Small Businesses We Love to Support | Life With The Libbys


We've been meaning to put together a collection of our favorite local & small businesses and now seems like the perfect time to give our favorites a little love & support.

After all the restrictions of the coronavirus is over, I hope we never take for granted all the little things that make our life & community so incredible.

You probably already know that Portland is known for it's foodie scene, local brews, and historic charm. Today I'm going to share a few of my favorites for those planning a Maine getaway or better yet - locals looking to play tourist in their own city or looking for businesses to support.

FOOD:

Who doesn't like to eat their way around a city? I know I do. Our favorite thing to do in Portland is appetizer hop around our favorite locations instead of having a sit down dinner.

Empire

locally sourced Chinese dishes

favorite: bacon fried rice & bao buns

The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club

small plates & clever cocktails

favorite: popcorn & 'Hotel Nationale' cocktail (no longer on the menu, but so good!)

Noble Barbecue

favorite BBQ spot

favorite: chopped pork sandwich & fries

Blake Orchard

Juicery & Smoothie Bowls

(suggest Exchange St. Location for pick up / Forest Ave. Location for hang out)

favorite: summer bowl w/ extra PB

Suga Suga

Order take out or check their pop-up schedule for the BEST macarons

favorite: anything lemon

Boda Thai inspired eatery - perfect for late night or shared plates

favorite: sticky rice ball & bacon wrapped dates

The Front Room

Go-To Brunch Spot

favorite: mimosas

Cookie Jar

Ok, it's not in Portland, but I promise they have the best donuts and only a few minutes outside of the city.

favorite: strawberry glazed

Omis Coffee Shop

Another Cape Elizabeth favorite, but worth mentioning! favorite: sriracha honey on an everything bagel egg sandwich w/ a coconut cold brew

FITNESS & FUN

Because my first favorite thing to do when exploring a new city is eat, I also find it fun to schedule a workout class while I'm there. So I've included a few of my my favorites, along with non-fitness activities for those just looking for some fun without the sweat.

Jibe Cycling

Rhythm-based indoor cycling studio - if you're looking to smile, dance, and sweat it out there is no experience quite like a jibe ride. If you're a local and looking for a spin studio - look no further.

BarMethod - Old Port

Boutique fitness studio offering barre classes - this is my favorite workout to compliment my spin classes. Looking to move your body without dripping sweat? Barre is the perfect slow burn and will get you strong & lean muscles with consistency.

Beyond Strength

Premiere Training Facility in Maine - go train with my girl Mary Green!

Portland Schooner Co.

Sailing around Casco Bay! You can BYOB and it's such a fun thing to do on a summer afternoon or evening sunset

Bayside Bowl

Not only our favorite spot to go bowling with friends, but their rooftop bar is amazing!

Check out their frozen margs & taco truck too!

CellarDoor Winery & Bissell Brothers

If you're in Portland, and like to drink - head on over to Thompsons Point

for a little beer & wine.

BEAUTY:

When getting settled into a new city or looking for someone new, finding good beauty recommendations can be tough. I'm sharing my go-to spots in the Portland & surrounding area.

Portland Lash & Brow for Lashes

Jessica Johnson Beauty for Facials

Ruby at Salon Lotus for Brow Threading

Karsyn at Bei Capelli for Hair

Essence for Nails

Maeg French for Makeup