Flagship Cinemas showcases new-release films in 11 theaters peppered across seven states, equipping each of its 103 screens with stadium seating and digital surround sound. Beyond providing family-friendly entertainment for more than 15 years, Flagship Cinemas strives to maintain a reputation as the "neighborhood theater" by ensuring each location has a presence in its surrounding community through contributions to local organizations. Flagship Cinemas also builds camaraderie with customers by offering free birthday visits and distributing fanatic cards, which guests can use to earn rewards such as free film tickets or an autographed photo of their favorite usher.
Aquarius Ballroom Dance Studios was established in 1999. Since then, their talented instructors have helped people of all levels glide their ways across the dance floor. Although a lifetime of formal training compels Aquarius Ballroom Dance Studios' instructors to keep classes structured and posture perfect, they place equal weight on fun. Channeling energetic beats and lighthearted vibes, instructors parse the steps of styles from salsa and Argentine tango to foxtrots and West Coast swing. They follow the established syllabi of the International Dance Association, which is upheld by the international dance police.
Live music floats over the din of conversation and toasting pint glasses at Irish Twins Pub while chefs prepare classic bar bites in the kitchen. Onion rings fried in Guinness batter kick off the menu, which also includes buffalo chicken salads, Reuben sandwiches, pizzas, and subs stuffed with bangers, or savory irish sausages. Soft drinks and a collection of beers complement each dish, poured into 22-ounch imperial pint glasses, or 16-ounce American-style glasses.
When she's developing a menu, executive chef Rae Hebert doesn't start with the dishes. She starts with the people around her. What do local Maine farmers and artisans have in store? she asks. What did they grow, craft, or raise this season, and what do they anticipate having in a few weeks? That's why the menu at Wild Duck Pub changes with the seasons, just like the color of tree branches' mood rings. Hebert's lunch and dinner menus each average seven entrees and just a handful of smaller dishes, which lets the kitchen team home in on—and perfect—every bite. Even the burger, for instance, features a Maine-raised grassfed beef patty. And the BLT, that humble American staple, gets an upscale reboot with basil mayonnaise and fresh mozzarella.
Exposed-brick walls and reflective, azure floors decorate MyTie Lounge's laidback space where patrons savor specialty martinis, sushi, and Asian-inspired small plates at intimate tables and clusters of chairs. Orders of gyoza and shu-mai ($5) gather pan-fried dumplings insulated with edible linings of shrimp, pork, or veggies. Chefs glaze the paper-thin tuna or beef carpaccio ($11) with olive oil, red-wine vinegar, and hunks of arugula, arranging slices on plates or stuffing them in envelopes addressed to diners. A concise selection of seven sushi rolls builds from tempura sweet-potato roots in the idaho roll ($5) and to bold bites of the dynamite roll ($11) filled with deep-fried salmon, asparagus, and cream cheese. Patrons sift through the selection of specialty martinis ($8+) and order from an internationally articulate service staff that speaks eight different languages verbally and in Morse code. MyTie Lounge also hosts live entertainment on weekends, including jazz, blues, and reggae.