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CoVort brings co-working to downtown Bangor

BANGOR - Lisa Liberatore and Jason Harkins, the co-founders of CoVort, have transformed 49 Main Street from an empty shell to a co-working haven. With financial support from sponsors such as Bangor Savings Bank, Rudman Winchell and Eaton Peabody, CoVort opened shortly after this past Thanksgiving. 

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 10:35

How sweet it is

Specialty Sweets opens downtown Bangor outlet

BANGOR Downtown Bangor has recently gotten a little sweeter.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 11:24

Brahma Grill raises the steaks

New Bangor steakhouse aims to keep it simple

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:54

Distinctive downtown dining

Two new restaurants expand the scope of Bangor's offerings

Over these past few years, we've been privileged to witness the blossoming of Bangor a downtown renaissance of sorts. New businesses of all fashions and flavors are popping up left and right. It's a time of explosive, exciting growth.

Even so, when two new restaurants open up within two weeks of one another and less than a mile apart, it warrants mentioningespecially if each place brings something new and unique to the table. These establishments are each powered by passion and packed with offerings for every stripe; there's something for everyone.

Check out this brand-new pair of downtown dining destinations.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:38

Taking advantage of downtown

Speaking as a young professional who works and lives in the Bangor Region, an active community that engages with and provides substance for its young residents is important. More often than not there is a presumption that to find quality shopping, arts, restaurants, bars and everything else young people yearn for, you must travel away from Bangor to Portland, Boston or New York. That's fortunately not the case - downtown Bangor businesses are doing a fantastic job of keeping things lively.

I was one of many who came to downtown Bangor on May 16 for Fusion's first Downtown Proud Open House, an event that helped demonstrate the livelihood of our city by showcasing 22 downtown businesses and all they have to offer. Although one could take advantage of great discounts, prizes and free food and drinks, it was more about the downtown experience going to a downtown business for the first time and thinking, 'Wow, this is in Bangor?' I had that exact thought when visiting The Rock and Art Shop for the first time. Their merchandise was vast and unique, and I was having a fantastic time simply browsing it all. Eventually, I settled on some purchases and made a mental note to return soon (which I most definitely will).

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:07

Farmers' markets

where fresh, local products are offered & socially like-minded people gather

PENOBSCOT COUNTY - Farmers' markets are growing in popularity around Maine. Most offer everything from veggies to meats, fruits to cheeses, even breads and other baked goods. And as appealing as all those fresh items are, those who attend will tell you that's not the only reason they're drawn to these outdoor bazaars. Wandering from farmer's stand to farmer's stand with others searching for healthy food choices is truly a social experience like no other.

"You're connecting with neighbors and farmers. It's like the 'Ye Old General Store' used to be," said Mary Lou Hoskins, owner of Greencare in Hermon. And Clayton Carter of Fail Better Farms in Etna agrees.

"It's about connecting with your community as well as buying healthy local foods," explained Carter. "Since we see some of the same faces, we can have conversations and ask how their week is and how their kids are doing."

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 11:17

The next 10

A decade after its opening, Maine Discovery Museum looks to sustain its future

BANGOR A little more than a decade after opening its doors, the Maine Discovery Museum has been a staple of downtown Bangor's landscape. Its familiar marquee of a toad sitting atop a clock with a paint brush, globe and violin tucked underneath has greeted visitors to the Main Street corridor where, if you stick around long enough, you'll hear its ubiquitous 'ribbit' chime on the hour.

For families living in the greater Bangor area, the museum has become one of the major activity centers for children since it began operating in February 2001. For the city itself, the museum has become one of Bangor's major tourist destinations that attracts thousands of visitors a year.

Built in the lower three floors of the former Freese's Department Store at an original cost of $4.5 million, the museum has treated nearly three quarters of a million visitors in both children and adults alike over the years who have walked through its doors to a variety of exhibits dedicated to learning, discovery and enjoyment. According to Niles Parker, MDM's executive director, the last decade has been a successful one but the next represents a unique set of challenges that has led to the launch of a major campaign to raise funds to reset the museum's operations, and achieve long-term sustainability.

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