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Portland's Congress Square redesign project nets over 100 bids

The city of Portland received more than 100 submissions for its Congress Square redesign project, with some public art proposals coming from as far away as the United Kingdom. The goal of the project...

British clothier scales new heights, opening first U.S. store in Portland

Lori Valigra |

British clothier Fat Face, named after the famous Le Face ski run in the French Alps, plans to open its first U.S. location at 34 Exchange St. in Portland on Feb. 20. A second store will open in...

Director looks at 'Moneyball' as inspiration for PMA's future

James McCarthy |

Mark Bessire, director of the Portland Museum of Art, readily acknowledges it's a fair question to ask why the museum is engaged in a multi-year effort to reimagine itself when its...

Immigrants key 'to what Maine needs to solve its demographic challenges'

Lori Valigra |

The drive west along Forest Avenue from Woodford's Corner to Deering Junction takes you through some of Portland's most trafficked streets and intersections. It also takes you down blocks...

Hoteliers brace for impact of Airbnb

Lori Valigra |

There's a bit more pessimism in the air nationally about lodging this year as Airbnb's growth is exploding.

Kepware to be bought by Massachusetts firm for $100M

PTC (NASDAQ: PTC), an Internet of Things technology company based in Needham, Mass., announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kepware, a Portland-based software development...

Arundel Barn Playhouse to be sold to area developers for live music venue

Kennebunkport hotel and restaurant developers have reached an agreement to buy the Arundel Barn Playhouse and convert it into a live music venue.

Maine Arts Commission hopes to establish fundraising arm

The Maine Arts Commission is calling for an increase to the amount of money the state spends on the arts.

Portland documentary school, MECA continue partnership talks

Discussions about creating a partnership between the Maine College of Art and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, which announced in June it would close this fall, have progressed.

Waterville Main Street leader is giving hope to Maine downtowns

Jennifer Van Allen |

As executive director of Waterville Main Street, Jennifer Olsen is the first one to acknowledge the city's challenges.

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