With the pandemic’s big hit to Maine’s economy—and unemployment claims rising—it’s never been more crucial that we step up, stand together, and “shop small” to support small businesses in Lewiston-Auburn.

The simple fact is that the pandemic has been much more devastating to local small businesses than to “big box” companies such as Walmart and Amazon. While the “big box” retailers’ profits have surged during the pandemic, Maine’s small businesses continue to struggle mightily. In a sobering poll just released by the National Restaurant Association, a full 40 percent of restaurant owners think it’s unlikely they will be in business in six months if things don’t change.

How You Can Help

When the pandemic first struck, nearly every small business in Maine had to get super-creative to continue serving its customers, while simultaneously abiding by new health protocols. This was a heroic effort—and we should reward it. Buying (local) gift cards, using home delivery, ordering from local restaurants rather than from national chains, offering local businesses shout-outs on social media – all of these things will go a long way toward keeping our local economy as strong as possible this winter.

5 Small Businesses Worthy of Your Support

While we urge you to “shop small” and support as many small businesses in Lewiston-Auburn as possible, here are 5 favorites we especially recommend:

Sonder and Dram

Tipping its hat to the past while looking to the future, this favorite neighborhood bar dishes up elevated New American cuisine, inventive cocktails, local beer, and everything else you need in a memorable bar experience.

Fish Bones Grill

Located in an historic, canal-side mill building in the heart of Lewiston, Fish Bones Grill serves up the very best of comfort foods inspired by Maine culinary culture. Enjoy fresh fish, choice cuts, smoked meats, specialty drinks, local brews, and more.

Break Coffee Shop

A recent arrival to the Lewiston-Auburn scene, Break is your morning destination for a wide range of coffees, cappuccino, espresso, teas, doughnuts, and baked goods. The delicious way to start your day!

Side by Each Brewing

Part of Maine’s microbrewery explosion, Side by Each offers a large tasting room, with 12 (or more) frequently changing beers in a wide variety of styles. Come enjoy a brew, coffee, or another delicious beverage!

Lost Valley Ski Area & Brewpub

One of Maine’s most beloved ski areas, this Auburn classic features 21 trails served by two chairlifts. No matter whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced skier, Lost Valley delivers the perfect winter recreation experience. Also stop by the tasty brewpub!

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