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.
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.
locally sourced Chinese dishes
favorite: bacon fried rice & bao buns
small plates & clever cocktails
favorite: popcorn & 'Hotel Nationale' cocktail (no longer on the menu, but so good!)
favorite BBQ spot
favorite: chopped pork sandwich & fries
Juicery & Smoothie Bowls
(suggest Exchange St. Location for pick up / Forest Ave. Location for hang out)
favorite: summer bowl w/ extra PB
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Premiere Training Facility in Maine - go train with my girl Mary Green!
Sailing around Casco Bay! You can BYOB and it's such a fun thing to do on a summer afternoon or evening sunset
Not only our favorite spot to go bowling with friends, but their rooftop bar is amazing!
Check out their frozen margs & taco truck too!
If you're in Portland, and like to drink - head on over to Thompsons Point
for a little beer & wine.
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.