The Keep It Local Maine Podcast
Episode 12: Zach Jones - Maine Musician & Songwriter

Episode 12: Zach Jones - Maine Musician & Songwriter

October 27, 2020

This week, we had a great conversation with Maine musician and songwriter Zach Jones! We talked about his beginnings in music, his songwriting process, what his challenges have been as a musician during COVID, what inspires him, and Beatles versus Beach Boys.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Zach Jones is a Portland, Main based musician. Having spent many years as lead guitarist/backing vocalist for the popular rock band As Fast As, in March of 2010, Jones released his first solo album Fading Flowers, followed by Broken Record (2011), Things Were Better (2012), The Days (2013), and Love What You Love (2014). In 2019 and 2020, he has released a series of singles and EPs, the most recent of which is Must Be On My Way / I’ll Be Taking Care Of You. He is also the co-host of Spencer And Zach Explore The Universe a podcast he records with fellow Maine musician Spencer Albee.

You can download all of Zach's music from his Bandcamp page as well as finding it on all major streaming platforms. For updates, be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can listen to his podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Zach's photo by Hutch Heelan.

 

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 11: Amber & Patrick - Marin Skincare

Episode 11: Amber & Patrick - Marin Skincare

October 20, 2020

In this episode we'll be talking with Amber and Patrick from Marin Skincare. Their company has just released a new and very unique skincare product that helps with dryness and irritation using a byproduct from lobsters! We'll discuss how they got started with their company, challenges they've faced, their inspiration, and how success can be very personal.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Patrick and Amber are recent UMaine biomedical engineering grads that co-founded Marin Skincare. Marin creates gentle and effective skincare products for people with eczema, psoriasis and dry skin, using a glycoprotein found in lobster as the key ingredient. While in grad school, they teamed up with lobster scientists to discover this glycoprotein, which they formulated in a skincare product and used to calm Amber’s eczema flareups. After discovering this, they founded Marin to bring this relief to people like Amber that suffer from any type of dry, aggravated skin issue. After over a year of developing their first product with professional skincare laboratories, partnering with Luke’s Lobster to find a sustainable way to source the protein, and navigating the challenges of manufacturing during COVID, they JUST launched their first product this month (October, 2020) called their Soothing Hydration Cream. The product helps calm dry, aggravated skin for face, hands and body.

To learn more about them and how to buy their new Soothing Hydration Cream, visit them at www.marinskincare.com. You can also follow them on Facebook 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.

Episode 10: Erik Jeffers - E Jeffers Gutter Protection, Cleaning, And Repair

Episode 10: Erik Jeffers - E Jeffers Gutter Protection, Cleaning, And Repair

October 13, 2020

In this episode, we have a fun chat with Erik Jeffers from E Jeffers Gutter Protection, Cleaning, And Repair about how his business has grown since he's started, his inspiration, why taking care of your gutters is an investment in your home, and what it's like paying the check for other people.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Erik Jeffers has been in construction of one kind or another for most of his life and in the past year started his own business cleaning and repairing gutters along with installing gutter protection. He’s been married for 20 years to his amazing wife, who is a nurse, and they have two sons - one of which he’s hoping will take over his business some day. Erik is hoping to get involved with a boxing gym once they open up again, and something he likes to do with his wife is go out to eat, pick a table, and then pay for that table’s meal.

You can learn more about E Jeffers Gutter Protection, Cleaning, And Repair on their Facebook page or by calling Erik at (207) 494-0047 to schedule a free estimate.

 

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 9: Jason Perkins - Perk’s Beer And Beverage

Episode 9: Jason Perkins - Perk’s Beer And Beverage

October 6, 2020

In this episode, we talk with Jason Perkins of Perk's Beer And Beverage about his path from the corporate world to the craft beer world, some of local brands that he stocks, his current favorite local craft beers, and more.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Jason and his wife Laura are the owners of Perk’s Beer and Beverage in Scarborough.  They are both originally from southern New Hampshire and have been living in Scarborough for the past 15+ years.  They have 2 children in the Scarborough School district and take great pride in their community.  Perk’s is a craft beer and fine wine store located in the Cabela’s Plaza in Scarborough.  Since opening in May of 2019, they’ve been blown away by the local support that they’ve received.  They work hard to stock the best local craft beer but also carry the larger domestic & imports brands.  Their wine selection is comprised of many labels that you won’t find in the chain stores, and their goal is to stock something for everyone, whether you are a wine aficionado or new to the craft beer scene.

You can learn more about Perk's Beer And Beverage and place an order at their website, PerksBeerAndBeverage.com, or by following them on Facebook or 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.

Episode 8: Corinne Watson - Tiny Homes Of Maine

Episode 8: Corinne Watson - Tiny Homes Of Maine

September 30, 2020

In this episode, we talk with Corinne Watson from Tiny Homes Of Maine. We discuss how she got into designing and building tiny homes, how her childhood helped shape her current career, who inspires her, and what it's like to help write a law that was passed by the Maine legislature!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Corinne has been drawing floor plans and sketching home designs on scraps of paper as long as she can remember. She hails from Smyrna, Maine with small town roots and learned at an early age that grit and determination can get you just about anywhere. That drive spurred her to be the first in her family to go to college. She attended the University of Southern Maine and completed a degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in microelectronics. Despite corporate success, she never felt fulfilled climbing the corporate ladder and wanted to merge a passion for design and architecture with her manufacturing background into a purposeful business.

You can learn more about Tiny Homes Of Maine at their website, TinyHomesOfMaine.com. or by following them on Facebook, Twitter, 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 7: Albert L’Etoile - The Park Danforth

Episode 7: Albert L’Etoile - The Park Danforth

September 22, 2020

In this episode, we'll be talking with Albert L'Etoile, the Director of Sales and Marketing for The Park Danforth - a very special senior living community in Portland, Maine. We talk about how growing up as the son of older parents helped shape who he is, the challenges he and the staff have faced during COVID, what he loves about his job, and what inspires him.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Albert is originally from Cape Cod Massachusetts and moved to Maine in 2004. He has been working in the senior living field for over 30 years and has held positions in activities, admissions, administration and marketing. He attributes his affinity to working with seniors to the fact that his parents had him late in life and he has always related to older folks due to his upbringing. He currently is the Director of Sales & Marketing at The Park Danforth, a very special senior living community which has been a part of the Portland Maine landscape since 1881 and offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Government subsidized apartments as a non-profit organization.

You can learn more about The Park Danforth at their website, parkdanforth.com, or by following them on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.

 

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 6: Dave McConnell - Three Of Strong Spirits

Episode 6: Dave McConnell - Three Of Strong Spirits

September 15, 2020

In this episode, we'll be talking with Dave McConnell who has an interesting mix of professions as a lawyer and the co-founder of Three Of Strong Spirits in Portland, Maine. We touch on how he got into the spirits business, the Maine distilling community, and much more.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Dave has spent most of his career as a lawyer, specializing in intellectual property work for individual and business clients. He still practices law at Perkins Thompson in Portland, but after twenty-three years of doling out legal advice, Dave thought it would be fun to dole out spirits, so he got together with his friend Sam Pierce in 2018 to found Three of Strong Spirits. Dave’s superpower is his tolerance for chaos. He might actually secretly enjoy it. If Dave isn’t working, he is probably cooking or spending time in the woods or on the water.

You can learn more about Three Of Strong Spirits at their website, threeofstrongspirits.com, or by following them on Facebook or 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.

Episode 5: Jonathan Wyman - Maine Music Producer, Mixer, & Engineer

Episode 5: Jonathan Wyman - Maine Music Producer, Mixer, & Engineer

September 8, 2020

In this episode, had a chance to chat with Jonathan Wyman about his career in music, challenges he's overcome, having a number one Billboard single under his belt ("Death By Rock And Roll" by The Pretty Reckless), what inspires him, what he likes to cook, and why he loves living in Maine.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Jonathan Wyman is a Grammy nominated and Billboard #1 charting music producer, mixer, recordist, and multi-instrumentalist. Based in Portland, Maine, he was worked with artists such as The Pretty Reckless, Matt Cameron & Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Amy Allen, Speech (Arrested Development), Peter Wolf, K Flay, MOSSS, Spose, The Ghost Of Paul Revere, Rustic Overtones, and many others.

You can learn more about Jonathan at his website, thissoundsgood.com, or by following him on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

 

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 4: Stewart Smith - Maine Photographer

Episode 4: Stewart Smith - Maine Photographer

September 2, 2020

In this episode, we talk with our friend and Maine photographer Stewart Smith! We've been working together for years now with Stewart handling all of our cover photos. We'll talk about how he got started in photography, what inspires him, 1990's R&B, and more.

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Stewart smith has been a professional photographer for over 25 years. He specializes in weddings, high school seniors, model portfolios, headshots, families, events and much more. Stewart is based out of Scarborough and You can see his work at www.stewartsmithphotography.com

Be sure to follow Stewart on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or YouTube.

 

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 3: Preston Peabbles & Andrew Sneider from NXGen Fitness Center

Episode 3: Preston Peabbles & Andrew Sneider from NXGen Fitness Center

August 18, 2020

In this episode, we'll be talking with Preston and Andrew from NXGen Fitness Center in Scarborough, Maine. We'll be discussing how NXGen got its start, what they offer, how they stay motivated, and some tips for those who are just starting on their fitness journey!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Preston Peabbles is the Vice-President and Co-Owner of NXGen. Preston and his Father, Elliott, have had a passion for fitness and the gym for many years.  Being in the construction business, they knew they wanted to build a gym at one of their projects.  When Lifestyle Fitness in Scarborough came on the market, they jumped on the opportunity to purchase it and start their gym ownership venture in August of 2017.  It has been a long road since day one, changing the name and a complete rebranding of the business, multiple improvement projects and the impact of the pandemic but Preston remains committed and looks forward to the future of the fitness industry.

Andrew Sneider is the General Manager at NXGen. Andrew has managed businesses for over 10 years, being an Assistant Manager at Play it Again Sports in Portland and the General Manager of The Fitness Factory in Portland.  Andrew left The Fitness Factory in 2016 to be the Manager of Preston & Elliott's storage facility in Saco.  When Preston & Elliott bought the gym in August of 2017, naturally, Andrew got back into the gym world by becoming the General Manager of NXGen Fitness.  With 2 young kids at home and the ever evolving fitness industry these days, Andrew surely keeps himself busy.

Sign up for a membership or learn more at www.nxgenfitness.com. You can also follow them on Facebook 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.

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