People and Business: Aug. 25

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Lighthouse art on view
at Ocean Gateway

PORTLAND — The Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Portland have collaborated to display artwork depicting Maine lighthouses at the Ocean Gateway Visitor Information Center in Portland.

Graphic artist Alan Claude created 13 large posters of Maine lighthouses to commemorate National Lighthouse Day.

The Maine Lighthouse Collection Series will be on display until November. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Portland painter chosen
for Monhegan program

PORTLAND — Christopher Keister, a painter from Portland, was selected from a pool of 35 applicants for the 2010 Monhegan Island artist-in-residence by the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation.

Keister’s work has previously been featured in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art juried biennial, 2004 and 2008, and the Portland Museum of Art biennial, 2003 and 2007.

The MARC program chooses an emerging Maine artist each summer and provides lodging and a stipend for a five-week residency on Monhegan Island.

To mark its 20th anniversary, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation is hosting “MARC @ 20,” an exhibition of work by 35 previous artists-in-residence  at the Monhegan schoolhouse from Aug. 21 to Aug. 27.

A portion of sales from the show will benefit the residency program. For information, please visit

New Ventures

Christopher Kinkade of Harpswell has recently launched a new, all-natural soda company called Green Bee Soda in Brunswick. The company unveiled its signature soda flavor, Lemon Sting, made from Maine wildflower honey, lemon juice and rosemary. Green Bee Soda is handcrafted and bottled by Belle Fete, LLC in Brunswick, and can be found at local natural food stores. For more information, visit

The Makeup Shop
recently held a grand opening for their second store, located at 15 Main St. in Freeport. The new store will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. Alise Snyder, owner of The Makeup Shop, has  20 years of experience in the beauty industry as a professional makeup artist and licensed cosmetologist. The Makeup Shop’s flagship store is located at 209 Western Ave. in South Portland.

Nutrition and fitness consultant Mike Foley of Foley’s Fitness has recently relocated to World Gym at 265 Marginal Way in Portland. Foley, a 22-year veteran in the nutrition field, holds a master’s degree in nutrition counseling, a bachelor’s degree in fitness and nutrition and is a Certified Dietary Technician. He is the also the co-author of “Eat to be Fit,” with Pat Walsh.

Vicki Cambridge of Cape Elizabeth has opened Cambridge Coffee Bar and Bakehouse at 740 Broadway, west of the Casco Bay Bridge in South Portland. The coffee bar is located in the plaza near J.P. Thornton’s, and offers a drive-thru window and indoor seating on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Alex Brown and Barbara DiBiase have opened NextCentury Energy Consultants. The Cumberland-based firm advises municipalities and businesses on energy management strategies and sustainable business practices. Services include funding opportunity reports, renewable energy site evaluations, building performance evaluations, energy project management and policy advice. For information, visit

Home Remedies
, a high-end fabric store in Portland, has opened its doors in the Portland Star Match Building on West Commercial Street in downtown Portland. The store, owned by Rachel Ambrose, offers products ranging from home decor fabrics and wallpaper, to furniture and local artwork. Home Remedies is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and can be found online at

Bangor Savings Bank has opened two new branches in Portland. The downtown branch is located at 280 Fore St., and the off-peninsula branch opened at 883 Forest Ave.

AU, Inc., a local maker of fabric totes and bags, has moved its offices and opened a second retail store at 65 West Commercial St., Portland. The Portland retail store be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Baker Newman Noyes is a new partner in the Accounting Doctoral Scholars program administered through the AICPA Foundation. The program provides financial and other support to individuals committed to teaching and researching in areas of auditing and tax.

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The Brunswick Lodge of Elks presented a $500 Gratitude Grant to the Brunswick Teen Center. The grant is the result of the Brunswick Lodge meeting its national foundation requirements; it received the funds to present to a local community program. Pictured here is Exalted Ruler Michael Murphy of Brunswick Lodge of Elks 2043, on right, as he presents the check to Teen Center Director Jordan Cardone.