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Brewpub in the works for Knightville

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Brewpub in the works for Knightville
Julia Dilger confirms purchase of Ocean Street location

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (April 16, 2015) — Today, Julia Dilger confirmed the purchase of the former repair shop at 15 Ocean Street in the Knightville section of South Portland. She and husband Craig Dilger bought the abandoned building and plan to establish it as a neighborhood brewpub. The couple is currently working with city officials and a South Portland-based engineering firm to obtain the necessary permits to rehabilitate the space and adjacent parking area.

Ms. Dilger, who will serve as CEO of the company, said that Knightville’s emergence as a “quintessential New England village with a great community vibe” attracted them to the location.

The brewers, chef and front of house picks cannot be named due to existing commitments, but all come with prestigious resumes, and will collaborate to offer an unpretentious yet modern and comfortable aesthetic in terms of food, drink and experience.

Plans include family brunch on the weekends, “Pints and Purls” knit nights and bicycle racks for those coming from the nearby Eastern Trail. The brewpub will offer the only beer brewed commercially within the City of South Portland.

This is Ms. Dilger’s official entrance into the area’s restaurant scene. Formerly, she taught elementary school on Peaks Island and had a lengthy stint managing the business-side of a Broadway concessions operation in New York City. Mr. Dilger will serve as COO. The two have a one year old daughter and live in Portland.

When pressed for more details, including the projected opening date and name of the brewpub, Mr. Dilger smiled. “We’re in this for the long haul. This is as much as we can say for now.”

“Meeting our new neighbors is the most important order of business,” Ms. Dilger chimed in. “This is a great city and a great part of town.”


Pop-up pick-up!

From time to time, we share news hot-off-the-press with our loyal blog readers. This is one of those times.


Pop-up party on Saturday as Maine’s first-ever CSA-style art shares harvested
CSArt Maine distribute work by up-and-coming artists at a party in Portland on Sat., Feb. 7

PORTLAND, Maine (Jan. 26, 2015) — By now, everyone has heard of farm shares, or CSAs, which allow consumers to pre-buy produce from their local farmer at the beginning of the season, their weekly haul dependent upon whatever happens to be in season. But, what about a CSA for watercolors, jewelry, portraits, and other art — instead of vegetables? The first season of CSArt Maine, the state’s first CSA for art, will be distributed to shareholders on Sat., Feb. 7.

For many of these shareholders, who hail from across the State of Maine, this is their first foray into collecting art. They will gather with program founders and participating artists for a pop-up party on Saturday, Feb.7 at the Portland Flea-for-All, 125 Kennebec Street, Portland, beginning at 10:00 am. Non-shareholders are also encouraged to attend to chat with participating artists and hear plans for the upcoming season. The event ends at 5:00 pm.

The program has been met with great fanfare; both Bangor Daily News blogger Alex Steed and Maine Public Broadcasting Network chose CSArt Maine for their respective 2015 holiday gift guides, and Coffee By Design named CSArt Maine part of its prestigious “2015 Rebel Blend” and awarded it a grant of $800.

Ten established and emerging Maine artists were hand-selected to make this season’s art, which will be packaged in a unique vessel and passed along to shareholders at the event. Full shareholders paid $300 and will receive seven unique pieces of art, chosen at random from the ten artists on this season’s slate, while half shareholders paid $175 for three pieces.

“Many art aficionados are using CSArt Maine as a way to become collectors. They’ll be surprised by the medium, size, and colors of their art. In most cases, folks will find something they wouldn’t normally have the means or wherewithal to purchase,” said Alana Dao, the program’s co-founder and executive director.

In 2013, the New York Times featured a similar program in the Midwest and credited it for “helping emerging artists and attracting people who are interested in art but feel they have neither the means nor the connections to collect it.” Dao and fellow co-founder Guy Lyons hope this program will provide access for Mainers in the same way.

“What Guy and Alana are doing for art in Maine is remarkable. This model has worked quite well in other, bigger cities, and I am thrilled to be at the cutting edge of it here,” said Gibrian Foltz, a participating artist and founder of the Dooryard Art Collective. “I think a share in CSArt Maine will be a gateway drug for many future collectors and connoisseurs of art.”

Additional standouts in this season’s lineup of 10 artists include:

  • Josey Cary, a native and resident of Machias, who was recently selected by Saatchi Gallery’s chief curator, Rebecca Wilson as one of the 48 most important emerging photographers in the country, and whose photography was recently featured in New York’s Times Square as part of the See.Me project.
  • Stasia Salvucci, a recent graduate of the renowned Pratt Institute who now lives in Portland full time; she is a self-employed jeweler under the guise The Stray Arrow.
  • meg willing, a native of Kennebec County and resident of Maine’s Lakes Region, who serves as Shape&Nature Press’ design and production manager and is making waves in the literary and letterpress scenes.
  • Doug Von, a Portland artist who will be collecting photographs of this season’s shareholders as inspiration for a series of his signature, one-of-a-kind portraits.

To learn more about the upcoming event or shares for next season, visit

About CSArt Maine
CSArt Maine is the state’s first community-supported art share program, meant to inspire new collectors of art and to help artists find new audiences. Based on the community-supported agriculture model of supporting farms and inspired by similar programs nationwide, CSArt Maine helps Mainers become collectors via full and half shares. Learn more at or visit them on Facebook.

About the Co-Founders
Alana Dao and Guy Lyons co-founded CSArt Maine, that state’s first and only community-supported art share program. Dao, who serves as executive director, is a native of Texas who first made Portland home more than five years ago. A graduate of Smith College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she is an experienced arts administrator, both nationally and locally. Lyons, a native of Lubec, Maine and a recent Portland resident, serves as artistic director.


Combating Airbnb

How can a hotelier or innkeeper combat the onslaught of Airbnb listings in their community and help guests find them? And, what do the rising popularity of and popular travel ranking sites like say about the way folks are traveling and vacationing these days?

Well, the old adage of “location, location, location” has never been more true. As a recent piece by Adweek states, folks want to return home with stories about their trip — the food, the people, the smells. They want to feel “one” with the community they’re adopting, regardless of whether they stay for the week or the weekend.

Here are some tips, so those in the hospitality business can be on the offense, rather than defense:

1. Create a blog. Share great itinerary ideas in top categories: traveling with kids, couples weekend away, rainy day, 48 hour marthon, foodie tour, … et cetera. If you give your potential visitors the best inside scoop around, they’ll choose you over the competitor any (and every!) day of the week.

2. Inspire happy guests to leave a positive review. There are lots of places where vacationers go to get the dirt on their digs before they arrive in town. The most popular include TripAdvisor and Facebook. Encourage folks to share the love with posts to those sites. Sometimes it’s as easy as a verbal request upon check out — and a nice email once you notice their laudatory entry.

3. Tell the story through photos. Part of what folks love about Airbnb is that they can go online, from miles away, and see the **exact** location where they’ll be sleeping, and where they’ll be making breakfast — and can see photos of the local beach and the chairs and umbrella available (for free) for anyone who wants to head that way. Be specific in marketing your property — and don’t be shy about all the fun, personal touches that makes your property superior.