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Archive for February, 2012

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New Gloucester, Maine

New Gloucester, Maine

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Wake ‘n’ Bakery & Glass Emporium – Route 302 Westbrook, ME

Wake 'n' Bakery Cafe sign

In this economy, the importance of supporting local businesses has become greater than ever before. This is why I’ve chosen to feature the Wake ‘n’ Bakery Cafe & Glass Emporium,  soon to be renamed “Jack’s Place”, after the proprietor’s son. The name change is just that, a name-change, but don’t worry, this establishment is still owned and operated by a great guy, Chris Vaughan, who does all of the cooking at the cafe.

The Wake ‘n’ Bakery Cafe is located on route 302 in Westbrook, Maine, about 3.4 miles north of Morrill’s corner, Portland, and offers a full breakfast menu all day long! This is one of the reasons why I like it so much. I can eat a decent breakfast at any time of the day! And it’s right across the street from my mechanic-friends at Lake Region Imports… so that’s a plus for me!

Wake 'n' Bakery Cafe interior

An abbreviated list of the extensive menu selections are as follows:

  1. For Breakfast:  Crab & eggs, steak & eggs; French toast; blueberry, apple, or oreo pancakes; biscuits & gravy; and a full line of omelets, scramblers or burritos with just about anything you would want in them!
  2. For Lunch or Dinner:  Juicy burgers & delectable wraps; and some specialties items like a Portugese sub w/grilled Linguica (sausage) peppers, onions, and mushrooms; a Rasta wrap with jerk chicken lettuce, tomato, & onion, green pepper, Pepperjack cheese, and their Pickapeppa sauce. Sandwiches are served with fries or chips, and a pickle wedge. They also offer a nice selection of appetizers like sweet-potato fries, Jalapeno poppers or hot-wings. The list goes on.
  3. For Kids (12 & under):  Chicken fingers, mac ‘n cheese bites, grilled cheese, or hot dogs served with chips or French-fries are just some of the choices.
  4. For Appetizers:  Sweet-potato fries, Jalapeno popper, spring rolls, onion rings, hot-wings and there’s more–Yum!
But this is only a partial listing of all that this cafe offers. You can also get, sides of bacon, sausage, ham, linguica, or veggie patties; assorted hot or cold beverages and alcoholic concoctions; microbrews (like Geary’s and Shipyard); and even fresh locally-made desserts, which look scrumptious, but honestly, I never seem to get that far.
wall decorations, carvings of Bob Marley the musician.
The place is decorated with Bob Marley (the musician, not the comedian) murals and carvings and has a FULL BAR along with live music on Thursdays (open mic), Fridays (Karaoke) and Saturdays (local bands). Come in and see/hear/taste for yourself. Your senses will come alive when you sit down to enjoy a build-your-own quesadilla, or create-your-own burrito! And you’ll be supporting a small-business establishment that has been operating for over 11 years!

Bob Marley (the musician) mural

Cafe hours are:
Mondays & Wednesdays 8am to 2:30pm
Thursdays & Fridays 8am to 11:30pm
Saturdays 7am to 11:30pm
Sundays 7am to 2:30pm
And is closed on Tuesdays.

Come on in, you won’t be disappointed; I guarantee it!

Hour Exchange Portland – Maine community-service time-bank

I heard about this “time bank” in the Portland area (Maine) through the February/March 2012 edition of AARP. I was pleasantly surprised to read that Portland, Maine was already on board with this fantastic idea. It’s a place where you can log hours of service (like cleaning, gardening, or creating web-sites) and then swap the time (hour-for-hour) for services that you need, like a ride to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, or get groceries, even get help with your taxes or wedding plans… you decide how you want to spend your credit-hours. Here’s an excerpt from the http://www.HourExchangePortland.org website.

Portland, Maine Skyline

Portland, Maine Skyline

“The Hour Exchange empowers individuals, organizations and businesses to help each other meet their needs cash-free in one-to-one exchanges and group projects… Help your neighbors and earn time-credits that can be used to receive services you need from any member. In the Hour Exchange, everyone’s time is equal no matter what the service and there are hundreds of services available. Over the years our members have exchanged over 150,000 hours of service and provided over 25,000 hours of free health care. In 2010, our members were able to weatherize nearly 100 homes and got tickets to dozens of performing arts shows. Join Hour Exchange Portland, and begin exchanging today. Don’t forget to friend us on facebook! Hour Exchange Portland is a member-led community service exchange. Member Leaders use their time and skills to help grow and sustain the Hour Exchange.”  via Hour Exchange Portland – Maine community service time bank.

And this excerpt from AARP:
“In Maine, Hour Exchange’s collaboration with area practitioners has also provided more than 25,000 hours of health care services to uninsured and low-income members.” One member “received about $2,000 in health care services in exchange for time-credits she earned doing yard work, cleaning houses, and helping members de-clutter. The experience helped to make her a smarter consumer–whether spending time-credits or cash.”

I think more communities need to jump on board this idea… in this economy, it’s the smartest thing going… and it’s all tax free!