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Job Principal / Might & Main
Lives In Parkside
I'm a proud part of the A-Team of Might & Main, co-President of AIGA Maine, a co-founder of PICNIC Music & Arts Festival, and a big fan of all things Portland. I live with my fiancée in Parkside with our puppy Harriet and a handful of tasteful taxidermy. I fish in salt and fresh water, using all the wrong tricks and occasionally catching something by accident. Always on the hunt for another perfect beach spot, great new music, and a better Manhattan.
Why did you choose Portland? I came to Portland after high school for Maine College of Art. Following graduation, after a brief stint in Seattle, I found Portland calling me back east. The vibrant creative culture, the music, the food, and the quality of life keep me here. Portland's urban enough for my lifestyle, supportive of my business, and close enough to Boston and New York to occasionally reconnect with the rest of the world.
What do you like to do with out-of-towners? We've been establishing a nice lap around the city for visitors: Local 188 for cocktails or brunch, a walk through downtown, a ferry to Peaks or a mailboat run, cocktails and oysters at Eventide, coffee at Tandem and a pop in visit to Bunker Brewing Co... No particular order, vehicle optional.
Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? Right now my happy place happens to be where I work, a renovated loft-style office space in the middle of the Old Port. Views of Casco Bay, a huge deck, two working fireplaces, and close to too many great lunch options. It's a truly Portland-esque spot.
What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? That might be a tie between the tasting menu at Hugo's and the Omakase at Miyake. Both leave you in a hazy, happy food coma, not from over-indulgence, but from pure bliss.
What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? The Armory is a great, quiet bar for a cocktail or a beer. Ask for the free snack plate. It's stupid good. Pizza Villa is the best divey / sporty / unpretentious bar / pizza joint / neighborhood hangout in town (in this Parksider's humble opinion).
Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? SPACE Gallery. I've been popping in there with ever-increasing frequency since they opened ten years ago, and I always find my favorite people there.