What About You

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

What About Maine? Celebrating Our 10th Year!

WAM Pic1 October 2021WAM Pic2 October 2021October 18th, 2011 marks the first publication date of a new Maine trivia magazine called What About Maine? It is the creative expression of entrepreneur founder, Marty Allen of Winthrop, who loves trivia and all things Maine. He blended his trivia passions along with his desire to create an affordable advertising outlet for local Maine businesses. 

From the beginning, Marty was a one-person whirlwind, selling and designing all the ads, creating the questions, publishing the magazine and delivering each new issue. Marty did this to offer family entertainment while reaching Mainers across the Kennebec Valley.  

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Dixon's Country Market

September 2021 Featured Business

Dixon1 Sept2021Mainers are fiercely loyal when they find a local business dedicated to servicing their neighbors’ many needs. Dixon’s Country Market, located at 179 Benton Neck Road in Benton, is that haven!

When heading East on Rt. 100 & 139 in Benton, you’ll notice the commotion to your right. The dark red building with large white letters announces your arrival at Dixon’s. The parking lot is always busy as patrons come and go. You can fill up with their price friendly Sunoco Gas and run in for that gallon of milk, bread, beer and all the little essentials on your way home.

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OPA

August 2021 Featured Business

OPA1 Aug2021When the gentle August breezes meet the twilight shadows on the stone terrace you know you're in for an exquisite dining experience at "OPA", the Greek word for "Party" located at 139 Main Street in Waterville, Maine. 

OPA is a unique Greek & Mediterranean Restaurant that transports you into a quiet friendly relaxing atmosphere to let your taste buds jump for joy with anticipation!

"OPA" is the love child of a local Greek family of restaurateurs,  son, Sotirios, sister, Polyxeni, and Mama, Anna Gudis.  Sotirios, affectionately called "Gudis"  by staff and patrons has taken on this project full steam ahead.   He enjoys mingling with his guests highlighting their menu.

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Pete's Pig

July 2021 Featured Business

By Clare Milton

Petes Pig 2021aPetes Pig 2021bJuly brings the height of summer gatherings. Pete’s Pig Catering and Barbeque, located at 35 Water Street in Waterville, is ready is serve up their version of Southern Barbeque. Created by grill master, Peter Clark, and his partner and wife, Barbara, Pete’s Pig is bringing the best in pulled pork, ribs, chicken and brisket with Pete’s original barbeque sauces, smoked and grilled to perfection!

Pete’s Pig offers dine in, carry out, and catering options from their Water Street location, located behind Sunrise Bagel and across from the Hathaway Center. They are open Tuesday– Friday from 11AM–6PM.

Peter Clark grew up in the Augusta area. Barbequing became his passion and hobby at an early age. His smile widens when he speaks about how he blends the spices to bring the succulent flavors of pulled pork, ribs, brisket and smokin’ turkey to life.

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B&F Veggies

May 2021 Featured Business

BF Veggies2May 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. 

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Ware-Butler

April 2021 Featured Business

By Clare Milton

Ware Butler Apr2021Spring 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.

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Celebrating Maine Maple Sunday Weekend

by Clare Milton

Pancakes Mar2021Maine 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.

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Bacon Farm Maple Products

March 2021 Featured Business

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.

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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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