The Keep It Local Maine Podcast
Episode 87: Delilah Poupore - Executive Director for Heart Of Biddeford

Episode 87: Delilah Poupore - Executive Director for Heart Of Biddeford

August 2, 2022

If you've been around Southern Maine for a few years, you've probably seen the transformation happening in downtown Biddeford. We had a chance to talk with Delilah Poupore about how Heart of Biddeford has been helping in revitalizing the city, how her experiences in different parts of the country have prepared her for her current role, what's coming up, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Delilah has been the Executive Director of Heart of Biddeford since January of 2011 -- engaging the community in an effort to foster a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable downtown. Delilah grew up in the post-industrial city of Duluth Minnesota, attended college and grad school in Vermont, and worked in higher education primarily in Southern California for 16 years before moving to Maine with her husband. Heart of Biddeford recently received the Great American Main Street Award, which is Main Street America's highest award for historic preservation, community engagement, and inclusive development.

Learn more about what Heart Of Biddeford is doing at www.heartofbiddeford.org and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Also, be sure to save August 19 & 20 for RiverJam Festival in Mechanics Park! Check out the full line-up of bands and activities at www.riverjamfest.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.

 

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 86: Jennifer Hazard - Maine Travel & Food Writer

Episode 86: Jennifer Hazard - Maine Travel & Food Writer

July 20, 2022

If you're looking for fun things to do in Maine for every season, have we got a guest for you! We chatted with Maine travel and food writer Jennifer Hazard about the second edition of her book - The Maine Play Book: A Four-Season Guide to Family Fun and Adventure - as well as how she started in travel writing, her go-to spots in Maine, how she defines success, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Jennifer Hazard is the author of The Maine Play Book: A Four-Season Guide to Family Fun and Adventure. She's written about food, travel, and family for Food Network Magazine, Maine Magazine, and Down East Magazine and created content for Martha Stewart Living and L.L.Bean. Jennifer lives in Maine with her husband and two children.

 

Learn more about Jennifer at her website, www.jenhazard.com and look for her book on Amazon, Islandport Press, or local bookstores throughout Maine. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, 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 85: Doctor Jess & Irina - Freedom MD

Episode 85: Doctor Jess & Irina - Freedom MD

July 12, 2022

We learned a lot in this episode talking with Doctor Jess and Irina about Freedom MD! We talked about how their concierge urgent care service provides care in the comfort of people's homes, their aesthetics services provided in their clinic, how they deal with burnout, what inspires them, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Doctor Jess has worked as physician for over 20 years and has experience in primary care, walk-in and urgent care, hospital medicine, aesthetics, and substance use disorder treatment. Irina has worked in healthcare for 12 years. She obtained certification with a Leadership Development Institute in 2016, and is passionate about growing small businesses. At FreedomMD, they are committed to providing elite care, with a personalized touch through their concierge medical service as well as their in-clinic aesthetics services.

Learn more about Freedom MD concierge urgent care and schedule an appointment at www.freedommd.us. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Learn more about Freedom MD Lux aesthetics services and schedule an appointment at www.freedommd.us. You can follow them on Facebook and 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 84: Gina Alibrio - Maine Singer, Songwriter, & Bandleader

Episode 84: Gina Alibrio - Maine Singer, Songwriter, & Bandleader

July 5, 2022

We had a great time talking with Maine singer, songwriter, and bandleader Gina Alibrio. We discussed how she found her way to Maine, the process of recording her new album Atlas, her favorite singers, what inspires her, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Gina Alibrio currently resides in Portland, Maine where in addition to being a session vocalist, she is the front-woman for the locally popular band The Red Eye Flight Crew. The band features members of nationally acclaimed acts such as Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds as well as Jaw Gems. She recently released her first full-length solo album entitled Atlas.

Download Atlas from Gina's Bandcamp page in a variety of formats and be sure to catch her and The Red Eye Flight Crew every Monday night through the Summer at Portland House Of Music & Events. You can follow her on Instagram and 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 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!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

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.

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