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Merry Madness Passport 2021

Get your holiday offers in front of 2500+ shoppers by submitting an offer for the Portland Downtown Merry Madness Passport. The Passport – a pocket-sized booklet filled with deals, discounts, and special experiences at 60+ local businesses – will help over 2,500 shoppers explore & enjoy all that our downtown has to offer during the holidays. The Merry Madness Passport is valid throughout

Portland Downtown launches 2021 board electons

  PORTLAND, Maine – Portland Downtown, a 501c4 nonprofit downtown improvement district, is pleased to announce that nominations are open for seven seats on its volunteer board of directors. Property owners & business stakeholders in the downtown district (see map here) may submit a nomination online at portlandmaine.com/nominations. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 30, 2021.

Get ready for Maine Restaurant Week!

  Maine Restaurant Week was created to give restaurants an extra boost during the winter season – and this year that boost is needed more than ever!   As Maine Restaurant Week approaches (March 1-12), we invite you check out the special offers at more than 40 participating locations. Most are offering both indoor dining* and curbside pick-up, making it easy for

Monument Square Tree Cam – Now Streaming!

  Presented by Portland Downtown and Hood® Eggnog | Hosted by Portland Public Library Welcome to our live-streaming cam overlooking Monument Square. No matter where you are in the world, we hope this virtual window brings you a little joy – all season long. Happy Holidays from Portland, Maine! Click here to view the live-stream Tips for enjoying the Monument

Friendly Smiles Behind The Masks

  As the seasons change, downtown merchants are looking ahead with cautious optimism. With safety protocols firmly in place – both for their employees and their customers – they’re adapting to the “new normal” in hopes of delivering the same personalized, one-of-a-kind shopping & dining experiences their patrons have come to expect and love. Read

A Pivoted Record Store & More

  Did you know that Record Store Day – now a worldwide event celebrating the culture of the indie record store – was an idea originally conceived by Chris Brown of Portland’s own Bull Moose? This year, Record Store Day has been transformed into series of “RSD Drops” on August 29, September 26, and October 24 to allow