Psychic and health coach Elaine helps clients achieve a new perspective on life by using Tarot cards in conjunction with her spirit-sensing abilities. Her one-hour sessions take place in person or over the phone. Elaine's certification as a holistic nutrition coach makes her particularly adept at answering questions regarding health. However, no question is off limits, and her readings can address a slew of other issues. Her classes teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced card-readers to hone their craft and rake in the chips during Tarot poker tournaments.
Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott owner Jessica Parrott crafts cupcakes and whoopie pies from fresh fruit and real butter in her bakery in South Portland. Customers can peruse a long list of flavors such as german chocolate, carrot, red velvet, vanilla, and coconut to pick the cake base for each of 12 or 36 cup-size confections. For a finishing touch, Parrott crowns each cake with creamy buttercream frosting and can also fill them with chocolate ganache, buttercream, pistachio pudding, or ideas so crazy that they just might work. Alternatively, whoopie pies sandwich cake circles and creamy filling into portable hand-held treats.
Fetch is a hub of feline and canine accouterments in the Old Port, employing a user-friendly retail experience for both two-legged and four-legged shoppers. Buckets of toys, bones, and frisbees greet dogs at snout-level, and a broad range of pet food targets human eyes. Locally produced munchables include Barkwheats hypoallergenic treats from Litchfield ($7.99) and Hula Lula chicken jerky from Marblehead, Massachusetts ($13.99). Take your pick from an entire wall of collars, many of them locally made, for animals in sizes ranging from teacup to Disneyland teacup ride. Cat owners can stock up on the FroliCat Bolt laser toy ($19.95), a randomly patterned laser pointer sure to captivate furry friends for hours. Today's Groupon can also be used for gift certificates, ideal for presenting to pet fanciers in honor of their companion's graduation from obedience school with a master's degree in rolling over.
Hub Furniture has been family-owned for a century, carefully curating its selection of quality bedroom, living-room, and kitchen furniture. Today, its five-story, 50,000-square-foot warehouse abounds with home furniture from top name brands like Ashley Furniture, Best Chairs, and Pacific Coast Lighting. An experienced sales staff bustles about the store, helping shoppers pick out an ideal mattress or a leather sofa that best matches a personal design style and comes with complimentary loose change.
Cork & Olive Wine Bar & Café's chief oenophiles, Hank and Doug, celebrate the store's expansive collection of wines and microbrews by adding a social tasting and snacking experience to the joy of shopping for fine imbibables. During these tastings, guests may have the opportunity to observe actual gold flakes tumble and turn amid the racing bubbles of the Peter Brum Gold Sparkler or note how the creamily textured tannins in the Cinnabar merlot transform when paired with artisanal cheeses and gourmet meats. Oak barrels await the touch of a tap to allow customers to fill their own bottles or purses with ripe, fermented delights. Every Friday and Saturday, live jazz imbues the air with as many varied and unpredictable notes as are found in the store's collection of wines.