Bazkari Catering to offer, and deliver, tastes of Spain to Maine�

Bazkari Catering, a new catering and lunch service offering free lunch delivery with no minimum order to offices in downtown Portland and the Maine Mall area of South Portland, is open for business. Their Spanish- and Basque-inspired food is prepared at the Public Market House in Monument Square, with lunch available every weekday and orders taken through a secure online store.

Ana O’Connell, founder and chef, developed her cooking skills during many years in the Basque region of Andalusia.

“I love Portland and its many restaurants, but I couldn’t find the flavors from Spain that I really missed,” she said. “Now I see people enjoying my food and I’m so happy. A little bit of Spain in Maine is a good thing.”

The menu combines select Spanish import items with many free-range, local and organic ingredients. Some recipes are original family creations and others are traditional Spanish dishes. The daily lunch deal offers three courses, or a la carte choices from a list of salads.

When ordering lunches, customers should plan to order 24 hours in advance for delivery between 8 and 11 a.m. in microwaveable containers. Catering for group lunch meetings or events is also available in advance notice.

“This is food that I actually take time to savor,” Susan Colinet, of CDS in South Portland said. “I do this because it is delicious, but also because I know that it is prepared with care, passion and pride for the culture and the ingredients that go into each item.”

Bazkari catering may be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 518-1798. To view a full menu and learn more about ordering, visit www.bazkaricatering.com/.

Real estate brokerage adds a commercial division

RE/MAX The Bay, in Portland, has expanded into the commercial real estate market. The commercial division will be a full service brokerage, specializing in the sale and leasing of commercial real estate in greater Portland and southern Maine. The company has operated as a residential real estate brokerage in Portland since 1995. 

Glazer in private practice with Coastal Orthopedics

James Glazer has established his private practice at Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He was previously associate director of sports medicine at Maine Medical Center and will continue offering orthopedic consultations from his office in Freeport, as well as working with local amateur and professional athletes of all ages. 

Meditation center to have opening event on Saturday

Sadhana, The Meditation Center, will have an opening ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10. There will be delicious food and inspiring music along with meditation and chanting available. Speakers will include Khenmo Drolma, Abbess of Vajra Dakini Nunnery, and Rabbin Harry Sky. The center is located at 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland. For more information, visit www.sadhaname.com

ShipOnSite opens Gardiner location with Maine owner

ShipOnSite, with corporate offices in Wake Forest, N.C., has announced a new location in Gardiner. The new site is open for business at 35 Bridge St. Unit #1. New owner Ryan Fish is a homegrown entrepreneur and 1999 graduate of Gardiner High School. With a degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University, he and his wife Molly are looking forward to meeting the needs of the area. ShipOnSite, Inc., has 27 stores in nine states. Each location offers traditional packaging and shipping services, as well as eBay Consignment services. The stores also offer a unique selection of gifts and novelty items. For more information, visit www.shiponsite.com or call 582-8844.

Change to ‘Viles Arboretum’ recognizes benefactors

The Pine Tree State Arboretum, the 224-acre home of tree and other outstanding plant collections, quiet wooded walking trails, a variety of habitats, superb bird and other wildlife watching, and great cross-country skiing, is changing its name to Viles Arboretum. The origins of the former name are linked to the idea that this was to be the Arboretum in Maine — the Pine Tree State — but had become problematic. Most if not all of the country’s other aboretums are named after the person whose imagination and influence led to their creation. In this case, that individual was Elsie Viles, of Augusta, and her late husband, Bill. Elsie is regarded as the one who gave shape to the initial arboretum idea, who provided the required infrastructure and who still watches over the arboretum as both benefactor and friend. For more information, the arboretum can be reached by calling 626-7989. 

Center for physical therapy and training opens in city

Livevital Physical Therapy + Performance is a newly built, premier physical therapy and training facility in Portland. Equipped with the latest in functional fitness and therapy equipment, the company offers the highest level of care for a wide spectrum of orthopedic and medical diagnosis.

This includes treatment for physical therapy with sports injuries, conditions of the spine and post-surgical cases, corrective exercise programs, individualized Norwegian based manual therapy treatments and behavior modification and weight loss programs.

With over 14 years practice in southern Maine Livevital has the knowledge and experience to provide the most effective treatment and the highest quality of care for patients.

The facility is at 40 Maple St. For more information call 899-1922.