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Merry Madness!

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With a name like that, who could resist?

There are so many interesting, holiday-related activities in Maine this week and next – so brace yourself to see posts on several of them!  Today is a quick post about Merry Madness.  I’ve never participated in this ‘insanity,’ but I wish I could.  Merry Madness is a shop-til-you-drop event and a great opportunity to check out some of the fantastic stores I mentioned yesterday.

The event is this Thursday, December 13, 2012, and kicks off at the Portland Regency Hotel, located at 20 Milk Street.  From 5pm – 6pm at the Regency, enjoy free hors d’oeuvers, raffles, and music, before venturing out to shop.  You can also purchase souvenir 2012 Merry Madness wine glasses & mugs.  Stores participating in the Merry Madness event will remain open until 10pm.

The Regency is offering a special package to stay the night in their boutique hotel following the event.  The Merry Madness Package includes Deluxe Accommodations for two, two “Merry Madness” keepsake wine glasses, a bottle of sparkling wine (per room), and includes access to Portland’s Downtown District Event on Dec.13th from 5-6pm.  Rates from $129.00.


I can personally attest to how phenomenal the Regency is – my husband and I had our wedding reception there and spent the night in the Honeymoon Suite.  From the planning to the night itself, everything was executed smoothly, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere of history and luxury was superb.

This is the 10th Anniversary of the Merry Madness event, which effectively promotes local Portland shops, restaurants, and hotels during the holiday shopping season.  Please visit the event website for a full list of sponsors and participating stores (also listed below).  Merry Shopping!

Participating Stores:

Adorn Salon 1 Union St
Alex and Ani 215 Commercial St
Arcana 81 Market St
Asia West 219 Commercial St
Cabot Farmers’ Annex 163 Commercial St
Carla’s 414 Fore St
Casablanca Comics 151 Middle St
Coast City Comics 634 Congress St
Company C 123 Commercial St
Constellation Gallery 511 Congress St
Cool As A Moose 388 Fore St
Country Noel 57 Exchange St
CS Boutique 424 Fore St
D. Cole Jewelers 10 Exchange St
Daydream Bodyworks 164 Middle St
Designs by CC 7 Pleasant St
Dobra Tea 151 Middle St
East End Cupcake 426 Fore St
Edgecomb Potters 49 Exchange St
Fetch 195 Commercial St
Fit to Eat 164 Middle St
Fore River Gallery 87 Market St
Freak Street Imports 10 Exchange St
Harbor View Gifts 4 Moulton Street
justkim 615A Congress St
K. Colette 100 Commercial St
LeRoux Kitchen 161 Commercial St
Liberty Graphics 44 Main St
Life is Good 428 Fore St
Lisa Marie’s Made in Maine 35 Exchange St
Longfellow Books One Monument Way
Lovell Designs 26 Exchange St
Lovely Things 332 Fore St
Maine Potters Market 376 Fore St
Mainely Frames 541 Congress St
Maxwell’s Pottery 384 Fore St
Mensroom 8 City Center
Mexicali Blues 9 and 10 Moulton St
Motifs 221 Commercial St
Mount Desert Island Ice Cream 51 Exchange St
Nomads 100 Commercial St
Nomia 24 Exchange St #215
Old Port Candy Co. 422 Fore St
Old Port Card Works 3 Moulton St
Old Port Wine Merchant 223 Commercial St
Ollo Hair Salon 41 Wharf St
Pandamonium 2 Exchange St
Pinecone + Chickadee 6 Free St
Port Boutique 2 Wharf St
Porte 4 366 Fore St
Portland Rock Lobster 8 Exchange St
Portland Trading Co 157 Middle St
Portmanteau 3 Wharf St
Salt Cellar 172 Middle St
Se Vende Imports 4 Exchange St
Second Time Around 28 Exchange St
Shine Salon & Barber 9 Union St
Siempre Mas 377 Fore St
Simply Home Studio 75 Market St
Somethings Fishy 32 Exchange St
Stonewall Kitchen 182 Middle St
Swiss Time 86 Exchange St
Tavecchia 52 Exchange St
Ten Thousand Villages 33 Exchange St
The Alpaca Shed 23 Temple St
The Black Dog 215 Commercial St
The Blazin’ Ace 432 Fore St
The Leather Exchange 38 Exchange St
The Mind Gift Shop 399 Fore St
The Paper Patch 17 Exchange St
Treehouse Toys Ltd. 47 Exchange St
Twist 425 Fore St
Vervacious 227 Commercial St
Videoport 151 Middle St
Waterlily 26 Milk St
White Cap Grille 164 Middle

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