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Get it in Gardiner - All year long! Business Highlight:
Gardiner Food Co-op at 269 Water Street

Did you know that Gardiner has it's very own Food Co-op? Located right on Water Street across from the park between Johnson Hall and the Blind Pig Tavern you will find the Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe! The doors opened in 2015, but the Co-op began as food buying club run by a dedicated and hardworking group of local food producers and buyers. They saw the local food scene growing and they worked for several years to establish a brick and mortar store to provide the people of Gardiner and beyond access to farm fresh foods and other locally sourced products.

What does it mean to be a co-op? The Gardiner Co-op is governed and owned by its members but everyone is welcome to shop in the store! Benefits to being a member include periodic specials (10% off on Sundays!), voting for the board of directors and helping to steer the direction that the Co-op will take in the future.

You'll find grocery staples like teas, chips, pasta, sauces, cleaning items, beers, frozen meals and more - there are always new products to find at each shopping trip. They also have an excellent selection of local produce and dairy products. Supporting local food producers plays a vital part in our economy and the benefits of eating a diet filled with fresh, natural food is a great way to stay healthy all year long.

The Co-op also has a cafe with a full service espresso bar, fresh coffee made with locally roasted beans, prepared grab and go foods, and made to order sandwiches - many of which are made with local ingredients. Stop by the Gardiner Food Co-op and see all that this incredible little grocery shop has to offer - and remember that everyone is welcome! If you are interested in learning more about what a Food Co-op is and how you can become a member you can visit or stop in the store to learn more.

The Co-op welcomed Daisy Sauvageau as their new General Manager on January 19th. Daisy comes to the Co-op after 2 years with Hannaford Supermarkets. A native to Boston’s North Shore, and a 2000 graduate of Xavier University, Daisy currently lives in Waterville and is bringing 20 years of experience in retail and food services to the continued growth of the Co-op. Stop by and welcome Daisy to Gardiner!
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Valentine's Day Pre-order Options in Gardiner

If you are looking for something sweet to celebrate Valentine's Day you are in luck! Two of our downtown businesses are offering pre-order Valentine's Day boxes filled with their sweet creations. Ruby's Place and Goldfinch Creamery both have options available to order-you can even create your own combinations! Stop by or call one of these shops to get your order in today. Ruby's Place: 207-588-7771 or Goldfinch Creamery: 207-203-0007.

Love Local When You Shop & Dine!
You can also find great gifts at many of our other downtown businesses including Monkitree, Niche, Renys, Majestic Craft Store, 1 Brunswick Trading, and Cobalt Moon Antiques.

Dinner options are abundant as well- you can enjoy a great meal at A1 Diner, Gerards Pizza, El Oso Taqueria, The Depot or Lisa's Legit Burritos and more. The Blind Pig Tavern will be open at 5pm on Monday, February 14th with a  special V-Day menu - see details on their Facebook Page.


GAHS Musical: Mama Mia! 

Gardiner Area High School Visual and Performing Arts Department plans to stage a production of the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 3-5, at the high school’s theater at 40 West Hill Road. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For tickets or more information, email


FREE Movie Thursdays at Johnson Hall

Johnson Hall is excited to announce that they will be offering a free ten-week movie series in their downstairs theater, beginning on January 20. Movies will run every Thursday at 6:30pm. They will also play five matinees beginning at 12pm every other Thursday. Enjoy some new release movies and also some great classics!

For more movie details visit

February Movies:
February 3rd 6:30pm - No Time to Die
February 10th 12:00pm - To Kill A Mockingbird
February 10th 6:30pm - Jungle Cruise
February 17th 6:30pm - Pig
February 24th 12:00pm & 6:30pm - Raya and the Last Dragon

Livingston Taylor at Johnson Hall

February 12th, 7:30-9:00 pm
Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide. He maintains a busy concert schedule, touring internationally. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.
For more information and ticket sales visit

Pot Pie Pop-up at the Gardiner Food Co-op

Saturday February 12th 11:00-2:30

The Gardiner Food Co-op is hosting a Pot Pie Pop-up with a delicious dish that will bring a taste of traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cooking to our community. The menu of the day will be PA Dutch-style pot pie (which is more of a stew with dough squares, not the crust-encased version you might be used to), served with soft pretzels and maple mustard, along with a small bag of Snyder's of Berlin Potato Chips. for $8.You can add an apple dumpling that's drizzled in Maine maple syrup for $3 extra. Everything will be vegan and gluten free and supplies are limited. For more information visit the event on Facebook.

Winter Nature Day Camp for 3rd-5th Graders February 21st-February 24th

Looking for some fun outdoor activities for your 3rd-5th grader to do over February vacation?Join the Friends at our Winter Nature Day Camp and play outside, snowshoe through the woods, learn the basics of tracking and of course, enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows each afternoon!
Each session runs from 9-3 each day for only $100 per person. Limited scholarships are available! Choose from Session A held on Monday & Tuesday (2/21 & 2/22) or Session B on Wednesday (2/23 & 2/24). For more information or questions: check out the Friends at or contact Cami Wilbert (Education Director) at or 395-5239.

Maine Event Comedy at Johnson Hall

Saturday, February 19th at 7:30 pm, Johnson Hall
Maine Event Comedy presents an evening of hilarious stand-up comedy! Give your funny bone a workout as some of New England’s funniest comics take the stage and present their unique brand of humor. You’ll hear jokes about life in Maine, the meaning of life – and everything in between. Each show will feature three comedians and last for approximately 90 minutes. These performances are intended for mature audiences and will contain adult language and content. Ages 21 + Up. Visit for more information and ticket sales.

Ever thought about owning a business in downtown Gardiner? 

Raggamuffins is looking for a new owner who is interested in bringing this well established downtown Gardiner business into the future. Opened in 1993, Raggamuffins is the oldest consignment store in the area and is located in a large storefront directly across the street from Johnson Hall. With the purchase you will receive a turnkey business, all the fixtures and displays (including enough to start a second store in storage onsite), office, cleaning, security equipment, and inventory. The building owner has recently installed new LED lighting which has drastically reduced the electric bill. If interested please call 207-582-2886 to set up an appointment in order to see everything that is included. 
Youth Community Needs Assessment Survey 
Our Boys & Girls Club is interested in understanding the most important needs for our youth in Kennebec county. They are asking the public to complete a survey to share their assessment on some of the services needed to better serve youth ages 14 and up. VIEW SURVEY HERE


The Blind Pig Tavern
266 Water Street
Trivia & Tacos: Tuesdays 7-9pm
Karaoke: Wednesdays 6-9pm
Bateau Brewing
149 Water Street
Trivia Night: Wednesdays 6-8pm
Dungeons & Dragons: Thursdays
Niche Inc
307 Water Street
Magic The Gathering: Fridays 2-7pm
Free Play 1st Sundays at Bateau Did you know that Bateau Brewery has an arcade room filled with vintage pinball, foosball and video games? Fun for all ages and the first Sunday of every month they turn off the coin collectors for all of the machines so everyone can play for free from 12-5 pm!

Looking For More Things To Do?
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We're adding new event listings to our website all the time! 
Search by date, type of event, location and more. We're making it easy to find what's going on in Gardiner. Are you hosting a community event? You can easily post your event listing right on our website, we'll review your event and publish it to the site. Share your event here.

Support Local With A Gift For Any Occasion!

Not sure what to give someone? Don't have time to shop? Support our local businesses with the flexible downtown gift card program - The Gift of Gardiner!  This Gardiner Main Street gift check program may be used at over 30 participating Gardiner businesses.

Gift of Gardiner certificates are available from the Camden National Bank Gardiner branch at 190 Water Street in the amount of $20 all year round.

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