Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Buck's Naked BBQ signs on for new, larger location

Next April Buck's will begin renovations on the old Dexter Shoe Outlet (presently the LL Bean Outlet store) to move their special brand of BBQ to a new location. The new location will allow them room for a new nightclub venue, something Freeport definitely needs!

Until the new location is complete, you can still find Buck's on Rt 1 South, just across from the Big Indian.

This Saturday night it's Arlo Guthrie at the LL Bean Summer Concert Series. Additional parking and a shuttle bus are available on Lower Main St at the LL Bean corporate office parking lot. This is one show we are definitely looking forward to. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Freeport Chocolatier, Wilbur's, to expand

Wilbur's Chocolates has purchased a new location in Freeport. In the summer of 2008 they will begin the migration of their production, retail and warehouse facility from the present location on Independence Dr to the new location on Rt 1 South, just a few feet away.

Also joining Wilbur's in the new location is that great brownie-making team at Simply Divine Brownies. A third 'foodie' company, as yet unannounced, will also share the space.

Wilbur's has won numerous awards for their chocolates and Simply Divine Brownies were selected to supply the 'sweets' for the Academy Award gift bags.

The businesses will be adding up to 45 new jobs in the course of the next two years.

Be sure to stop in at the Wilbur's factory on Independence Dr on Tuesdays in August for a factory tour ($3). Simply Divine Brownies is presently located in Fort Andross in Brunswick.

Monday, July 16, 2007

LL Bean Summer Concert Series- 2007

Portland Symphony Orchestra is on the marquee for this Saturday's LL Bean Summer Concert (July 21). So far we've been to the Robert Cray concert on the 4th and had great seats for the show and the fireworks.

And don't forget...the Yarmouth Clam Fest starts on the 20th!

Freeport Village Center Shopping District

Demolition is well under way at the site of the old LL Bean outlet store (new store is on RT 1 South, just past Desert Rd). The cranes have been onsite for a few weeks now but the demo really took off last week. This photo is from July12. Several old hewn timbers are being 'rescued' from destruction.

When this demo is completed and construction begins, Freeport will be making way for a new shopping area with a 550 car parking garage. No news on what stores will be occupying the new space. So far we've heard there are 2 anchor stores and then smaller, boutique-type shops in between.

This will still be outdoor shopping. Kind of exciting having all this new construction going on!

The Fourth of July parade was, once again, a great start to the holiday! Spectators lined the streets from north to south as many Freeport residents brought out their 'flivvers' to drive through town. And not to be outdone was The Boot!

Taking it all in on the sidelines was 'Parade Dog' outfitted in her stars and stripes and wishing just one of those kids would throw some candy her way. (She did get a small piece of chocolate from Wilburs, always a crowd favorite on parade day!)