What a staggering number that is. Eleven. That's how many businesses have had to close their doors for good since the start of the coronavirus, and that's just in Gardiner alone.

According to a report from WABI TV 5, the downtown area which consists of about two city blocks was almost completely closed for a whole month following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the 4 week closure and slower than normal business, 11 places have subsequently had to close their doors.

According to Gardiner Main Street Director, Melissa Lindley, “The need to support small businesses is year-round. This holiday season is going to be critical for many of our businesses. If this season is not successful for them, we may be losing more business. They need as much support as possible”

As a way to help the local merchants, the annual Swine and Stein event has been made virtual and the proceeds raised will go to Main Street Gardiner which directly helps local small business in the community. You can go online and buy a Brew Fest bag now to help in the fundraising process. And remember, no matter which community in Maine you live in, when it's possible, always shop local and support your small Maine towns and their hard-working residents.


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