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Posted: June 12, 2013

Shop for Pop: Father’s Day gift guide from Portland Buy Local

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Maybe Dad’s a beer-brewing man. Maybe he deserves a good back rub. From massages and brewing supplies to kayak tours and coffee, the businesses of Portland Buy Local have the perfect present for pop.

For the beer-brewing dad

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If Dad’s a concocter of the barley and wheat variety, head over to Maine Brewing Supply. They’ve got beer-brewing kits and all the supplies needed to brew at home, as well as the equipment to keg and dispense beer on tap…say, from the family room. Because that’s where Dad likes to kick back. The old man can even learn to make his own wine, cider, mead, and cheese. And then he may never leave the house again.
Maine Brewing Supply | 542 Forest Ave., Portland (next to GLB) | mainebrewingsupply.com

 

For the orchestral progenitor

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The PSO Flex Pass sounds like a machine that promises six-pack abs. But your dad is already a heroic man of steel – and one who appreciates the orchestral sounds of the PSO. The Flex Pass allows Dad to choose the performances that appeal to him: $90 for two tickets to any show in the upcoming season. So no worries about buying tickets to Beethoven and Prokofiev when he really wanted to attend PSO POPS! Cole Porter & George Gershwin (how could you not know that, it’s like you don’t even know your own father anymore!). It’ll keep Dad aurally content and it’ll save you the pressure of deciding.
PSO Flex Pass for the Portland Symphony Orchestra | Merrill Auditorium, Portland | www.portlandsymphony.org or 207-773-6128

For the paddling padre

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Portland Paddle is offering a special Father’s Day Kayak Tour, meaning it’ll be there manliest paddle ever. The four-hour Dad tour costs $50 and leaves at 9:30 am from their location at East End Beach. The tour will be guided by father-son team Scott and Zack Anchors, both Registered Maine Guides, and will head out into the islands of Casco Bay with a stop on an island for some grub and exploration.
Kayak Tour with Portland Paddle | East End Beach, Portland | portlandpaddle.net


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For the baby-faced begetter

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Your dad is smooth. In particular, his face. The Maine-made aftershave and shaving soap from Coast of Eden will keep his dashing face smooth and nick-free, and the Cooling After Shave Lotion, with its fast-absorbing organic jojoba oil, witch hazel, pure organic aloe vera, and menthol, will complete his shaving experience. Because real men appreciate jojoba. Plus the stuff is made right on Munjoy Hill. Local bonus.
Maine-made aftershave and shaving soap | Coast of Eden | Munjoy Hill, Portland |  www.coastofeden.com

For the handyman dad

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He’s a fix-it kind of father, known to wield a hammer with such precision, he built your house with only three swings. Or wait, that’s how many swings it took to hang that family portrait above the fireplace. In any case, a gift certificate to Maine Hardware will keep Dad in supply of all the right tools for all the necessary jobs – and even some of the unnecessary ones, like the life-sized pirate ship he’s always wanted to build in the front yard.
Gift Certificate to Maine Hardware | 274 St. John St., Portland | www.mainehardware.com

For the cycling sire who needs a good stretch

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Dad likes to ride the open roads. But he’s not a Harley guy. No, your Pop is his own machine. And cyclists need a special kind of stretching that focuses on the IT band, hamstrings, shoulders, neck, and back. At PRACTICE on Congress Street, Dad can take the Saturday-morning Yoga for Cyclists class from 11 am-12:15 pm. Class is $15, but mention “Buy Local” and Dad can take the class for $7. Register at liveyourpractice@gmail.com.
Yoga for Cyclists at PRACTICE | 482 Congress St., Portland | practiceportland.com

For the sore-muscled patriarch

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He’s the man who’s always had your back. Shouldn’t you have his? Get Dad a massage for Father’s Day and let the fella relax with some deep-tissue kneading. And how handy for you – you can buy and print the gift certificate from the website, without going anywhere. Good job! Buy yourself a massage!
Massage for Dad at Maine Bodyworks | 2 Union St., Portland | www.mainebodyworks.com or 221-2599

For the caffeine-friendly father

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Dad’s morning cup o’ Joe does him good. But it can do good for others, too. Coffee By Design has a special blend for the month of June called My Dad’s Coffee, and one dollar from each pound sold benefits Boys to Men, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce interpersonal violence, and promotes gender justice and respect – just the kinds of things your amazing dad taught you.
My Dad’s Coffee at Coffee by Design | Washington Ave., Congress St., and India St., Portland | www.coffeebydesign.com

For more local shops, checkout the Portland Buy Local directory: www.portlandbuylocal.org/directory

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