What About You

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

Taste of Waterville

July 2022 Featured Business

Don't Miss a Day-Long Taste of Waterville: Save the Date!

Exciting Additions for 2022 Event!

Taste 6 2022Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce's 30th Annual Taste of Waterville is planned for Wednesday, August 3 from Noon to 11 p.m. at the Head of Falls off Front Street in downtown Waterville.

This year's format will feature cultural foods from area restaurants, bite booths and food trucks, as well as vendor booths focused on the ethnic diversity of the area. Taste of Waterville will be an adult-focused, day-long event with a variety of food options, entertainment, live music, beer/wine gardens and an expanded brew sampling. NEW this year - added excitement with a cornhole tournament for both amateurs and professionals. 

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Pleau's Market

June Featured Business

by Clare Milton

Pleaus1 June2022Pleau’s Market at 10 China Road in Winslow has been feeding the locals since 1961. William (Bill) Pleau bought the market in 1977. Bill took his job personally, customizing the market to fit his community’s needs. Their motto is “We might not have everything you want, but we have everything you need!” Winslow is proud to claim this community “Hometown Treasure!”

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Majek Seafood

May Featured Business

by Clare Milton

A sure sign of spring brings the joy of “Spring Drives” on the back roads in Maine. Take a ride to the China Lake region down Lakeview Drive towards South China and you’ll find a true sign that spring has arrived! “MAJEK’S IS OPEN!”

MAJEK’S sign welcomes you for a treat for your taste buds! I asked owner Mike how they got their name? He said it stands for his and his kids initials.

MAJEK’S opened in the spring of 2011. He started with a lunch trailer and some picnic tables. Fried whole belly clams and clam strips, and chicken baskets are favorites. They have increased their offerings to include burgers, sandwiches and pizza. Their fresh clear Maine lobster meat rolls melt in your mouth. You can savor every bite without having to drive to the coast! They also serve Maine lobster dinners. You can also purchase live lobsters and clams to create your own lobster dinners at home or camp.

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Juliette's Bakery & Deli

April 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

Juliettes Bakery 2022 04April brings a fresh look on little treasures around us. A time to see the landscape in a new way. Juliette’s Bakery and Deli at 40 Ticonic Street in Waterville deserves such a look. This little deli you might drive by everyday is a premiere staple of the “North End” neighborhood. Locals know owner, Gerard Turmelle, and his staff work together to prepare all of their delicious sandwiches, italians, steak bombs, dagwoods, salads and their mouth-watering fresh dough pizzas, creating each one as an individual treat!

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Celebrating Maine Maple Sunday Weekend

March 26-27, 2022

by Clare Milton

Maine Maple 2022 1Sugar-makers are planning events across the state during Maine Maple Sunday Weekend, which takes place Saturday, March 26th and Sunday the 27th.

You know spring is coming when you see the steam from the sugarhouse evaporator streaking skyward. The aroma of sweet maple overwhelms you as you enter any Maine sugarhouse. It really is a process! All the sugar-makers I met have a gleam in their eye and a smile on their face when they speak about the process of making maple syrup.

First, there are the countless cords of wood that have been harvested and dried all year, ready to keep the sugarhouse fires stoked. January is a time to assemble the tapping equipment, miles of tubing, taps and spiles ready to venture into the sugarbush. I met many happy dogs who joyfully escort their families into the sugarbush. Once the taps are in, they are ready for the warm March days and cold nights.

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The Robin's Nest

March 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

Robins Nest Mar2022Spring has found a permanent home on the corner Appleton and Main Street in downtown Waterville. The Robin’s Nest, a full-service florist shop, has opened next to Portland Pie. Robin Getchell has landed her talented flock into a space triple the size of her Hathaway location. She has already increased her walk-in business. Robin opened the downtown location on the first of February geared up for the Valentine’s Day rush. Robin’s family and whole staff pitched in to deliver a record number of bouquets.

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Delta Ambulance

February 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

DeltaWe have all seen the red flashing lights, heard the sirens and pulled over to the side of the road when one of Delta’s ambulances passes by. We know someone is in trouble. After a little prayer for everyone’s safety we return to our day, while Delta personnel drive directly into the danger.

Delta Ambulance, founded in 1972, is the leading provider of high quality, compassionate emergency service and medical transportation in Central Maine. They operate from their two command centers in Augusta and Waterville, servicing 29 Maine communities.

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Holy Cannoli

February 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

Holy Cannoli Holy Cannoli on Main Street in Waterville is an authentic Italian bakery. Jason and January Furchak purchased the bakery in late 2019. In 2022, Holy Cannoli is celebrating 10 years of tempting locals with baked from scratch goods. Choose from Italian cannolis, cheesecakes, yummy brownies, gluten-free treats, and lots more.

In the midst of COVID, opportunity knocked, and January and Jason answered. Holy Cannoli moved their business one door down to 70 Main Street. They now occupy the main floor of the former Kennebec Federal Savings Bank building. The move more than doubled their lobby and kitchen space. It also gave them room to create a couple of quiet nooks where friends can meet, or even book or knitting clubs can gather. After-hour events are an option too. More space means more staff is needed so Holy Cannoli is currently hiring!

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Ben Wheeler Photography

January 2022 Featured Business

Wheeler Jan2022Ben Wheeler Photography is a name to remember. 2022 begins a new year of hope for joyful moments, family gatherings and the anticipation of some kind of normalcy. A chance to safely gather for those all too rare moments, we celebrate life’s passages and adventures.

Ben Wheeler Photography is celebrating 10 years of capturing these extraordinary moments as lifelong keepsakes to treasure with family and friends.

Ben is a slender-built, whirlwind of creative energy! His genuine enjoyment of his craft and easy-going personality creates excitement for the adventure ahead. He is a man who lives “in the moment”.

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Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce

December 2021 Featured Business

SCC Dec2021The Holiday Season is upon us and the Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce is having its annual Jinglefest featuring 8 holiday events (Reindeer & Santa visit, Light up the Region, Holiday Photo Contest, Festival of Trees, Holiday Toy Drive, Spruce the sneaky traveling Chamber Moose, Letters to Santa & the Chamber North Pole)! This year, we need to continue to bring in some positivity and safe fun to the community and we want to give you the opportunity to help raise some funds for our Chamber and to promote your business!

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Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce

November 2021 Featured Business

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Continues Event Schedule Through Year’s End

mmcc Nov2021The Mid-Maine Chamber is committed to helping the businesses in our region continue to grow and prosper. To that end, the Chamber continues to explore ways to allow members to push out marketing messages about local goods and services, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. Most of our events for the year were held, albeit with some schedule or format adjustments.

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What About Maine? Celebrating Our 10th Year!

WAM Pic1 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. 

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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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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 2021aJuly 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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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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