Posts By: Kelsey Riordan

Temple Cinema – Houlton

 An Aroostook county classic for over 100 years, the Temple Cinema in Houlton is one of the oldest continuously operated movie theatres in the state of Maine. Multiple renovations kept the original charm and stayed true to the historic value even after the switch to modern digital projection.

Lessons Learned:  Online Sales and Marketing 

The fourth part of an ongoing series of blog posts on lessons learned from Covid 19. This week we focus on how the pandemic created new opportunities for small businesses to expand their customer base and increase sales. E-commerce has been steadily increasing for years, but when the pandemic hit in 2020 this trend went… Read more »

New Frontiers Chiropractic – New Gloucester

Will Barlett, a Mainer who attended chiropractic College in California, had one goal in mind: Return to Maine to set up a practice in one of the towns surrounding the metro Portland area. Bartlett, interned for a variety of chiropractors both on the west and east coasts, developed a deep passion for working with families,… Read more »

Lessons Learned: Designing the Workplace After The Pandemic

The third in a series of blog posts on lessons learned by small businesses throughout Covid 19 As more pandemic restrictions are lifted and a return to normal operations is in reach, employers and employees are both wondering what the new normal will look like.  The question on everyone’s mind is, “what will the workplace… Read more »

Infinite Wellness & Aesthetics – Yarmouth

Brandi Barden and her husband have both worked in the medical field for many years, which is how they came across a very specific niche in the market; Medispa, also known as aesthetics. They found that this could be a unique opportunity to shift to a different area within the medical field. They envisioned this… Read more »

Wild Cow Creamery – Belfast & Bangor

Wild Cow Creamery makes all-natural ice cream from scratch. Each small batch is made with simple, high-quality ingredients and add-ins are mixed in by hand. Their shop in Belfast and stand on the Bangor waterfront are local summer staples. The pandemic hit just as business owners Sarah Wilder and Ryan Cowan were getting ready for… Read more »

Kiss Creations – Raymond

It’s always a fascinating occurrence when someone experiments with a new hobby and finds that not only do they enjoy it but they have the capability to turn it into a profitable business! Crystal Tidwell did just that, amidst the pandemic she started playing around with laser cutting; creating topo maps and other designs made… Read more »

Lessons Learned: What Does it Mean to “Pivot”

Small Business owners hanging out around the word PIVOT

The second in a series of blog posts of what the small business community learned from COVID-19. This week we are exploring what it takes to pivot successfully?  And why can some businesses in the same industry do this better than others?   The word “pivot” was heard repeatedly throughout the pandemic.  And while sometimes overused,… Read more »

Northern Lights Hearth & Sports – Farmington

Northern Lights Hearth and Sports Store front with signage and pallets of goods, on a sunny day with some residual snow is on the ground

Josh & Alicia had worked for the previous owner of Northern Lights Hearth & Sports for more than a decade before they were approached about the possibility of stepping into an ownership position. Josh & Alicia were familiar with the business and were strongly positioned to take over the responsibilities of ownership but had never… Read more »

Maine Fly Company – North Yarmouth

Maine Fly Company Logo with fishing reel and mountains surrounding the name - small batch rods built in Maine since 2018

Jeff Davis had one goal in mind to celebrate his late father: to share his passion for Maine’s fly fishing culture. Jeff wanted to provide high-quality, affordable small batch rods that are carefully crafted to reflect the beauty of Maine’s waterways. Since opening in 2019, Jeff and his team have experienced promising growth and have… Read more »