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Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Chatter News Edition

Hi everyone!  As we all start ramping up for tourist season, I would like to take a moment to recognize how important networking is all year round.  One of the biggest joys of my job is to see collaboration among see new ideas being discussed, to see one members products for sale in another business, that is what the chamber is all about!  Another fantastic benefit of being part of our organization is to see how we all come together for the good times and the difficult times.  The last week saw us mourn the loss of a 30 year old business in Freeport along with owners, customers and staff of The Corsican.  We also had our spirits lifted in celebration of True Value Freeport Hardware store's expansion.  Through both, we experienced the drive, commitment and pride that comes with being a small business owner.  As we move further into 2016, you will see our new marketing tagline, Freeport is My Business.  Freeport is your business and our business!  Let's be "all in" and make it a wonderful, profitable season!  If you need help getting motivated, reach out.  Know that there are so many other business owners who "have your back" and support you.  Have a good May!


Stephanie Petkers

May Member Newsletter Submission Notice
Let us share your news, special or events with our mailing list of over 700!
Please send submissions to Michelle Fougere at
Deadline for submissions is May 9th for  Member News Edition release on May 16th!
Maine Marine Group, LLC
J.P. Williamson
64 New Gloucester Road
Durham, ME 04222
Phone: 207.962.7126

Maine Marine Group is a marine surveying and adjusting company offering claim management, loss control, claim investigation, and marine insurance consulting services.

Maine Memories Gifts
Sande Updegraph
Phone: 207.838.9439
Here at Maine Memories Gifts, we want you to know just how special your occasion is to us, even if the occasion is simply "just because."   We specialize in custom gifts for people who love Maine!
Pillars | Antiques - Decorative Arts
125A US Route 1
Freeport, ME 03032
Phone: 869-5164
Website: Pillars

As an eclectic mix of active dealers, Pillars offers the finest in antiques and decorative arts. Pillars first opened its doors in the late 1990's on Route 1 in Yarmouth and later moved to Main Street. Pillars moved to its present location at 125A US Route 1 in Freeport (by the big indian) in October 2011.

Stop by today and see their fine collection of items!
The Lobster Cooker
39 Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032
Phone: 869-5086
Website:  The Lobster Cooker

Now open under new management!

Enjoy Fresh Maine seafood, hand cut fries using only Maine potatoes, and local craft beer on tap. Their Upper Deck Sports Pub is full service dining and has two 75" 4K UHD TV's as well as 4 other TV's so you don't have to miss one minute of action. 

Located in the heart of downtown Freeport and only 2 blocks from L.L. Bean. There is plenty of parking in the back!
Visit them today, relax and catch your favorite team in action, enjoy a couple of drinks with your friends 

A BIG Thank You to everyone who attended, exhibited or sponsored our B2B event on April 19th!  Next year, bigger and better!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Firefighter Appreciation Day
Chamber member, Melissa Jones, owner of My Amethyst Touch located at 20 Independence Drive, wanted to honor the firefighters that work so hard to keep us safe. "I thought a good way to show my appreciation for this was by offering chair massage." says Melissa; "Spending a few hours at the firehouse was the least I can do for the men and women who work there."   

The Chamber will also honor Freeport's finest by providing a home cooked dinner at the firestation.  If any Chamber members would like to donate a door prize gift, please contact
Tuesday, May 17, 11:30AM
Ribbon Cutting Event at My Amethyst Touch
My Amethyst Touch
20 Independence Drive, Freeport - 615-1074
Join us as we welcome massage therapist Melissa Jones to her new location here in Freeport!

Tuesday, May 17,  5-7PM
Paint Night with Kellie Chasse
Location: Bradley Conference Room 
Freeport Community Services
53 Depot Street, Freeport
Enjoy an evening with Kelli Chasse and friends!
Kellie will walk you through creating this wonderful scene of oceanside lupines!
$35 for a 16 x 20 acrylic and all materials are provided!
Monday, June 6, 8:00-9:45AM 
New Member Orientation
Location: Nordica Theatre
Freeport, ME
Are you a new member or an existing member who wants to learn more about all the benefits of being a Chamber member?  Come join us for an open discussion where we will let you know all about the Chamber and listen to your questions and welcome your ideas!  Hosted by our Ambassador Committee.
Coffee and Tea provided.  No registration required.
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Thursday, June 2, 3-6PM
Health & Wellness Expo - Healthy Ways to Work & Play Expo

The expo will feature Chamber members displaying products and services related to wellness.  The expo will be held from 3-6pm at the Fire Station.  This is a FREE event open to the public.  We will be accepting healthy food donations for FCS Food Pantry.

If you are interested in exhibiting for free, please contact
Register for an exhibit table: 
Thank you to our Sponsors:

Golf Tournament and Golf Ball Drop!
Golf Tournament Entry 
September 9, 2016
Registration at 12:00PM
Shotgun start at 1:00PM
9 Hole Scramble Match
Helicopter Golf Ball Drop 5:00PM
Purchase golf balls for a chance to win a $2,500 CASH prize.
Or download a copy of the registration form, fill it out and return it to the chamber office or mail to:
Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 335
Freeport, ME 04032

Another special event... 
1st Time Ever! 
Maine Memories Gifts Trunk Show!  

Saturday - May 7 - 1-4PM
Meticulously selected Maine products in colorful arrangements starting at just $18!  See them all!  Great gifts for Mom, teachers, pet and house sitters, hostess and thank you gifts!    
New American Bead Collection Trunk Show Beads 
Come in to see them all or call us for pictures!
See the April release of Banded Onyx and my new favorite Spiny Oyster!
The show release was the Spring Fever Bead:  Chrysotile!  Banded shades of green and frosty white...gorgeous!
Nicole Barr Overstock Major Markdowns!
All sale prices listed at!
 Free Gift Wrapping! 
Free Layaway! 
2nd Annual Pine Tree Council 
Scout-O-Rama hosted by L.L. Bean on May 14, 2106

The Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America will fill Freeport on May 14, 2016.  Expect 3,000 - 4,000 visitors to descend upon Freeport!   Will you 
The Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce will have a booth from 9-3 on Saturday, May 14 and will be handing out geocaching activity passports to the scouts.  Scouts and their adult chaperones will be stopping at Petrillo's, Dairy Queen, Derosier's, The Lobster Cooker, Train Station, Town Hall and LL Bean Bike and Ski store.
If you are interested in volunteering in our booth that day and getting a FREE T-Shirt, please email

The Freeport Woman's Club will hold their annual Spring Bazaar on Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in front of St. Jude Church, 134 Main St., Freeport. Plants, baked goods and raffle items will be offered for sale. Proceeds will go toward high school scholarships.

Freeport Players is gearing up for their 2016 season. The next production is Neil Simon's, "The Odd Couple Female Version," July 15-31, Fridays,
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
preview Thursday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.
directed by Keith Anctil
"Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's reworking of his hilarious contemporary comic classic."

A Special Thank You to Our Cornerstone Members

Chamber Staff Members

Stephanie Petkers  
Executive Director
(207) 847-5240 ext.1 
Michelle Fougere
Office Administrator
(207) 847-5240 ext. 3
Email:  Michelle Fougere

"People like to do business with people they know"