What About You

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

G Painting & Services

February 2023 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

GPainting Feb232023 is ushering in an exciting and unique 21st century company. GPainting & Services was designed to personalize your home and commercial property projects.

Gael and Savanna Taty have tailored their company to offer customers timely starts and finishes of their projects. They handle the demolition, roofing, siding and painting the exterior of your home, including the finishing touches and trim. Gael also builds decks, porches, and customizes your favorite relaxing spots.

Gael and Savanna met online in 2019. They married in 2020 and now call Waterville home, which they share with their two dogs Xena and Luna.

Gael credits his skills to his mentor, Orson Horchler, who guided him through his journey when he first arrived in Maine from the Congo-Brazzaville in 2014.

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Mbingo Mountain Coffee

January 2023 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

MBingo Mountain Coffee Jan23January 2023 is an exciting time for MBINGO MOUNTAIN COFFEE, Maine’s newest coffee roasting company.

Churchill Elangwe-Preston, Founder, has made Waterville his home. He brings with him his top international coffee expertise to Central Maine.

Churchill grew up in Cameroon, Africa. He worked on, and then owned, coffee and cocoa farms. Churchill originally came to Maine as a student. Dr. and Janet Preston welcomed him into their China, Maine home. He attended KVCC and then finished up his Engineering Degree at Rochester Institute of Technology. He worked for a local engineering firm. To his surprise he didn’t find it fulfilling.

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Waterville Florist

January 2023 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

Waterville Florist Jan23Waterville Florist, at 287 Main Street in Waterville, is beginning a new chapter. November 2022 ushered in new ownership.

Ashley Ann Ferris came aboard about a year ago to learn from the Master Floral Designer and founder Jeff Karter. Together they celebrated Waterville Florist’s 40th anniversar. They decided to say thank you to their loyal customers by offering a dozen roses for the price they sold for in 1982! $7.99 a dozen was a hit!! They sold out in 24 hours! All of the rose sales were donated to the Waterville Area Soup Kitchen, now located in the old End Zone location across from the post office on College Avenue.

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Central Maine Foot Care

December 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

Central Maine Foot Care 12 22Oakland is the new home of Central Maine Foot Care, a business years in the making for Lisa Nelson RN, BSN, CFCN.

Lisa is a certified Foot Care Nurse, offering a truly needed health care service for Central Maine. Her new office is at 20 Main Street in Oakland, the old Mathieu’s Cycle & Fitness Store across from Walgreens.

Lisa, along with her husband Gerald and daughters Olivia and Miranda Wrigley, have worked tirelessly for the past few months to transform this space into a professional health care office. There is currently additional space available for other professional office tenants.

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Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce

November 2022 Featured Business

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

Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce 2022The 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 assist members in pushing out marketing messages about their local goods and services through an enhanced schedule of events, sponsorship opportunities, Chamber Chatter videos, breakfast spotlight booths and more.

In November and December, the Chamber will host Business After Hours and Business Breakfast Series events. Business Breakfasts continue to be held from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Best Western Plus Hotel, allowing area business professionals to network, enjoy great speakers and win door prizes. Check out www.midmainechamber.com for additional details and to register.

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Heavenly Spa & Cosmetic Ink

October 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

Fairfield is home to a new revolutionary, all-inclusive spa and salon! Heavenly Spa & Cosmetic Ink is located at 79 Main Street, just north of the underpass on the corner of Main and Burrill Streets. You may have seen their sign highlighting a winged angel announcing that you’ve arrived. Little do you know the relaxing, friendly, professional experience that awaits you.

This spa has been years in the making. Owner Tammy Hutchinson Pollard and her team have been taking advanced courses to bring a variety of cutting-edge services to the Central Maine area. Tammy’s team consists of Renee Rancourt, Shan Merrill, Julie Goodwin, Adalia Harrington, and Alice Edwards, who all work together to serve their clients.

There are a variety of services available at Heavenly Spa. You could have your hair shampooed, colored and styled, but also enjoy their creative “Nail Bar” or private pedicure room. They offer traditional manicures, shellac and poly Gel and dips, along with Dazzle Innovated Treatments. Foot detox services are now available too.

Tammy has challenged her staff to learn the latest in hair replacement methods. They recently completed classes in Boston for Hair Dreams hair replacement system to help men and women struggling with hair loss, many from long term COVID effects.

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Run Amok Mead

October 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

As the seasons change, and summer slips away, a medieval tradition is being brought back in Maine. Run Amok Mead in Gardiner, ME is announcing their Grand Opening!

What is Mead, you ask? Me too! Christy tells me that “Mead is one of the oldest fermented alcoholic beverages, made from the honey produced by honeybees. Bees gather nectar from flowers to make honey, and the mead maker ferments that honey into mead.” So now you know why mead is often referred to as the “Nectar of the Gods!”

The different nectars gathered by the bees each add their own influence to the flavor and aroma of the honey - and to the mead. From a light, early season wildflower or clover honey to flavors like orange blossom or mesquite, each honey is a reflection of the nature of the place where the nectar was gathered, and each one leaves its special stamp on what you find in the bottle.

Another element of the mead making at Run Amok Mead is the Moon. Changing like the tides, celestial alignments offer peak opportunities to make Mead. When Christy and I talked, the day before the September full moon, she was gearing up to make a new batch for the Harvest Moon, a time of plenty, a time of change, a time to celebrate Harvest Home.

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Maine Fire Equipment

September 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

Maine Fire 9 22 1September offers a personal look at one of Maine’s true forward thinkers, a business entrepreneur and all-around good guy! Todd Smith, is a mild mannered, in the moment listener with a big smile, ready to help you meet your company’s challenges.

Maine Fire Equipment Company is located at 25 S. Factory Street in Skowhegan, Maine. The business has grown steadily for 19 years. They currently provide fire extinguisher maintenance, inspections, recharging, training and sales to his commercial and industrial accounts across the state. Todd keeps two full-time employees, Jeff and Joel, on the road daily just servicing accounts. They visit fire departments, mills, and businesses daily to update their equipment to keep them in compliance with state and federal safety requirements.

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Lemieux's Orchard

September 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

One sure sign of the approaching fall season is local Maine apple orchards welcoming visitors to pick their own apples. This year has been particularly tricky. Lack of rain and hot temperatures have caused apples to drop early. Recent rain and cooler night temps have begun to sweeten the crop and apples are ready for picking.

One Maine Orchard whose family has stewarded the land for four generations is Lemieux’s Orchard on the Priest Hill Road in Vassalboro, Maine. The big red apple sign welcomes you to the orchard and corn maze.

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Windsor Fair

August 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

Windsor Fair Aug22COME EXPERIENCE THE 133RD WINDSOR FAIR
AUGUST 28 - SEPTEMBER 5!


New this Year:
AN EXCLUSIVE DAY OF HARNESS RACING ONLY ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 27!
FREE ADMISSION to the grandstands for an extra day of racing! The Lion’s Club will be serving food and the beer garden tent will be open. No other venue will be open.

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Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festival

August 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

August 25 - 28, 2022

Blistered Fingers Aug22The last weekend in August brings an exciting opportunity to experience Bluegrass music at its best. Top name acts from Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, New York State, Virginia, Massachusetts and Maine will be sharing their talents at the Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festival in Litchfield on August 25–28, 2022! This family-friendly festival is the 57th production created by Sandy and Greg Cormier of Blistered Fingers Production Inc. Their family band, Blistered Fingers, has performed all over the Northeast, Canada, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and venues across the US.

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Techy Waterville

August 2022 Featured Business

by Clare Milton

2022 brings Waterville an exciting new venture to Upper Main Street’s Elm Plaza. It’s a collaboration of 21st century technology and a 14-year-old entrepreneur. Parker Redlevske, son of Tyler Redlevske, mom Amy Irwin, and step dad Jon Irwin, found themselves in a whirlwind of opportunities earlier this spring, thanks to their forward-thinking son, Parker.

Parker has always been a “fix-it” kind of kid. Jon is the owner of “Wireless Technology Solutions,” a commercial phone installation business. Jon and his staff decided to take a “10x Business Bootcamp” in Miami, in January 2022. One staff member couldn’t attend, so by chance, Parker filled his spot. They attended a workshop featuring Grant Cardone, an International Entrepreneur. His workshop was “Business & Sales Training for the 21 Century.” Grant offers techniques to grow and achieve your business goals in today’s climate.

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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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