For more than 50 years, national Small Business Week—coming this year from May 1 to 7—has celebrated the incredible achievements of America’s small businesses and the enriching contributions they make to our local communities and to America as a whole. Here in Lewiston-Auburn and specifically at Maine Source Homes & Realty, we passionately believe in the heartfelt spirit of “Shop Local” and urge you to celebrate Small Business Week by supporting local Lewiston-Auburn businesses, including the following 5 stand-outs!
Owned by Stefanie and Stephen Pike, Hometown Soup & Salad is a new arrival to the exciting new culinary scene in Lewiston-Auburn. For the two owners—who also own the popular Hometown Nutrition next door—the decision to open Hometown Soup & Salad was … well … hardly any decision at all. “We just had this concept tucked into our back pocket,” Stefanie Pike recently told The Sun Journal. “Sometimes, people just need a hot soup to feel better.” Obviously, folks in Lewiston-Auburn emphatically agree, as the business has been a big hit since opening just a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, the popular Home Town Nutrition and Energy, next door, dishes up tasty Herbalife products such as smoothies, shakes, and teas. 884 Lisbon Street, Lewiston
Powered by the dynamic mother/daughter team of Stephanie Bernatchez (Owner, Maine Gourmet Chocolates) and Corrie Bernatchez (Owner, Top It), these two Lewiston-Auburn small businesses bring a delectable new meaning to “Shop Small.” Stephanie Bernatchez’s Maine Gourmet Chocolates has now been dishing up “Chocolate for All Life’s Special Moments”—barks, brittles, needhams, and more—for more than 12 years. Meanwhile, her daughter Corrie is happily delivering “Ice Cream for Any Event!” by running Top It as a special events order-online-only business serving everything from weddings to corporate events to birthday parties to family reunions and more! Maine Gourmet Chocolates: 170 Main Street, Auburn
Our all-time nominee for “Most Original Business Name,” She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s is your hip local destination for a great variety of paninis, burritos, soups, and much more. Owners Heath and Randy say their business is all about “healthy foods, local art, and eco-friendly. Our vision for Guthrie’s came from a desire to run a business that supports our family, our community, and our environment.” One cool additional benefit of the “Shop Local” vision at She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s is that their offerings, in turn, help support OTHER local businesses, including Carrabassett Coffee, Borealis Breads, Blackie’s Farm Fresh Produce, and trētap organic sparkling water. 115 Middle Street, Lewiston
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