Donate to Coats for Kids 2017

Posted November 22, 2017

Maine's 35th Coats for Kids campaign

Pratt Abbott is thrilled to kick off Maine's 35th annual Coats for Kids campaign in partnership with the Salvation Army, WCSH/WLBZ Channel 6 News, Hannaford, Shaw's, Pepsico and the Maine Bankers' Association. Coats for Kids collects and distributes gently-used coats to Maine's low-income youth. Now is the time to go through your cold-weather gear and set aside items that don't fit or you never wear. Don't worry about sizes—big kids need coats, too! 

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Topics: In the community

Plan A Bachelorette Party in Portland, Maine

Posted May 19, 2017

Portland is an awesome place to plan a bachelorette party. This city by the sea has everything you need to celebrate a bride's last hurrah, including  party bus limos, fancy lingerie shops (try Aristelle and Etain), and fabulous bars (check out hot spots Top of the East, Grace, and Sonny's). But in addition to partying, Portland offers fun and sophisticated activities and tours that can make your bachelorette party a stand-out event. 

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Topics: Wedding, Food and wine, In the community

Top Picks for Maine Restaurant Week

Posted February 24, 2017

Kick Those Winter Blues and Go Out on the Town!

Maine Restaurant Week (MRW), our annual herald of spring, is coming up on March 1–12, 2017. If you're not familiar with the tradition, MRW provides a great excuse to dine out at some of the state's best restaurants. Participating restaurants provide three-course prix fixe menus at bargain prices, so you can sample a range of cuisines without spending a ton of money. In addition to eating amazing meals, it feels good to get out and support the local restaurant scene, which tends to suffer during the long Maine winters. 

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Topics: Food and wine, In the community

Coats for Kids 2016

Posted December 05, 2016

The kindness of strangers

If you need a reminder of how good, kind, and decent people can be, you should hang around next year's #CoatsAndToysForKids kickoff event.

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Topics: In the community

The 10 Best Brunches in Greater Portland

Posted May 05, 2016

Who doesn’t love brunch?

A mixture of breakfast and lunch (plus optional cocktails!), brunch is a weekend tradition that’s spilled over to some weekday menus due to its incredible popularity. In fact, brunch is almost too popular—on weekends you have to strategically time your arrival at hot brunch spots or else risk a 45 minute wait for a table. But the wait is worth it at these Greater Portland establishments. From established classics to upstart hipster enclaves, we’ve picked out the 10 best brunches around.

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Topics: In the community

How Local Foods Help Your Restaurant Menu Shine

Posted March 10, 2016

In the food scene, “local” might seem like the latest buzzword. But using local foods is more than just a trend. There are many benefits to sourcing food from the community around you. With just a small amount of creativity, you can serve your customers fresh ingredients from right in your own town, state, or region. In seasonal climates like New England’s, this can be more challenging than in year-round growth climates like California’s. But it can be done, anddone well, during any season. (If you doubt this, just ask the folks over at Vinland.) Read on for tips on how to incorporate local flavor into your restaurant menu.

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Topics: Linen, In the community, Uniform

Top 5 Picks for Maine Restaurant Week 2016

Posted February 26, 2016


Can you believe it’s time for Maine Restaurant Week?

Since we’ve enjoyed such a mild winter, this early sign of spring is truly unexpected. Maine Restaurant Week is March 1–12. (That’s right, it’s really two weeks. We have too much delicious food to eat in just one week.) Get started right away by downloading the Maine Restaurant Week app.

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Topics: Food and wine, In the community

Interview with Chef Rob Evans of Duckfat

Posted January 28, 2016

When you ask visitors to Portland what they want to do while they’re here, you get a lot of the same answers. They want to visit a lighthouse. They want to eat a lobster roll. They want to try a Holy Donut . And they can’t miss lunch at Duckfat . (Our friends like to eat.)
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Topics: In the community

10 Healthy Things to Do in Maine

Posted January 08, 2016

A New Year, a New (and Better Looking) You

Now that the holidays are behind us, you're probably working on a newer, healthier self in 2016. This is a great time to buckle down and commit to improving your lifestyle. Here are some activities you can do to improve and support your health—even in the coldest months of the year.

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Topics: Health and wellness, In the community

Happy New Year From Pratt Abbott

Posted December 31, 2015

Farewell to 2015

Thanks for your business in 2015. We wish you all the best for the new year. As always, it is our goal to make  you look good—whether with clean, sharp clothes, professional staff uniforms, or a perfectly pressed wedding dress. 

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Topics: In the community

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