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August 29, 2018

Here are the nominees for Portland Buy Local’s 2018 Indie Biz Awards

Courtesy / Portland Museum of Art
Courtesy / Portland Museum of Art
Portland Museum of Art is one of the Portland businesses or organizations that will be inducted into the Portland Buy Local “Hall of Fame.” The new feature is for organizations and businesses who have won three or more Indie Biz Awards in the past.

About Portland Buy Local

Portland Buy Local is the campaign of the Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance. With over 400 business, nonprofit, and individual members, its mission is to support locally owned, independent businesses in Portland to maintain the community's unique character, provide continuous opportunities for entrepreneurs, build community economic strength, and prevent the displacement of community-based businesses by national and global chains.

Voting is now open for the 2018 Portland Buy Local Indie Biz Awards.

Portlanders had the opportunity to nominate their favorite businesses and can vote for their top choices the campaign sponsored by the Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance. Nominees have been named in the following categories:

Flavor of Portland: This food or beverage-centric business deserves recognition for their excellence in providing delicious and distinctive tastes to remember.

  • Ameera Bread
  • Boda
  • LB Kitchen
  • Oxbow Blending & Bottling
  • Sisters Gourmet Deli

Healthy Portland: This health or wellness-focused business supports the well-being of our community.

  • Coastal Pharmacy
  • Lila East End Yoga
  • Nine Stones Spa
  • Optimal Self
  • Rosemont Wellness

Environmental Hero: This business serves as an inspiration for sustainable business practices, products or services.

  • Bangs Island Mussels
  • Eco Maine
  • Maine Island Trail Association
  • Revision Energy
  • Sunrise Guide

Portland's Best Kept Secret: This hidden independent gem of Portland is too outstanding to be kept quiet for long.

  • Bogusha's Polish Restaurant & Deli
  • Chaplaincy Institute of Maine
  • Hour Exchange
  • My 3 Sisters Italian Cookies
  • One Longfellow Square

Portland Ambassador: Which local business is creating a welcoming environment by providing visitors or new Mainers with exemplary Portland experiences, goods, or services?

  • Adam Burk / Treehouse Institute
  • Creative Portland
  • Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center
  • Portland Public Library
  • Think Tank Coworking

Made in Portland: This Portland based business produces a product made right here in Portland that exemplifies quality craftsmanship, innovation and dedication to our local economy.

  • Holy Donut
  • Portland Mattress Makers
  • Portmanteau
  • Standard Baking
  • Zootility

Business to Business: This business offers unique and/or exemplary services to other businesses in Portland and beyond.

  • Local Economy
  • Opticliff
  • Portland Flea-for-All
  • Systems Engineering
  • Xpress copy

Creative Crusader: A visionary in the Portland Arts scene, this creative business, collective, gallery, museum, venue or artist has made you take note in 2018.

  • Kafari
  • Maine Academy of Modern Music
  • Maine the Way
  • Still Life Studio
  • Tessa O'Brien / Portland Mural Initiative

Best New Business: Fresh on the scene (open less than a year), this up and coming Portland independent business is your new "go to" for their buzzworthy services.

  • Heritage Seaweed
  • Little Woodfords
  • Maine Food for Thought Tours
  • Rose Foods
  • Salon Lavender

Portland Icon: This beloved independent business or non-profit has had such a monumental influence on the city itself, that its hard to even imagine Portland without them. This business embodies the character, originality, spirit, and lifestyle of Portland.

  • Great Lost Bear
  • Greater Portland Landmarks
  • Harbor Fish Market
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
  • Preble Street

Local Love: What did we forget? Nominate a business deserving recognition that may not fit into one of the other categories.

  • Coffee Me Up
  • Étaín
  • Fish & Bone
  • Pistol Pete's Upholstery Shop
  • Silly's

New this year: A "hall of fame"

Voting is open to the public though Sept. 15 and can be done online at www.portlandbuylocal.org

This year's Indie Biz Awards will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Portland House of Music and Events.

A new feature this year is the introduction of a "Hall of Fame" for organizations and businesses who have won three or more Indie Biz Awards in the past. The following businesses will be inducted into the new "Indie Biz Hall of Fame" and as such will not be eligible for other awards: Coffee by Design, Garbage to Garden, Longfellow Books, Micucci, Portland Food Co-op, Portland Maine Farmers' Market, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Trails, Rosemont Market + Bakery, SPACE Gallery.

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