The Keep It Local Maine Podcast
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.

Episode 73: Sarah Violette - Maine Photographer & Videographer

Episode 73: Sarah Violette - Maine Photographer & Videographer

April 5, 2022

This episode, we had a chance to sit down with rapper and writer turned photographer and videographer, Sarah Violette. We talked about how she transitioned from performing to media, her passion for birdwatching and nature photography, how she maintains her passion for what she does, what inspires her, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Sarah is a photographer, videographer, and former music artist from southern Maine. After years of performing music in Portland, she began creating music videos for other artists in the area and is now a full-time media freelancer based in Lewiston. The list of artists she’s worked with includes Dave Gutter, Sydneythesinger, Spose, Kristina Kentigian (ken-tee-gee-en), Shane Reis (rise), Bensbeendead, and many more.

To learn more about Sarah and her media projects, go to www.violettemedia.com where you can contact her about projects, see her portfolio, and learn how to get prints of her photography. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

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 72: Mehuman - Maine Singer & Songwriter

Episode 72: Mehuman - Maine Singer & Songwriter

March 15, 2022

This episode, we talked with Maine singer and songwriter Mehuman. We chatted about her latest album, Beautiful Ashes, as well as her songwriting process, how she grew up in a musical household, her joy in collaboration with other musicians, her new podcast I Wish I Wrote It, inspiration, and how she defines success!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Folk hop for hip folk is the signature sound coined by singer/songwriter Mehuman, and it resonates with authenticity and integrity throughout her music. Her most recent album, Beautiful Ashes, carries her personal narrative fraught with love, joy, loss, and sorrow into redemption and restoration. She is a former Arista Records artist and multiple award-winning SESAC songwriter who has shared the stage with the likes of Norah Jones, Sheila E, Ani DiFranco, The Verve, KoKo Taylor, and a previous guest of ours, Laurie Jones.

To learn more Mehuman's music and to get her latest album Beautiful Ashes, go to www.mehumanmusic.com. Be sure to follow her on Facebook to catch all the latest episodes of I Wish I Wrote It.

 

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 71: Deirdre Frey - Vet At Your Door

Episode 71: Deirdre Frey - Vet At Your Door

March 8, 2022

This episode, we sat down with Deirdre Frey - a Maine veterinarian and the owner of Vet At Your Door. We talked about her journey from engineering to becoming a vet, how she still uses those experiences in her daily work, how Vet At Your Door helps her both patients and doctors, what inspires her, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

iDeirdre earned a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.  After working for a few years as a computer programmer, she decided to fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian.  She obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine from University of Pennsylvania and in 2011, she achieved her other life-long dream of living in Maine. She started Vet At Your Door in 2015 in order to create a low-stress, high-quality veterinary experience for pets and their parents in the comfort of home, while also providing a top-notch work experience for her incredible staff. Dr. Frey lives in Carrabassett Valley, ME with her husband, three children, and standard poodle, Greta.

To learn more about Vet At Your Door, visit www.vetatyourdoor.com or call (207) 536-8387 to make an appointment - they're now accepting new patients! 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 70: Julie Viola - Gorham Savings Bank LaunchPad

Episode 70: Julie Viola - Gorham Savings Bank LaunchPad

March 3, 2022

We had the chance to talk with Julie Viola from Gorham Savings Bank about LaunchPad - Maine's premier small business competition. We chatted about this year's contest, how business owners and entrepreneurs can apply to be part of it throughout March, some tips on applying, past winners, why Maine is a great place to start a business, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Gorham Savings Bank’s LaunchPad is Maine’s premier small business competition and a showcase for the state’s dynamic entrepreneurial community. Innovative early-stage and established small businesses are invited to apply online March 1 through March 31, 2022. An independent panel of judges will select five finalists to pitch live and compete for the Bank’s $50,000 LaunchPad Grant. Five additional finalists will be selected to compete for the Emerging Business Award. All applicants will be considered for both prize levels.

Julie Viola is VP, Commercial Banker and Manager of Small Business Banking at Gorham Savings Bank. With her solid background and over 20 years of experience, she’s helped establish the Bank as a leader in the marketplace with a robust small business portfolio, a large commercial portfolio, along with corporate credit cards, and accounts receivable financing. As small business banking manager, she’s responsible for a lending team as well as her own customer relationships.

To learn more about LaunchPad and submit your application, go to gorhamsavings.bank/launchpad now. Be sure to follow Gorham Savings Bank on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Headquartered in Gorham, Maine since its founding in 1868, Gorham Savings Bank is a depositor-owned community bank delivering a full suite of financial services tailored to the needs of Southern Maine's businesses and consumers. As the only bank headquartered in Cumberland County, GSB serves and supports businesses that value local management, know-how and accountability. The bank offers consumer savings accounts, personal loans, mortgages, HELOCs, CDs, IRAs and financial planning services through its 12 branches and growing network of ATMs, video teller machines, and mobile services. Gorham Savings Bank is a tireless advocate for the wellbeing of the communities it serves, donating thousands of volunteer hours to dozens of community-based initiatives annually. Learn more at gorhamsavings.bank. Member FDIC.

 

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 69: Sascha Deri - bluShift Aerospace

Episode 69: Sascha Deri - bluShift Aerospace

February 22, 2022

This week, we had the unique opportunity to talk with the CEO and founder of Maine's rocket company, Sascha Deri of bluShift Aerospace. They are the first company to commercially launch a rocket using bio-derived fuel and did it right here in Maine! We talked about what makes Maine a great place for a rocket company, nanosatellites, challenges he's faced, how previous experiences have helped him, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

In 1999 Sascha co-founded the altE Store, a national renewable energy product distribution and light manufacturing company, where as CEO he is responsible for setting the company’s market and product development strategy for the $29M/year organization. In 2014 Mr. Deri founded bluShift Aerospace. The company made history on January 31, 2021 with the first commercial rocket launch powered by bio-derived fuel in the world, using a proprietary modular hybrid rocket engine that is also unique to the aerospace industry. Mr. Deri grew up in Maine,  earning a degree in physics from Earlham College and a second degree in electrical engineering from University of Southern Maine. He lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife and two daughters.

To learn more about bluShift Aerospace, visit www.blushiftaerospace.com or check out investment opportunities in their company. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Headquartered in Gorham, Maine since its founding in 1868, Gorham Savings Bank is a depositor-owned community bank delivering a full suite of financial services tailored to the needs of Southern Maine's businesses and consumers. As the only bank headquartered in Cumberland County, GSB serves and supports businesses that value local management, know-how and accountability. The bank offers consumer savings accounts, personal loans, mortgages, HELOCs, CDs, IRAs and financial planning services through its 12 branches and growing network of ATMs, video teller machines, and mobile services. Gorham Savings Bank is a tireless advocate for the wellbeing of the communities it serves, donating thousands of volunteer hours to dozens of community-based initiatives annually. Learn more at gorhamsavings.bank. Member FDIC.

 

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 68: Jess Muise - Engine

Episode 68: Jess Muise - Engine

February 15, 2022

In this episode, we spoke with the Executive Director of Engine, Jess Muise. We talked about how Engine feeds and develops the creative community in Biddeford, how her personal experiences led her to her current position, the skills she has picked up along the way (including welding), inspiration, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

An artist, nonprofit leader, and arts advocate, Jess Muise is passionate about helping people make the world they imagine through transformative experiences in creative community. Currently leading Engine in Biddeford, Maine, a nonprofit organization inspiring and connecting community through art, design, and education, her experience includes more than a decade of outreach, fundraising, marketing, program & facility management and strategic planning at the intersection of arts and economy. As an artist, she has volunteered for various artist-led collaborative workspaces and advocacy initiatives. With a deep background in movement practices, her creative work has focused on bringing dance making into public space, performing in parking lots, fields, rooftops and breweries.

To learn more about Engine, visit www.feedtheengine.org or visit them at 163 Main Street in Biddeford. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

Headquartered in Gorham, Maine since its founding in 1868, Gorham Savings Bank is a depositor-owned community bank delivering a full suite of financial services tailored to the needs of Southern Maine's businesses and consumers. As the only bank headquartered in Cumberland County, GSB serves and supports businesses that value local management, know-how and accountability. The bank offers consumer savings accounts, personal loans, mortgages, HELOCs, CDs, IRAs and financial planning services through its 12 branches and growing network of ATMs, video teller machines, and mobile services. Gorham Savings Bank is a tireless advocate for the wellbeing of the communities it serves, donating thousands of volunteer hours to dozens of community-based initiatives annually. Learn more at gorhamsavings.bank. Member FDIC.

 

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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