The jury has come back and “Shop Local” is GUILTY. Guilty of bringing great-paying jobs to Lewiston-Auburn … guilty of supporting exciting new businesses and older ones that are the lifeblood of local economic vitality … guilty of enhancing our local community in ways that are profound and which sustain and uplift us as we battle out of the pandemic-rocked economy.
When you Google “Maine entrepreneurs” you are likely to see results like “people with gumption, people with dreams.” In the past few months, the following 5 new businesses have opened in the Lewiston-Auburn area. Let’s jump into “Shop Local” mode and support them!
Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat, a caffeine kick, or a cheerful face, the Holy Donut in Auburn has you covered. This isn’t just a heavenly donut shop, it’s an IDEA: one that’s all about being welcoming, inclusive, thoughtful, kind, and positive to customers and employees alike. 848 Minot Avenue, Auburn.
Consumer Reports is no pushover, so it’s pretty impressive that they’ve ranked Subaru above Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and many other superior manufacturers in performance, comfort, and reliability. Meanwhile, the new Evergreen Subaru is proving itself a great corporate citizen, too, already having won a 2021 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award for its efforts assisting the environment, the community, local health, education, and pets. 49 Subaru Drive, Auburn
The brainchild of a remarkable 13-year-old girl—Kayden Boilard—Kaydenz Resale Closet is the new consignment store in Lewiston whose profits are 100 percent donated to Kaydenz Kitchen Food Pantry. With Androscoggin County citizens battling food insecurity during the pandemic, young Kayden’s work is a true blessing to the community. 155 Lisbon Street, Lewiston
Led by Dr. Ben Lawlor, the Maine Dentistry Auburn team works tirelessly to provide you with the smile you deserve. Both of Dr. Lawlor’s parents are from Auburn, and the good doctor says he wants patients to feel Auburn’s at-home vibe as they experience his vision to “do dentistry differently and to bring positive change to the community,” which includes donating time and resources to Good Shepherd Food Bank. 34 Center Street, Auburn
This team of highly trained and experienced physical therapists helps people recover from all manner of injuries, both sudden/unexpected and long-term. Back in Motion staff member Polly Legere says three of their most critical missions are to “help people manage pain, improve range of motion, and improve quality of life.” 600 Turner Street, Suite 2, Auburn
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