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Downtown Auburn: Riverwalk, impressive features aplenty By T. S. Chamberland Feature Writer / Photographer

communities in other states, convenience of being able to according to Dan Poulin, owner walk downtown. of Orphan Annie’s Antiques. Poulin, who lives on the top Melanie Davis and her husband Impressions a re t he g round David became the new own- Even if you’re not a histor y floor of the building from which f loor of any decision making. ers of the Munroe Inn Bed and buff, landmarks like the Foss he operates his business, has It is unlikely for people to make Breakfast in April 2011, relocat- Ma nsion, wh ich houses t he created a tranquil space in his a ny choices t hat i mpac ted ing here from Florida. On the Woman’s Literary Union, and backyard, just yards from busy their lives without first having National Registr y of Historic the newly remodeled Munroe Cou r t St reet. T he ya rd a nd experienced something long Places, the inn is what Melanie Inn are impressive buildings on porch are secluded enough that enough to get an impression. says drew the couple and their their own. it’s hard to believe downtown Buying a house, taking a job and 12-year-old daughter to Auburn. Auburn surrounds the space. “We wanted to make sure we starting a family are life events that have great impact. Making “We had looked in North Caro- kept it as close to its original “I spend as much time as I can the right choice in location for l i na, G eorg ia – ea st of t he look as possible,” said Dav is out there,” said Poulin. Mississippi,” Davis said. “We about why t he couple chose any of these is essential. saw the house online, came up to research the history of the Labonte also pointed out that there are a number of towns or Designated a historical down- and looked at it, and fell in love Munroe Inn. cities with one characteristic or town area, the city of Auburn with it.” One of t he hidden t reasures another, but not many that offer The Munroe Inn Bed and Breakfast, opened by new owners in April 2011, has provided a welcoming place for families with its friendly People f rom ot her pa r t s of of the city is the vast area the the diversity of Auburn. is one of many buildings in downtown Auburn that are on the National neighborhoods and schools, t he c ou nt r y h a v e l i k e ne d town encompasses, said Mayor Registry of Historic Places. “There is still a neat, natural and a prosperous venue for busi- Auburn to other small, historic Jonathan Labonte. Auburn has nu merous resident ia l a rea s landscape within the commufor people who are relocating, nity,” he said, adding that for a nd not a l l a re v isible f rom anyone who enjoys nature, the talk about the quaintness,” said Recent renovations have made t he m a i n road s. T here a re area is full of great hiking and Ken Blais, co-owner of Rolly’s bu i ld i ng s s uc h a s Aubu r n walking trails. c om mu n it ie s t h a t pr ov ide (pronounced Roll-eez) Diner in Hall and the corner spot that’s a cha r m i ng , neig hborhood “Pe ople f r om out- of-st ate, New Auburn. home to Gritty McDuff’s Brew A Family/Locally Owned & Operated Business Since 1981 feeling without sacrificing the mainly Bates College parents, Pub and Restaurant attention nesses in visible locations that provide accessibility.

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grabbing locations once more. Even more worldly tastes have begun to find the palettes of area residents at Naral’s, selfdescr ibed A rabia n-Greek cuisine. And all this within view of the Androscoggin River and Great Falls.

The Androscoggin Historical Society resides in Auburn on the top f loor of the Androscoggin County building. And just a few hundred feet up Court Street, another source of information, historical and interest-driven, is the Auburn Public Library.

Kayaking, canoeing and fishing have become more attractive, something Blais attributes to the better river water quality and its cleaner surrounding banks.

The amount of volunteerism a nd c h a r it a ble e v ent s a r e numerous, which Labonte says stems from many of the local businesses and residents.

The Riverwalk is something the Davis family say they enjoy and they encourage their guests to experience it for themselves. “We tell people when they come, you can park your car here and wa lk dow ntow n to explore,” Davis said. “It helps bring people downtown,” said Poulin of the Riverwalk and the Great Falls. The Community Concert Band on Wednesday nights throughout the summer months is also on the list for what makes Auburn a community for any age. Dav is sa id her husba nd has done some extensive research

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Baby strollers are pushed along the Riverwalk and past the Great Falls roaring with spring runoff. People come from all over to see the Falls and the Riverwalk offers a place to take in the sights and get some exercise.

on t he house a nd t he a rea. “When people visit we can tell them about what’s in Auburn. You know, people just don’t realize what a gem is sitting here,” said Davis.

boasts many 5K races, concerts, festivals and even a classic-car night once a week in the Rolly’s Diner pa rk ing lot, complete with a DJ.

Year-round, just a short walk Poulin said the summer months from Auburn Hall is the Coma re cer ta i n ly more outdoor munity Little Theatre, a valued activity-friendly, and the town asset for the local thespians and

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theater enthusiasts alike. “The old-fashioned downtown district kind of still exists down here,” said Blais. “They’re not all real visible, but right around us there are probably 30 little businesses operating out of the first floor of these buildings.”

Whether you are starting a family, relocating, retiring or opening a business, Auburn has a stable tax base, a dedicated workforce and neighborhoods that encourage community involvement and provide a welcoming, at-home atmosphere.

“You can’t create that, it’s part of the fabric of the community,” said Labonte.

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made Lewiston their home for decades and have had a positive impact on the area economy. Cou nt r y K itchen ha s be en Whether you are relocating to baking in the area since 1903, Lewiston for business, residence FX Marcotte boasts 124 years of or both, the city has much to furniture sales. In 1943, J. Dostie offer in the way of opportunity, Jeweler’s began offering their enterta inment, culture, a nd wares, and f loral designs have resou rces. One of t he best been ava ilable for purchase places to find information on f rom fa m i ly-ow ned Dube’s any and all of these things is the Flower Shop since 1936. Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. It’s no wonder so many new business ow ners choose The Chamber is located at the this section of Lewiston; the heart of the city and from their histor y of t he a rea suggests location, just up the street from a likely location for success. Kaplan Universit y. Continue Even existing businesses like ex plor i ng t he su r rou nd i ng Rainbow Bicycles, see the value streets and you w ill see t he in a Lisbon Street location, and reasons Lewiston is a great place move t hei r est abl i sh ment s to work and live. Lisbon Street from elsewhere to renovated is considered the main artery buildings here. of the city and for good reason; familiarity and deep roots are Paul Poliquin has worked on found here. Lisbon Street for over 40 years, starting just four days after he There is something to be said graduated from high school at for longev it y, pa rticula rly if Roger’s, a local jewelry store. you are looking for stability. A He went to work for a clothing number of local businesses have

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store five years later, and 15 years after that opened his own shop. He has been through the changing times and says he couldn’t imagine ever doing bu si nes s a ny w here but on Lisbon Street. “W hy would anyone want to come to downtown Lewiston? Take it from somebody who’s been here 40 years: I can’t think of a better place that I would want to work,” Poliquin said. “I love the downtown; I love what I do.” Chip Morrison, president of t he A nd roscogg i n Cha mber say s t he L e w i ston he sees today is very different from a decade ago. One of the several, i mpre s si ve ch a nge s i s t he rejuvenation of the Bates Mills Complex. Morrison said that in the late 1950s this complex employed some 5,000 people. About 15 years ago, that number was zero. “With TD Bank, Davinci’s, AAA Insurance, Dr. Bowman, Baxter Brewing, and Fishbones, the nu mber of people work i ng in that complex is back up to 2,000,” said Morrison.

Paul Poliquin, owner of Paul’s (above left), has been working on Lisbon St. for over 40 years and couldn’t imagine doing business anywhere else. In addition to shops, downtown Lewiston offers several restaurants to choose from, including Fuel (above right).

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i n h is decision to reloc ate his shop to Lisbon Street was t he prospect of ow ning t he “It’s kind of amazing. I think building where he conducts anyone would do anything for his business. As a long-time someone else on this street, ev- resident of Lewiston, being able eryone sort of bands together,” to be part of the revitalization said Deb. “We couldn’t imagine of t he dow ntow n a rea wa s doing business anywhere else.” something he didn’t want to pass up. Grenier says that he has Ra inbow Bi kes ow ner, Joh n ridden bikes through some great Grenier, says that a big factor

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“The moment u m’s sta r t ing, and I think it’s important that somebody take a chance with the retail part of it,” Grenier said, noting that both Paul’s Clothing and J. Dostie Jeweler’s have been successful for many years.

“Just walk down Lisbon Street “We have t he beaut if u l fa lls and see what else is happening,” that are an attraction, the cana l cou ld be a n att ract ion,” Morrison said. said Grenier. “We’ve got some Dining out y ields a w ide ar- rea lly nice, old architecture, ray of choices. Restaurants like we’ve got some great churches; Fuel, specializing in a-la-carte just some rea l ly i nterest i ng French cuisine; Marche, a lun- things down there.” cheon favorite; or Mother India, which offers authentic In- The Girouards say they’ve also dian dishes, are just three of the noticed more and more people w a l k i ng t he s t r e et du r i ng street’s options. their lunch hour, a sign they In the Bates Mill there is Italian believe indicates that people done by Davinci’s; around the are realizing the value in what corner is Pedro O’Hara’s, an in- downtown has to offer. teresting mix of Irish, American and Mexican food, often with T h e p e r c e p t i o n t h a t t h e live entertainment; the unique downtown area is dangerous Forage Market is the newest is outdated and in Grenier’s addition to Lisbon Street; and o p i n i o n “ r i d i c u l o u s .” H e within a nearby shopping com- sees parking as the only real plex, Sea40 has a hibachi-style obstacle for any retail business, Japanese menu. A ll of t hese but found a way to dispel this dine-out choices have appetiz- misconception as well. ers, entrees and more at reason“There’s plenty of parking in able prices with great service. downtown Lewiston,” said GreDowntown living is an upward nier. “I’ve done some walking t rend. Apa r t ments t hat a re surveys myself. How far is it to located above these businesses get to that garage on Park Street? have been renovated and are It’s no further than if I were to park at Walmart or Best Buy or renting out quickly. BJ’s to get to their front doors.” Busi ness ow ners a re l iv i ng above t heir restaura nts and So why should anyone seriously storefronts, and they are renting consider downtown Lewiston other units to those who see the for business, dining, residence and entertainment? Take a drive, value in living downtown. park your car and walk Lisbon “One building at a time, it’s Street and see for yourself. remarkable what’s happened over the last five years,” said “Lewiston has changed and it’s Morrison about the upswing in very positive,” Morrison said. “The momentum is incredible.” Lisbon Street residences.

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One of t he most i mpor ta nt t h i ngs you w i l l f i nd i n downtown Lewiston, Poliquin said, is the personal attention. You find what you want, but you also get product knowledge a nd per sona l ser v ice f rom employe e s, ma na ger s, a nd owners alike and, he said, you cannot find that anywhere else. “I loved interacting with the customers, and I still love seeing those same people to this day,” said Poliquin. Not opening a business? Lewiston definitely has more to offer people who make the area their new home. Culture for nearly anyone is just a short walk in a ny d i rect ion. T he Fra ncoAmerican Heritage Center, located in the renovated St. Mary’s Church, hosts concerts, plays and the like, not to mention the space is available to rent for weddings, parties and more. “The Art Walk was one of the best things that has ever been done,” sa id Deb. “T he f i rst Art Walk was amazing. There were tons of people that come through here.” Lyceum Gallery, Captive Elements, and many area business-


“I’m proud to not only own property in downtown Lewiston, but I’m proud to work in downtown Lewiston,” said Poliquin.

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Cumberland County includes the cities, towns and townships of Ba ldw in, Bridg ton, Brunsw ick, Cape Elizabet h, Casco, Address: Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Frye Island, Gorham, Gray, 125 State Street Harpswell, Harrison, Long Island, Naples, New Gloucester, North Augusta, Maine 04330 Yarmouth, Portland, Pownal, Raymond, Scarborough, Sebago, Tel: (207) 622-0971 South Portland, Standish, Westbrook, Windham and Yarmouth. Fax: (207) 623-4083 Cumberland County, incorporated in 1760, is home to Maine's most Municipalities in Kennebec County include Albion, Augusta, populous city, Portland, which is also its county seat. The County was Belgrade, Benton, Chelsea, China, Clinton, Farmingdale, Fayette, named after William, Duke of Cumberland, who was the son of King Gardiner, Hallowell, Litchfield, Manchester, Monmouth, Mount George II. The County is approximately 850 square miles in area.



Vernon, Oakland, Pittston, Randolph, Readfield, Rome, Sidney, Vassalboro, Vienna, Waterville, Wayne, West Gardiner, Windsor, Winslow and Winthrop. Kennebec County, incorporated in 1799, is located in inland Maine and covers 879 square miles of the state. Augusta, the state capital and one of the largest cities in Maine, is in Kennebec count y and is the count y seat. Government is the largest employer in the county, but other growing industries include high-tech manufacturing, utilities, retail, health care, and financial institutions. Much of the county is rural and abundant lakes, rivers, streams, ponds and rolling hills in the area provide recreational opportunities and attract summer visitors.

Kennebec County population facts Kennebec Population, 2011 estimate


Maine 1,328,188

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Life is good in Androscoggin, surrounding communities ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY Address: 2 Turner Street Auburn, Maine 04210 Tel: (207) 784-8390 Fax: (207) 782-5367 Androscoggin County, incorporated in 1854, is a count y in southern Maine that hosts two of Maine's largest cities, Lew iston a nd Aubu r n, a lso known as the "Twin Cities." The county is centrally located and is approximately one-half hour from both Portland, Maine's l a r ge st c it y, a nd Aug u st a , Ma ine's capita l. The Ma ine Turnpike cuts directly through Androscoggin County, offering easy access to its major cities.

Androscoggin County Land Area: 459 sq. mi. Incorporation date: 1854 County seat: Auburn Cities, towns and townships in Androscoggin County include Aubu r n, D u r h a m, Gre ene, L eeds, L ew iston, L isbon, Livermore, Livermore Fa lls, Mechanic Falls, Minot, Poland, Sabattus, Turner and Wales.

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the places listed include the All Souls Chapel in Poland Spring, the Engine House in Auburn, Kora Temple in Lewiston, the Norlands in Livermore, the Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake, and many more. Places_listings_in_Androscoggin_County,_Maine/. Hunters and fisherman should visit the Androscoggin County Fish and Game site for information about their sports. ACFG “has been in existence for more than half a century, offering a safe, friendly and educational environment for the use of handguns, rifles, and shotguns.” The facility is equipped with outdoor pistol ranges, trap shacks/ranges, rifle ranges, and an indoor range for .22 and non-magnum centerfire pistols. The Fish & Game association offers weekly public events, including Trap Shoots, 5-Stand and Plate Shoots. Check their calendar for dates on their website at The facility is located on Perkins Ridge Road, Auburn.

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Update on recent developments in the Twin Cities’ economy While many parts of America are still painstakingly battling the ongoing economic crisis, Lewiston and Auburn are beating the odds by attracting new businesses, encouraging growth and creating a community of choice. In the past year alone, L e w i ston-Aubu r n h a s w itnessed a resurgence of growth from small, medium and large companies including multiple grand-openings on both sides of the river. Business professionals and entrepreneurs from across the state and the nation showed their faith in the local economy by launching and expanding their businesses here.

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29,000 square-feet communitybased outpatient clinic for military veterans opened in March In fact, the airport celebrated and offers a variety of health t he g ra nd open i ng of t hei r care services. Once at full staff, renovated restaurant in April. the clinic will employ 30 to 40 Located at 80 Airport Drive in professionals and serve at least Auburn, The Landing Strip Cafe 13,000 area veterans. features home cooked food and fresh baked goods with some of Health care is the single largthe best views and story tellers est sector of the L-A economy, around. Overlooking the 5,000 with more than 25 percent of the plus foot runway, The Landing jobs in the area in the industry. Strip Cafe provides the oppor- Over the last several years both tunity for citizens, passengers hospitals expanded their emerand aviation enthusiasts to en- gency rooms. CMMC expanded joy quality food for breakfast their lab space, and St. Mary’s and lunch as well as providing added a surgical wing. This Janservices to handle the approxi- uary, Bedard injected new vitalmately 68,000 aircraft opera- ity to the health care industry by tions that occur at the airport expanding their operations into Auburn. The 60,000 square-foot, every year. $4.3 million facility now houses In 2010, Congressman Michael the corporate offices, Bedard Michaud announced that fed- Senior Care, Bedard Medical, eral funding had been approved a new pharmacy and employs to build a new Veterans Admin- approximately 45 to 50 employistration health care clinic in ees. A true local success story, Lewiston. Located at 15 Chal- Bedard continues to be family lenger Drive off the Alfred A. owned and operated. Plourde Parkway, the $8 million,

ier than the Port of Portland and is Maine’s busiest port. Some of the area’s major employers in transportation and logistics include Poland Spring, LePage Bakeries, VIP Parts and Service, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Savage Safe Handling (which alone handles nearly 4,000 railcars and 12,000 truckloads of industrial raw materials per year), Estes Express, Fed-Ex, UPS, and Superior Carriers.

based economy to a modern, technolog y-based industria l economy in just three decades. Nowadays, high-end industries such as health care, precision manufacturing and financial services thrive and fuel the economic development within the Twin Cities.

L-A accomplished this upgrade by effectively leveraging its access to nearly half of Maine’s workforce within a 50-mile radius, its proximity to the Androscoggin River, two turnpike exits, growing municipal airport, and two railroads with international connections to deep sea ports. There are ample reasons L-A, the second largest popu- to believe that the strategic lolation center in the state, has cation enjoyed by the Twin Cittransitioned from a traditional ies will continue to benefit the ma nu fact u r i ng a nd tex t i le- economy for years to come.

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road and associated utility work in downtown events including the order to develop the 100 acre park. Lewiston Auburn Art Walk, Festival of Arts and Lights and more. New investment continues to funnel into the downtowns on Forage Market, a grocery store, both sides of the river. Recently, cafe and bakery featuring lothe commercia l corridors in cal fresh produce and meals, both downtowns have seen a re- opened i n Apr i l on L isbon surgence of new businesses tak- Street, near the library. After ing advantage of historic store an extensive renovation, the fronts and high visibility. Lisbon owners were able to open up Street, in particular, has seen a the space using salvaged wood remarkable renaissance, with while preserving many of the seven new businesses opening architectural elements. Their bagels, breads, sandwiches and or preparing to do so. soups are already w inning a Kimball Street Studios, a spe- loyal following and the business cialty frame and museum prep- is another positive step in the rearation facility, celebrated their development of Lisbon Street. g ra nd opening in Febr ua r y. With three full time employees, Also earning a loyal following the studio also provides gallery is The Vault, a specialty wine space, showcasing local artists and beer shop that opened at and hosting events. Originally 84 Lisbon Street, across from located in Richmond, the own- the District Court. Shoppers ers of Kimball Street Studios will find a wide variety of wines made the decision to relocate and beers for every budget, with their business to the downtown handpicked offerings from Calidue to the blossoming arts scene fornia and the Northwest, Italy, France, other European counin Lewiston-Auburn. tries, and the Southern HemiCaptive Elements Art House sphere throughout the beautimoved in to their new location fully elegant store. The Vault within the renovated and his- also frequently hosts wine tasttoric Le Messager building at ings and other social events. 223 Lisbon Street, joining Lewiston Auburn Magazine at that The Healy Asylum, originally a address. Contributing to the boys orphanage, had $8 million arts scene in Lewiston-Auburn and beyond, the new space contains an art gallery and meeting space that has consistently been utilized as a gathering place for


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corporate offices into it late last year. Located at 240 Bates Street, it is on the site long occufrom page 9 pied by St. Dominic’s Regional invested converting the building High School. After demolition into 32 units of affordable senior of the former school building, housing, now known as Healey Communit y Concepts began Terrace. The financing for the redevelopment of the site with project included utilization of construction of a 30-unit senior state and federal historic preserhousing project in 2007, folvation tax credits, and resulted lowed by the 18,000 square-foot in a stunning redevelopment office building in 2011. and repurposing of the building, incorporating many historic ele- Quiet and abandoned for nearly ments in its execution. 36 years, restoration of the historic Grand Trunk Depot began Momentum continues to grow in early September. Negotiations on Lisbon Street. Rainbow Biare being finalized with a tencycle & Fitness, long a fixture on ant looking to open a restaurant outer Center Street in Auburn, in the building. Built in 1874 and was drawn to the energy, growlisted on the National Register ing retail presence and visibility of Historic Buildings, the Depot of Lisbon Street. They purchased has had $370,000 in historic pres95 Lisbon Street and are in the ervation approved renovations process of renovating the buildfunded by the Lewiston and Auing to relocate the bike shop to, burn Railroad Company, a U.S. expanding their space approxiDepartment of Agriculture Rural mately 50 percent, and also addDevelopment grant, and a City of ing a café/coffee bar. The new Lewiston Community Developlocation is closer to many of the ment Block Grant. Private fundshops customers, and will serve ing will be used on the tenant fit as a great base for the many club out of the space. rides the shop organizes. Last year we reported that Luke Community Concepts built a Livingston, local entrepreneur new building and moved their

a nd ow ner of Ba x ter Brewing Company, was in the process of doubling production. Thanks to new equipment and heavy demand, the brewery increased their annual capacity to nearly 8,500 barrels and are currently in the planning stages for another expansion in their $1.4 million, 5,000 square-foot facility within the Bates Mill Complex. Voted the “2011 New Brewery of the Year” by BevNET Maga zine, Forbes Maga zine also recently named Luke Livingston to their “30 Under 30” list for food and beverage entrepreneurs in the nation. In addition to accolades, Baxter Brewing has increased their lineup with their fourth production, Celsius Summer Ale, now available in stores and watering holes throughout Maine. Not all investment happens in the downtown or from within. L isbon Com mu n it y Federa l Credit Union celebrated t he grand opening of their Lewiston branch at 802 Sabattus Street in December, their first within the Twin Cities. Providing new jobs and new financial opportunities, the branch will

anchor the banks investment into the community. With a staff of 15, Sea 40 opened their doors in February at the Lewiston Mall. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, the Japanese restaurant features a culinary mix of hibachi and sushi specialties. After a nearly six month renovation, the new restaurant has found a large and loyal following Sma ller businesses a re a lso sprouting and thriving. EllieAnna Purse Company opened up their retail store and boutique at 866 Main Street in Lewiston. Showcased at the 32nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy’s in New York, EllieAnna Purse Company has been flooded with new orders and continues to sell their products worldwide. Across from the Sarah Jeanne’s Family Hair Care Tanning and Day Spa in Lewiston, S&J Tuxedo and Limo Rentals celebrated their grand opening in December. With four new jobs created to staff the tuxedo and limo rental store, the Sarah Jeanne’s family of businesses continues to expand in Lewiston.

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Also on Main Street, Moody’s Col l ision Center celebrated their grand opening in early December. A Maine business since 1977, the company expects to create 16 to 18 new jobs.

A new gas station and convenience store called the South Avenue & Lisbon Street Variety has broken ground at 990 Lisbon Street. The project consists Museum L-A continues to move of rehabbing the former Getty forward as well with the renovation and rehab of the former Quick-Mart. Camden Yarns Mill Building Contributing perhaps the largest located at 1 Beech Street. Concreation of jobs to L-A in the last sisting of 50,000± square feet few years, Carbonite moved their of rehabilitation during Phase customer support division from 1, remediation and demolition India to Lewiston. Specializing work is currently under way. in online data backup, representatives recently reported over 180 Speaking of mills, more than 80 people had been hired full time workers a day are in the process with expectations to reach 250 of framing, installing and hangby the end of 2012. With wages, including benefits, starting at $35,000, Carbonite has been a welcomed addition to L/A. page 12 ‰


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Located at the Auburn Mall, national chain Panera Bread will soon break ground on a roughfrom page 10 Located at 84 Court Street in ly 4,000 square foot building ing drywall for a $9.8 million, downtown Auburn, 84 Court with drive-thru access as well. 48 unit mixed income hous- Pizza and Restaurant celebrated Named to BusinessWeek's 2010 ing project to be known as The their grand opening in Februlist of top 25 "Customer Service Lofts at Bates Mill. The project ary. Featuring artisan pizzas, Cha mps," to Fortune Magafaces west overlooking Fountain craft beers, appetizers and a zine's 2010 list of 100 FastestPlaza. It will bring a new housing wide selection of lunch and dinGrow ing Companies, Panera style to Lewiston with urban loft ner options, the pizzeria and Bread was also named Casual style apartments, and modern restaurant has already added Dining Brand of the Year in the amenities such as an elevator, seven new jobs to the commu2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend. The fitness center, community room, nity. Narals Experience Arabia project is projected to open in wi-fi, and separate storage, all opened up their new restaurant late fall of 2012. New faces at the included in the rent. Started in on the corner of Main and Court Auburn Mall will also include January 2012, the project should Street in downtown Auburn by Aspen Dental. The project will be complete by late November. celebrating their grand openconsist of a 7,000 square foot Meanwhile, the Riverfront Is- ing in February as well. Having bui lding where A spen Denland Master Plan continues to already hired 17 employees, the tal will occupy a portion of the gain traction. 4,800 square-foot venue adds to building and a yet-to-be-anthe culinary diversity of L-A by nounced national retailer will With more than 100 citizens parserving a multitude of cuisines occupy the remainder of the ticipating in each of three public including Greek, Mediterra- available space. sessions dedicated to discussnean, Middle Eastern, Vegetaring and shaping the plan, Goody In addition to restaurants, Auburn ian and American fares. Clancy consultants distilled the will also welcome a new hotel. The public engagement into a mas- The Fire House Grille continues to new project consists of an 85 room ter plan, which the Lewiston City impress and grow after a massive hotel with common space bearing Council approved in July. In ad- renovation. Located at the former The Best Western Plus Hotel name. dition to the Hampton Inn and site of Andy’s Baked Beans and With the potential of a restaurant Lofts at Bates Mill, the plan is al- run by both current and retired or pub attached to the building, ready capturing developers inter- firefighters, the grille serves lunch the second phase could include est and the public’s imagination. and dinner and can accommo- additional hotel rooms and a podate up to 50 people with addition- tential convention or meeting Restaurants continue to open al seating at the bar. Already at 20 space further down the line. their doors in the Twin Cities. In employees, the Fire House Grille fact, Auburn and Lewiston have serves comfort foods and drink seen a surge of new establishspecials at a reasonable price. ments offering high end culinary choices from around the world.

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