A mail-order reward field firm that sends quintessential Maine merchandise to individuals throughout the nation has expanded into a brand new, bigger location in Brewer six years after the enterprise launched in Orono.
Field of Maine wanted to develop to the 7,000-square-foot location on Abbott Avenue after seeing about 200 % progress yearly between 2017 and 2021, stated Bryon Boutot, Field of Maine’s operations supervisor. The area beforehand held the Geaghan Bros. Brewing tasting room earlier than the corporate moved its brewing operations to a brand new manufacturing facility in Bangor.
The corporate’s enlargement showcases the expansion of a enterprise that obtained its begin within the Bangor space. A lot of that progress got here through the COVID-19 pandemic as tourism to Maine and in-person purchasing have been curtailed.
The brand new area is the corporate’s sole location after working out of a spot in Previous City for the previous two years. It’s going to maintain storage and packaging services in addition to a retail area the place clients can come and construct their very own reward packing containers of traditional Maine objects, which Field of Maine will then ship. Clients also can buy particular person merchandise the corporate affords in its packing containers, comparable to whoopie pies, Humpty Dumpty potato chips, Moxie soda and Marshmallow Fluff, Boutot stated.
“We’ve discovered we’re useful resource for locals as a result of we’re a one-stop store for traditional Maine merchandise,” he stated. “Whereas you will get these merchandise somewhere else, it’s simpler than going to seven completely different shops to get the merchandise.”
Clients ordering on-line can both select from the corporate’s pre-made reward field units, or choose from the 100 Maine merchandise the corporate affords to make their very own mixture.
Bangor native Daniel Finnemore, who serves as president of the corporate, created Field of Maine six years in the past in his basement. On the time, Finnemore and his spouse have been the corporate’s solely workers, however Field of Maine now has 5 full-time and two part-time workers.
The corporate’s mission was to “join Mainers with their roots” after they moved away by bringing them merchandise that reminded them of dwelling, Boutot stated.
The service has additionally confirmed fashionable amongst individuals who have visited the state and developed an affinity for merchandise they’ve discovered right here.
“A lot of individuals are available from out of state and fall in love with our merchandise, our lifestyle, and the issues we maintain close to and pricey and typically take with no consideration,” he stated.
Field of Maine’s first location was the Upstart Heart for Entrepreneurship in Orono, which is out there to startup companies, but it surely quickly graduated to an 800-square-foot location in Previous City. The corporate rapidly outgrew its Previous City location as gross sales jumped through the COVID-19 pandemic when individuals canceled their holidays to Maine and turned to on-line purchasing, Boutot stated.
The corporate is planning a grand opening celebration at its new location at 34 Abbott St. at 12 p.m. on Aug. 2.
The corporate has pledged to donate $1 from each order in August, in addition to 10 % of in-person gross sales made through the grand opening, to the Durgin Heart, a brand new group heart in Brewer for older adults, caregivers and adults with disabilities overseen by the Jap Space Company on Getting old.
“We spent two years in Previous City and everybody knew us as an organization that cared about native packages and nonprofits,” he stated. “Our aim is to focus on a nonprofit that’s near individuals’s hearts to let the group know that’s what we’re all about.”