Victoria YuCALLING CHOCOHOLICS: Wilbur's of Maine has occupied their current Maine Street location since 1987, three years after opening in Freeport. Cappuccino Meltaway Truffles. Almond Butter Crunch. Coconut Clusters. Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtles. Peering into the glossy display case at Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections on Maine Street is enough to entice even the slightest of chocoholics.
Sam HoneggerA NOVEL IDEA: Gary Lawless opened Gulf of Maine Books in 1973 in Lewiston. Today, the store's Maine Street location is a destination for book lovers from the Bowdoin and Brunswick communities. Holding court behind the counter as two men from a local band walk through the store’s glass door, Gary Lawless asks: “What’s a drummer who’s lost his girlfriend?” It’s quiet for a beat.
Jenny IbsenA FAMILY AFFAIR: Teddy Fortin (right) has worked in the office of Automatics, the auto-body shop run by her father Ray Fortin (left) for almost eight years. If you call up Autometrics auto-repair and supplies for a consultation, a new part, or some advice on your car, you might be surprised.
It’s not hard to see why Union Street Bakery has quickly won a place in the hearts of locals since its opening nearly three years ago. In this short period of time, Brunswick residents have walked again and again up those distinctive green steps, sometimes hungry for gooey chocolate chip cookies, other times for fresh brioche cinnamon buns, but most often, for lively chats with owner Sandy Holland.