‘Spring Ladies Knight’ on May 9 in South Portland drew hundreds of participants to businesses in the Knightville area. From left are Monique Gaudet, Laura Siciliano, and Barbara Fortier. COURTESY PHOTO/Julie Bernier

SOUTH PORTLAND — The second annual “Spring Ladies Knight” in the historical Knightville neighborhood drew hundreds of participants, raising the profile of 18 different businesses found on Cottage Road and Ocean and E Streets in South Portland.

The Knightville area boasts a collection of nearly 30 restaurants, artisan and craft shops, physicians  and homeware stores who work collaboratively to support the community through occasions such as “Spring Ladies Knight.”

During the event, neighbors and guests were able to experience services and merchandise available in the Knightville section of South Portland and to meet the owners and staff behind many of the local businesses.

“It was simply a great event,” said Tina Dinsmore of SoPo Arts and Jewelry on Ocean Street. “It was a really good vibe and everybody seemed to have a great time.”

Dinsmore said collaborative events such as “Spring Ladies Knight” and last December’s “Holiday Stroll” in Knightville are intended to share what is available for those who visit local businesses in the area and also offers an opportunity to exchange of ideas about products and services that community wants.

Businesses represented during “Spring Ladies Knight” included TULA Studios Health & Wellness; FoulMouthed Brewing; Earth Angel Arts Gift Shop; Bear Island Board Company; SoPo Arts & Jewelry; Portland Direct Primary Care; The Farm Stand; Ocean & D studio + shop; Swan Chiropractic: Chaya Studio Jewelry; Soma Massage & Wellness; Ocean Waves Salon & Hair Matters; Maine Body Works Studios; The Lamp Repair Shop; and several others.

Emma Lockwood of Ocean & D studio + shop posted on social media she was thrilled to meet many new friends and neighbors at the event.

“Lovely to see everyone at our annual spring ladies night,” Lockwood wrote. “There are so many people who consciously go out of their way to support small businesses.”

The “Spring Ladies Knight” was such a success that a committee has been formed to plan for similar type of events this summer and in the fall.

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