The Urban Garden Center is open in a new location on Sabattus Street in Lewiston.

This week The Buzz is nailing up Sheetrock and doing good.

After an extensive remodel of the former Cumberland Farms at 790 Sabattus St. in Lewiston, Urban Garden Center is now calling it home. In mid-August, it moved from just up the road at 806 Sabattus St.

Store Manager Dan Flynn said the new store has private parking and about 1,000 additional square feet. There’s space to add a few new product lines and more room to hold customer events similar to other Urban Garden Center locations.

“It’s amazing how many people stop in and didn’t even see us when we were up the road,” Flynn said.

Build on, L-A, build on

August was rocking in Auburn.


More than $3.2 million in commercial construction got the OK, according to the monthly permit report out of the city’s Economic and Community Development Office.

Among them:

* A $603,000 building addition and covered walkway for Androscoggin Home Health on Stetson Road;

* A $300,000 modular guard building at Tambrands on Hotel Road;

* A $350,000 fit-up at Krispy Kreme on Center Street;

* An $858,000 addition and interior alterations at Rainbow Federal Credit Union on Washington Street; and


* A $404,500 early childhood education-related renovation at Central Maine Community College. 

Not to be outdone, in August, the city of Lewiston approved the construction permit for the school system’s $36.7 million Connors Elementary School and athletic fields along with, according to the Planning & Code Enforcement Office:

* A $180,000 interior renovation at Community Credit Union on Pine Street;

* A $100,000 interior renovation at Sandcastle Preschool on Strawberry Avenue; and

* An $88,000 renovation converting space into a patient room at St. Mary’s Health System on Campus Avenue.

Not bad for one month.


Fore! Plus fore!

The 18th Annual Chip Morrison Scholarship Scramble on Aug. 23 raised $44,000 for local scholarships and brought the 18-year event total to $691,000, according to Beckie Conrad, president of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Not bad, indeed.

Farmers and artisans: Tractor Supply Co. wants YOU

Tractor Supply Co. is looking for local vendors for its parking lot farmers market on Oct. 7.

Find more details and register at or in person at the store.


It’s offering the spots for free and encouraging crafters, growers, nonprofits and food trucks to take part.

Bring your beeswax candles! Bring your soaps! Bring your knit wool sweaters! 

Not baaaaa . . . sorry, I’m done.

Quick hits about business comings, goings and happenings. Have a Buzzable tip? Contact staff writer Kathryn Skelton at 689-2844 or [email protected]

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