Last weekend was the Annual Autumnfest in Bath, Maine. A fun event for the whole family that provided entertainment of all kinds. There was Giant Jenga, Gourd Tic Tac Toe, Corn Toss, Pumpkin Ring Toss and Pumpkin Bowling.

Corn Toss

Corn Toss

Giant Jenga

Giant Jenga

 

 

Gourd Tic Tac Toe

Gourd Tic Tac Toe

Pumpkin Ring Toss

Pumpkin Ring Toss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oakie the Acorn visited Lisa-Marie's and found a little fan.

Oakie the Acorn visited Lisa-Marie’s and found a little fan.

The Maine Marimba Ensemble provided wonderful music that echoed all over Front Street. You would catch people in the shops dancing along without even realizing it.

After the Maine Marimba Ensemble played, the wonderful judges from Main Street Bath (who resembled some friendly characters off of the Yellow Brick Road) were there to award Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine with “The Most Hilarious Scarecrow” Award.

We were very proud of our fun LobsterMoose Scarecrow and our store managers couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pose with him.

Bath store manager, Katy poses with our award and LobsterMoose Scarecrow

Bath store manager, Katy poses with our award and LobsterMoose Scarecrow

"Most Hilarious Scarecrow Display" Award

“Most Hilarious Scarecrow Display” Award

Scarecrow Contest Judges - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man

Scarecrow Contest Judges – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man

Portland store manager, joined the Bath staff for Autumnfest and couldn't resist hamming it up with our LobsterMoose Scarecrow

Portland store manager, joined the Bath staff for Autumnfest and couldn’t resist hamming it up with our LobsterMoose Scarecrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you join us in Bath for next years Autumnfest. As you can see, the City of ships knows how to have fun for the whole family!


Each year the Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts a day for “Frontline Employees” in the Portland area. These people consist of retail, hospitality, restaurant employees among others. Lots of the different tours that are offered in Portland will offer complimentary tours to these Frontline Employees to help educate them about what Portland has to offer its visitors. There were representatives from Portland Downtown, Rising Tide Brewery, The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Casco Bay Lines, The Portland Science Center, Downeast Duck Adventures, The Maine Brew Bus, Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours and Maine Foodie Tours.

Marie and Barb were able to grab two of the last spots on the Maine Foodie Tour while Lisa-Marie and Lindsay were able to snag a ride on the Portland Discovery Trolley. What a beautiful day it was to be walking around and exploring Downtown Portland!

 

The Maine Foodie Tour began at Two Fat Cats Bakery. They make fresh blueberry pie and whoopie pies daily and Marie and Barb got to taste a freshly baked whoopie pie. If you have never had a whoopie pie before (or even if you have) then you should get to Two Fat Cats ASAP and take your tastebuds on a delectable journey. But get there early in the day, once they sell out they are gone and you’ll have to try again the next day.

 

After the delicious whoopie pies and to fend off the impending sugar crash the next stop on the tour was Arabica Coffee. The tour was taken into the back of the roasters and shown how the coffee is roasted in small batches. It was educational and the coffee that was given out was so smooth and delicious that Marie didn’t even need to add cream!

 

After Arabica, the tour was led to the other end of Commercial Street to Veracious, a specialty spice and rub shop. The owners spent years sailing around the world and after deciding to settle on Portland they wanted to open a shop selling all of the different flavors and tastes that they had discovered on their travels. A Lobster Mac N Cheese was made and some salts and seasonings were set out to sample.

 

The tour ended at Vena’s Fizz House. After a short history of how bitters have been used through time the tour guests were treated to a specialty bitters drink that isn’t even offered on their regular menu. The owner of Vena’s answered people’s questions about the evolution of tonics and the different ways they are used today.

 

All in all, it was a successful day for the Portland staff. With the amount of questions that are asked regarding what people should do with their time in Portland it’s great to have some first-hand experience about what is available and what suggestions we might have as locals.

 


One of our favorite things to do is help people create gift baskets. Usually we are asked to create a basket or two or even three but when we had an inquiry for EIGHTEEN we got excited.

The customer wanted to put together gift baskets that incorporated some local beer as well as a plethora of made in Maine items. Marie had so much fun helping her select her items and creating these gift baskets that she took step by step photos of the whole process. Right down to delivery to the Press Hotel up the street from our Exchange Street location

The baskets featured two bottles of Allagash Beer from the Craft Beer Cellar on Commercial Street, a candle from Primitive Keeper, soap from Casco Bay Soap Company, Chocolate Covered Blueberries, a slate coaster in the shape of Maine, and a jar of blueberry jam.


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Six years ago on April 1 was our first day being open on Exchange Street in the Old Port. It has been an exciting six years and we are proud to be providing Portland with a place to buy Maine made products. In the Portland Phoenix every year there are “The Best of Portland Nominations”. This year we have been nominated! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our six year anniversary in Portland!

We are listed under the Shopping section under Maine Made. There are some wonderful businesses and organizations to vote for in many different categories and we hope that you will vote for Lisa-Marie’s under the Maine Made section. Thank-you Portland Phoenix for the nomination and Congratulations to all the other wonderful nominees who work so hard to promote Portland’s local economy. Thank-you to the city of Portland for the love and support the past six years. We’re in love with you too. #lovelisamariesBlog_04182016_Vote

 


This time of year we often have people walk into the store looking completely lost knowing that they have to find some stocking stuffers. This year, we had a customer e-mail us with a Stocking Stuffer SOS …


On Dec 7, 2015, at 2:22 PM:

Dear Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine,
Help! I am attending my girlfriend’s family Christmas Eve events and have been told that her family is including me in their Stocking Tradition. Every year, each member of the family has a stocking and they all put one item around $10 into everyone else’s stocking. I have been given the names of the people who will be there. Her family has vacationed in Maine and enjoys it here. I have just moved to Maine and would love to give them some stocking stuffers representing Maine as well as support a local business. I don’t have the time to come into the store to browse so I was wondering if you could help give me some ideas of what you have in the store. Do you provide gift wrapping?

Phred (girlfriend’s Dad) : 7th Grade Science Teacher
Helen (girlfriend’s Mom) : likes wine, has lots of earrings.
Marcy (girlfriend’s sister) : studied Photography in school
Leslie & Jesse (family friends, two stockings) : Don’t know them that well. They have a lake house.
Carol & Richard (family friends, two stockings) : I haven’t met them.

Thank-you in advance for your help.
Jess

Of course, we were more than happy to oblige and provide some ideas…


On Dec 7, 2015, at 5:06 PM, Marie Stewart <marie@lisamariesmadeinmaine.com> wrote:

Hi Jess!
Thanks so much for your inquiry. We’d be happy to help with some Stocking Stuffer ideas!
It can be difficult and stressful to buy things for people that you don’t know that well. Luckily, we’ve got lots of gift ideas around $10 that are functional and won’t collect dust.

Phred : 
Pocket Monkey – a multi-functional tool that slides right into your wallet. $10
Minimalist Wallet – perfect to hold your Driver’s License and a few credit cards. $8
Maple Syrup – you can’t go wrong with maple syrup. It’s organic and just so much better than the high-fructose syrups you find at the grocery store. $9-$16stocking stuffersHelen : 
Tea with Honey – We have flavored teas with honey made by bees who have only pollinated blueberry bushes, giving it a blueberry hint. Tea $3, Honey $6
Soap & hand cream – There are MANY different soaps in different scents to choose from. Pair the soap with a scented hand cream made from local beeswax. Soap $6. Hand Cream $8
Typewriter Key Jewelry – Necklaces with pendants made from old, vintage typewriters. $18
stocking stuffersMarcy :
Photography by JKW – We have gorgeous photography of Maine by local photographer available in 5×7 prints. $7
Soy Candle – Soy candles are better for the environment as they burn and we carry a couple different companies that make different scents. I love the    $10
State of Maine slate coaster – cut from Maine slate into the shape of Maine, these coasters will keep your tabletops dry. $14

stocking stuffersLeslie & Jessie :
Maple Syrup – again, you can’t go wrong with Maple Syrup. $9-$16
Ikebana vase – small pottery cups with prongs in the center to hold hollow stemmed flowers to prolong their life. $12
Jam – many different kinds to choose from, blueberry jam is a Maine staple. $6-$9
Chowder & Towel – We have chowder mixes that make you seem like a professional chef. Pair the mix with a Flour Sack Towel with a lobster on it. Chowder mix $6, Towel $9.

stocking stuffersCarol & Richard :
Balsam Cabin Incense Burner – In the shape of a cabin, these little boxes hold incense sticks that are held in the chimney of the cabin. They fill your home with the sent of pine and Maine woods when burnt. 
Coffee or Tea – Blueberry coffee or Maple Tea are good gifts for people who you don’t know well – because who doesn’t like coffee or tea? $3 each
Blueberry Pancake mix – Give the gift of breakfast. Make it super easy to whip up a batch of pancakes by giving a Blueberry Pancake mix. $9
Massage Candle – After these are burnt for a little while, use the melted wax to moisturize your skin. Made with coconut oil and other natural ingredients, these candles will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling wonderful. $10
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I hope this helps. Let me know what you are interested in and we will start to get everything gift wrapped ready for those stockings for you! Thanks again for choosing to buy local.
*Marie

Jess responded to us promptly…


On Dec 8, 2015, at 11:48 AM:

Marie,

Thanks for all that info. You seem to have a lot of options, it was hard to choose!

For Phred I’d like to do some maple syrup.
For Helen Some soap and hand cream to match scents
I think Marcy would most appreciate a soy candle. What’s your favorite scent?
I recall Leslie and Jessie having flowers around their lake house. Could I get an ikebana for Leslie?
I’d like to do a syrup of some sort for Jessie also. Do you have anything different than what I’d get for Phred? Maybe
something blueberry?
I really don’t know Carol and Jessie at all so I think I’d like to go with some food. Could we do a couple of coffees for Carol and a pancake mix for Richard? 
 
Let me know if you can make these things happen. I will call you to give you my credit card info for payment. I look forward to hearing from you.
Jess

With our mission in hand, like busy little elves, we picked out Jess’ requests, photographed and wrapped them up for her. Each item had it’s price tag removed, and was wrapped in red, white and green paper ready to by stuffed into a stocking.


On Dec 8, 2015, at 2:15 PM, Marie Stewart <marie@lisamariesmadeinmaine.com> wrote:
Hi Jess,
Thanks for the phone call with your payment information. I’ve got it all done for you. I chose the Maine Sea Breeze candle for Marcy as it’s one of my personal favorites. Stop by whenever is convenient for you to pick up your items. Thanks again for supporting local and we hope that your recipients love their stocking stuffers!
*Marie
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Since we had received Jess’s credit card information over the phone and all her items were paid, all she had to do was to stop in the store on her way home from work to pick up her bag of fully wrapped. She was really appreciative…


On Dec 8, 2015, at 8:34 PM:
Marie,
Thank-you so much for your prompt responses and quick wrapping. You have made the stressful job of finding stocking stuffers for people I don’t know that well pain-free. I can’t wait to bring my pieces of Maine to loved ones in New Jersey. I’ll be back when I need to buy more gifts for people.
Jess

And with that, we have another satisfied customer! Thanks Jess, for choosing Lisa-Marie’s for your Stocking Stuffers SOS!

Have you been invited to join family and friends this holiday season? Well, you don’t want to show up empty handed without a gift for your Thanksgiving host. We’ve got a couple suggestions that could help you out…

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Appetizer – Pottery Dish with a selection of flavorful dips

If it’s your job to bring an appetizer, why not bring some dip in a pottery dish that you can leave with your host? These dips are ridiculously easy to make and come with tasty recipe ideas. Dip dishes are a great and simple gift that your host can use time and time again.

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Maine Course – Bottle of wine and wine stopper

Grab your favorite locally made bottle of wine to bring to your host. Pour a couple of glasses and then leave it out for everyone to enjoy, but don’t forget a wine stopper! We have many wine stopper options from simple to elegant. We also carry wine bottle holders, some made from old skis and others shaped like a lobster.

Blog_11212015_CookbookDessert – “Delicious Maine Desserts” Cookbook accompanied by a Rustic Apple and Pear Tart

From easy to elaborate, this cookbook covers all the basic Maine treats as well as adding a few sure-to-be new favorites. The Rustic Apple and Pear Tart with Cheddar Cheese is sure to delight dinner guests with its twist on the classic Maine Apple Pie. Bring the cookbook along with the pie as a gift to leave with your host.

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Here at Lisa-Marie’s we are ready to help you with all your holiday needs. Come visit us in either location – Downtown Bath or Portland’s Old Port- and we’ll help find the perfect scented candle, gift-wrap some earrings or fill a gift basket with your hand-picked goodies.

 

 


It’s amazing how resourceful Mainers are. We use EVERYTHING! Right down to the shells of our seafood. That’s right, we have lots of different items that are made from recycled lobster shells, mussel shells, and oyster shells as well as many other unique Maine findings.

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Springtime means gardens are being planted and farmers markets are in full force. Don’t get caught without your Hod basket!

Wait, what is a Hod basket you say? Only one of the greatest carrying contraptions around! Let me back up….

Garden Hod

Have you ever dug clams? If you are from Maine chances are you have or you know someone who has. It’s a lot of work! You have to dig down into the mud flats in your thigh-high boots and your super-long gloves hoping that your fingers will find the shells protecting those delicious creatures of the sea. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to gather a peck of them but they’ll be covered in all that mud. Clams need to be purged, to get rid of as much of the sand as possible before they are ready for cooking.

The Hod basket was created for just this. It is a wooden handled, wire basket (wire similar to lobster trap wire) that comes in two sizes – Small, which holds one peck of clams, and Large, which holds two pecks.  Clam diggers fill their Hod baskets and then purge their clams right in them by running clean water through the clams and letting the sandy water run out the bottom of the basket. That’s yankee ingenuity at it’s finest!

Now maybe you don’t dig for clams on the regular but if you have a vegetable garden, these baskets are invaluable. No one likes to track in soil from the garden into their kitchen. Use your Hod basket by filling it with your freshly picked garden-fresh goodies and letting all the loose soil fall out the bottom. Then before you even go inside, rinse them off with your hose and voila – freshly picked, freshly cleaned vegetables all in a convenient basket, ready to go inside.

We’ve had rave reviews for these Hod baskets from customers and many have found a multiple of uses for them. Collect kindling for a fire, store magazines or toilet paper in your bathroom, keep your potatoes from rolling around in your pantry by storing them in the basket for easy retrieval, catch your mail as it comes into the house, or even starting seedlings inside to be transferred outside. The uses are innumerable.

Do you have a Hod basket? What do you use it for?


Two birds with one stone – a trip to visit friends and pick up pottery

One of the best parts of Lisa-Marie’s job is meeting with our artisans and craftsmen to discuss their work. Some even let her hand pick what they are going to bring to our stores. Some of our artisans and craftsmen are new to us and we are just beginning our relationship with them. Some of them Lisa-Marie has had a relationship long before Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine, Inc was even established as a brick and mortar store. The Esposito’s of Unity Pond Pottery are two of Lisa-Marie’s long time friends and supporters.

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