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!
Calling All Kids with Ideas! Build-a-Biz!
Learn more about how anyone from 5-18 years old can participate in Maine’s Build-a-Biz Day on May 18, 2014! Heart of Biddeford will offer free classes on March 20 and 21 (with short, fun videos) to get you started. All kids who sign up with receive a Build-a-Biz t-shirt and completion certificate. Read more here!
Spring Clean Up, Saturday, April 26, starts at 8 a.m. at Mechanics Park!
All are welcome to join the Adopt-a-Park groups at Mechanics Parks — Saturday, April 26, at 8:00 a.m. — and then proceed along Main Street to Liberty, Shevenell, 315 Main, and Cannon Parks. We’ll have a set of tasks ready so please bring any garden tools you may have such as trowels, shovels, trimmers, loppers, rakes, and wheelbarrows. We will provide trash bags — And lunch! Bring your friends, family and co-workers! After our long, snowy, cold Maine winter, we’re guaranteed to have bright sunshine and temps in the 70′s! Okay, maybe that’s wishful thinking! If it’s stormy, rain date will be Saturday, May 3.
FMI: Contact the Heart of Biddeford at 284-8520, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Holly Culloton, Chair, at 730-1799.
Click Here for all the info about Heart of Biddeford’s upcoming events! Join us for lots of events that bring the community together and showcase our great downtown! Find out more about the Downtown Easter, Secret Spaces/Historic Places, Summer Festival 5K, and Music in the Park.
For a great listing of cultural and community events in the greater Biddeford and Saco community, check out the Biddeford+Saco Arts + Culture Alliance website and calendar!
Main Street Challenge – Encore!
The winners of the 2013 Main Street Challenge Encore competition have been chosen! Congratulations to all who submitted, and watch for the opening of these three new businesses. Their downtown Biddeford locations will be announced in the coming weeks as leases are signed!
Biscuits & Company (specialty Maine grains, serving breakfast biscuits and biscuit sandwiches). Will be 25 Alfred Street (next to Suger/the Police Station). Started by Stacy Cooper, this local baker is ahead of the trend in bringing a small-batch biscuit bakery to Maine! Stacy also plans to offer a bread & butter CSA and gluten free options that will make you forget they are gluten free! Click here for Biscuits & Company’s Facebook page.
Desert Moon Leathers (handmade leather goods, supplies and classes). 156 Main Street- now open, with his Grand Opening on Wednesday, April 16. A talented leather crafter who is selling his belts, bags and holsters onsite, Mike Harris will also teach classes and sell the supplies needed for leather crafting. Click here for Desert Moon Leather’s Facebook page.
Micro-Brewery (craft brewery and tasting room, brewery name and location to be announced). Shonee Strickland has apprenticed with the best and she’ll not only brew her own beer, she’ll also create a great atmosphere for tasting. Along with local favorites, The Run of the Mill and Banded Horn, Shonee’s brewery will help make Biddeford a beer-cation destination!
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!
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.
Help the City Council Make Tough Budget Decisions! They don’t want to do it alone– they need to know which departments and programs you value! Please mark your calendars to show up and have your say.
April 24, 2014 7 p.m., City Council Workshop, Council Chambers, inviting all outside agencies. Heart of Biddeford will come before the Council for the annual review of our budget contribution.
May 5, 7 p.m. @ BHS Little Theater – City Government & School Department Budgets Public Hearing (this is for public comment only – there will be no council discussion or votes).
May 15, 7 p.m. in Council Chambers (City Hall) – First Reading of School Department Budget (there will be time allotted for public comment; however, the council will actually be discussing and voting on the budget at this meeting).
May 19, 7 p.m. in Council Chambers (City Hall) – First Reading of City Government Budget (there will be time allotted for public comment; however, the council will actually be discussing and voting on the budget at this meeting).
May 28, 7 p.m. in Council Chambers (City Hall) – Second Reading of both School Department and City Government Budgets (public comment will be allowed ONLY on any amendments that may be offered. If an amendment is offered, it could change what was passed during the First Reading).
The School Budget Validation Referendum Election is scheduled to take place at the same time as the State Primary Election – June 10th.
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!