May brings familiar signs of spring: green grass, chirping of summer birds and fragrant flowers blooming encouraging us to plant our gardens and spruce up our homes.
B & F Veggies ( as it is affectionately known) is ready to help.
B & F is a quirky " Noble Blue" little fruit,veggie & seafood shop located on the right as you round the curve at 327 China Road in Winslow when leaving town. Its appearance changes with the seasons, showcasing the bountiful offerings of the day.
B & F Veggies was founded by Frank Kent. He began selling fresh fruits and veggies as a seasonal business over a quarter century ago. Everyone knew and loved Frank! He added the seafood department offering fresh Maine harvested fish, clams and lobster. Staff continues travels to the coast daily to assure the locals the freshest seafood possible.
Approximately eight years ago the opportunity came along for Frank's daughter Teddi and son in law Mark Blakney to buy the business. Polly, Frank's daughter and long time gal Friday, came along too. She knows how to coordinate the incoming produce, flowers, and lobster orders and create a schedule to get the work done. No day is the same and keeping customers happy is one of her special talents!
Mark is the man with the long term plan. He has created a vision to use the whole property. He's built a new building for faster organizing produce and work space for wreath and garland making equipment. Mark has added on and updated the front display rooms, making it cleaner and easier for customers to enter and choose their items, pay, and exit quickly in this time of covid.
By Clare Milton
Spring 2021 brings excitement to the lumber and building supply marketplace. Ware-Butler Inc. has joined the Pleasant River Lumber family of companies.
This 96 year old iconic family business joined forces with Pleasant River Lumber Company to expand Maine Made quality lumber and building supply products throughout Maine.
Dick Giguere, former President of Ware-Butler and his daughter Julie Giguere, Marketing/Communications Manager provide stability through the changes.
Now in Waterville, Livermore Falls, two Madison locations, West Enfield and soon to open in Greenville; Ware-Butler is ready to fill your hardware and building supply needs.
by Clare Milton
Maine Maple Sunday Weekend 2021 is March 27th & 28th. It's ON!!! Come help celebrate at local Maine Sugarhouses all over the state. Each finding their own way to celebrate Maine Maple Sunday Weekend and follow the state's CDC's guidelines.
I've spoken to many local sugar makers. All have modified their activities to personalize each family's experience. Doug from Raider's Sugarhouse will conduct educational tours of their maple sugarbush. Kinney's & the Bacon Farm will also offer wooded walking tours as well. Check Facebook and the sugarhouses' websites to coordinate activities and times to visit multiple sites over the weekend.
Steam evaporating from the sugarhouse chimney brings a significant sign that the Maple Syrup Season is underway! The Bacon Farm at 1427 Pond Road in Sidney, Maine is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year. Kevin, Shelley. and their son Nathan represent the 5th and 6th generations of stewardship of this amazing land.
Twenty years ago when Kevin and Shelley took over the farm. They were looking to diversify. One option was to grow their Maple syrup business. Shelley put her marketing and people skills to work fine tuning all facets of sugar making as a full time Maple Producer. They've increased their maple syrup capabilities and tapped new maple groves. Their son, Nathan enjoys handling all aspects of bringing the sap from the sugarbush into the sugarhouse and working "The Boil". Together, everyone works long hours for about six to eight weeks making enough maple syrup to sustain their business all year.
by Clare Milton
February 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.
By Clare Milton
Buddies 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!
By Clare Milton
Shane 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.
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.
By Clare Milton
"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.