Title

Established and new Old Port business owners describe how they survive in Portla

Authors

Liz Gotthelf

Source

Portland Monthly

Date

5-2005

Pages

39-47

Abstract

Established and new Old Port business owners describe how they survive in Portland's epicenter. Annie Loomis focuses on customer service in her second Making Faces skin-care store; Joe Redman of Joseph's started selling men's clothing in 1974 and draws repeat customers; Gina Rourke creates a "fun, safe, informative space"at Nomia, an erotic boutique; Ann Fernald extends the small-town feel of the Old Port to the customers of Forget-Me-Not; Cary Cox offers good customer service at his new The Corner General Store; Charlie McGee and Richard Herrera, who opened the Old Port Tavern in 1972, say the rewards of their business aren't what they used to be; Books Etc. competes with the Borders chain by drawing loyal customers; The Movies, bought by Steve and Judith Halpert in 1980, has low prices and high quality; Zrinka Orr's newest store carries clothes she designs with the help of customer input; and Susan Bergier's Amaryllis clothing store, opened in 1979, stays successful through diversified offerings and hard work.

Subjects

Old Port Exchange Portland

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