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Travel writer weighs in on Portland vs. Portland

Portland vs. Portland: SmarterTravel tries to compare the two oft-confused locations known for their craft breweries and cultural similarities.

Luke's Lobster takes on Miami

Homegrown chain Luke's Lobster has hit the southern end of the East Coast by expanding with its first Miami location.

Presque Isle downtown sees rejuvenation

Downtown Presque Isle is getting its game back after a decline linked partly to younger people leaving.

New Lewiston shop wraps around burrito trend

Ben's Burrito plans to open Dec. 19 with a local, 'pay it forward' option so customers can buy surprise others by buying burritos for them, on the sly.

Rockland beer brewer to pump up production

Beer maker Rock Harbor Brewing aims to almost quadruple to 15-barrel system to meet demand, move to former Mathews Brothers windows facility.

Portland Buy Local hires first executive director

Portland Buy Local, which was started a decade ago to represent independent businesses, has selected Jenn Thompson as its first executive director.

Stein of the times: Geary sales slip in brew boom

The growth of the craft beer market has caused a slide in production and sales for D.L. Geary Brewing Co., Portland’s first craft brewer.

Sunday River's Rockin' and Roastin' era has come to an end

Aero-Vederci to Joey Kramer's Rockin' and Roastin' Cafe and Restaurant that opened at Sunday River in December 2015: the Aerosmith drummer's café will not reopen next season after closing in April.

Americans can give thanks to food price deflation this holiday

Many Americans have another thing to be thankful for this upcoming Thanksgiving, as an extended stretch of nationwide food price deflation will have consumers paying less for their holiday meals than...

What's a blue law and why does it stop me from getting my egg nog?

If you're in a last-minute pinch to get that can of cranberry sauce or stuffing for your turkey on Thanksgiving Day, you're likely going to be out of luck thanks to Maine's blue law.