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271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
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Falmouth Businesses in the News
Falmouth voters approve Route 1

Voters narrowly passed the referendum on a $11.7 million bond to remake Route 1 by just 89 votes (...). The Route 1 bond passed 1,240 to 1,151. The bond will pay for infrastructure improvements along the business corridor, which will include burying utility lines, landscaping medians, building new sidewalks, installing street lights and making storm water management improvements.



The Wolak Group wins Shep Lee Award for Community Service

The nonprofit Institute for Family-Owned Business, which handed out the awards, showcases family businesses whose strategies, practices and values impact the community. Judges said of The Wolak Group of Falmouth, "…What grabbed us was the way in which they nurtured other things…often times unlikely stuff like their international intern program, plus a ton of community work."


CashStar's David Stone leaves company he co-founded

David Stone, a 2012 Mainebiz Business Leader of the Year and founding CEO of digital gift card company CashStar Inc., based in Portland, told the Bangor Daily News Thursday that he had left two weeks ago by mutual decision with the company's board.


Route 1 bridge aims to please cyclists, fishermen



Transportation officials on Monday will present final designs for the new $23.5 million bridge connecting Portland to Falmouth.The bridge is designed to feature a 10-foot-wide multiuse lane for cyclists and pedestrians and to have platforms for fishermen, said Carol Morris, who is handling project communications for the Maine Department of Transportation. "It's going to have a strong recreation aspect," Morris said.


New restaurant makes splash with interesting spices, dishes

Inside at Bueno Loco

A cavernous space in a small strip mall on Route 1 in Falmouth that was once home to O'Naturals is now Bueno Loco, which literally means "Good Crazy." Or, as the website says, "Crazy good."


Fast-paced tri-town gas plan takes shape

Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth officials continued to craft the outline for a plan that would bring natural gas service to 90% of commercial customers within three years and 80% of residential customers within four years.


Falmouth businesses boost Route 1 upgrade
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Bill Sowles, the president of the Morong car dealership on Route 1 in Falmouth, hopes a plan to upgrade the town’s commercial center will fly.

After at least 10 years of discussion, the Falmouth Town Council is going ahead with a plan that could substantially reshape the Route 1 commercial strip that now forms the business center in a town more often known for its excellent schools and upscale housing developments.


Mexican food with a taste of Mayan coming to Falmouth
After eight months of vacancy, the former Stonyfield Cafe space in the Shops at Falmouth Village will soon have a new restaurant tenant. Falmouth resident Sharon Starks and chef Oleg Opalnyk plan to open Bueno Loco Mexican Restaurante at 240 U.S. Route 1 in February 2013.



Falmouth places size limit on Route 1 businesses
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An aerial view of the Falmouth business district along Route 1.

The Falmouth Town Council has voted unanimously to limit the size of new stores in its Route 1 shopping district. The new rules basically rule out "big box" stores, although existing buildings larger than 50,000 square feet are exempt.




Businesses sought for 'Shop Falmouth' promotion
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The Falmouth Economic Improvement Committee has set out to encourage a “shop local, buy local” mentality in residents this holiday season, but is still looking for business participation. The first annual Shop Falmouth event will take place Dec. 7-9, encouraging residents to patronize local businesses for their holiday shopping. “What we’re trying to create is a weekend of festivities and a weekend of shopping opportunities for businesses in Falmouth,” said Anne Theriault, event chairwoman. 



Financial institutions bank on Falmouth business

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Photo: Bangor Savings Bank (source: The Forecaster)

Along U.S. Route 1 and Route 100, Falmouth is home to 10 different financial institutions. What makes the town such a great place for a bank?

“Obviously, it's a nice location with a compact business district that has a pretty wide draw of people coming down there,” said Glenn Hutchinson, president and chief executive officer at Bath Savings Institution. Other bankers agreed. Representatives from Gorham Savings Bank, Norway Savings Bank, Key Bank, The Bank of Maine and Bank of America all said they came here because of the market opportunities the town presents.

“It's become the banking center of Maine,” said John Everets, chairman and chief executive officer of The Bank of Maine. “It's a wonderful community that has a lot of things that are attractive to banks.”

A Company on the Cutting Edge of E-Gifting

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When David Stone founded the e-gift card company CashStar five years ago, he knew that he was onto something big. Although the U.S. gift card market has grown to more than $26 billion by 2007, the e-gifting landscape was "almost nonexistent at the time," says Stone. He could see how quickly the world was moving online, and understood the convenience of being able to send a gift through email to people in distant locations. 


Falmouth is Making it Easy for Businesses to Recycle



Temporary Signage Now an Option for Falmouth Businesses



Three TideSmart Global Agencies named to Event Marketer Magazine's "It List"

For the eighth consecutive year, emg3, a Maine experiential marketing agency in Falmouth has been named to Event Marketer Magazine's prestigious "It List," an annual honor bestowed upon the top 100 marketing agencies in the country.  Joining emg3 was two of its sister TideSmart Global agencies, as Promerica Health and Sumerian Sports & Entertainment also made the list for the second time.


An open attitude between developers and municipal officials generally leads to satisfactory results

"Nathan [Poore] wanted my client to understand all the resources available in order to make the transition to Falmouth as seamless and fruitful as possible. This type of progressive interaction proves to me that Falmouth, and most municipalities, are open for business if the lines of communication are reciprocal and established at the onset of interest."
Justin Lamontagne, Associate Broker, NAI The Dunham Group





Former Falmouth High student Giluliana Raggiani wins top honors
from a top design school for her children's wear.

Parsons 2012 Fashion Benefit Honoring Donna Karan and Sheila C. Johnson
Giuliana Raggiani holds the pair of scissors she received as a trophy as the Children’s Wear Designer of the Year.

With a collection of colorful children's knits, a former Falmouth High School student landed a coveted fashion design award from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. When she graduates from Parsons today, with a class that numbers almost 200, Giuliana Raggiani will have the distinction of being the 2012 Children's Wear Designer of the Year. The award was presented on May 1 during the 64th annual Parsons Fashion Benefit, which raised $1.4 million for scholarships and programs at the school.

Portland Press Herald, May 17, 2012 "A mark of prestige for Mainer's design"


Bank of America names Falmouth resident Bill Williamson its Maine state president

Bank of America has named Falmouth resident Bill Williamson its Maine state president, replacing Betsey Timm, who served as Bank of America state president since 2004. Williamson has been with the company since joining a predecessor institution in 1981. Williamson, a Colby College alumnus, is active in the community, having served on the boards of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce and the Susan Curtis Foundation. He currently serves on the board of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.

Mainebiz, May 15, 2012 "Bank of America names new Maine president"


Morong Falmouth and the Sowles Family win 2012 Leon Gorman Award

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Bill Sowles, Co-owner of Morong

On May 14th the Institute for Family-Owned Business presented its 2012 Leon Gorman Award to Morong Falmouth and the Sowles Family. This award is for family-owned businesses that have more than 25 employees. The Institute for Family-Owned Business is a non-profit organization committed to supporting, strengthening, and empowering family-owned businesses in Maine. Morong sells Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, and Mazda cars, trucks, and SUV's in Falmouth and Brunswick. According to Mainebiz, "(j)udges highlighted its corporate culture and succession planning, which includes a requirement that members of the younger generation spend at least a year working at another auto dealer outside the state before joining Morong." Congratulations to Morong and the Sowles Family!

Mainebiz, May 15, 2012 "Family-owned businesses nab kudos"

Falmouth's David Stone is named Mainebiz 2012 Business Leader

CashStar CEO David Stone

MaineBiz recognized David D. Stone, CEO and co-founder of Portland-based CashStar, as a 2012 Leader of the Year for driving innovation in digital gifting, expanding a booming Maine business and fostering local economic growth. The honor of Business Leader of the Year marks Stone as a Maine executive who successfully grew his company, and in this case, an industry, taking Maine's economy along with him.

Mainebiz, March 19, 2012  " ‘Leap of faith' paying off for digital gift card pioneer David Stone"


Bookstores in Falmouth, Yarmouth, Brunswick buck national trend with increased sales

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Employee Kate Winn straightens a row of books at The Book Review in Falmouth,
one of the local independent book sellers enjoying increasing sales.
Donna Williams, owner of The Book Review, said she saw
a boost after Borders in South Portland closed last summer

The Forecaster, February 21, 2012




Leavitt and Sons Deli in Falmouth cooks a popular chicken pot pie


"Soup to Nuts: Mainers do love a pot pie high: They keep local bakers cranking out the classic comfort food of winter all year long."



Gorham Savings Bank and the Town of Falmouth Elementary School Design & Building Group
win 2012 eco-Excellence award from ecomaine

The Falmouth branch of Gorham Savings Bank and the Town of Falmouth Elementary School Design & Building Group were chosen for a 2012 eco-Excellence Award for their "green" facility and operations practices and design. An award ceremony was held on March 7th at ecomaine. Congratulations, Gorham Savings Bank and Falmouth School Department!

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Town signs Purchase and Sale Agreement
with OceanView for Redevelopment of School Site


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John Wasileski, owner of OceanView of Falmouth, Council Chair Teresa Pierce,
and Town Manager Nathan Poore at the signing event

Click here for more information on this project.

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Image source: Portland Press Herald

Portland Press Herald, January 24, 2012
-- "Residents at a public hearing Monday night gave an overwhelmingly positive response to the $3.25 million bid from OceanView at Falmouth for the former Plummer-Motz and Lunt school properties."

The Forecaster, January 24, 2012
-- Falmouth residents praise OceanView plan, question funds for community center

Portland Press Herald, January 18, 2012
-- Falmouth picks plan for school site

The Forecaster, January 17, 2012
-- Falmouth council backs OceanView bid for school properties


Walmart gets town OK for Falmouth expansion

The Forecaster, November 2, 2011
"The Planning Board gave final approval Tuesday night to Walmart's plans to expand at 206 Route 1. The new design will expand the existing 92,000-square-foot store to a 124,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter. The site plan includes a large garden section, pharmacy, and grocery store, and will require demolition of the existing Regal Cinemas."

The Forecaster, September 7, 2011
-- Walmart on track for Falmouth expansion

Portland Press Herald, July 6, 2011
-- Falmouth planners delay decision on Walmart's proposed expansion

The Forecaster, July 6, 2011
-- Falmouth Board: Super Walmart plans all short

The Forecaster, May 4, 2011
-- Walmart presents first plans for Falmouth expansion, demolition of cinema

Mainebiz, January 18, 2011
-- Falmouth sets its eye on a new downtown

Portland Press Herald, January 12, 2011
-- Falmouth council's zoning decision backs Walmart expansion
"Walmart now has to submit plans for the expansion, which would include a full-service grocery store"

The Forecaster, January 11, 2011
-- Walmart expansion likely as Falmouth councilors consider Route 1 business limits
"Walmart's expansion into the Regal Cinemas space on Route 1 is looking like a sure thing after the Town Council reached consensus Monday that it will not oppose the plan"



Falmouth resident, Gunnar Hubbard, principal and founder of Fore Solutions, named to
"2011 Next List" by Mainebiz

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Falmouth resident, Gunnar Hubbard, was named by Mainebiz one of "ten people shaping the future of Maine's economy" for 2011. "In the last eight years, Fore Solutions has been the guiding hand behind some of the state’s greenest and most prominent new buildings."


Forbes Magazine names Falmouth "Top City" in the nation to "live and learn"

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In April 2011 Falmouth was named “Top City to Live and Learn” by Forbes Magazine and GreatSchools in their second annual national study ranking cities across the United States. Falmouth schools earned an education quality score of 100.00.
See also: The Forecaster, April 26, 2011


"Our View:
A commercial corridor could be Falmouth's center"

Portland Press Herald, October 12, 2011
-- History may not have produced a village center for Falmouth, but good planning could.

Falmouth retargeting Route 1 as 'downtown'

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Portland Press Herald, October 11, 2011
-- In a town where some bemoan the lack of a typical village center, a two-mile stretch of Route 1 -- from the intersection with Route 88 to the Interstate 95 connector -- is being targeted as an obvious place to develop a "downtown."
Note: This article contains a number of inaccuracies.


Town issues Request for Proposals for
Route One South Infrastructure Enhancement Plan
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On July 27, 2011 the Town of Falmouth issued a Request for Proposals to retain the services of a licensed landscape architect and a professional engineer to assist the Town with the development of a Route One South Infrastructure Enhancement Plan. Deadline for proposals is September 7, 2011.


Town of Falmouth creates Economic Improvement Committee

Economic Improvement Committee, draft order March 16, 2010
On April 26, 2010 the Falmouth Town Council unanimously adopted an order to create an "Economic Improvement Committee." This committee was established in the winter of 2011 and started to meet in spring 2011. See the committee's webpage for meeting agendas and minutes.


Tyler Technologies provides software to help municipalities nationwide manage their functions

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John Marr Jr., president and CEO of Tyler Technologies

Portland Press Herald, September 25, 2011
Maine Biz, August 30, 2011


Falmouth Route 1 Renovation Is Praised


"A former auto dealership in Falmouth has been reborn as a retail center, marking the latest step in the ongoing revitalization of the town's Route 1 corridor. Last month, Bangor Savings Bank and Falmouth Ace Hardware opened at 215 Route 1 in a building that was once home to a Saab dealership."

See also: The Forecaster, December 8, 2010
"A hardware store and a bank may seem unlikely bedfellows, but the Bangor Savings Bank building under construction at Route 1 and Fundy Road will contain both, plus another business when it is finally completed next spring."

Pipeline politics: Falmouth hopes to attract natural gas service

The Forecaster, May 3, 2011
"It's no secret that town officials and business owners want to see a natural gas pipeline running through town. And with the impending reconstruction of the Martin's Point bridge, they believe a connection to the pipeline that ends on Veranda Street in Portland makes sense. But according to Unitil representatives who attended a community meeting Tuesday with the town's Economic Improvement Committee, it's not going to happen."


Turning the tide: UMaine Cooperative Extension moves into Falmouth

The Forecaster, April 26, 2011
"It was moving day Tuesday at the new University of Maine Cooperative Extension Regional Learning Center at 75 Clearwater Drive in Tidewater Village."


Regional economic development group lands $375K grant

Portland Press Herald, August 31, 2011
"A Portland-area business development group has been awarded a $375,000, three-year grant from the Greater Portland Public Development Commission, a state agency that distributes business loans and grants.
        The money will go to the Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership incorporated earlier this year to promote economic development in Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Westbrook, Falmouth and Cape Elizabeth, said a media release.
        The corporation works to attract businesses to the area, retain current businesses, promote job growth and create partnerships between the business community and local colleges and universities."

The Forecaster, February 8, 2011
"Regional economic development board taking shape"

The Forecaster, December 14, 2010
"A new organization wants towns in greater Portland to play nice in the sandbox – and, by doing so, to attract new businesses. The Greater Portland Economic Development Corp. aims to bring together officials from Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and Westbrook in an effort to lure businesses not just to the individual towns, but to the metropolitan area."


Sharing the secrets of their success

Portland Press Herald, August 6, 2010
"Maine-based entrepreneurs gather in Falmouth to tell their stories and get tips on how to grow their businesses."


Falmouth looks good to marketing firm, banks

The Forecaster, June 9, 2010
"Several businesses are breaking ground, opening and moving in Falmouth. (...) 'To have an economic push like this in southern Maine is huge,' said Gov. John Baldacci. (...) 'I think this area of Falmouth is ripe for significant and positive development,' Woods [owner of TideSmart] said."


Dreaming of retirement?
Website says few places are better than Falmouth Foreside

The Forecaster, April 20, 2010
"A personal finance website says Falmouth Foreside is one of the top 20 places for a "dream" retirement in the U.S."


Marketing firm emg3 locates its business in Falmouth

The Forecaster, December 21, 2010
"Natural smarts: Falmouth business sees advantage in energy neutrality"

Mainebiz, June 15, 2010
"A Falmouth-based marketer broke ground last week on a $10 million project to expand his experiential marketing company and expects to hire 400 people and record annual sales of $200 million within four years."

"Marketing firm coming to campus in Falmouth - Within two years, Stephen Woods hopes to add 100 employees to his 42-person company, emg3."


“We believe that the retail environment is more than the point of purchase…it’s a place of discovery, community and personal expression”


New Gorham Savings Bank branch opens in Falmouth

The Forecaster, June 9, 2010
"Gorham Savings Bank opened its newest office June 8 on Route 1 at Clearwater Drive. The branch offers a full array of banking products to retail and business customers, and created five new jobs. The building is going for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification."


Falmouth Shopping Center (Re)development

The Forecaster article, April 7, 2010
"Panel offers ideas for redevelopment of Falmouth Shopping Center"

The Forecaster article, November 18, 2009
"Residents share ideas, vision for Falmouth Shopping Center"




Have current Falmouth business news?
Please contact Theo Holtwijk at 781-5253 ext. 5340 or tholtwijk@town.falmouth.me.us.
Thank you.


 

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