Friday, March 1, 2024

Business Spotlight: Square One Contracting Services

With more than three decades of experience and a solid reputation of quality work, Square One Contracting Services is a general contracting company that performs all types of home remodeling and custom home building.

Square One Contracting Services can help transform home
remodeling projects dreams into reality no matter how
large or small and within budget. Here's a before and
after photo showing a project from studs to completion.
Owned and operated by Jason Lamprey, Square One may be new to the Lakes Region and based in Casco, but they are not inexperienced in construction. Jason started his career working in plastering in the 1990s and over the years has grown to know all aspects of construction and developed the expertise to help his customers realize their project dreams.

“We’re focused on building strong relationships with our customers, building strong relationships within our own teams and performing exceptional work,” Jason said. “All your home improvement projects should start at Square One.”

As a contractor, Jason is responsible for managing all vendors and trades working on Square One projects and serves as the focal communications point between all parties. He coordinates the projects, which involves evaluating project documents or determining the site for renovation projects. He submits fixed price bids and considers the costs of construction materials, equipment, and labor and he applies for permits, providing temporary on-site utilities, ensuring that the property is secure, managing anyone working at the site and is responsible for maintaining accurate records and monitoring cash flows for the project.

His ability to communicate effectively, attention to detail and knowledge of the business are exemplary.

“Our professionalism and organization are the major thing that sets us apart from competitors,” Jason said. “The planning and scheduling stage of a project is one of the most important. Keeping all the subcontractors and homeowners informed and updated on the project status is crucial to a successful project.”

Jason said that Square One Contracting Services pricing is based upon what a customer needs for any given project.

“If the project has a tight budget, then we give the customer options based within their price point,” he said. “If it’s a unique custom finish that they are after, then we can provide those options as well.”

Starting out in the construction business right after finishing high school, Jason said that he found the physical work and the ever-changing atmosphere of construction projects to be enjoyable and it led to eventually owning his own company and then a career in overseeing many different types of construction projects.

“To this day, the physical work and the changing project sites are two of my favorite things about construction,” he said. “The best thing about what I do is that I simply like working with customers. It’s an awesome feeling to see their excitement when the project starts to evolve and to see their faces when the project is finished. I also love the fact that I’m never in the same spot for very long.”

He says the most challenging aspect of his work is scheduling and coordinating all the different subcontractors to complete projects without significant lapses.

“It’s not easy, but I to try stay on top of things and try to mesh everything together,” Jason said. “It’s a juggling act sometimes trying to get all the personalities and skilled trades on board.”

With locations in Maine and Dudley, Massachusetts, Square One remains guided by basic expectations that project customers have come to rely on, Jason said.

“Our customers expect prompt recognition when they call or email us,” he said. “They can expect a return phone call or text that day. We believe in timely communication to keep everybody informed of every step of the process. It’s their money and their home, so we do our utmost to keep them involved so they know what’s going on.”

Square One also uses convenient Houzz Pro software in a single, easy-to-use online platform that provides updated project details to everyone involved.

For further information or to see how Square One Contracting Services can help you realize your goals, call 207-544-3183. Visit them on Facebook at Square One Contracting Services or online at <

Friday, February 23, 2024

Business Spotlight: Gracie Gym Maine

A year has passed since Gracie Gym Maine first opened to the public in Windham and it’s safe to say that the facility has been a tremendous success story in the Lakes Region.

Gracie Gym Maine is celebrating its first
anniversary and offers Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu training for ages 4 and up at its
7,000-square-foot facility in Windham.
Gracie Gym Maine is located at 770 Roosevelt Trail #6 in the Shaw’s Plaza in North Windham and draws students from all over the state. It offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lessons to everyone ages 4 and up and the program’s head coach, Vinicius Garcia, is widely considered one of the most elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the world. Garcia has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since the age of 16 and has competed in many of Brazil’s top events under renowned coach Rodrigo Castro who promoted him to black belt in 2015.

“We have kid’s classes, teen classes, beginner classes and advanced classes, both in Gi and No-Gi,” said Gracie Gym Maine owner Michael Smith. “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a self-defense martial art system and combat sport, focused on grappling and ground fighting. It promotes the concept that smaller and weaker people can successfully defend themselves against bigger, stronger, and heavier attackers.”

Smith said that the one-year anniversary of Grace Gym Maine and its ongoing success is cause for celebration in the community.

“We are thrilled with the families and individuals we have been helping in their personal journey in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and seeing people transform is what it is all about for us,” he said.

According to Smith, transforming lives through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is gratifying and is the reason that he decided to open Gracie Gym Maine in Windham.

“The transformation is really remarkable,” Smith said. “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will change your life. It is a profound mental, physical, and spiritual experience.”

He said that the size of its academy and facility at more than 7,000 square feet and featuring more than 3,000 square feet of mat space makes Gracie Gym Maine an exceptional experience for participants. Other amenities available at Gracie Gym Maine are a weight room and a recovery lounge with an infrared sauna and cold plunge. Additionally, there is plenty of seating and five changing rooms.

Smith said that Gracie Gym Maine provides an outstanding user experience that is second to none in Maine.

“The facility rivals Jiu-Jitsu academies in major metropolitan areas in size, amenities and instruction level but has been able to keep pricing below industry standard,” he said.

Originating in Brazil in the early 20th century, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focuses on using leverage and submission holds to defeat opponents, making it an effective form of self-defense for people of all sizes and abilities. It is an effective form of self-defense because it teaches practitioners how to stay calm and composed in high-pressure situations.

Along with teaching physical techniques, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also emphasizes the development of mental toughness and a strong, positive mindset. Its practitioners learn to be confident and mentally prepared for any situation, and its intense, full-body workout will help participants get in great shape and improve their overall physical fitness.

All Gracie Gym Maine professors are certified Black Belts through the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.

Thanks to its popularity, Gracie Gym Maine is currently expanding its onsite clothing store connecting with Skilled Violence, a lifestyle apparel brand, and has also created a dedicated area for kids and their parents to watch television while their siblings or loved ones are training.

Since Grace Gym Maine opened, another significant event has taken place.

“Our head instructor, Vinicius Garcia, and academy administrator Nayara Morais Cunha, had a baby, Miguel,” Smith said. “Vinicius and Nayara have been absolutely incredible with their dedication, as well as the half-dozen coaches that have helped out. And I’d like to give a special thanks to Amy, who ran our front desk while Nayara was away for maternity leave.”

In October, Gracie Gym Maine took fourth place at the Jiu-Jitsu New England Championships in Worcester, Massachusetts among 120 other academies, displaying immense dedication, skill, and discipline resulting in 12 gold medals earned at the event, which was sponsored by the Jiu-Jitsu World League. In December, some Gracie Gym Maine participants were honored for their hard work during a special belt promotion ceremony.

“At Gracie Gym Maine, everybody is important,” Smith said. “We’re here to help everyone experience a transformation, but it’s not easy. It’s hard and the mat is a great equalizer. We offer a personal, professional, and spiritual challenge from the very finest instructors.”

For more information about Gracie Gym Maine, call 207-383-2228 or visit Find them on Instagram under graciegymmaine <

Friday, February 16, 2024

Business Spotlight: Peak Electric

No job is too large or small for Peak Electric of Windham.

Rich Brown, owner of
Peak Electric, is 
experienced to tackle
all your residential
electric needs and
brings both
affordability and
quality to every job.
Owned and operated by Rich Brown and his wife, Mikala, Peak Electric offers several types of electrical services, including a comprehensive range of services include electrical panel replacements, service upgrades, new construction installations, remodeling, and troubleshooting. He is equipped to repair underground and overhead wiring, work on breaker boxes, switches, outlets, dimmers, and a variety of other projects for homes.

The company’s versatility is evident as Peak Electric can do everything from the installation of ceiling fans to washer/dryer hookups to installing dishwashers to testing electrical systems for safety and replacing components that are worn or outdated.

“I got started in business strictly based off an idea,” Brown said. “Since a kid it has been a dream to be an entrepreneur, I never knew what type of business I wanted to own. I discovered in my mid-20s that I really enjoyed electrical work and that's when the idea became reality. I immediately started my journey to become a business owner.”

Along the way, Brown served in the U.S. Navy and gained invaluable experience performing electrical work for several other companies before launching his own business on Jan. 1.

“The most significant aspect of Peak Electric is our unwavering commitment to community service,” Brown said. “Beyond providing excellent electrical services, we take pride in actively contributing to the well-being of our community. This dedication, coupled with our focus on customer satisfaction, sets us apart. It's not just about completing projects; it's about making a positive impact on the community we serve.”

According to Brown, the goal of Peak Electric is simple.

“We want to make people’s houses feel more like a home,” he said. “To me, that’s very important. We take pride in offering competitive pricing for our services. We understand the importance of affordability for our customers while maintaining the highest standard of quality. Our commitment is to provide transparent and fair pricing, ensuring that our community receives exceptional value for their investment in our electrical services.”

Exceeding customer expectations, using quality parts and delivering a quality service is part of what separates Peak Electric from competitors.

“We respond promptly to all calls,” Brown said. “We show up on time and when we say we will. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the quality of services we provide. We prioritize precision, safety, and customer satisfaction in every project.”

Peak specializes in smart home integration.

“There are plenty of smart home services that could be more cost-effective, enhancing convenience and energy efficiency,” Brown said. “Under energy efficient lighting solutions, switching to LEDs is a must, it not only reduces energy consumption but also offers long term cost savings due to their extended lifespan. The benefits to upgrading electrical panels for increased capacity ensure they meet modern energy demands and preventing potential hazards.”

The customer feedback for Peak Electric has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Peak is outstanding. very attentive to your needs and helpful with great suggestions in how to make it exactly what you want and even better. Very respectful and non-intrusive when working with you. Fast responses and very thorough work. I highly recommend him for any and all your needs. Very pleasant staff and a real pleasure to do business with.” Bob Carlista

“Peak Electric did a superb job. I contracted this company to ensure my generator outlet and panel were working properly. Not only did Peak show up on time, but they were also really accommodating to my time. Upon arrival, Rich quickly realized and acknowledged the cables were not properly installed to the panel. He went above and beyond to set up my generator, and even added the oil and gas to get my generator ready to go. Rich tested the generator and the panel, ran my house on generator power for a while, tested the generator battery and more. Peak is definitely an honor-based company and I highly recommend it.” Joe Feliciano

“Peak Electric did an awesome job installing our new hot tub. The service was quick and very clean. Rich is very knowledgeable, professional, and efficient. I would recommend them to anyone looking for any electrical service. He knows his stuff!” Julihana Militao Contois

For more details about Peak Electric, or to make an appointment, call 207-332-0075 or send an email to Find them on Facebook and on Instagram at @peakelectricme. <

Friday, February 9, 2024

Business Spotlight: Maine Community Solar

It may sound like a concept directly from the future, but community solar farms are generating power and sharing it for residences and businesses alike and reducing electric bills in the process. Based in Portland, Maine Community Solar educates consumers about the benefits of community solar programs and helps them enroll in one that’s right for them. Locally owned and operated, Maine Community Solar envisions a sustainable future by making the state a leader in sustainability and renewable energy.

Maine Community Solar employees are active in the 
community, such as recently volunteering to serve a meal
at a Preble street homeless shelter in Portland. The company
educates consumers about the benefits of community solar
programs and helps them enroll in one that's right for them.
A solar farm is a collection of photovoltaic solar panels that absorb energy from the sun, convert it into electricity and send that electricity to the power grid for distribution and consumption by customers like you. Community solar farms are mounted to the ground instead of rooftop panels and come in all shapes and sizes.

“Maine created a free community solar program for residents to promote locally produced renewable energy and to offset the costs of this transition and other electricity cost increases for Mainers,” said Tony Napolitano, the owner and founder of Maine Community Solar. “Most people don't know this program exists to benefit them, are misinformed, or don't understand how it works. We are here to educate people and help them participate.”

According to Napolitano, services provided by Maine Community Solar are free.

“What we do is help customers understand Maine's community solar program and join a local solar farm so they can support local renewable energy and save on their electricity bill,” he said.

The company serves the entire state of Maine and all customers that pay an electric bill with CMP or Versant.

Napolitano said the best aspect of his work with Maine Community Solar is having an opportunity to assist everyday people understand renewable energy while helping protect the planet in the process.

He has worked in green building and renewable energy for 20-plus years. He grew up in Maine and attended Portland High School. He launched his own marketing company, Roundhouse Media, in 2010 and founded Maine Community Solar on Jan. 1, 2021.

“When I learned about community solar and the fact that anyone could benefit from renewable energy with no upfront costs, long-term commitment or other barriers to entry, I thought it was a game changer,” Napolitano said. “I signed up for a local solar farm right away and made it my mission to spread the word as far and wide as possible.”

Significant savings for Maine consumers is the foundation of Maine Community Solar’s success.

“A Mainer that pays an average electric utility bill can save more than $22 per month or $250 per year on their electricity costs, or about 15 percent,” Napolitano said. “Many people can save more. We've helped hundreds of Maine businesses and thousands of Mainers join a local solar farm. Customers we helped in 2023 will account for more than 80,000,000 kwh of locally-produced, renewable energy powering Maine homes and businesses. We focus on doing the right thing and the right way. If you put customers first, the success takes care of itself.”

Well respected for taking an educational, community-based approach to advocating for renewable energy and its benefits, reviews posted online for Maine Community Solar are exceptional.

“I don’t usually write reviews, but: Maine Community Solar! Everyone should be doing this. I had been meaning to make the change to solar energy for a while but kept pushing it off. A gal named Sydney followed up with me a few times and I’m so glad she did. The signup is super easy (you use your log in information with your existing electricity supplier, which couldn’t be simpler!). I’m not super tech savvy, but Sydney walked me through every step to make sure we got it right. You save money, support the growth of local solar farms, and basically don’t have to do a thing in the process. Do it!” – Emily Smith

“Great experience signing up with Maine Community Solar. Very professional, helpful, and responsive. The agent was personable and really aided me through the process. Excited to save 15 percent on my CMP bill.” – Bill Nalls

“I tried to sign up for solar electricity and kept hitting roadblocks. Maine Community Solar made it easy.” – Susan Hall

To arrange a meeting with one of Maine Community Solar’s Education Specialists to learn more about what they can do for you and how they can help you start saving through community solar, call 207-888-3670 or visit them online at You can also find them on Facebook at Sign up now and receive a $50 gift card as a thank you for helping to create a sustainable Maine. <

Friday, February 2, 2024

Business Spotlight: Sebago Fiber

For many living in rural communities around Sebago Lake, internet service is spotty at best. But Sebago Fiber, a local, family-owned company, is striving to change that by providing reliable, fast fiber internet service to homes and businesses in the region.

Andrew Davis is passionate about
providing reliable, fast fiber internet
service to homes and businesses
in the Sebago Lakes Region and 
owns Sebago Fiber serving towns 
and communities in the area.
Offering vital internet services to those that are currently unserved or underserved, Sebago Fiber takes a different approach by working directly with local towns and building its service in phases in areas where there is the most demand. Larger telecommunications companies don’t have a financial incentive to do that because the cost of updating the infrastructure is too high in rural towns with small populations and potential profits for them are too low.

“Being able to bring something as necessary as reliable internet service to people as a small local business is vitally important,” said Brandie Shydo, Sebago Fiber’s Director of Marketing and Community Engagement. “We offer excellent customer service and make it simple for customers by offering support services by email and comprehensive online account access. We don't require customers to wait on the phone for hours or visit an office to get help if they need it.”

Shydo said Sebago Fiber’s internet services are more reliable than cable or DSL and the company proactively monitors its systems as well as its customers' services so they can respond quickly if there is an issue. Its technicians and support staff all live and work locally.

Because the company is small, it’s able to provide simple transparent pricing, making cutting the cord from big cable easy and offering freedom of choice for television and phone services. Alternative services often come at a lower cost while still providing desired functionality such as DVR services.

Company owner Andrew Davis said that Sebago Fiber’s mission is to provide fast, reliable internet to its neighbors.

“Our pricing is generally competitive with other services,” he said. “We do not offer ‘introductory’ or promotional pricing that will sharply increase in 12 to 24 months “Our pricing is transparent and published online, so it's easy to understand what you're getting and how much you'll pay.”

When Davis began spending summers on Frye Island, he came to realize that working from home there would be virtually impossible because of the lack of quality internet service. He investigated working with the existing service providers to improve service, but they were uninterested. Having a technical and software background, Davis decided to start Sebago Fiber. The company was able to build out services that cover 100 percent of Frye Island in just two years with 94 percent coverage in one year, beating its initial goal of 60 percent in three years.

“We build our systems for reliability. Light traveling over fiber does not have the limits of copper telephone or cable networks,” Davis said. “Fiber is not susceptible to every power fluctuation in a storm causing power surges down the lines and frying the cable modem. We build our systems with reliable backup battery and generator power. Two thirds of internet customers on Frye Island have switched to Sebago Fiber from their previous provider. Our customers' only complaint is that they can no longer blame a bad internet connection for not being able to work remotely in Maine.”

Sebago Fiber serves Frye Island and is expanding to the towns surrounding Sebago Lake including Sebago, Naples, Standish, Raymond, Casco, and Windham in the White’s Bridge Road area and north of there.

Davis said Sebago Fiber is currently conducting a survey to gauge interest about where to expand next.

“If you want reliable fiber internet, please complete our online survey at so our company and your town know the area with the most interest,” he said. “Where we build next is based upon community response. We’ll go where the interest is. If you want a better alternative service, go take the survey.”

The company has been in business since 2021 and its leadership team is four people covering engineering, support, billing, and customer service. It also has four field service technicians. Shydo said openings are available for full and part time positions for additional field technicians and support staff to be hired in the local Sebago Lake region.

For more information about Sebago Fiber, visit, send an email to, or call 207-544-6811 or find them on Facebook under SebagoFiberWiFi. <

Friday, January 26, 2024

Business Spotlight: Your Desk

As working remotely has gained in popularity and office space rent for small businesses continues to skyrocket, a unique business idea called coworking has emerged and now that concept is available in Windham at Your Desk.

Your Desk, located in the Windham Crossing complex at
744 Roosevelt Trail #206, offers affordable, manageable
workspaces that can be rented on a daily, weekly or
monthly basis. COURTESY PHOTO 
Located in the Windham Crossing complex at 744 Roosevelt Trail #206, Your Desk offers reasonably priced, manageable workspaces that can be rented on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. It serves customers from anywhere, from local people looking for a place to connect with other professionals to work, read, or have a meeting, to visitors who need a temporary place to work remotely while on vacation.

This space houses four private offices, a conference room, seven semi-private desks, and a large room with 18 diverse work areas, including adjustable desks, worktables, upholstered seating, and a high-top bar table. A phone booth and a restroom are available within the space. Access to Your Desk is provided through a reservation system, either online, or through an app and then scanned at the front door for entry. Wi-Fi, coffee, and tea are provided to customers at no charge as part of the service and high-speed internet and limited printing services are also available for guests.

“This is a great option for someone who needs a workspace,” said Your Desk co-owners John Krouse and Chris St. Pierre. “There is such a high demand for this type of service, and we are the only business of this type providing this service locally. We’re calling it a community because it’s so much more than just a space to work.”

St. Pierre and Krouse say they got started in the coworking community business out of necessity.

“We were looking for an office space to house our real estate business, Next Key Real Estate brokered by eXp Realty, and was not able to find a reasonably sized or priced office space,” St. Pierre said. “The coworking spaces in the greater Portland area were all full and had a waiting list. We saw an office condo for sale that was in desperate need of an update, coupled with a vision on how to convert the space to a coworking business.”

According to Krouse, Your Desk’s plan is to create a coworking community in Windham with the goal of not only providing a professional space for its customers, but also be a resource with the hosting of informational events throughout the year with use of its conference and general space rooms.

“Perhaps your own at-home work environment has changed, or working from home is not an option, or you are a business owner just starting out, or you are working from home and the power goes out, or a seasoned business owner who needs a spot for employees to work as they grow,” he said. “This is the perfect spot with short- and long-term options. The conference room is available for meetings or seminars and can be rented hourly.”

Your Desk is highly affordable, with daily access for its general room and monthly membership starting at around $9.50 a day.

“There are many pricing options as we’re flexible to everyone’s needs,” Krouse and St. Pierre said.

More than simply providing a space to work, Your Desk also offers opportunities for networking by drawing together professionals from diverse fields and possibilities for collaboration and motivational support. It offers a professional atmosphere instead of remote isolation and can lead to improved productivity, and is cost effective, as renting an office space independently can be pricey.

“Your Desk is an independent business with reasonable rates and several amenities. This will be an asset to the local community to assist customers with their work needs,” Krouse said. “If you need a change of scenery to be more productive in a work environment, your traveling, powers is out at your home office, your business is growing out of its current spot, or you need a place without distractions, this is the perfect location to help take that next step to being more successful.”

Grand Opening Days for Your Desk are planned for Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 with tours available and refreshments, prizes and giveaways offered.

Your Desk is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

To learn more about Your Desk, call 207-613-2331 or visit Find them on Facebook under YourDeskMaine or send an email to <

Friday, January 19, 2024

Business Spotlight: Pure Clean Co.

When you hire a cleaning service, you expect value, quality, and attention to detail, and Pure Clean Co. of Windham offers all of those and more to its loyal and devoted customers.

Cory Beaulieu is the owner of Pure Clean Co. 
which is based in Windham and offers
exceptional residential, commercial and
Airbnb cleanings. COURTESY PHOTO 
Pure Clean provides exceptional residential, commercial and Airbnb cleanings. Popular services include weekly, biweekly, or monthly cleanings, move-in and move-out cleans, and one-time cleanings. Additional services include strip and waxing or buffing of VCT tile floors and small-job carpet cleaning services. They also specialize in deep cleanings that focus on removing built up dust, germs, and bacteria from the hardest locations to reach.

Now under the sole ownership of Cory Beaulieu, Pure Clean features strong reliable staff members who provide amazing attention to detail and sincerely care about the quality of their work.

“We travel from Bridgton to Yarmouth and go as far as Portland and South Portland,” Beaulieu said. “We truly care about our clients and keeping their homes perfect.”

According to Beaulieu, Pure Clean Company’s pricing is always fair, transparent and very competitive.

“Because we don't do the minimum, we are always doing more than the average company and what they offer for the same prices or more,” he said. “We recently had a slight price increase, but our goal is to continue delivering the highest standard of cleaning services while ensuring fair compensation for our dedicated cleaning professionals.”

The company has been in business since 2019 and has 12 dedicated staff members who are grateful for the continued trust shown by the public and support for their cleaning services.

“We are fully insured and trustworthy and have many five-star reviews,” Beaulieu said. “Because we pay strict attention to the little things and go above and beyond to exceed customer expectations, we have a stellar reputation among our customers.”

Through careful and meticulous attention to detail, Pure Clean specialists delve into the nooks and crannies of homes, including the baseboards, ceiling fan blades, light fixtures, surfaces and even the insides of ovens, microwaves and dishwashers in kitchens and strive to make bathrooms a priority, including the removal of troublesome water stains and leaving tubs, tile and grout behind that shine and sparkle like they are brand new.

Beaulieu said that estimates are always free and convenient bookings are readily available for Pure Clean Co.

“Part of our continued success is that we have great communication with our customers and are very flexible to work around their schedules,” he said.

Reviews of Pure Clean Company posted online are extraordinary.

“Today was my first Pure Clean experience and it won’t be the last. They cleaned our home meticulously and thoroughly. I am so pleased with the work their team does!” – Kate Ryan

“We used Pure Clean for a regular clean and they did a deeper clean where it was needed (bathrooms) and left the place looking spotless. They were extremely responsive from start to finish and handled the logistics beautifully.” – Karen Dahl

“These guys are fantastic. When I got home, I thought the house looked really great. Then I opened up the microwave, and almost had a heart attack... because it had never looked that good. And just now I opened up the oven... they even did the oven!!! WOW. I can't wait for them to come back.” – Sally Wood

“We scheduled Pure Clean for a deep clean at a family cottage, and we were so impressed! The staff arrived with a plan and worked together efficiently to clean all the corners and to put a shine on the place. They asked appropriate questions and, more than once, told me they wanted to make us happy and clean it well for us. They certainly did!! I highly recommend this group and will have them back in the future.” – Nancy Crowley Doolittle

“Would highly recommended Pure Clean's cleaning services! They did an awesome job! Definitely will use them again!” – Vanessa Johnston

For more info. about Pure Clean Co. services or to schedule a walk-through and an estimate, call 207-310-7294 or send an email to To see pictures of their immaculate work visit them at <

Friday, January 12, 2024

Business Spotlight: APLUS Service

There are many benefits to keeping your vehicle properly cared for and it’s no secret that regular maintenance can extend the life of your car, truck, or SUV and reduce the risk of accidents and breakdowns. This is the goal of APLUS Service, which strives to provide exceptional customer service, competitive pricing, expertise, and quality products.

APLUS Service Center at 299 Roosevelt
Trail in Casco offers an array of 
mechanical services and a complete line
of tires for just about any vehicle.
APLUS is prepared to handle and resolve any type of mechanical problem from its location at 299 Roosevelt Trail in Casco and its ASE-certified technicians work on all types of automobiles and trucks. The business is owned by Andrew Coppersmith and Andy Lane, who also own and operate APLUS Truck Sales and APLUS AutoBody in Windham.

“We do just about everything here,” said Josh McDermott of APLUS Service. “Our customers come to us from throughout Maine, and we do our utmost to ensure their complete satisfaction. We specialize in having the same equipment found at the franchise dealer for those hard to fix jobs as well as a full line of oem parts for your late model diesel Ford, GM and Dodge trucks.”

He said that APLUS Service believes 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.

Mechanical services available at APLUS Service include oil changes, wheel alignments, engine repairs, belt and hose adjustments, cooling system flushes, suspension work, battery and electrical, complete diagnostics, tune-ups, brakes, exhaust, shocks and struts, steering, transmissions, air conditioning, emission leak testing, lift kits, vehicle customizing, preventative maintenance, and much more.

APLUS Service also offers a complete line of tires and tire maintenance services. It is a Maine State Inspection License station and offers a comprehensive and vast selection of wheels.

As a NAPA Auto Care center, customers can be assured that APLUS Service technicians use quality NAPA auto parts.

“We maintain the highest standards to see that our customers receive the best possible work at the best possible price,” McDermott said. “We are also fully transparent and provide open communication with customers about the vehicles we work on.”

The business relocated to Casco from its former location at APLUS Truck Sales on Storm Drive in Windham a year ago when an increasing number of customers taking advantage of their services left them out of space. Now in a larger and clean new facility, APLUS Service can accommodate customers quickly and efficiently with a staff of 15 employees.

“Put simply, we’re out there to take care of our customers,” McDermott said. “Our business takes quality and customer service very seriously.”

He said as a NAPA Auto Care center, APLUS Service follows a strict Code of Ethics so customers will know up front what to expect and as part of this code, the business is committed to perform high-quality diagnostic and repair services at a fair price, using quality NAPA parts; employing ASE-certified technicians in all areas of work performed; being dedicated to customer satisfaction; exercising reasonable care for the customer's property while it is in the shop's possession; providing a system for fair settlement of customer complaints, should they occur; and maintaining the highest standards of the automotive service profession.

Feedback on social media has been outstanding.

“Solid guys! Great company, they care a lot about quality and take great care of their customers.” Nate Tilley

“Recently brought my Ram 3500 to have service done by APLUS and I couldn’t be happier with the quality of service I received. These guys went above and beyond to address the concerns I had. You cannot ask for better.” Brian Brennan

“Friendly service, knowledgeable techs, and a superb reconditioning department. The team here gets it and puts the customer first.” Chet Tetreault

“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!” David Vachon

APLUS Service is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 207-572-4444 or text 207-550-1559. <

Friday, January 5, 2024

Business Spotlight: Junction Bowl and Sidecar Pub

For those in search of fun, great food, and a memorable time, the Junction Bowl and the Sidecar Pub should be your new go-to destinations.

Both Junction Bowl and the Sidecar Pub are located in
Station Square in the heart of Gorham Village at 7 Railroad
Avenue and are becoming go-to destinations for fun,
great food and entertainment for all ages.
Located at Station Square in the heart of Gorham Village at 7 Railroad Avenue, both Junction Bowl and Sidecar Pub are owned by Ben Smith and offer an experience not to be missed.

Junction Bowl opened in 2019 and is an entertainment hub featuring a dozen 10-pin bowling lanes, an arcade designed for players of all ages, a large spacious indoor dining room, a cozy outdoor dining area highlighted by live music during the summer and fall months, and a full bar featuring a vast selection of delicious American pub-style food and drink.

Sidecar Pub opened in 2021 and can be found on the top floor of Station Square. Guests can listen to live music every Wednesday through Saturday night, enjoy awesome food and drink specials, or join in on open mic night every Tuesday. Weekly events include specialty wine and whiskey tastings along with a full pub food menu.

Best of all, visitors to the Sidecar Pub will experience its wraparound outdoor deck showcasing a 360-degree scenic view of Gorham and the surrounding area.

There are more than a dozen wine choices available at Sidecar Pub and ever-changing whiskey specials to go with an extensive bourbon selection.

The menu includes more than eight appetizers, salads, burgers, pizza, steak bombs and sandwiches. Main entrees available are fish and chips, a vegetarian farro bowl, macaroni and cheese and Shepherd’s Pie.

The Sidecar Pub is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 until 10 pm and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. Group reservations and private parties are always welcome.

“Whether it’s a birthday party, office function or any other type of special event, we’ll do our best to accommodate your desired date and any requests you may have to make your party or celebration memorable,” Smith said.

Junction Bowl is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and features casual indoor dining, outdoor dining by season, a full bar, bowling and arcade and take-out meals are always available.

Each lane at Junction Bowl comes with booth seating, along with full beverage and food service and a personal score keeping tablet containing a variety of games to enhance your bowling experience.

“We have dinosaur ramps for the younger rollers and bumpers can be activated for individual bowlers,” Smith said. “We love to bowl just as much as you and that’s why we do everything that we can to help quench your thirst and hunger while you have fun.”

Other than for kids’ birthday parties, open to any size group, and other large groups and parties of more than 10 people, open bowling is available at Junction Bowl every day on a first come, first serve basis. The menu is diverse and includes pizza, sandwiches, salads, and an array of other tasty items.

Online reviews for both Junction Bowl and Sidecar Pub are exceptional.

“We have been twice. Once for lunch which was great! The second time was for a birthday party. We bowled and ate and brought our own cake and the service was great. and we had so much fun!” Nancy Nielsen-Armstrong

“Had Margarita flight and tacos. Was delicious and the service was fantastic too. Highly recommend this place.” Joyce Allen

“Atmosphere, Service, Entertainment and Fantastic Food!! Definitely the place to be!!” Sandra Quick-Macleod

“Sidecar is a beautiful spot for a glass of wine! Staff are warm and friendly and great at what they do.” Maureen Harriman

For more information about Sidecar Pub, call 207-329-6401 or visit Find them on Facebook at Sidecar Wine, Whiskey and Tapas Bar.

For more details about Junction Bowl, call 207-222-7600 or visit Find them on Facebook at Junction Bowl. <