Friday, February 22, 2019

Business Spotlight on JAR Cannabis Co. Gayle Plummer

When you walk into the new shop of JAR Cannabis Co. you immediately notice the cozy, cabin-at-the-lake atmosphere. New wide boards on the walls, soft decorative touches and comfy chairs for meeting with the knowledgeable staff, all warmly greet you when you enter.  Erika Morrotta, a business partner of JAR Cannabis Co. has been serving certified patients under Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program since 2011. This medical marijuana retail store opened on January 22, 2019 in Windham at 11 Storm Drive and is JAR’s first retail medical store.

“Our mission is to provide our clients with an experience that is both comfortable and personable. Our goal is to assist and serve certified medical marijuana clients in the Greater Windham Area with top quality, lab tested, medicinal products and professional service in a space that is clean, welcoming and quintessentially Maine,” said Morrotta. 

The staff members at JAR Cannabis Co. are licensed caregivers who take a holistic approach to wellness - and the caregiving begins with taking a lot of pride in their approach to growing cannabis in their clean, top of the line facility. To ensure accurate dosing standards, they test and verify their products, giving their patients ease of mind and confidence. They offer pure and effective medicine in the form of flower, concentrates, edibles and CBD products; including tinctures, capsules, lotions, salves and lip balms. JAR offers a one-stop-shop where there is something for everyone. All of their products make a great addition to the healthy, outdoor-lifestyle that the JAR Co. brand embodies.

Morrotta says, “Having other business interests in Standish and Gorham, we are confident that Windham will be a great location for this new venture. Recent changes to the state medical marijuana law, which now allow medical marijuana caregivers a retail storefront, was also a driving force behind opening the store. Prior to our final decision, the JAR team approached all business neighbors in the area to get feedback about our specific use. With the support from our neighbors, we had a positive experience working with the Town of Windham through the permit stage and ultimately into the occupancy stage. This location and this community is a great fit for our team.”

JAR’s founders were born and raised in Maine and obtained Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Maine. They felt fortunate to be in Maine at a time when the state was formalizing its medical marijuana industry. Because they were early participants in the marijuana program, it allowed them time to try and to perfect a method of producing medicine that they are extremely proud of and confident in. “We’ve had a firm belief in using industry-leading equipment and engineered cultivation rooms to produce our medicine. Most importantly, it is the daily discipline and the work that makes our product what it is. It’s common for people to cut corners in this industry and we’ve always prided ourselves in taking the extra time and doing it right the first time – and every time,” Morrotta states.

Through their caregiving experience, they have been able to get to know their patients personally, and assist them with their medical marijuana needs. JAR Co. has witnessed the positive effects of this medicinal therapy, and truly believes in the benefits it provides. This is why the JAR Co. team is extremely passionate about continually improving and perfecting various cultivation methods, strains, and the end forms of the medical products they offer.Morrotta goes on to say, “We have a vision for the way a medical marijuana business should look, feel and operate. We’ve built this vision into an operational reality – that is now open! The industry has been competitive and will continue to be. So we really spent a lot of time researching, traveling and working with professional designers who had decades of retail experience in order to launch this store. Our vision is that clients will notice and feel the JAR Co. difference when they visit for the first time. You only get one chance at making a first impression!”

They are located in the plaza with Ice Cream Dugout at 11 Storm Drive in Windham. For a personal consultation to find out which products are a good fit for you, they invite you to stop in Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Monday. The hours will be changing sometime in March or early spring to Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will remain closed on Mondays.
For information about their products visit You can also call 207-893-8607 or email at   <

Friday, February 15, 2019

Business Spotlight on Sarah Nielsen of the Bean Group Gayle Plummer

You’ve just purchased your dream home and you delight in the comfort of walking into your front door, after a long day at work or a weekend getaway. However, the first few months after the purchase of your new home, there may be many questions and concerns that you have, but feel you are all alone. There is no need to worry with Sarah Nielsen of the Bean Group. In fact, if you are looking for someone who will be there post-sale to help with all of your questions and concerns that may come after the transaction, Nielsen is the Realtor® you can trust.

Nielsen opened her business in April of 2018 and works out of the Standish office at 47 Ossipee Trail East; and has a strong background in her field. She grew up in Gorham and now resides in Windham and fully understands the local market conditions. With her love of Maine and her dedication to her clients she says, “I want my clients to know that I go above and beyond the call of duty for each of them. It’s very important to me that all of my clients feel they are my top priority at all times throughout our entire relationship. I grade my success based upon my clients’ satisfaction.”

Anyone who works with Nielsen will not be disappointed. In fact, a former client and first-time homebuyer, Karla Briggs stated that Nielsen was amazing throughout and after the entire purchasing process. “Sarah has always been available to answer my ridiculous, first home buyer questions, Briggs said. “She has been here for the last 8 to 9 months in search of my dream home. The time, effort and care she has put into this is nothing short of astonishing. I really can’t say enough good things about her! She’s there day and night and has helped me through this process more than I ever could have imagined. I am beyond impressed with her customer service skills. Thank you so much Sarah for helping me and my dogs find a place to call home. We are so grateful to you and your guidance through this entire thing. I would highly recommend Sarah to anyone and everyone looking for a Realtor®.”

Nielsen is a Sales Agent and is currently working towards earning her Associate Broker license. Before completing her State Exams for her license she earned her bachelor’s degree in English at USM and graduated with honors. She has a strong background in customer service jobs where she learned the value of always putting the customer first. She has real, hands-on experience representing clients ranging from investors to first time home buyers; as well as assisting buyers with the purchase of homes that were for sale by their owners.

Nielsen strives to continue growing her business and making connections. It is her dream to someday run her own brokerage where she can help other agents launch successful careers in real estate. Although she has only been a Realtor® since last year, she has achieved her goal of representing numerous clients with a variety of different needs. She looks forward to continued success in the years to come.

Sarah Nielsen
Nielsen goes on to say, “I work for a great agency whose tagline is ‘Bringing People Home.’ Bean Group is one of the largest real estate firms in New England with offices in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont. Bean Group agents sell more than $2 billion worth of real estate annually and I’m proud to work for a company with a proven track record of success.”

She tells us that, “As a Realtor®, my goal is to provide superior customer service to all Maine buyers and sellers, I represent. My clients’ satisfaction is of the upmost importance to me. From the beginning of each transaction to the end, I strive to offer support ranging from property research, negotiation, deadline management and beyond. As my clients can attest to, my support does not end at the closing table.”

Let Nielsen bring you home, today. She is available at your convenience, seven days a week. You can her contact by phone at 207-749-3577 or email at You can also contact her on her website at Nielsen is on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Youtube.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Business Spotlight on Orange Circuit Fitness Gayle Plummer

A grand opening is planned just in time for spring for the Windham location at this fitness center - but it is up and running now. Don’t wait until the grand opening to take advantage of the fitness discount offers that expire soon!

Orange Circuit Fitness (OFC) is known as The Body Positive Gym: For Everybody and Every Body Type. The gym is located at 9 Amato Drive, right behind Applebees and the goal for Orange Circuit Fitness is to provide the Windham area with a state-of-the art full fitness facility that offers a level of value and amenities that competitors can’t offer. OCF prides itself on protecting the atmosphere for all members; which means the environment at the facility is designed to provide a comfortable surrounding for all with the best value available.  

Along with other discount offers (listed below) OCF is offering their February Family Month! It is their $1 for 1 Month Sale. Join in February and pay only $1 for the whole month for any of the memberships they offer. There are a variety of amenities and membership programs available and go as low as $19 per month. The Blu Pass is the featured membership for February and offers: Family membership – four memberships for the price of one: Use of all OCF locations, bring a guest anytime, tanning, hydro massage, fit body scanning, Kids Club (child watch), and fitness-on-demand/100s of virtual group exercise classes. The current offer of $149 for one year expires on 1/31/19 so be sure to take advantage soon! Other offers that will expire on 1/31/19 are: White Pass - $1 Down and $19 Per Month and the Blu Pass -$1 Down and $39 Per Month.

OCF is fully staffed and provides the following health/training equipment: cardio machines, strength machines, free weights, stretching rooms, aerobic rooms, Olympic benches, squat racks, turf training and hi tech body fat scanners and lots more. Also available are full lockers, shower rooms along with personal trainers.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
            Friday – 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
            Sat. & Sun. – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Phone: 207/892-2196

Other locations:
* 550 Center Street, Auburn, ME #207/330-3000
* 31 Gurnet Road, Brunswick, ME #207/725-2944