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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at info@forefrontfashion.com Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: October 2, 2014

Buying Local at Munjoy Hill’s Circa Home & Vintage

Judy greets me the moment I step into Circa Home & Vintage. I’m immediately drawn in, not just by Judy’s warmth, but by the cozy spirit within the walls. Curated by owner Tonya Sattin, Circa is how I imagine etsy would be as a storefront. In every nook there are new designers, artists, toymakers, body products and more to discover.

One section is dedicated to gifts for kids. I spy a mason jar filled with games, beautiful books and buckets filled with wooden toys. In another corner, new-to-me Maine cleaning products that are eco-friendly and smell divine. Judy quickly points out vendors found on etsy, Maine artisans, and other small brands that Tonya discovered. Circa is a store where I can buy a gift for every single person on my Christmas list — and create my own wish list there too.

I am surprised by the amount of Maine-made found here. In a city that supports local artists wholeheartedly, it’s still hard for many of these small businesses to find a place on the shelves of local stores. At Circa, you’ll find many fan favorites, like Casco Bay Soap Company and Alyce Paul’s air planters.

Judy and I talk at length about what its like to live on an island. We talk about how we’re not from Maine originally, but that we both can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Perhaps this is what Circa does best. Sure its sells things for your home, but it reminds you that more than that, home is what you make it.

Circa Home & Vintage, 247 Congress Street, facebook.com/CircaHomeAndVintage

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