Business Profiles

Main Street Skowhegan will feature a different local business or organization every month. Come back for new profiles!

Russakoff Jewelers
This downtown gem (pun intended!) is Maine’s oldest continuously owned and operated jewelry store. Learn how it started and why you can trust them with your memories.

The Bankery and Skowhegan Fleuriste and Formalwear
With a focus on local ingredients, local products, and even local flowers, these two downtown landmarks are all about community and the common good.

Cayford Orchards
Cayford Orchards has been part of the Skowhegan landscape for more than 100 years. The sixth generation to run the farm, Jason Davis manages it along with his wife, Heather, growing an astounding 75 different varieties.

Happyknits is a cozy yarn shop in the Somerset Grist Mill downtown that’s just as much a gathering place as a store.

The Maine Meal
Skowhegan native Mark LaCasse and his wife, Kelly, run a growing Skowhegan-based business, the Maine Meal. Learn about their gourmet boil-in-bag meals, their local connections, and the exciting plans they have in store.

Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream
With 100 years of ice-cream-making history and 100 unique flavors, Gifford’s has grown from its roots as a home-delivery dairy business to selling 2.2 million gallons of ice cream in 2016—all while remaining a family business and still having fun.

Lake George Regional Park
Find out how, in 1992, Canaan resident Louise Townsend’s vision for 280 acres on pristine Lake George became a successful reality that persists 25 years later.

Learn about SKILLS’ day program at the L.C. Dill Center in downtown Skowhegan, the SKILLS Thrift Store, and the developmentally disabled adults who attend the Dill Center’s program—and who thrive on working, giving, and helping others.

Collision Plus 2
Learn how a family business that started in Fairfield in 1967 has expanded to Skowhegan—and how owners Mike and Michelle Bard find satisfaction in helping customers who’ve had a bad day.

Butler’s Touchless Automatic Car Wash
In business since age 19, Ed Goff now owns three Central Maine car washes with his wife, Jennifer. Find out how the Goffs have seized opportunities to expand their business and better their community.

Crafty Creations
Offering a range of items and services from customization to consignment, Tina White’s shop is a hub of all things handmade—and her focus is always on helping customers.

Hight Family of Dealerships
Find out how the family-owned Hight auto company has beaten the odds and lasted four generations and more than 100 years.

Maine Wood Heat Company
Learn about Maine Wood Heat’s focus on quality and community and owner-vice president Scott Barden’s thoughts on the company’s future.

River Roads Artisans Gallery
This downtown co-op features an array of artworks for sale—from pottery and paintings to tea towels and woodwork—crafted by Maine artisans.

Maine Fire Equipment Company
Learn how owner Todd Smith and his team have grown and diversified Maine Fire Equipment by putting customer requests into action.

Heritage House Restaurant
Owner Cheri Savage reminisces about life in the restaurant business as the Heritage House prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

West Front Market
Find out why owning the market isn’t just a job to Louann Barnes and how she puts her mantra of doing “anything to help people” into action.

Computer Improvements
From offering in-home customer support to providing learning opportunities for special-needs kids, Mark LeBlanc and his team are all about service.