Welcome to the Heart of Biddeford, a Main Street Maine community! Make sure you sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter to get the latest news and events! Also, find us on Facebook for daily updates and promotions!
Our executive director is Delilah Poupore and our office manager is Jennifer Boislard. The office is staffed daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Email us, call us at 207-284-8520 or stop in during those hours if you would like to set up a meeting. Stop in, say hello and get involved!
If you’re considering moving here, or are already part of the Biddeford community and want to get involved or find out what’s going on…you’ve come to the right place. The Heart of Biddeford is a volunteer-driven, active organization that is working to improve our downtown. Come to one of our events and meet some of the great people who are involved!
Join us for lots of events that bring the community together and showcase our great downtown!
For information about all of Heart of Biddeford’s community events, including the Downtown Holiday Festival and “Shop Mom & Pop Day”: All the details are here!
For a great listing of cultural and community events, check out the Biddeford+Saco Arts + Culture Alliance website and calendar!
Main Street Challenge – Encore!
The 2013 Main Street Challenge Encore competition is well underway! We want you to bring your business idea (or an expansion of your existing business) to downtown Biddeford!
Nine semi-finalists were chosen, and eight of them have agreed to proceed to Phase 2 in which they will write a full business plan by December 11, 2013. Congratulations to all who submitted, and watch for news on these eight business ideas:
ArtHouse (hand milled picture frames and gallery)
Clayton & Jones (furnishings & design)
Chef 86 (French Canadian and American comfort food)
The Sausage Shop (fresh sausage market and sandwiches)
Real Rockin’ Italians (signature sandwich shop)
Desert Moon Leathers (handmade leather goods)
Biscuits & Company (specialty Maine grains, serving breakfast biscuits)
Micro-Brewery (craft brewery and tasting room)
Congratulations, Raffle Winners!
Congratulations to our $5000 Raffle Winners! And, thank you to everyone who purchased tickets this year. You have helped us raise funds for operating expenses, which keeps all of our programs going!
$5000 – Oakpoint Associates
$1000 – William & Holly Kany
$1000 – Erin Jacques
$500 – Doug Sanford
$500 – Steve Ebling
You Voted for Your Favorite Downtown Biddeford Business!
One hundred thirty-five people voted on the HOB website and sent in forms from the Journal Tribune, Courier and Sun Chronicle to tell what their Favorite Downtown Businesses are. Congratulations to the following businesses and business owners!
Favorite Restaurant/Bar: Dahlia’s Delights, Jen Thibeau and Wes Rhames, owners
Favorite Retail Business: Phoenix Rising, Scott Tarbox, owner
Favorite Service Business: McArthur Library
One Dynamic Place…
Have you heard about the two-city campaign that’s taking place, helping the two communities of Biddeford + Saco work together? The Economic Development Directors from Biddeford + Saco joined with the two Main Street programs, Biddeford+Saco Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Development Corporation to gather community input on our shared strengths. Together, we are creating opportunities to promote this dynamic destination. Read more about it, and see some examples of how we can use the logos and tag lines to build community within our two cities and build excitement for our visitors!
Heart of Biddeford Annual Meeting & Annual Report
On Monday, October 28, 2013 Heart of Biddeford held our Annual Meeting where we revealed our Annual Report, conveyed appreciation to our volunteers, and honored many of the individuals, businesses and organizations that are having a positive impact on the downtown. Read all about them here!
Discover one of Biddeford’s greatest assets: restaurants that bring the culture, tastes and aromas from countries around the world. Find out more about Biddeford’s Restaurants as well as other fine establishments in our downtown!
Read more here about the latest update on Biddeford’s RiverWalk!
Master Plan Report Completed!
The HeartWorks Master Plan Advisory Council presented the final draft of the Downtown Master Plan in June 2011. The Master Plan is a joint project of the City of Biddeford, the Heart of Biddeford, and the Orton Family Foundation. The HeartWorks Advisory Council was comprised of community members, City officials, and representatives from the Heart of Biddeford. We had a chance to celebrate all the work that went into the plan and kick-off the implementation process. For background on the Master Planning Project which started in 2008 please visit our HeartWorks Master Plan Activities page.
Buy Local all year ’round…invest in your community.
When you spend your dollars locally, at locally-owned businesses, you are supporting your neighbors who can then support other local businesses and create a healthy local economy. Buying at locally-owned businesses, especially in your downtowns, offers a social experience that you don’t get at corporate stores…you see friends, you make friends, you get to experience the ambience and culture of that particular downtown. It’s about the experience as much as it is about keeping dollars local. Consider finding local sources for your everyday needs!
Find out more about the Biddeford-Saco Buy Local program. Your business can become a part of the program by signing up here.
Find all the details you’ll need about snow removal and parking bans right here!
The City of Biddeford is a key partner in many of Heart of Biddeford’s activities. Please see the City website, particularly the Economic Development page, for more information about departments and opportunities in Biddeford.
Thank you for visiting the Heart of Biddeford online! We hope to see you soon at one of our events. And, we’re always looking for volunteers who enjoy crafting the future of Biddeford. Email us or call us at 284-8520 if you want to get involved. See you soon!