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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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Posted: December 10, 2013

Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Written by: Laura Serino

Holiday gift picks from 2Note Perfumery

There’s a reason why Portland has a reputation for having such a wonderful array of small businesses. Here, you can find things that you’d be hard-pressed to discover in other cities. 2Note Perfumery is one of those gems. Afterall, not every city has it’s own botanical perfumery where the shop sells and makes their natural array of perfumes, skincare and bodycare on the premise.

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Portland Flea-for-All

Erin and Nathaniel, hubby/wife team and owners of Portland Flea-For-All, are probably the best gift givers. Just one peek into the flea and it’s a pretty good bet that they know how to find that unique, one-of-a-kind present.

Pinecone + Chickadee

Pinecone + Chickadee owner Amy Teh pulls together the handmade and the usual, guaranteed to please even that “person that has everything” on your list. There’s no store like it in Portland.

Black Parrot

Black Parrot, the boutique filled with indie designers you love and ones that are just on the cusp, pulls together gift ideas for us for every price point, from stocking stuffers to the truly splurgeworthy.

Portland Dry Goods

This year, we decided to go to the experts for putting together a gift guide – employees from some of our very favorite shops! Kicking it off is Dustin Otton from Portland Dry Goods.

Portland Trading Co.

Portland Trading Co. is owned by the always dapper Kazeem Lawal and alongside him are some of the best dressed in the biz./td>

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