Whether you’re a Maine native, a transplant from away, or just visiting, you’ve likely noticed one of the state’s most attractive features. No, we’re not talking about lighthouses, the rocky coast, or even the incredible food. The unique trait that makes Maine so special is the sense of community acts as a foundation for the success of every small business and the regions they serve. In our South Portland/ Cape Elizabeth community, that spirit of interconnectedness is the sail that propels and steers our local economy.

To connect with the businesses closest to us, we took a poll on our Facebook Page, asking our customers to tell us their favorite businesses in #LittleBrooklyn, the area of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth known for its wealth of diverse business offerings, ranging from food and art to services, supplies, and sundries. In our business, the customer is always right, so their favorites are ours, too. Take a look at the list below to discover the best of the best!

Mainly Grains Tasty baked goods from Carlos, everyone’s favorite baker.

Willow’s Classic pizza for the whole family in a comfortable setting.

The Cookie Jar Donuts, pastries, and everything you’ve been craving - in one place.

Little Bigs Skip the utensils with hand pies and other freshly baked street food.

Soma Massage and Wellness Treat yourself to self care and relaxation with massages and more.

Fore River Brewing This local brew house makes beer lovers very “hoppy”.

Taco Trio Save yourself a trip to Mexico. These tacos (and more) are the real thing!

Willard Scoops Get two scoops and head straight to the beach for a perfect afternoon.

The Farm Stand Discover the freshest picks from the local harvest.

CIA Cafe Indulge in coffee, treats, and art in this cozy and hip cafe.

Red's Dairy Freeze This historic spot has all the classic menu items with a side of Maine charm.

Plum Aesthetics Treat your skin to the care it deserves at this relaxing spa.

Scratch Baking Co Buy something sweet, something savory, and something to save for later.

Foulmouthed Brewing Another can’t-miss stop on your tour of Southern Maine breweries.

Angel’s Arrowhead Find inner peace with boho styles, yoga inspiration, jewelry and more!

Spurwink Rod & Gun Club Gear haven for the true Maine sportsman.

Phil's Foreign Auto No need to go far for your foreign car… 

Maxwell's (strawberry picking) The strawberries won’t last long, but the memories will.

Q Street Diner Classic breakfast favorites and unique menu favorites that you won’t find anywhere else. 

Ampersands Stunning floral arrangements for every occasion.

Breathing Room Yoga Studio Stretch, exhale, and find relaxation in this welcoming yoga studio.

Nonesuch Books and Cards Mill Creek Store Books, cards, gifts, and plenty more!

Earth Angel Arts Local art and jewelry amidst a colorfully curated shop.

Cape Whoopies The sweetest treat in Maine is right here! Try all the flavors.

Terra Cotta Pasta Handmade pasta made with traditional techniques and local ingredients.

Fiddlehead Flowers and Vintage Chic Gifts Flowers and gifts with a vintage flair.

Nonesuch Books Find your next page turner.

True Value A knowledgeable staff and convenient location makes hardware easy. 

Spotlight Dance & performing arts center Bringing arts and culture to life, locally.

Verbena Artisanal meals made with local ingredients and lots of love.

Evelyn's Tavern Bottoms up at this tiny dive bar that locals adore.

Dipietro's Groceries, sandwiches, and friendly service at this family-owned market.

Broadway Gardens Satisfy your green thumb without spending too much green.

Ocean & D, studio + shop A chic boutique studio with sewing classes and more.

Duval’s Service Center This tire and service center keeps you on the road so you can enjoy Maine more. 

Minuteman Press Your ideas - in print!

 Visit one, some, or all of these great local businesses, and you’ll understand why each and every one is crucial to our unique community. When we take the time to show appreciation for the small businesses in our region, we are reinforcing the bonds that keep our economy strong, and make other businesses want to drop anchor in our neighborhood.

 When you’re done exploring this beautiful area, don’t forget to stop by for a great meal. We’ll be here waiting.

Photo Credit: Douglas Merriam Food Photography