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Finish your holiday shopping at these alumni-owned businesses

Alaina Marie Harris courtesy Maine Women's Magazine

A list of businesses owned and/or operated by University of Southern Maine (USM) alumni, compiled by the USM Foundation, is now available — with just enough days left in the holiday shopping season to spare.

The list highlights nearly three dozen businesses comprised of restaurants, retail stores, health and wellness programs, arts and photography resources and more. An interactive map is available (displayed below), organized out by categories. Navigate the map to see where businesses are booming (they're not all in Maine!) or use the sidebar to find them by category. Icons accompanying businesses identify their areas of focus; businesses bearing the WiFi symbol (reception waves) indicate businesses that operate through e-commerce/primarily online.

A complete list of USM alumni-owned business is also displayed below. Don't see your business listed? Contact Larisa Ebinger, assistant director of alumni engagement, to have it added to the list.


USM Alumni Holiday Gift List 2018


1. Alaina Marie

Alaina Marie Harris ‘10

Nautically influenced handbags and more. A Martha Stewart American Made 2014 nominee!

332 Fore St., Portland, ME

2. Alcove Jewelry

Maureen Puia ‘99

Botanical inspired, sterling silver and mixed metal jewelry, handmade.

Cape Elizabeth, ME

3. Bekka Koroski, Independent Scentsy Star Consultant

Rebekah Koroski ‘00

Scentsy scented items such as warmers & wax, diffusers & oils, laundry products and spa products! Cutoff for Christmas Orders is December 17th.  I can also help with choosing gifts and wrapping.

Naples, ME 

4. Bennett’s Clubhouse

Katie MacDonald 

Dog training. Gift certificates available!

Augusta, ME

5. Bier Cellar

Greg Norton ’03, ’07G

A big selection of craft beer, wine, cider and mead in an inviting atmosphere staffed with knowledgeable, friendly beer geeks located in a convenient spot. 

299 Forest Ave., Portland, ME

6. Cameron Baker Law Firm

Kellie Cameron Baker ‘00

Legal and mediation services, including estate planning and family law at an affordable rate throughout central and southern Maine

(207) 602-6118

291 Alfred St. Biddeford, ME

7. Don Pride

Donald Pride ’05, ‘13G, ‘14G

Guitar, bass and composition lessons. Email to purchase gift certificates for private lessons.

Portland, ME

8. Exceptional Sales – Tupperware

Kim Richards-Jones ‘93

Tupperware products to save you time, food and money.  This is not your mother's Tupperware. or

Brunswick ME 

9. Hasbrouck Piano Studio

Elizabeth Hasbrouck ‘08

Piano, flute and voice lessons.  Private lesson instruction in Cumberland, ME. All of our teachers are USM School of Music graduates!

Cumberland, ME

10. Hell Scent Aromatherapy

Holly Lynn ‘88

Bad attitude. Good aromatherapy. Essential oils, room/body/linen sprays, and more.

Orlando, FL

11. Heritage Seaweed

Josh Rogers

All things seaweed & other ocean-based gifts.

61 India St, Portland, ME

12. Jennifer Babich, author

Jennifer Babich ‘03

Author of How to Use Your Pie-Hole: An Uncensored Food Guide for the Nutritionally Challenged. Get ready to laugh and learn!

Sarasota, FL

13. Kelly Flagg Lifestyle/Arbonne International

Kelly Flagg ‘02

We are a global wellness brand focused on healthy living products both inside and out. Hair care, body care, skincare and nutrition as well as coaching services. or

Portland, ME

14.  Legacy Publishing Group

Timothy Cross ‘93

Calendars, cards and stationery gifts.

Clinton, MA

15. Mach3Media

David Loughran ‘03

Political campaign strategy and communications. Mach3Media was founded on the idea that campaigns of every size should have access to the most effective strategic advice and creative communications.

Portland, ME

16. Maine Beer Company

Dan Kleban ‘04

Brewery. American-style ales served in a tasting room with windows into the facility where they're produced.

525 US-1, Freeport, ME

17. Maine Media Workshops & College

Margaret Weston ‘76

Educational workshops for media artists and storytellers in film, photography, writing and book art. Wonderful gift for the photographer or aspiring filmmaker, creative writer.

Rockport, ME

18. Maine Music and Health

Kate Beever ‘07

Music therapy business in Maine providing sessions for speech, coordination, self-expression, communication, reality orientation, and mood states. 

Portland, ME

19. Manifest Counseling Services

Hannah Kazilionis ’11, ‘16G

Counseling for teens, adults, couples, and families. Also offering walk and talk therapy. LGBTQ friends are welcome. We believe that healing comes through connection and inspiration.

257 Deering Ave., Portland, ME

 20. ME Title

Katherine Malia ‘11

ME Title provides title insurance and real estate settlement services to Mainers across the state. We are a veteran owned, women owned local small business.

Bangor, ME

21. Rene Roy Photography Inc.

Rene Roy ‘98

Professional photography. Weddings, portraits, newborns, corporate portraits and events, product photography, and more.

West Gardiner, ME

22. Riddle Me Mail

Christine Richards ‘03

Mail subscription. Good mail, twice a month, with your name on it.  Share the feeling only mail delivers. Getting mail feels good.

Portland, Me

23. Rising Tide Brewery

Heather Sanborn ‘04G

Artisanal craft brewery offering beer in an airy tasting room, plus live music, food trucks & tours

103 Fox St. Portland, ME

24. Safford Mills Inn & The Miller’s Toll Dinner Club and Lounge

Lisa Harrington ‘98

Gift Certificates for our Vermont Inn and cocktail restaurant. and

Bennington, VT

25. Sarah Beard Buckley Photography

Sarah Beard Buckley ’86, ‘96G

Commercial photography, portraits, and lifestyle.

Cape Elizabeth, ME 

26. SCOUTbox 

Will Wohler ‘07

A subscription box by scouts for scouts, or anyone who wants to engage more with the outdoors. Quality gear, practical items, Fun, and outdoor education to help you engage more with the outdoors.

Portland, ME

27. Sisters Gourmet Deli

Michaela McVetty ‘17

Delicious lunch and breakfast sandwiches made with fresh, local ingredients. Gift cards available.

15 Monument Square, Portland, ME

28. Thrive Holistic Counseling & Coaching

Penny Glover ’00, ‘16G

Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Life Coaching. Individual, Couples, Women & Elder Therapy, Conscientious Divorce Facilitation, and Women's Group

433 US Rt 1, Scarborough, ME 

29. Wildwood Oyster Co.

Becky McKinnell ‘06

Fashion inspired by salt air. Bags and necklaces made simply from beautiful, rugged leather and authentic boat line.

Cumberland, ME

30. Wohler & Co.

Will Wohler ‘07

Professional photography. A contemporary portrait studio for YOU…the Artist, Creative, Maker, Mover and Doer. Senior photos, headshots, family and personal portraits, and more.

Portland, ME

31. Wood Wizard

Michael Nichols ‘08

Hand crafted cherrywood bookmarks.

Cumberland, ME

32. Yankee Tax Service

Michael Myers ‘76

Tax preparation. 35+ years experience with multi state and resolution of outstanding tax problems.

Sanford, ME