Since October, Kathy Heye and Deede Montgomery have been working tirelessly to build a dream – Bessie’s Farm Goods – which opened Monday and will celebrate with a grand opening this weekend.

Bessie’s Farm Goods, located at 33 Litchfield Road in Freeport, will serve a wide array of customers. With plans to be open Tuesday through Sunday, the store will offer tea, coffee and baked goods, as well as farm produce, perennials, cut flowers and locally made, functional crafts. In addition to the variety of products available, Montgomery and Heye plan to offer workshops for youth and adults in lifelong skills like spinning, knitting, basket making, gardening and much  more.

The two women, both on the verge of 60, retired from Freeport Middle School last June.

“We said, if we want to follow a dream, now is the time to do it,” Montgomery said.

During the summer, they brainstormed the kind of business they wanted to start and researched retail space in Freeport. Realizing the cost of renting space, the duo decided to build their own store on Heye’s property, soliciting her son’s contracting expertise.

Construction started  late in the fall with the help of their families clearing brush. By Thanksgiving, the first wall was raised. They have been working seven days a week to be ready for the opening, and Montgomery said it has been a great experience.
“We’ve had the time of our lives.

As Montgomery’s husband has watched the duo’s dream unfold, he has been inspired by their dream and describes them as “super women.”

For now, the women plan to open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Monday. As they see the flow of business, Montgomery said they may adjust the hours to better serve their customers.

This Saturday and Sunday, Bessie’s Farm Goods will kick off their opening with a large perennial sale. Montgomery said they have about 600 plants ready to go.

Stop in or follow Bessie’s Farm Goods on Facebook.

Montgomery and Heye can also be contacted by e-mailing [email protected]

Vector Marketing opens new sales office in Portland

Vector Marketing has opened a new sales office in Portland run by District Manager Michael Davolio. The office is at 1321 Washington Ave., Suite 108.

It will be used for the recruitment and training of new sales representatives, as well as for team meetings, where additional training and mentorship is provided.

Sales representatives market Vector’s product, CUTCO Cutlery, through in-home presentations and use the sales office as “home base.”

For more information, visit www.vectormarketing.com or call 877-888-0314.

Mid-Maine Chamber has new promotional website

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce has launched its new website at www.midmainechamber.com, specially designed to help promote mid-Maine area local businesses, community organizations and events.

The new website has been updated with graphics and a tabbed menu system for easier navigation and also offers the community a convenient way to locate and identify local chamber member businesses and a comprehensive list of events. 

Intuitive Charms Studio offers local artists’ work

Intuitive Charms Studio & Gallery recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce.

The studio and gallery features distinctive gifts, jewelry, pottery, fine art and more, all by Seacoast artists.

It is located at 274 Route 1 in York.

For more information, call 363-0558 or visit www.intuitivecharms.com

Evergreen Courier uses primarily hybrid vehicles

NCS Logistics has announced the launch of Evergreen Courier, an eco-friendly courier service. It blends environmentally friendly practices, primarily the use of hybrid vehicles, with the offerings of a first-class courier.

It gives customers carbon dioxide emissions savings, as well as a web-based account management tool to place and track orders online, view and download invoices, prepare customized reports and more. Evergreen Courier says it’s the first “green” courier service in northern New England.

NCS Logistics is at 3 Southgate Road, unit 3, in Scarborough.

For more information, visit www.evergreencourier.com or call 888-962-0222.