Baxter Brewing Co. recently announced plans to develop a craft brewery in Lewiston’s historic Bates Mill complex.

This is the first craft brewery in northern New England to combine hand-crafted beer with the convenient, environmentally friendly technology of aluminum cans. The company plans to begin shipping beer in September.

“The state of Maine is aching for full-flavored, American-style ales and the environmentally friendly, beer-friendly and highly portable can,” Baxter’s founder and president, Luke Livingston, said.

The Baxter brewery will feature a 30-barrel brewhouse and a state-of-the-art canning line that can fill 30 cans a minute. Livingston plans to have the facility open daily for brewery tours, tastings and special events, as well as a fully stocked retail shop featuring both beer and Baxter Brewing Co. items.

“We want our brewery itself to be a fun and vibrant place that people not only want to visit, but want to keep coming back to,” Livingston said. “The brewery itself will truly be a destination, like no other production brewery in the state.”

Livingston, of Portland, is an Edward Little High School graduate and has a bachelors degree in communications and film from Clark University in Massachusetts. He is the author of and a co-founder of the Maine Beer Writers Guild.

As a home brewer for the past five years, Livingston saw a void for canned craft brew in the Maine beer industry and decided to change that.

“Cans are just so perfect for the outdoor culture,” he said, after having seen craft beers canned by breweries in Colorado and California.

Michael LaCharite will join Baxter Brewing as a world-class brewmaster and Beer Judge Certification Program certified judge.

He brings with him more than 25 years of home brewing experience, which also includes 15 years professional experience as founding partner and brewer for Casco Bay Brewing Co. of Portland.

Baxter Brewing Co. hopes to have a groundbreaking within the next few weeks. For more information, visit


New owner and new name, but traditional barbershop

Mike Parent will offer true barber services for customers of the former Ronnie’s Barber Shop.

Mike’s Barber Shack, located at 575 Westbrook St., South Portland, might look a little different thanks to some fresh paint and decor, but the service is still top notch.

The traditional barbershop offers haircuts, neck shaves and beard or moustache trims. Appointments are not necessary and there is plenty of parking.

Mike’s Barber Shack is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 774-3215 or visit


Monthy Westbrook meeting for professional women

Mary-Anne Martell, founder and principal at Seacoast Law in Westbrook has launched Maine Professional Business Women, Inc.

The group will meet the third Friday of each month from 3 to 6 p.m. at the offices of Seacoast Law, 240 Main St. in Westbrook. It will provide education, marketing and business resources to women.

Launched with an initial invitation of nearly 100 Portland area women, Martell said the group is a unique way to network and share ideas with other professional business women. For more information, visit


Grand opening set Thursday for Downeast Energy store

Downeast Energy has opened a new energy store on Front Street in Bath. The new 1,000-square-foot store will help service many existing customers in the area.

The new store is a place for customers to work with energy advisors and customer service representatives. Customers will find energy efficient heating systems on display as well as other useful items available, including programmable thermostats, caulking, energy efficient light bulbs and many other items.

The grand opening will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the store, 94 Front St., Bath. Refreshments will be served and attendees will receive a coupon to receive 10 cents off Downeast’s regular price plan prices, up to 1,000 gallons.

The store will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.


Maine artists to show works at new gallery in Bath

Markings Gallery is opening at 50 Front St. in Bath. The gallery, representing Maine Arts Community, will offer work in several media, including clay, fiber, precious metals, glass and mixed media. The gallery, due to open Saturday, is owned by Judith Barker, of Yarmouth, Natasha Kempers-Culen, of Topsham, Nanne Kennedy, of Washington, Nan Kilborn-Tara, of West Bath and Monty Smith, of Phippsburg, and will feature their work.

Markings Gallery encourages artist throughout the state to submit work for show and sale. Workshops will also be held at the gallery. For more information, call 443-1499.


Mid-market fund manager moves to Commercial Street

Hudson Realty Capital LLC, one of the nation’s leading mid-market institutional fund managers, has relocated the regional office to 100 Commercial St., Suite 410, Portland. This move marks the growth of Hudson’s northeast operations. For more information, visit or call 772-7219.


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