Along the Coast of Maine: There is a state of mind that is uniquely found in the State of Maine. There is more coastline in this state (3500 miles) than the entire West Coast of the USA. Here is the largest area in the country of unspoiled virgin forest (17 million acres). Over 90% of the 1M person population lives in the lowest one-third of the state. It takes nine hours to drive from Kittery to the northernmost region above Caribou.
The people here have become quite self-sufficient.
Summers are ever wistful... winter is always coming! Autumn's spectacular, winters long and bone-chillingly cold, and a spring that predictably defines "mud season." It makes for a tenacious, resourceful personality that somehow enjoys the temperature of the ocean waters (so cold the lobsters are the sweetest on earth). People settle in and become "Mainers" and going "Down East" always means returning home.
In this episode of the show we meet eleven business owners who would rather live in Maine than anywhere else in the world. They are seasoned travelers who, after touring the world, decided to stay in Maine and make it their home and build their legacy.
Yet, these people see the world as their marketplace. They see beyond the horizon; they know no boundaries and no borders; the world's people are their family. Plus, every person in this episode is committed to their community. They are active in their local Chamber and they are driven to make their community and our world a better place.
And, we know that we could go to every village, city and town in the world and find people like the people in this episode.
For Chef Michael Gagné, there is no substitute for 100 percent homemade food and regular communications with customers he knows personally. In April 2008 Chef Gagné was named "2008 Chef of the Year" by Maine Restaurant Association. Go to a homepage for this video...
For Karen and Michael Good, saying "yes" to customers is inseparable from the design and quality built into each piece of signature jewelry.
These are the quiet heroes. Many are new pioneers. They charter new waters and break new grounds. They all create unique products and services and sell them around the world. They are volunteers, the value creators, the movers, the shakers, the doers, and the lovers of life. We can learn a lot from these hardworking, decent folks.