Friday, December 2, 2022

Business Spotlight: Tia's Treats and Eats

During the Christmas season and for special occasions throughout the entire year, no celebration would be complete without holiday treats from Tia’s Treats and Eats.

Tia Morrell is the owner of Tia's Treats and 
Eats, a business specializing in the finest
chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate
candy, grazing boards and coca bombs in
the Greater Portland area.
COURTESY PHOTO 
Featuring some of the most delicious candy and indulgent delicacies that she makes herself in her own kitchen right here in Maine, Tia’s Treats and Eats is an experience not to be missed for any holiday or celebration.

Tia Morrell is a native of Windham who founded Tia’s Treats and Eats several years ago and is committed to offering the finest chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate candy, cocoa bombs, grazing boards and exceptional customer service available in the Greater Portland area. Each treat is prepared using fresh and organic ingredients, sourced locally and from around the globe and gift cards are also available.

“The best thing about what we do is to make something that seems so simple, but it is so well loved by those who receive it,” Morrell said. “The biggest challenge is finding the time to do even more of this.”

Tia’s Treats and Eats can be selected and ordered online and can either be picked up or delivered locally for free in the Greater Portland area.

“We offer something that can be brought to baby showers, the office Christmas party, for weddings, for Valentine’s Day, school graduations and more,” Morrell said. “The best part is that it’s all hand-made.”

Choices can be made directly online and the menu for Tia’s Treats and Eats rotates depending upon the season.

“Valentine’s Day is typically our busiest season,” Morrell said. “But no matter what time of year, the ordering process is very accessible and it’s very easy to get our products.”

Along with a wide assortment of sugary delights, Tia’s Treats and Eats also offers gluten-free and allergy-free treats that can be enjoyed by all.

“Because it’s important to me, our packaging comes in recyclable boxes and our grazing board bamboo trays are compostable,” she said. “Everything is safe for the environment. These are snacks that are good for our planet.”

She founded the company after living and working in New York City and then upon returning to her home state of Maine, Morrell says that she discovered that she couldn’t find some of the treats here that she enjoyed there.

Morrell says that she’s constantly looking to add new products to her line and at any given time, has between 10 and 12 different items available for purchase depending on the time of year.

“Finding just the right ingredients is always tough and does depend upon the day,” she said. “I find that I’m always shopping. It’s difficult to get strawberries throughout the year. Sometimes I’m ordering up to 30 cases of strawberries at a time.”

She says that she has discovered that to be successful in this type of business, a person must have the right mindset.

“You must have a quality product, be positive and friendly, and it takes time to build referrals,” Morrell said.

So far, the reviews for her products are sensational.

“I had berries gifted to me and they were so beautiful. But not only were they aesthetically pleasing, they were delicious. The berries were perfectly ripe, and the paired chocolate just couldn't have been better. Contactless delivery was a huge bonus as well.” Helen C. on Yelp

“Tia puts her all into creating such a special and delicious way of saying thank you. Recently I asked her to create a special gift of appreciation to a fine EMS department. They were worthy of something that took some love in creating, packaging, and delivering and Tia did exactly that. I added to the order last minute she accommodated without hesitation. I can tell you - these gorgeous delicacies got rave reviews! Thank you again, Tia. I would encourage you to reach out to her for any day, moment or event that has meaning for you.” Cheryl C. on Yelp

“Love, love, love my Valentine strawberries!!!! I wish I had taken a picture, but we hit that box hard! They tasted even better than they looked. And fruity pebbles with white chocolate might be my favorite now. Thanks Tia you’re doing amazing work.” Mary McGurn Wasick on Facebook

To view a selection of products available from Tia’s Treat and Eats, visit https://www.tiastreatsandeats.com/ or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/treatsandeatsmaine. Orders are also available by calling 207-518-8298. <

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Business Spotlight: Cricket's Corner Shoppe

No matter how old you are or what your budget is, Cricket’s Corner Shoppe is bound to have a gift to please the pickiest recipient on your shopping list.

Cricket's Corner Shoppe at 1223 Roosevelt Trail in
Raymond is a go-to destination for shoppers in search of
the perfect gift. It offers unique products not found
anywhere else and for all budgets.  COURTESY PHOTO
Located at 1223 Roosevelt Trail in Raymond, Cricket’s Corner Shoppe has become a legendary go-to destination for locals and for anyone visiting the Lakes Region of Maine by offering thousands of items and with fresh inventory arriving every week.

Don (Uncle Don) Drew has owned and operated Cricket’s Corner Shoppe since 1999 and says the business derived its name from the nickname of the daughter of the previous owner. Before Uncle Don, it was mostly a consignment-type shop, but he has since turned it into a customer favorite by featuring many unique items not commonly found elsewhere.

Cricket’s Corner Shoppe has greeting cards; puzzles; jams and jellies; doll houses, doll furniture and doll clothing; toys; scarves; women’s beauty products; Donna Sharp handbags; a Christmas tree room, honey, Christmas ornaments; Christmas-related items year-round; one of the largest candle selections in the Lakes Region; maple products; stuffed animals; candies, hand-blown glass gifts, Willow Tree Angels, bath supplies; Maine souvenirs; and an array of novelty items that dazzle the imagination.

“We believe this is the most unique one-stop shopping experience you can find,” Uncle Don said. “If you’re looking for a gift, this is the place to come. We’re a unique giftshop with a vast array of products and have something for everyone’s taste and everyone’s pocketbook.”

Situated in a 5,600-square-foot building, Uncle Don said shoppers are often surprised at how large Cricket’s Corner Shoppe is inside.

“Some people have no realization how big it is until they start walking through it and walk down the aisles,” Uncle Don said. “They tell me that they’re amazed at the amount of inventory we have to offer.”

Uncle Don has been working in retail for 50 years and says the slogans created for Cricket’s Corner Shoppe truly do apply.

“We have two sayings. The first is ‘Everything under one roof’ and the other one is ‘If we don’t have it, you don’t need it’ and those pretty much sum up this business,” he said.

Originally from Portland, Uncle Don says that he first became interested in retail stores as the result of a friend who owned a business in Wells.

“She had a big barn in Wells and wanted me to do something with it,” he said. “That was really how I got started in doing something like this.”

Uncle Don is the sole proprietor of Cricket’s Corner Shoppe and has two employees helping operate the business. He does all the ordering of the thousands of items of unique merchandise and manages to do so without computers or a website.

“We do have people who visit here in the summer, and they go back home after seeing something in the store, and then call us and ask us to ship it to them,” he said. “We’re happy to wrap them up and ship it to them.”

Many customers are from throughout Southern Maine, but Uncle Don said he does have loyal shoppers visit from Otisfield, Poland, Kennebunkport and points beyond.

“They keep coming back we always have sales going on and offer great deals and competitive prices,” he said.

The busiest time of the year at Cricket’s Corner Shoppe is typically during the months of November and December as shoppers try to choose the prefect holiday gift, but Uncle Don said that with new items arriving every week, it’s always a great time to stop in and see new displays of merchandise.

“My keys to running a successful business are simple,” he said. “Always greet the customer. Always be pleasant to the customers. Stand behind the merchandise you sell. If you can do that and have great products, the customers will come back again and again.”

Cricket’s Corner Shoppe is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. In January it is not open on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

For more information, call Cricket’s Corner Shoppe at 207-655-4544. <

Friday, November 18, 2022

Business Spotlight: The Outpost Bar and Grill

For anyone searching for a fun place to go for great food, great drinks, and a great atmosphere, take heart, your search is over the moment you step into the new Outpost Bar and Grill in Standish.

Kate and Nate Cates are the owners of The Outpost Bar and
Grill in Standish. SUBMITTED PHOTO  
Located at 380 Pequawket Trail in Standish near the intersection of Route 25 and Route 113, the Outpost Bar and Grill offers a pub dining experience right on Watchic Lake that’s perfect for both families and those looking for a comfortable evening out.

“The best thing about the Outpost Bar and Grill is being able to build a place to bring families to come in and relax and offer an experience that other places can’t,” said Kate Cates, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Nate Cates. “Everyone is welcome. We have something for everyone, from live music Thursdays, trivia Fridays, cornhole tournaments, a mug club, a game room, and specials all week. We strive for customer satisfaction and try to provide a place where anyone can come and unwind after a long day.”

Cates said the Outpost offers many different specials and happy hour throughout the week and is conveniently situated right on the ATS trails so all 4-wheelers, side by sides, and snowmobiles are able to access the restaurant right from their machines.

“We also are located on Watchic Lake, so boats have access to pull right up, tie off and come in,” she said. “We have a game room and huge back lawn for fires, live music and cornhole tournaments.”

According to Cates, the emphasis for the Outpost Bar and Grill is making sure that all guests have a great experience.

“We have a game room with arcade games, a pool table, cornhole and putt putt golf,” she said. “We just started offering mug club to customers where they can purchase a mug and get discounts on draft beer and cocktails, a free app on their birthday, and mug club member only specials throughout the week.”

The menu also includes an array of gluten-free and dairy-free options, which is important for anyone who suffers from food allergies and food sensitivities. Take-out is available too.

Food and drinks are highly affordable, and the menu includes everything from pizza to fried chicken sandwiches, cheesy fajita steak tacos, fried veggies, ziti and meatballs, fried pickles, chicken salads, burgers and more. There’s also a children’s menu and the Outpost’s drink selection is vast.

“We have received great feedback about the wide beer selection we have, with 20 beers on draft, both craft and domestic,” Cates said. “We hear great things about the selection of liquor to choose from and the quality of our drinks.”

Meals are available for dining in, with outside seating and convenient curbside pickup for take-out available.

Having only been open since July, the Outpost Bar and Grill is building a loyal following based upon exceptional customer service, tasty meals, awesome drinks, and an overall fantastic experience.

“It has been an amazing time so far, and we are planning on being a year-round business,” Cates said. “We have 11 employees, so we are all very close and feel more like a family than coworkers.”

She said each employee is devoted to making the Outpost Bar and Grill a place where people can come and hang out, make new friends, or enjoy time spent with family and old friends.

“Customers love that we have a wide variety of gluten-free options and dairy-free options,” Cates said. “We know that finding a place that offers those options is hard, so customers seem to love being able to have fried food and know that it is 100 percent gluten-free. Customers seem to love the quality of our food. We offer a homemade feel with every meal. We take pride in prepping and preparing meals for our patrons.”

The Outpost Bar and Grill is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 8 p.m. Sundays. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information, call the Outpost Bar and Grill at 207-648-4168. Find them on Facebook at The_Outpost_bar_and_grill and on Instagram page at outpost_bar_and_grill_. <

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Business Spotlight: The Whitening Lab Co.

Exceptional care, affordability and giving confident smiles to patients is what The Whitening Lab. Co. in Gray provides and along with offering jewelry, pottery, beauty and aesthetic services, the business is rapidly developing a reputation as the place of choice in New England for professional teeth whitening.

Located at 19 Main St., Suite 1 in Gray, The Whitening Lab Co. was opened in June by Tabatha Post and Courtney Carll, both of whom are highly experienced in the dental field.

“After 30 years in the dental field, we felt that the patient experience was significantly declining and something had to change,” Post said. “From the minute you walk into The Whitening Lab to the second you leave we want our clients to be our main priority and not a production quota.”

According Carll, a visit to The Whitening Lab is highly affordable with significant savings realized over conventional dental practices, and convenient appointments.

The Whitening Lab Co. offer professional teeth whitening, dental jewelry (popularly known as tooth gems) and its newest launch, a “Confidence at Home Whitening Kit,” where clients can now take their whitening beyond the studio.

“We take pride in our experience from start to finish, making our clients truly feel comfortable, educating them on how to maintain and care for their teeth, and leaving with confidence in their smile,” Carll said. “We have expanded in offering services from Aestheticians Tanasia Street and Tanya Herald, the owners of Eden Spa Aesthetics. We additionally offer a retail side of The Whitening Lab which features only local artisans, from handmade jewelry from the co-owner Tabatha to paintings from Nancy Polito, homewares from Fern and Fiddle, pottery from For the Love of Clay, handmade cards from Bolster Mills, and bath and body products from Lakehouse Lavender.”

To provide the best in aesthetic services, The Whitening Lab Co. has partnered with Eden Spa Aesthetics, which also has an office in Standish.

“We are a medical spa that specializes in Botulinum toxin injections multi-area, dermal fillers multi-area, micro-needling procedures with Skin Pen and Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP injections for restorative care, neck rejuvenation, and Eden was the first spa in the state to offer Geneo Oxygen facials which offer a high level of flexibility with patients’ skin care needs,” Street said.

Herald and Street visit The Whitening Lab Co. every Thursday and are both aestheticians and Registered Nurses which is necessary for injections. They have more than 30 years combined nursing experience and three-plus years of experience in aesthetics.

“We hold two things in the ultimate regard,” Street said. “First is our integrity. We pride ourselves on informing you of your decisions and making you feel at ease. We want you comfortable in mind and body during your treatments and we believe that that begins with you fully understanding your procedure. We do our utmost to keep you physically comfortable, but we believe that relaxation begins with information.”

She said that secondly, they understand that people can be very self-critical when it comes to impressions of self.

“We want you to see in yourself what we see. We know that people that come to sit in our chairs are perceiving something of themselves that is ‘bothersome’ to them,” Street said. “Sometimes that is all that it is … a perception. We tend to talk our patients out of more things than we talk them into in regard to aesthetics. We want you to leave seeing the person that others see and releasing some of that self-criticism with the least amount of investment possible.”

Staying up on current trends is what truly sets The Whitening Lab Co. and Eden Spa Aesthetics apart from competitors.

Post said everyone who walks through the door of The Whitening Lab Co. can expect five things.

"We want to provide authenticity, honesty, transparency, exceptional client service and a fun experience for everyone,” she said.

For more details about The Whitening Lab Co. visit their website at www.thewhiteninglabco.com Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Thewhiteninglabco  To book an appointment, call The Whitening Lab Co. at 207-200-6494.

For more information or to book an appointment with Eden Spa Aesthetics, call 207-200-7010 or visit them online at www.edenspamaine.com or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edenspamaine <

Friday, November 4, 2022

Business Spotlight: Hometown Furnishing Co.

One of the best kept secrets in the Lakes Region is Hometown Furnishing Co., a multi-vendor furniture and decor shop in Standish that specializes in painted furniture along with farmhouse, vintage, local and handmade items.

Hometown Furnishing Co. is located in a beautiful historic
building at 1 Ossipee Trail East at the intersection of 
Routes 35 and 25 in Standish. SUBMITTED PHOTO 
Situated in a 7,000-square-foot historic building in the center of Standish at 1 Ossipee Trail East, Hometown Furnishing Co. is preparing to host a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 12 and on Sunday, Nov. 13 to showcase the abundance of gifts and treasures that can be found inside the building.

“It’s typically one of our busiest weekends for holiday shopping,” said Eric Rollins of Hometown Furnishing Co. “We have 50 different vendors and prices range from $2 Christmas ornaments all the way up to $1,600 farm tables.”

Rollins said that Hometown Furnishing Co. also updates, paints and revitalizes furniture that customers bring in, along with building custom tables and barn doors. A selection of vintage restored furniture can also be purchased there.

“We also carry a line of Farmhouse furniture paint for customers that would like to do it themselves,” he said.

Visiting the store is an interior decorator’s dream, as everything needed to redesign either a room or an entire home can be found at Hometown Furnishing Co. There are accent items, chairs, dressers and tables available and it’s exactly what you may be looking for either to freshen up an existing look or to recreate something new.

It's simply a great place to find antiques, arts and crafts, farmhouse furniture all locally sourced and wonderfully displayed. There is a very friendly atmosphere and vibe about Hometown Furnishing Co. and it’s a go-to location to find some exceptional creations by local artists.

The building itself that Hometown Furnishing Co. is located in offers 18 rooms with three floors of merchandise to peruse and an elevator to get up and down. It formerly was owned by the Thompson Family for more than 200 years and was one of the most historic buildings in Standish.

Hometown Furnishing Co. opened at the site in April 2021 and has four employees.

“The misconception is that people think we just have furniture or antiques, but we truly have something for everyone,” Rollins said. “We’re involved in the community, keep up with trends and listen to our customers.”

As part of a commitment to community involvement, Hometown Furnishing Co, offers Maker’s Markets in-season which feature local craftsmen and artists set up to sell their handcrafted and locally produced goods.

Social media reviews posted online for Hometown Furnishing Co. are nothing less than outstanding.

"My favorite, local shop! Such a happy, warm, welcoming space, and the vendors do a fantastic job of curating so many beautiful items for your home.” Jen Cianchette Gironda

“My new favorite place in Standish. I was in heaven as soon as I walked in. Great coffee and so many unique finds on three floors. The staff were so friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.” Kristen Blanchard

“Love the custom window shelf I ordered. It’s the perfect spot to memorialize our recently departed best girl! Scheduling a pickup time was easy and we spent some time exploring every room. Such an eclectic mix of treasures! Will definitely be going back!” Terina Dobson

Rollins said that the Holiday Open House is an annual event, and everyone is welcome to stop in to see what treasures are available for gift giving this year at Hometown Furnishing Co.

“Join us here at Hometown Furnishing Company for this two-day event as we welcome the holiday season with snacks, beverages, and giveaways,” Rollins said. “All our wonderful vendors will be fully stocked with new, handmade, vintage and antique holiday decor and gift giving goods. We will even have an antique sleigh or two for photo opportunities.”

Hometown Furnishing Co. is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and custom furniture refinishing is always available.

For more information about Hometown Furnishing Co. call 207-229-0617 or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hometownfurnishingco/ <

Friday, October 28, 2022

Business Spotlight: Harmon’s Cleaning Service

Those seeking a dependable and trustworthy local cleaning service have found a friend in Harmon’s Cleaning Service of Raymond.

Harmon's Cleaning Service is veteran-
owned and operated by husband and wife
team Jamie and Dennis Harmon. They take
pride in providing a quality clean that will
pass a white glove inspection every time.
See their ad to take advantage of $25
off your first service.
SUBMITTED PHOTO  
Dennis and Jamie Harmon established the company in 2022 and have been working hard at becoming the preferred choice in the area when a thorough yet affordable cleaning is needed. The married couple have been working together for six years and decided to form Harmon’s Cleaning Service to offer exceptional customer care and attention to detail at a fair price for the community.

Harmon’s is not your typical cleaning company. With just two employees, clients can be assured they will know who will be in their home each clean. They are responsive and answer every phone call. And they show up on time, use quality products and have their own equipment, and perform outstanding work that exceeds all expectations.

“We are a locally owned, veteran-owned and operated, husband/wife cleaning team, with white-glove clean expectations,” said Jamie Harmon. “We do not have other employees and our clients will know each clean exactly who will be in their intimate private space of their homes. We show up each time and make sure to complete the job to satisfaction. Often, we ask a homeowner, when possible, to take a walk through before we leave to make sure we met all their expectations of the clean.”

Services are available for residential and commercial clients, including rental turnovers, camp opening and closing cleans, one-time deep cleans, move-in and move-out cleans. Harmon’s Cleaning Service also performs window cleaning and lawn clean-ups in the spring and fall.

Prices are competitive and highly affordable but the attention to detail they exhibit on every job and the quality of the cleaning they perform surpasses expectations.

They treat every home they work on as if it were their own, taking exceptional care of client’s furnishings and genuinely caring about those they serve. Quality work and exceptional customer care are the calling card of Harmons’ Cleaning Service. They are courteous, friendly, neighborly and believe that to earn a client’s repeat business that their work must always be outstanding.

Clients who have used Harmon’s Cleaning Service say that their work is amazing.

Here are some reviews that have been posted online about them:

"I was lucky to find such a meticulous and competent cleaning service. Jamie and Dennis were always available as promised for before and after rental cleanings. They also dealt with any problems during and after the rentals if required. Great service and responsible people.” Christine R.

“Jamie and Dennis are the best! They are hard-working, trustworthy, and just all-around wonderful people.” Jen W.

“We utilize Harmon’s Cleaning Service and are exceptionally pleased with the outcome! They are very nice people and do a great job. We enthusiastically recommend them to you.” Gary B.

“Responsive, prompt, easy to schedule, did a great job, great price and nice people!!” Vanessa D.


According to Jamie Harmon, the best aspect of working for Harmon’s Cleaning Service is always seeing the finished product when the job is done.

“To see the transformation is pretty exciting,” she said. “We have the expertise and the experience to make that happen and we only use safe quality cleaning products to accomplish our work. We take pride and really care about what we do and how we can make our customers lives just a bit easier each day. I am constantly saying the phrase, let us clean so you don't have to.”

They welcome new clients and to schedule an appointment or to learn more about Harmon’s Cleaning Service, call 207-595-9568, find them on Facebook under Harmon's Cleaning Service or visit them online at http://harmonscleaningser.wixsite.com/clean<

Friday, October 21, 2022

Business Spotlight: Sky High Tree Service

Trees certainly add charm to the landscaping of homes, but poorly maintained trees or trees damaged by storms create safety hazards for families and inflict costly property damage to a home. But that’s where Sky High Tree Service can lend a hand.

Based in Buxton and serving the entire Lakes Region, Sky High Tree Service has been in business for four years and is owned by Marcus Lefebvre, who has the expertise and equipment necessary to remove tree problems before heavy winds or a sudden snowstorm can result in disaster.

Sky High performs hazardous tree removals, crane work, chipping, stump removal and pruning work, along with tree trimmings and takedowns close to buildings and structures, in and around leach fields, close to power and utility lines and hanging over roadways. It also works on roofing, spring and fall cleanup jobs, and paving and sealcoating projects.

But the company specializes in tree work, no matter how large or small a project may be.

“I truly enjoy hazardous removals and seeing how the properties look before and then after,” Lefebvresaid. “The work is remarkably transformational for properties.”

Licensed and fully insured with contract climbers available, Sky High’s owner accepts how challenging
Marcus Lefebvre, owner of Sky High Tree
Service, takes pride in providing expert
service at a fair price. His customers rave
about his friendly demeanor, clear
communication and thorough work.
SUBMITTED PHOTO 
it can be to maintain properties in today’s economy, so Lefebvre strives to make services more affordable than the competition.

“Everyone thinks tree work should cost nothing,” Lefebvre said. “This is a physically demanding job that requires attention to detail. Experience matters significantly when it comes to crane work and when trees are near structures. We do recognize that affordability is important, and we always do our best to offer the lowest prices possible.”

Lefebvre also believes that being up front with homeowners regarding services is paramount to establishing a great relationship with potential customers.

“Communication is key to what we do at Sky High Tree Service,” he said. “I’m a firm believer in doing what you say you will for the price that you quote. The price you are quoted will always be the price you pay.”


Every property they work at is different and most jobs are priced according to the proximity to nearby structures, size, weight and other factors, Lefebvre said. “We specialize in top quality work all the way from roofing to tree pruning and removal. Spring and fall are the busiest months, but we do work year-round.”

Because of the company’s thorough knowledge of trees, precision extraction experience and exceptional customer service, Sky High Tree Service has a loyal following of satisfied customers.

“Marcus did a fantastic job, and we would highly recommend him and his crew!! We had four major trees removed and 20 others of medium size. Marcus gave us a price, a timeline on when he could do the job and the best part, he showed up and on time! Great job, great work ethic and very reliable!! We will use it his services again. Thank you Marcus!!” Colleen O’Connor Griffin

“HIGHLY recommend these gentlemen for any tree needs!! We had a huge tree in our front yard that was close to powerlines, the road, our house, and our well but they did a FANTASTIC job getting it down safely for us and we are SO grateful!! They are fully insured, but even beyond that, the gentleman in charge (Marcus) was amazing! Super professional, understanding, clearly cares about his customers, reasonably priced, and definitely knows his stuff! I've never experienced a tree professional (or much of any professional really) SO wonderful and gracious!! SUPER impressed and SO beyond grateful for their help! Will definitely call them again if we need work done!” Helen Wood

“Did an amazing job grinding down our tree stumps. Went above and beyond. Were quick and reasonably priced. I will use them again.” Megan Boldter

“Very professional. Easy to work with. Fast efficient work and cleaned up the yard 100 percent after. Highly recommended.” Don Jamison
Providing peace of mind, free estimates, affordability, outstanding customer service, expertise, and all necessary equipment to get the job done right, Sky High Tree Service is the first and only call a homeowner needs to make when experiencing a tree problem. For more information about Sky High Tree Service, call 207-651-2158 or find them on Facebook at skyhightree1 <


Friday, October 14, 2022

Business Spotlight: Mist Natural Spa

“I want people to step into a space that they feel connected with nature, that is inclusive, that their

skin needs and wants are being heard,” Munster said. “I want clients to leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and renewed. I believe and practice with natural skincare and wanted to offer mindfulskincare to the Lakes Region area.”
 
A new facility is opening soon in Raymond that promises a relaxing experience and a space that will invite your senses to reconnect with nature and unplug for a little while.

Located at 1288 Roosevelt Trail, Unit 4 in Raymond, Mist Natural Spa opens Nov. 1 and specializes in facials, nourishing body scrubs and wraps, and a sip, soak, and mask bar, along with a breathtaking site to relax and unwind with friends, family, or by yourself. Mist Natural Spa is owned by Megan Munster, who has created a spa that focuses on the whole well-being process in beautiful surroundings inspired by nature and lush flora.

Megan Munster is the owner and creator of
Mist Natural Spa, opening on Nov. 1 in
Raymond. COURTESY PHOTO 
“This is a new and exciting journey for me. I come from a 15-year career with NetJets private aviation,” Munster said. “When COVID entered our lives, flying globally was no longer an option for our family. I was lucky to have the financial support and emotional backing of NetJets to move onto a new chapter. Traveling to a multitude of countries allowed me a unique opportunity to talk to a wide variety of skin care professionals and experiment with products I was unable to find stateside. I was able to take part in skin care rituals and beliefs unique to the counties I visited. This showed me the importance of natural skin care, but also the mind, body connection and the importance of family, nature, and all things water.”

Intended to serve clients throughout the Lakes Region and Greater Portland area, Mist Natural Spa aims to deliver exceptional customer service, attention to detail, effective communication and a reliable and trustworthy experience while listening to and responding to client concerns.

“I think the most significant aspect of my business is my journey here, my personal skin challenges and my love of natural, clean products. Having struggled with rosacea, reactive, and keloid forming skin my whole life, I haven’t been able to receive a lot of services available today,” Munster said. “I needed to explore through school, the trial and error of what services and products work best for my skin and others, and what reactions were caused.”

She says what will distinguish Mist Natural Spa from competitors is the overall vibe that she wants her clients to feel.


Aimong the other services available at Mist Natural Spa are microcurrent facials, often called the non-invasive face lift, that delivers true microcurrent.

“The 7E Myolift 600 sets the standard for non-invasive technology and the ability to provide a lasting, natural lift and toning results for all clients,” Munster said. “Celluma-led light therapy facial is a wonderful device that addresses both aging skin and acne. The high intensity light emitting diodes (LED) improve skin health, tone and texture. Detox and Sculpt is a great way to get your lymphatic system moving. Helping to reduce puffiness, push waste and toxins from our lymph nodes, the youth facial is an excellent and informative introduction to skin wellness.”

According to Munster, Mist Natural Spa’s sip, soak and mask area is a real treat.

“You come in solo, with friends or family. It’s a space to unwind, laugh and share stories,” she said. “The music is a little more upbeat than the treatment room. You can choose an invigorating cup of tea or a relaxing herbal cup, next is your choice between a dry sauna or a river rock soak for your feet, followed by a mask choice for your eyes, lips, d├ęcolletage or hands.”

The microcurrent and Celluma devices are FDA cleared and Mist Natural Spa strives to provide products that are free from harsh chemicals, parabens, perfumes.

“I am not always a fan of trends. I like to stick with devices and services that I see results with,” Munster said. “However, I am always searching to further my education and training. I am very excited for additional training I will undergo in January which will allow me to offer additional services. I will always continue to peruse future education and training.”

Pricing for services offered at Mist Natural Spa are competitive but attainable. 

“I have made sure to include options for a wide variety of finances. You can come in for a full-service facial, body wrap, express light therapy, or enjoy time hanging with your friends or family,” Munster said. “My goal is to provide something for everyone’s time and budget. I look forward with a passion, excitement, and never-ending curiosity for how our skin behaves.”

To make an appointment or for more information about Mist Natural Spa, call 207-939-2513 or visit www.mistnaturalspa.com <

Friday, October 7, 2022

Business Spotlight: Blush & Brow Permanent Cosmetics

With abundant expertise and experience in permanent makeup, Blush & Brow Permanent Cosmetics of

Windham is striving to make customers feel confident and beautiful every day.

Owned and operated by Samantha Clark, Blush & Brow Permanent Cosmetics is located at 936 Roosevelt Trail Suite 4 in Windham and offers a range of permanent makeup services such as microblading, powder brows, eyeliner, and lip blushing, and soon to be offering tiny body tattoos. Clark also is adept at wedding makeup and makeup services for other events.

Clark, now in her 10th year as a certified makeup artist and her second year as a permanent makeup artist, says that the top aspect of what she does is watching her customer’s reactions once she’s done transforming their appearance.

“I love the way I make people feel when they leave,” Clark said. “They are always so happy and excited, and everyone is looking for that in their work.”

She is a micropigmentation specialist based in Windham who specializes in attention to detail and providing clients with exceptional customer service every time they visit Blush & Brow Permanent Cosmetics.

Micropigmentation is the art of the application of permanent makeup and permanent cosmetics and is a cosmetic procedure used to improve or replace lost coloring on the skin. It is most often associated with facial applications including to enhance eyebrows, eyelashes, eyelids as eyeliner and for the lips. It’s also used to camouflage or improve scars, even out skin coloring and to restore color to areas of skin that have lost color for one reason or another.

It’s highly skilled work and an art form all to itself, but its transformative results are nothing short of amazing, Clark said.

“Brows have to be shaped out first and a stencil is then made that has to be perfect,” she said. “It’s time consuming and tedious and in the end, it’s worth every minute.”

According to Clark, the permanent makeup industry is constantly changing as new advances in technology and cosmetics are achieved.

“Through constant trainings and practicing non-stop, I work hard to give my best work to all my clients,” she said. “I am always learning and keeping up with what products are new and making sure to use only high-quality products for my clients as it really does matter in this line of work.”

Because permanent makeup is highly visible, Clark said the transformative nature of the cosmetic procedure makes an immediate impression.

“This is something that is on their face, and they are not only a walking advertisement for Blush & Brow, but they come trusting in me to give them permanent makeup that looks good,” she said. “The favorite part of my job is when clients react after I’m finished my work. I love seeing those big smiles and loving how happy it makes them that they won’t have to wake up and apply makeup anymore.”

Anyone who performs microblading or works with permanent makeup must obtain a micropigmentation license through the health inspection department from the state of Maine and Clark says it’s important to always check if a permanent makeup artist is licensed. They also must complete a blood-borne pathogens certification course every year.

Blush & Brow works with all types of clients and Clark suggests that if you’re unsure about permanent makeup you can schedule a free consultation to discuss all questions you have to see if you’re a good candidate for it.

Clients say Blush & Brow is simply one of the best, and Clark’s reviews are outstanding.

“For the first time in over a decade, I have eyebrows again. I don't have to worry about getting them wet and rubbing off or stressing about a daily makeup routine. She was able put a confidence back in me that I had been missing for a long time. She is so talented at what she does and her passion for it shows. I highly recommend that anyone who is even considering having their eyebrows done, go see Samantha Clark. She is a truly gifted artist. – Deanna Tarbox

“The best makeup I have ever seen. if anyone can make me look good, trust me they are the best. Highly, highly recommend. She is professional and she really should be doing makeup for the stars. You need to be in Hollywood but glad you are not. Thank you thank you thank you. – Kim Newton

For more information about Blush & Brow Permanent Makeup, call 207-200-5886 or visit www.blush-brow.com Find them on Facebook at @blushandbrowME or on Instagram @blush.and.brow <

Friday, September 30, 2022

Business Spotlight: Conroy’s Home Heating Fuels

Anyone who’s had to search for a reputable heating and propane provider in Windham values a
company that is responsive and communicates effectively with its customers while offering timely deliveries and fair prices.

Conroy’s Home Heating Fuels has been in business since 1942 but is now taking on customers in Windham and that’s welcome news for this area.

Conroy’s is family owned and operated and small enough to provide exceptional customer service and superior attention to detail while large enough to handle everyone’s heating needs. With its fleet of trucks based in Saco, Conroy’s has the capacity to handle extreme winter volumes for heating needs yet goes the extra mile to get to know its customers and values the opportunity to serve them better.

Offering heating oil, propane, and K-1 kerosene at competitive prices, Conroy’s Home Heating Fuels has various pricing platforms to keep everyone warm when it’s cold outside. Conroy’s also has private burner technicians available to handle any customer needs that may arise.

“We take pride in customer service. We know a lot of people are currently frustrated with the larger out-of-state companies,” said Brent Heanssler of Conroy’s Home Heating Fuels “Our motto is ‘large enough to serve, small enough to care.’ We make the extra effort to understand and cater to our customer’s specific fuel needs, but we also have the resources to get the job done.”

He said Conroy’s offers its customers an array of different ways to pay, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, checks or cash, and convenient pricing plans, such as a budget plan to spread out your fuel payments over many months. Or they have a pre-buy plan designed to lock in a set price over a specified time to avoid market pricing volatility. There are also discounts available for seniors, military, and first-responders or for large-volume purchases.

Heanssler said another benefit that customers can come to expect from Conroy’s Home Heating Fuels is that there are never any hidden charges for services rendered.

“A lot of companies are now charging hidden delivery fees, hidden hazmat fees or hidden fuel recovery fees,” he said. “We do not charge any of these.”

As the cost of heating fuels has risen in the past few years, Conroy’s Home Heating Fuels is keenly aware of how this affects household budgets and strives to ensure the best price it can for its customers.

“We try to keep our pricing in line with our competitors, but we also allow 15 days for payment, which many others do not,” Heanssler said. “In addition, we offer lock-in and pre-buy options with various payment choices, and budget accounts. We are also an approved LIHEAP vendor with the state.”

With a staff of eight, Conroy’s services much of Southern Maine including Arundel; Lyman; Biddeford; Old Orchard Beach; Buxton; Portland; Cape Elizabeth; Saco; Dayton; Scarborough; Gorham; South Portland; Hollis; Waterboro; Kennebunk; Westbrook, and this year for the first time, it’s offering service to customers in Windham.

Unlike larger and more impersonal heating companies that schedule deliveries weeks out and you never speak directly to a real person when placing an order, a Conroy’s employee returns every phone call and because it’s a small company, Conroy’s typically can deliver propane and heating fuel within a couple of days from when a phone order is placed.

“The key to our business being successful are the people within our organization,” Heanssler said. “We have a great group of team members and because we’re happy, we go out of our way to make sure every one of our customers are satisfied. We believe it’s the attention to details that matter.”

Even though Conroy’s offers traditional heating oil and kerosene, the company is excited to now provide propane to customers.

“Propane is considered a green energy as compared to other energy sources, and also burns with greater efficiency,” Heanssler said. “Propane is known for its versatility and not only is it used for primary heating; but is also used for cooking, fireplaces, and pool heating. To establish a new service or to switch from another provider please call today and a service provider will discuss your needs and the installation process.”

With outstanding customer service, a quick turnaround for deliveries and handy pricing options, Conroy’s Home Heating Fuels hopes to make many new friends and loyal customers in Windham this heating season.

For more information about Conroy’s Home Heating Fuels, or to schedule a delivery, call 207-883-2572 or visit them online at https://conroysoil.com/heating-fuels/ or find them on Facebook. <

Friday, September 23, 2022

Business Spotlight: Roosevelt Trail Garden Center

T.J. and Marina Doherty are the new owners of Roosevelt Trail Garden Center and its division, L.J.
Gagne Landscaping and Excavation, remain committed to offering exceptional customer service, quality products, and the expertise needed to make the business a “one-stop” shop for all your gardening and landscaping needs.

Both divisions are well known in the Lakes Region and want customers to know that despite the ownership change, Roosevelt Trail Garden Center at 310 Roosevelt Trail in Windham is the same great local business offering the same services, expanding other services, offering the same great products, an increased knowledge, increased product inventory, and providing slightly more modern touches and new management.

The garden center itself offers spring, summer and fall annuals, along with all-season perennials, garden seedlings, a retail center featuring flower pots, bagged products, tools, house plants and more. They can teach customers what will grow in their zone, what plants would meet their landscape needs, teach about plant maintenance, how to prune and plant, and how to water and protect from weather.

The business also has a new service of repotting house plants when customers purchase both the plant and the pot from them. They offer tree installations, sod installation, landscape work including walls, planting, and associated groundwork, hardscape and custom landscape design. They do stone laying, brick laying, ground preparation, create lake retaining walls, granite steps and lake-friendly landscaping.

“What distinguishes our business from other companies offering similar services is we provide lake-friendly landscaping, are family owned, the only business that offers retail design and build, the whole package,” T.J. Doherty said. “You can have a design created, pick your own plants in house and have your work done, it’s a “one stop business.”

He said that Roosevelt Trail Garden Center and its division, L.J. Gagne Landscaping and Excavation,
The Doherty Family, from left, are Marina, baby
Theodore, T.J., and Benjamin.
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are a premier landcape business, but hold pricing fair to ensure that they are meeting customer needs while still providing top quality work and products.

“When people think of about landscaping, they are scared of the costs, but it’s actually pretty reasonable,” Marina Doherty said.

Roosevelt Trail Garden Center has been locally owned and was founded 22 years ago with L.J. Gagne Landscape founded 40 years ago. The Dohertys took over as owners on Aug. 4 and currently employ a staff of 14 across both businesses.

“Our quality is guaranteed with a two-year warranty on select trees and shrubs,” T.J. Doherty said. “Customers have shared that they enjoy our eye for detail, the high-quality products, deliveries made in a timely manner, and they enjoy our knowledgeable staff and friendly personalities.”

He said that the business intends to become more current on trends under new ownership.

“We are going to increase services and products,” he said. “We have increased our social media presence and have updated signs. We go above and beyond such as obtaining permits in advance if any are needed for work. On the landscape side, we focus on quality and safety and for the garden center we emphasize an expanding variety of products, and a high level of expertise. We are also accepting new commercial snowplowing accounts for this season.”

Hours of operation for Roosevelt Trail Garden Center are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The garden shop features products by Pharm Solutions and PlantSkydd animal repellents. Pharm Solutions products are safe, effective, organic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and animal repellents made from essential oils like rosemary, soybeans, and garlic. PlantSkydd produces the longest lasting, most effective critter repellents on the market.

The garden shop also features a four-step program of 100 percent natural and lake-friendly lawn and garden fertilizers ensuring that customers can have a beautiful green lawn without using expensive chemical fertilizers.

For more information about Roosevelt Trail Garden Center, call 207-893-2757 or visit them online at www.roosevelttrailgardencenter.com Find them on Facebook at RooseveltTrailGardenCenter or on Instagram at roosevelttrailgardencenter

Visit L.J. Gagne Landscaping and Excavation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/l.jgagnelandscape or on Instagram at l.jgagnelandscape <

Friday, September 16, 2022

Business Spotlight: Vet At Your Door

Veterinary medicine is evolving, and part of that change is available right here in Windham as Vet At Your Door offers an elevated veterinarian experience by caring for your pets in the comfort of home while saving pet owners the hassle of transporting anxious pets to the vet.  

Deirdre Frey, the owner of Vet At Your Door, says that Dr. Deanna Anderson serves Windham and having her visit clients' homes lends itself to providing a more connecting and devoted veterinary experience.

“We are a house-call veterinary practice dedicated to providing an exceptional veterinary experience in the comfort of home,” Frey said. “We offer wellness services such as exams, vaccines, screening lab work, along with sick visits, hospice care, acupuncture and euthanasia, all in the low-stress, comfortable environment of home. We are also grateful to have wonderful veterinarians offering extended emergency euthanasia hours beyond our regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Extended euthanasia hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.”

According to Frey, the best part of the mobile veterinarian practice is meeting and interacting with the people they serve.

“Coming to their homes, we get to connect with people in a different way,” she said. “Moreover, at home your pet, you, and your veterinarian are much more relaxed, and we really have the time and the relationship to develop the best plan with you regarding your pet's health and situation,” Frey said. “Importantly, we love and are grateful to be practicing this way. I have tried really hard to make our staff's work/life balance actually work, so they are available to you, emotionally, mentally, and physically, when they enter your home. Additionally, we have what we call our ‘One Team Approach’ that matches not only a veterinarian to you specifically, but also a veterinary technician and a client liaison. This way, you have entire veterinary team, from the person on the phone to the person in your home, that you will get to know and love as the years progress.”

Vet At Your Door has been in business since 2015 and has been serving Windham for the past four years.

“We hire doctors who live in and love the areas we serve. Dr. Deanna Anderson is the veterinarian who serves Windham and has chosen to live here and raise her family here and get to know the community, both two-legged and four-legged, through her work,” Frey said. “Also, having the veterinarian come to your home makes things so much less stressful for all involved and truly lends itself to an easy, low-stress, high-quality veterinary experience that our clients and their pets love.” 

Dr. Deanna Anderson of the Vet At
Your Door mobile veterinary
service serves Windham.
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Anderson received her DVM from Iowa State University in 2016 and has been a part of the Windham team since February after having been in general practice for several years.

“Jacquie Prather is her veterinary nurse and is absolutely wonderful,” Frey said. “And Amy Phillips is the team's client liaison, at the ready to answer the phone and is a ninja at her keyboard. Overall, we have 21 employees that serve in veterinary teams throughout Maine.”

Exceptional customer service and convenience are the core of the Vet At Your Door business.

“We focus on making sure our clients feel heard and listened to,” Frey said. “I sincerely believe that from the first phone call to helping a beloved pet pass peacefully in the comfort of home, our quality, sincerity, and customer service cannot be beat. We constantly receive wonderful feedback about our incredible staff, the high-quality of the veterinary advice we provide, and the devoted customer service we are so very passionate about.”

Pricing for services is comparable to regular veterinary practices. The main difference is the addition of the trip fee of $86 to bring the veterinary team to you. Frey said Vet At Your Door clients attest there is excellent value for the money in the services they provide.

“We are always ensuring that we are staying up to date on new medications and therapies as they come out, and love doing continuing education to keep ourselves educated on the best and most novel therapies. Business-wise, there are very few house call practices in the U.S. with so many employees that cover such a large service area, so we are building the plane while it is flying so to speak. But our amazing, nimble, and experienced team makes it a joy to chart a course forward, constantly making ourselves better and better.”

To reach Vet At Your Door, call 207-383-2646 or visit www.vetatyourdoor.com. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vetatyourdoor. <

Friday, September 9, 2022

Business Spotlight: Mainely Ticks

By Barb Maurais
Educational Resources, Mainely Ticks


Deer ticks didn’t leave the state over Labor Day weekend.

Summer months in Maine are peak for Lyme disease – a result of our extended outdoor activities in proximity to the tiny nymphal deer tick. But as we enter the fall season, please be aware that larval ticks and adult deer ticks will become most active.

Larval ticks are out now…


Encounters with larval ticks can be messy – people often describe these larval ticks as having stepped directly into a “tick nest.” Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts – take note! This is a fair description since these egg masses can contain 1,500 or more newly hatched ticks that are seeking their first blood meal. Don’t let it be from you! Given that you’ll encounter multiple larval ticks, it’s important to know how to protect yourself. Because larval ticks are so small (about the size of the period at the end of the sentence) that they can crawl right through socks, consider wearing clothing treated with 0.5 percent permethrin to stop them in their tracks. You can purchase treated socks, plants, shirts, and other garments online, at local sporting stores (Dicks, LL Bean, Dog Not Gone), treat your own clothing at home, or send clothing to Insect Shield www.insectshield.com to be treated professionally. (15 percent savings with MainelyTicks coupon code.) You can also tackle a swarm of larval ticks before they attach on your clothing or skin by using the sticky side of duct tape – that along with patience and a keen eye will remove large numbers of ticks. Thorough tick checks to find tiny ticks that have escaped the duct tape along with a pair of fine pointed tweezers to remove any attached ticks are both essential steps to reduce your tick encounters.

Coming soon… 

While it seems as though they just left, adult blacklegged ticks will be returning near the end of September and continuing throughout the fall and into the winter…whenever the temperature is above freezing, deer ticks may be active. Adult female activity peaks in the fall. Be aware that dense leaf litter is prime tick habitat. Wear protective clothing, apply repellent to exposed skin, and do frequent tick checks when outdoors this fall.

Tick vectors…

Small rodents, not deer, are responsible for transmitting the Lyme disease bacteria to ticks. A typical field mouse can carry more than 100 ticks during peak activity periods, and all of those ticks have the potential of transmitting Lyme disease. Mouse and chipmunk activity on your property may support the presence of deer ticks.

Tick habitat and landscape modifications…

Ticks need moist areas to survive. Modifying your landscape is a simple way to reduce tick populations. Clean up your yard and keep grass short. Trim branches to let the sunshine in. Sunny areas are less likely to harbor ticks. Remove leaf litter and brush from your property and the perimeter. Move bird feeders and wood piles away from your home. Consider a run or invisible fence to keep pets out of the woods as the fall months are peak for canine Lyme.

Tick check…

The longer a deer tick is attached, the greater the chances of contracting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Develop a routine of checking yourself, your children, and your pets frequently after outdoor activity. When showering or bathing, do a full body inspection for a rash or attached ticks. Also use the sensitivity of your fingertips to feel for attached ticks. Pay special attention to favorite tick spots, including the back of the knees, groin, waist, armpits, and scalp.

Tick educational partnership …

Mainely Ticks recently partnered with University of Rhode Island’s TickEncounter TickSPOTTERS where you will learn tick removal tips, tick identification with photo submission, and personalized risk assessment based on your specific tick photo submissions. Click the QR Code or enter the url in the ad below to use this site.

If you’re finding ticks on your property…

Visit www.mainelyticks.com to learn more about our educational resources. Click “Request a Quote” for a complimentary estimate for our professional services that will better protect your entire family. If you have a history of tick activity on your property, the spring and fall applications are the two most important treatments of the year. Prevention is the Best Prescription. <

Friday, September 2, 2022

Business Spotlight: Fringe - Salon with Benefits

Fringe Salon in Windham is on a mission of helping people feel good about themselves and treating everyone they meet as if they are longtime best friends. 

Now open at 8 Turning Leaf Drive at The Shops at Sebago, Fringe bills itself as the “Salon with Benefits,” a slogan that makes owner, stylist, and lash artist Natalee Taylor laugh.

“We love what we do and have fun doing it,” Taylor said. “The slogan fits us perfectly and every time we think of it, it makes us all smile.”

Fringe opened July 6 in a clean and comfortable setting when three stylist friends from the old Roots Salon in Windham had to relocate and decided to open a new facility that focuses on putting people first. Although Fringe is a new salon, the stylist team there has been working together for six years at Roots and they complement each other well, bringing different skill sets and areas of expertise to the business.

“We offer our clients a judgement-free and friendly environment in which you leave feeling and looking better than when you walked in,” Taylor said. “We often have clients tell us that they wish they could just hang out with us all day because of the fun we have while working. Our staff has been complimented on the genuine love and respect we have for one another, often by other stylists. We like to make everyone who walks in our door feel like someone. Many of our clients become our friends because of the bonds we build. It’s never just about the hair, it’s about the whole person.”

Fringe Salon offers all hair services, lash extensions, Microblading and facial waxing and its staff has a combined 72 years of experience in the industry.

“We are independently priced, but we are competitive in our area,” Taylor said. “We have clients that travel from Massachusetts, North Conway, New Hampshire, DownEast, Southern Maine and right here in Windham.”

Customers love how they are treated and the quality of the work and products at Fringe.

Stylists of Fringe include Corbi Duquette,
Natalee Taylor and Shelley Worthing. They
take pride in providing professional hair
care and more in an upbeat atmosphere.
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“I have never had an experience like I had with Natalee this evening... She was absolutely phenomenal! She really took her time to make sure every hair fell in the right place, made me feel comfortable and was very professional while still making me laugh and have a blast....!!! Will definitely be going back for more from Natalee and recommending her to everyone I know!!” Sarah Spiller

“Thank you Corbi! Excellent job and awesome service. It feels really amazing to finally have a hairdresser at home in Maine. Thank you for your warm hospitality and Omar cuddles.” Kelly Smith

“Although I have known Shelley for about 15 years, this is my first experience with microblading. My brows were in sad shape after cancer treatment. I have a little piece of myself back and my brows look great now!” Alissa Noble

“My friend recommended Natalee when I needed someone to do my makeup for an event and it was sort of last minute. She took me in and has done my makeup twice already! She is so personable, and she is very talented, I would highly recommend her! She will be there doing makeup for my wedding day! You won’t be disappointed!” - Susan Pooler 


“The name, Fringe, a salon with benefits, is exactly that! The location and space is very welcoming, bright and comfortable. The stylists there have many years of experience and ensure you feel pampered and beautiful when you walk out! They give their client the time and undivided attention to give the look you want. I highly recommend booking an appointment with them. From the warm welcome you get from the time you walk in, to feeling your best self when you walk out, the experience at Fringe is one you’ll keep going back for!” Heather Rose


Taylor says that exceptional customers service and having fun are the cornerstones of Fringe and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The most important thing to remember about us is that we are people too, we love to laugh and have a good time,” she said. “We love to give our clients our all every day. We offer wine, coffee, and water, a warm welcome when you walk in and the very best and the latest and greatest techniques and products to achieve a custom look for our clients. We truly love what we do and love and appreciate our clients.”

Taylor does plan to add to the staff soon but will be selective to find just the right fit.

“We are always seeking out additional education and new trends to keep us up to date,” she said. “We often learn from each other. We are flexible and accommodating with our time. We try to find the right fit for every client and believe in giving back to the community. We’re good at what we do, are friendly and kind and we have a lot of fun here.”

To make an appointment for Fringe, call 207-572-1113. Find Fringe on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fringesalonwithbenefits or on Instagram @fringe_thesalon <

Friday, August 26, 2022

Business Spotlight: Ridgeline Exteriors

With more than two decades of experience in the roofing industry, customers can feel confident in placing their trust in Ridgeline Exteriors.

Based in Sanford, Ridgeline is owned and operated by Wayne and Ashley Perry, and they believe the cornerstone of their success is offering each customer product quality and value, treating everyone with respect, and continuing to offer fair, reasonable, and consistent pricing. The company works throughout Maine and New Hampshire on a year-round basis and has been in business for more than 10 years.

Wayne Perry himself has more than two decades of roofing experience, and he says he feels that Ridgeline Exteriors continues to be a preferred choice because of exceptional customer service, open communication with customers and roofing employees who take great pride in their work. Ashley currently is one of the only women to co-lead a roofing company in New England and brings a unique female perspective to the company.

“Ridgeline Exteriors provides a lifetime warranty backed by Owens Corning for their shingles known for their beauty, performance and variety,” Perry said. “We offer products that provide exceptional value and are backed by extended warranties.”

According to Perry, Ridgeline specializes in roofs, but company workers also are experts in siding, windows, and gutter work too.

As their business has expanded through the years, the Perrys have been able to offer a variety of roofing types including asphalt shingles, metal, bitumen, flat, rubber or wooden systems.

With 20-plus employees skilled in the latest materials and techniques in roofing technology, Perry said what distinguishes Ridgeline Exteriors from the competition is that they are fully insured including roofing general liability and roofers’ compensation, the ability to offer a lifetime warranty from Owens Corning and the strong and exceptional value of the products they offer.

“We’ve been able to hold the line on prices for the past few years and that says a lot right there,” Perry said. “We strive to offer pricing that is fair and consistent.”

Proud of its outstanding A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Ridgeline accepts many types of payment options, including credit cards and an array of financing plans. They have a full fleet of roofing vehicles and bring all tools they may need for a project, with most roofing jobs completed in a day or a day and a half and estimates are free.

“I take pride in my work and it’s great to meet new people through the work,” Perry said. “Every day is a new challenge and a change of scenery. One day you’re in a city, the next day by the lake and the day after that by the ocean. I like all the places we work.”

He said the hardest aspect of the roofing businesses right now is obtaining quality materials in a timely manner and holding the line on prices.

“The one thing about our company is that we believe in honesty and don’t try to sell people something they don’t need,” Perry said. “I believe in listening to our customers and treating every one of them as we would want to be treated ourselves.”

To that end, Perry said that Ridgeline Exteriors always answers the telephone and believes in fully communicating with homeowners and businesses who call upon them for help.

“We walk them through the entire process and keep them informed every step of the way,” he said. “We pay attention to the details. It’s what makes our business work and the people we work for appreciate it tremendously.”

Ridgeline can perform home roof installation, local roof replacement, affordable siding installation, home window installation, seamless gutter installation, and affordable gutter replacement services.

“Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements,” Perry said. “And rarely can you predict when your home will be hit by damaging weather. Check us out to see what our dedicated roofing team can do to help you.”

To learn more about Ridgeline Exteriors, call 207-432-0810 or visit them online at https://ridgelineyourhome.com or on Facebook at RidgelineExteriorsME. <

Friday, August 19, 2022

Business Spotlight: APlus Truck Sales and Service

The owners of APlus Truck Sales and Service Center take a novel approach that is hard to find these days when it come to their customers. They believe in treating everyone that walks through their door as if they are family and by being open, direct and honest with customers, they are building a loyal and appreciative customer following.

Featuring six service bays and 10 employees, APlus is prepared to handle and resolve any type of mechanical problem from its location at 968 Roosevelt Trail and 8 Storm Drive in Windham. The business is owned by Andrew Coppersmith and Andy Lane and the service department is managed by Anthony Tieso, who says providing customers with exceptional customer service is the top priority.

“We go the extra mile and the way you are treated here is second to none,” Tieso said. “We’re in the business of helping people and we’ll go wherever we need to assist our customers and that includes offering them a loaner vehicle or courtesy car if we have to.”

Service is not just limited to trucks sold at APlus, and Tieso said that APlus mechanics work on all types of automobiles and trucks, even if they weren’t purchased there. The APlus Service Center specializes in vehicle repairs, auto body work, towing, full restoration, and used vehicle sales and offers competitive pricing and open communication. They are also a Nitro franchise dealer and can custom order products with a four-week turn around and they also have inventory on hand.

“We serve all of New England,” he said. “Anyone can sell a used vehicle, what sets us apart is what we offer after the sale. It's the little things, whether it's a 30-day bumper to bumper warranty or a vehicle loaner for customers to use while their vehicle is being serviced.”

According to Tieso, a common misconception is APlus Truck Sales is just about trucks.

“We want to make sure our readers understand how multifaceted we are as a company,” he said. “Whether you need a tow, auto body, vehicle repairs, a vehicle purchase, or new trailer, from inspection work to full motor overhauls or transmission builds, we do it all.”

He said the staff at APlus continually strives to be the best in the industry and a reliable business that customers can trust and count on to deliver quality work.

That sense of positive customer satisfaction is the top priority for APlus service, Tieso said.

“Customers will reach out to us to let us know periodically with their experiences and we stay up to date with current price trends and market fluctuations,” he said.

A recent Facebook review by a customer confirms that they are doing things right at Aplus Truck Sales and Service.

“Can’t say enough great things about you guys! Brought my truck in and you guys brought it in that same day and immediately started working on it to rectify the problem. That type of customer service is what’s kept me coming back to you guys for the past eight years and I don’t see that changing in the future! Thank you!"

In business since 2011, APlus Truck Sales is a Maine State Inspection License station and offers a complete and vast selection of wheels. Through the years the company has grown a strong social media following that numbers in the thousands.

“Everyone knows social media presence is huge,” Tieso said. “We maintain a strong presence through multiple channels with informative posts as well as trending posts to maintain relevance. Wheels and tires are very popular right now and will continue to increase in popularity before winter comes. We continually advertise competitive pricing and availability throughout social media.”

He says open and transparent communication with customers is what leads to excellent relationships with the public and has cemented a solid reputation for Aplus service in the community.

“It’s truly different here from everywhere else,” Tieso said. “We treat you with respect and we do everything we can to make our customers feel safe and comfortable coming in here.”

Aplus Truck Sales and Service can be reached at 207-572-4444, or by visiting aplustrucks.com.

Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/aplusdiesels or on Instagram at aplusdieselsales <

Friday, August 12, 2022

Business Spotlight: D&R Paving and Sealcoating

If you’re looking for a locally owned paving company that can provide you with a full array of paving services in both residential and commercial capacities, look no further than D&R Paving and Sealcoating.

Established in 1995, owner Dana Brown has decades of experience with jobs both large and small. He has built a reputation for delivering superior workmanship and customer service for all asphalt and paving needs. From the groundwork to the finish sealcoating, his dedicated crew of 10 performs quality work at a very competitive price.

“What distinguishes us from our competitors is our attention to detail,” Dana said. “We go the extra mile and pay close attention to our work.”

D&R Paving and Sealcoating knows that paving is a big investment and takes thorough steps to ensure that investment will withstand tough Maine seasons for years and years to come. Their attention to detail is unsurpassed.

Some of these details are proper drainage, straight edges, smooth finishes, adequate thickness, and flush transitions. This is important to ensure a durable finish and superior curb appeal. They are upfront and honest about the scope of a project so there are no hidden surprises. From the groundwork to completion, they have all the best equipment to get the job done right the first time and on budget.

If you already have a paved surface, it is important to perform proper ongoing maintenance to significantly extend its life. D&R Paving and Sealcoating can help with that too. They use top of the line seal coat to not only provide a protective barrier on the surface but to also enhance the appearance with a flawless, smooth, jet-black sheen. 

D&R Paving and Sealcoating stresses the importance of sealing up cracks in your asphalt surfaces as well. Even small cracks allow water to seep down underneath the surface of your pavement which will weaken it over time.

Seasonal temperatures can cause asphalt to expand and contract creating more and more cracks which can then turn to potholes. For this reason, crack sealing is recommended as the most cost-effective preventative pavement maintenance procedure and should not be put off.

If your driveway or lot is more than a decade old, it may be time for periodic milling. Asphalt milling is an affordable solution to restore the surface. Rather than a complete demolition, milling grinds up the old asphalt surface and replaces it with a new, smooth overlay.

Whatever the surface problem, D&R Paving can assist you with routine maintenance of your driveway or parking lot to ensure that your asphalt surfaces last. 

D&R Paving and Sealcoating also offers recycled asphalt which can be a great lower cost alternative to traditional pavement. Reclaimed asphalt is recycled asphalt that has been torn up from a previous project.

The asphalt is crushed and mixed with gravel making the surface perform like a gravel road, but with easier maintenance and plowing. It is still far more superior to a dirt or gravel road because it keeps your surface completely solid and free of mud. Once reclaim is laid it will also be simpler down the road to upgrade to traditional asphalt if desired.

For commercial and industrial parking lots, D&R Paving and Sealcoating does striping and marking. Whether you are installing a new parking lot, resurfacing an old one, changing its layout, or simply having existing stripes repainted, D&R will get the job done precisely. They are also very well-versed with ADA guidelines for handicapped access and will provide the knowledge to comply with every regulation.

Working with an independent, family-owned company means you will work with the owner directly and every job is personally guaranteed by Dana himself. Keeping his word, job after job, year after year and doing quality work every time is how they have earned a BBB accredited A+ rating. Their excellent workmanship has earned the trust and loyalty of thousands of satisfied, repeat customers and they are excited to add you to that growing list.

Every job is different, and Dana Brown will bring his more than 25 years of experience in paving to every project. He can advise you on all the options and discuss what is right for your situation and budget. You will get experience combined with personal attention to make sure you are satisfied with your project all the way through.

Prices are based on square footage with groundwork also taken into consideration. Call D&R Paving and Sealcoating for a free estimate now and beat the end-of-summer rush at 207-247-8706 or 207-281-2224. You may also email: drpaving@roadrunner.com. Visit them on Facebook or go to their website: dandrpavingcompany.com to see a complete description of services, portfolio and read their reviews. <