got involved with New York Fashion Week during COVID, sustainability in fashion, advice for young designers, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Alice is a contemporary handbag designer based in Portland, Maine. While working as a high school art teacher for about eight years in Atlanta and New York City, she developed her love for leather-working, color theory, and design. When starting her company in 2018, Alice utilized her relationships with local upholstery and leather shops to repurpose leather pieces into unique bags. A portion of her work continues to be made with repurposed leather, and she is extremely passionate about contributing to the sustainable and zero-waste movement in the world of fashion. Each handbag is thoughtfully created into a one-of-a-kind design handmade, by Alice herself, in her studio/shop in the Washington Avenue Black Box shipping containers!

To learn more about Alice and to view her store, go to www.aliceyardleymaine.com and check out her shop. Visit her at 93 Washington Avenue in Portland, Maine. Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

To learn more about Fish Bones Grill, visit www.fishbonesgrill.com, stop by 70 Lincoln Street in Lewiston, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Weather is getting warmer and it’s project planning season - which means you should call Maine Commercial Contracting - your locally owned choice for residential and commercial services in Southern Maine. They’ll be there for that new driveway, walkway, or excavation for your home and for your business with parking lot paving, road milling, heavy hauling, and competitive commercial pricing. So when you need your project done right on your timeline, get ahold of the company with an appetite for excellence and the skills to see it through. Call Maine Commercial Contracting at 207-391-0540 for a free estimate or find them online at mainecommercialcontracting.com.

 

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 74: Kate & Paul Landry - Pine Point Grill

Episode 74: Kate & Paul Landry - Pine Point Grill

April 12, 2022

This episode, chatted with the husband and wife team of Paul and Kate Landry, the owners of Pine Point Grill in Scarborough and Fish Bones Grill in Lewiston. We talked about how they got started in restaurants, their desert island menu items, how they define success, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Kate and Paul have owned and operated restaurants in Maine for 28 years, starting in 1994 with their first, Mac’s Grill, an Auburn icon that continues to flourish under new ownership. In 2005, they opened Fish Bones Grill in the Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston, Maine as the first tenant in Mill No. 6 and was credited with helping to revitalize Lewiston’s downtown area. In 2019, the Landry’s opened their newest establishment, Pine Point Grill located on the Pine Point Road in Scarborough, Maine.  Considered a neighborhood bar and grill, it offers casual upscale dining as well as Artisan pizzas to eat in or take out. The Landry’s currently live in Wales, ME and have continued to be active in both of their restaurants.

To learn more about Pine Point Grill, visit www.pinepointgrill.com, stop by 240 Pine Point Road in Scarborough, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

To learn more about Fish Bones Grill, visit www.fishbonesgrill.com, stop by 70 Lincoln Street in Lewiston, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Weather is getting warmer and it’s project planning season - which means you should call Maine Commercial Contracting - your locally owned choice for residential and commercial services in Southern Maine. They’ll be there for that new driveway, walkway, or excavation for your home and for your business with parking lot paving, road milling, heavy hauling, and competitive commercial pricing. So when you need your project done right on your timeline, get ahold of the company with an appetite for excellence and the skills to see it through. Call Maine Commercial Contracting at 207-391-0540 for a free estimate or find them online at mainecommercialcontracting.com.

 

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.

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