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3rd Annual Shamrock Shuffle! March 15, 2014.

3rd Annual Shamrock Shuffle

The Shamrock Shuffle pub crawl and scavenger hunt is back for it’s third installment this year!  The crawl features 13 hours of pub crawling, a photo scavenger hunt, drink/food specials, contests, prizes and much more!  The event starts at 11am on Saturday March, 15, 2014.  11am-1am.

Tickets Before March 7- $15

March 8-Day of Crawl- $20

Buy Tickets Here!

 

 

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Portland, Maine rated #6 by Forbes for Young Adults

Portland Skyline

Forbes recently released a list of 15 cities in the United States for young adults based on impressive numbers released on the port city.  Our city, Portland, Maine, has the highest number of small businesses per capita and a relatively high proportion of large businesses and a low unemployment rate of 6.2%  Portland is becoming a more attractive place year by year for young adults to live, work, and run small and large businesses.

Some notable numbers:

-Cost of living index: 101.9 percent of population with college degrees 34.4% (average is 100)

-Median Salary: $41,000

-1 small business for every 35 residents/ 1 large business for every 696 residents

Click Here to see Entire List from Forbes

 

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Insane Inflatable 5k coming to Maine!

Courtesy of insaneinflatable5k.com

Courtesy of insaneinflatable5k.com

The Insane Inflatable 5k is coming to Maine on September 27, 2014!  The course is called, “the most insane, fun, wild obstacle course in the world.”  This course features one of a kind inflatable obstacles that allow the participants to be insane but also a kid at heart!  Team registration is encouraged!  Grab your best friends and co-workers!  The biggest team assembled will have their picture taken and be immortalized on the Insane Inflatable 5k’s Facebook page!

Pre-registration is happening now and a full list of dates and prices as the event gets closer is available online at http://www.insaneinflatable5k.com

For more information, team questions, race day information, sample course, and how to volunteer visit online now.

Prices will increase as the date gets closer so don’t miss out on this truly unique event coming to Maine!

 

Date- September 27, 2014Crazy Fun

Location- TBD

 

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The Brunswick Heart Ball- February 8, 2014.

 

 

The 3rd installment of the Brunswick Heart Ball is happening this coming Saturday, February 8 at Bill Dodge Hyundai in Brunswick.  The proceeds from the event benefit the American Heart Association of Maine.  This great evening includes live music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a raffle with someone special!

Live music will be provided by the band “Janie’s Sister.”  Treats will be provided by The Tavern including heart healthy and flavorful choices!  A full cash bar and signature cocktails will be available.

The Heart Ball invites you to come celebrate life with friends and provide others the opportunity to enjoy theirs!

Call the American Heart Association for more information and tickets at (207) 879-5700.  

 

$25 in advance, $30 at the door-space is limited!

 

Bill Dodge Location

Bill Dodge Hyundai

262 Bath Road

Brunswick, ME 

 

http://www.midcoastmaine.com/calendar/event/5732

 

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26 Church Street, South Portland – MLS# 1121615 – Charming Home with Many Updates

26 Church St, South Portland, Maine - MLS# 1121615

26 Church St, South Portland, Maine MLS# 1121615

 

Newly listed by Jeff Mateja of the Universal Properties Team at Keller Williams Realty – 26 Church Street in South Portland is just the right space for you to call your new home. This charming saltbox / cape style home built in 1944 has many recent updates including the custom kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, bathroom fixtures and vanities, windows, newer forced hot air heating system with new chimney liner, roof shingles, cedar deck, and a one car garage.

You will absolutely love the bright and spacious second floor master bedroom and bathroom suite with double closets, the excellent use of space for lots of storage throughout the home, and the gleaming hardwood and tiled floors. This move-in ready home is very efficient to heat and sits on a wonderfully landscaped corner lot in a great neighborhood.

For more information or to schedule a showing of this beautiful home, please call Universal Properties at 207.553.2605 and visit 26 Church Street, South Portland on FindMaineHomesNow.com

Take a closer look now via the Virtual Tour of 26 Church Street, South Portland

 

 

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24th Annual Maine Home, Remodeling and Garden Show – February 15-16, 2014

mainedatesThe 24th Annual Maine Home, Remodeling and Garden Show is back at the newly renovated Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland February 15 and 16 with over 180 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for your home. There will be a number of seminars for visitors to receive expert advice on home improvement topics such as “Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget” to “Saving Money and Energy with Home Energy Audits”

Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors age 65+; $5 for children age 6–16; children younger than age 6 are free. Discount coupons are available; tickets can be purchased at the door. More information at http://maine.newenglandexpos.com

Show Hours 

Saturday, February 15, 2014: 10AM – 6PM
Sunday, February 16, 2014: 10AM – 4PM

Seminar Schedule

http://maine.newenglandexpos.com/seminar-schedule/

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20th Annual Great Chili and Chowder Challenge – Sunday, February 9

chili-22The 20th Annual Great Chili and Chowder Challenge will take place Sunday, February 9, 2014, at the Holiday Inn By The Bay from 12:30pm to 3pm, where attendees will have the opportunity to taste the best chili and chowder recipes from Southern Maine’s favorite chefs and vote for their favorite.

The benefit event is sponsored by Altrusa International, Inc. of Portland, Maine and is open to the general public. Tickets are just $20 in advance ($23 at the door) and only $10 those under 10 years of age. Come sample some great chili and chowder, cast your votes, and enjoy live entertainment from Dick Clark and Curtis (Mowtown) Haines.

For more information, please call 797-4494

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L.L.Bean to Display All Three Boston Red Sox World Series Trophies – Saturday, January 25 from 3-5pm

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Another great reason to visit Freeport, Maine and support your team! Internationally recognized outdoor retailer L.L.Bean, best known for its Bean Boot and 100% satisfaction guarantee will be displaying all three Red Sox World Series trophies at its Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine on Saturday, January 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. as part of a tour the trophies are making in Maine. Senator George Mitchell will offer welcoming remarks and be available for photo opportunities with the trophies. Senator Mitchell is a director with the Red Sox and a current senior advisor to the team. L.L.Bean and the Red Sox have enjoyed a long-standing partnership working to provide unique opportunities for New Englanders to engage in outdoor activities while feeding their passion for all things baseball. Fans will also have access to photo opportunities with the World Series Trophies, Senator Mitchell, and Wally The Green Monster in the lobby of the Flagship Store in Freeport.

 

 


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Chris Avantaggio- You don’t have to be from Maine for it to leave it’s mark on you with “LiveMe.”

LiveMe founder Chris Avantaggio

LiveMe founder Chris Avantaggio

 

Chris Avantaggio is soft-spoken yet energetic 29 year old  “Mainer” that founded a company in 2009 called LiveMe.  The idea started at the Maine Brewer’s festival with his friends as a way to stand out in the crowd and help them find each other easier.  The blaze orange shirt he and his friends made simply read, “BeerME.”  The “ME” of course standing for our great state of Maine.  Fast forward to 2014.  Chris Avantaggio runs the day to day at the increasingly popular apparel and accessory company called LiveME.  The brand plays on the Maine abbreviation on a great array of products.  Shirts and products range from their popular “BeerME” and “LoveME” shirts to other products that read “LiveME”, “SkiME”, and “RunME.”  A personal favorite of mine was the “HuntMe” line of products- a tribute to Maine’s hunting community that was released back in the fall during hunting season.  Products include shirts, hats, hoodies, frisbees, koozies, beer glasses mason jars, and even shopping totes.

Now probably 99% of people who initially meet Chris (myself included), first think how does this guy have the time to run such a great company, and feature so many amazing products?  Then my jaw drops a little bit more when he also let’s me know that LiveME isn’t even his full time gig.  He still refers to it as a “passion project.”  His full time gig is in advertising and where he’s an associate creative director at the VIA Agency in Portland.  Now this is the part where my jaw drops to the floor.  He then tells me he is a father of two small children.  I can relate to how much time and effort and passion it takes to run your own clothing company as Chris and I both share this in common.  The fact that he does this all in stride is  beyond impressive.  In this current culture where people find every excuse to work as little as possible and often complain about being “too busy”, Chris is a breathe of fresh air.  Every time I leave a meeting with Chris I find myself asking “Am I doing enough, could I be doing more?”  It’s no secret that this man of many hats is successful for one reason: his work ethic.  Things do not happen by chance.

When you ride down the highway and see a “LiveMe” sticker on someone’s bumper, or see an amazing touch at wedding like a mason jar with the words “LoveMe” laying over our great state of Maine you have to understand what it takes to get these ideas out to so many:  Hard work, plain and simple.  I believe there is no place better to start a business than Maine because of the pride this state exhibits.  What Chris does is brilliant because it allows each “Mainer” to find something they love, and brand themselves as such.  In the past few years it hasn’t just been Maine that has taken notice.  People from all over the country have ordered his products, and there is no sign of slowing down.  I recently sat down with Chris to really dig into what he does.

For people who aren’t familiar with LiveMe, what is it exactly?

Chris:  LiveMe is a Maine Lifestyle brand that celebrates the state and the many things we love about it.

When did you realize that LiveMe was something you wanted to do, what year?

Chris: It didn’t exactly begin with a business plan, it was more like a ritual that later became an opportunity. Every year my buddies and I would attend the Maine Brewers festival and we’d wear something blaze orange to stand out in the crowd so we could all find each other.  In the fall of 2009 I decided to put a t-shirt design together for all of us to wear at the event, the graphic was the outline of the state of Maine with the words BeerME through it.  The shirts drew a lot of attention at the event and when I saw a friend literally sell the one he was wearing off his back, I thought I might be on to something.

Photo Credit: Lee Cullivan

 

 

LiveMe seems to be everywhere now.  Every time I personally turn my head I see some of your products being word or displayed.  In your opinion, why has the brand seemed to catch on so well in and out of Maine?

Chris:  I think Mainers have a lot of pride for where they live ( or if they’re living in exile) where they’re from.  LiveMe gives them an opportunity to show that off, but also display something different they are passionate about.  I owe a lot to my family, friends and co-workers for helping me get the brand off the ground.  Social media has also been instrumental in helping move the brand beyond Maine.fb_cover

I’ve had many people ask about your brand that live out of state that are from Maine.  Would you agree that it makes people feel or have a sense of “home” if they are living away?

Chris:  It’ pretty amazing to see the places the shirts and stickers have traveled to so far.  Home state pride is certainly the main reason for the brand’s success.  But the remarkable thing about Maine is you don’t have to be from Maine for it to leave it’s mark on you- it’s just one of those states you never forget.  I think LiveMe helps celebrate that.

Can you talk about some of your favorite collaborations so far, and charity events that have meant a lot to you.  How important is it for you to be based out of Portland, where it seems everyone wants to help each other out?

Chris:  Portland, Maine has been an amazing place to start a business.  We basically started by word of mouth and became engaged in the local community through events like Portland Greendrinks.  Others would include the Old Port Festival and other local businesses.  People love to support local business in Portland and I think that is one of the reasons for the brand’s momentum.

Each year we donate merchandise to local non-profits like Big Brother and Big Sister, Portland Farmers Market, and Portland WinterKids for fundraising efforts around Maine.  We also have done some collaborations for charity.  Last spring we designed a “BabyMe” shirt to help support fundraising for the March of Dimes and Maine Medical Center NICU.  This fall we launched the “FeedMe” t-shirt and grocery tote to help support the Good Shepherd Food Bank in their fight against Maine hunger.  These are two collaborations that really mean a lot to us.

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What are your future plans for the brand, and where do you see it in 5 years? 

Chris:  In five years I hope the brand is still doing what it’s doing now- spreading the Maine stoke!  This started as a passion project and continues to be one for me and the family and friends that help me operate it.  I think I’m most looking forward to conquering parenthood with my wife Liz.  We have two little dudes in diapers now and it’s awesome watching them grow!

 

 

How do people find the brand?

Chris:  You can shop with us directly at http://www.livememaine.com.  For a limited time, readers can enter ILOVEPORTLAND for 10% off your entire purchase.  You can also connect with us on our Facebook and Twitter.  If you’re visually inclined we are also on instagram @livemaine.

Around Portland you can find us at Old Port Card Works, Maine Surfers Union, and Newbury Comics!

 

As a peer, Chris is an inspiration to me.  You can tell how he speaks about his two sons- Cole, who is 21 months, and Rex who is 3 months that his true “passion project” is his family.  Chris Avantaggio is humble in his approach and has hit a home run at capturing what it means to be from Maine.  Most importantly, he shows my generation that work is never done, and family will always come first.

 

Hope you all have a great weekend and go support Chris and LiveMe!

Kyle Poissonnier

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24th Annual Portland Wedding Show at Holiday Inn By The Bay – January 4-5, 2014

Courtesy of WeddingBrideDream.com

Courtesy of WeddingBrideDream.com

Planning that ultimate wedding and need some ideas? The 24th Annual Portland Wedding Show is back at the Holiday Inn By The Bay this Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 5pm-8pm and Sunday, January 5, 2014 from 11am-3pm. There will be a Runway Fashion show Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3:30pm.

Having attended the show myself just a few years ago and helping to plan a wedding with my wife (or agree to what she wanted), I can appreciate all that the wedding show has to offer from all of the vendors you can meet to the tips, ideas, and tricks you can pick up from those who have done it many times before!

As the marketing notes, “You’ll be inspired as you find new ideas and uncover the latest wedding trends - Find your dream Dress, Explore Reception Locations, Discover New Ideas, preview DJ’s and other music options, taste your way to a perfect menu!”

Tickets are just $9 per person, can be purchased at the door, and are available online at MaineWeddingAssociation.com Portland Wedding Show Tickets. There is also a $1 off coupon available via email here.

The First 100 couples to walk through the door will receive a one year subscription to Bride Magazine & a complimentary copy of Real Maine Weddings Magazine. There will also be a Grand Prize giveaway, a seven day Vacation Get-a-Way and Wedding Band set (we understand you must be present to win). Also, make sure you visit Real Maine Weddings and find out how to enter to win a $100,000 dream wedding!

Unable to make the Portland Maine Wedding show? Well, there are four more upcoming shows in Bangor, Augusta, Auburn, and Freeport – with details in the links below
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