What About You

A monthly feature highlighting insightful local businesses who are helping Maine move forward in 2021!

Waterville Florist

February 2021 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

Wtvl Florist2 Feb2021February brings a ray of sunshine that blankets the classic yellow bungalow, home of Waterville Florist on Upper Main Street in Waterville. One of Central Maine's oldest family owned florist shops.   

Jeff Karter owner, Floral Designer, Event Planner and Formal Wear Purveyor holds a steady grip, while bringing joy and comfort to our community for more than 38 years.

Waterville Florist first opened its doors just beyond the Hathaway building on Water Street at a time when the mills were running and local activities brought walk in traffic.   Over time,  Jeff wanted to add services that the new location at 287 Main Street's eclectic charm would provide.

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Buddies Groceries

January Featured Business

By Clare Milton

Buddies 1 Jan2021Buddies Groceries at 43 Main Street in Oakland has joined the Savage’s Drug Store family! Owners Shane and Bud Savage had relocated Oakland Pharmacy to Kennedy Memorial Drive from Downtown Oakland several years ago, thinking the traffic flow would bring a broader customer base. A change in the traffic pattern made it more difficult to access the pharmacy. They went to work developing a plan to move the pharmacy back to Main Street in Oakland. Combining the pharmacy with Buddies Grocery store was the perfect opportunity. With a new addition that includes a pharmacy drive through, Buddies Groceries and Oakland Pharmacy provide the total shopping experience. Drop off your prescriptions, pick up your groceries and you're done!

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Savage's Drug

January Featured Business

By Clare Milton

Page 13 Oakland PharmacyShane Savage is a local business developer and Pharmacist. He and his father, Pharmacist Bud Savage, co-own Savage’s Drug Stores. They recently relocated their Oakland location, Oakland Pharmacy, to the newly expanded Buddies Groceries on Main Street in Oakland, which they purchased in 2020. Shane and Bud work together with their three other pharmacy locations in Unity, Fairfield and Winslow to provide local personalized services throughout Central Maine. All locations are staffed with friendly hometown Pharmacists and associates who know their clients’ needs and strive to serve them well. All locations offer home deliveries and drive through windows. Clients receive their medications while complying with CDC guidelines.

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Bolley's Famous Franks

December 2020 Featured Business:

Bolley’s Famous Franks, located at 96 College Avenue in Waterville, is NOW OPEN! This iconic brick-sided building has brought joy and comfort to generations. Patrons of all ages enjoy the experience of opening the heavy glass door and being greeted with the scent of hotdogs, onions and salt pork cooking on the grill, and the sweet smell of crinkle cut fries wafting in the air. A single, socially distanced line makes its way to the order desk. Customers blurt out their personalized orders, then are called out down the line while the staff busily works to fill each one. Quickly you are out the side door and back to your car. Many eat their meal right there in the parking lot.

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Missing "The Bird"

By Clare Milton

Early Bird Restaurant"One o'clock at "The Bird" I say to my friend Duane Wheeler as he exits the front steps of his sister's house late Friday evening. We've enjoyed our "Friday Pizza Night " from Rita 's and are looking forward to our once a week breakfast out at "The Early Bird " in Oakland Maine.

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