New businesses on the rise in Waldoboro

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 12, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Preparing the pizza dough by hand is part of what sets Harvest Moon pizzeria apart from the local competition, according to Bennett Collins.

Waldoboro — Waldoboro has seen an increase in economic activity with two new businesses opening, another changing hands, and another planned for later this year.

Harvest Moon pizzeria boasts of its farm-to-table appeal. Offering vegetables and meats from his farm in Bremen, owner Bennett Collins said he has always had an interest in farming and was inspired by other entrepreneurs, who share his philosophy of buying locally.

The restaurant opened in May on Friendship Street and has a capacity to seat 40 between its front-end booth area and a bar that overlooks the Medomak River. A long list of ingredients are available for the wood-fired pizza, and the dough is made from scratch.

"I use fresh herbs and local cheeses," said Collins. He also uses wheat from Maine farms in his dough. "It's not like your average greasy pizza."

Not only does Collins run the restaurant, he also caters outside events with his portable wood-fire oven. The 4-foot hearth is roomy enough to cook three large pizzas at one time. Collins can be seen at the Damariscotta Farmers Market, the Common Ground Fair, North Atlantic Blues Festival and other events.

Harvest Moon has eight part-time employees, and Collins said he is thankful for the assistance he gets from his parents. "Give credit where credit is due," he said.

Collins does not offer delivery, but said he may give it more thought for next winter.

Harvest Moon also carries a variety of locally crafted beers and wines, and will offer live music every now and again.

"I want to help promote a new Maine brand," said Collins, adding, "as Maine is the 50th worst state to do business in."

"I enjoy being part of the Maine rural revival and feel that food is a vehicle for creative and constructive social and environmental progress," Collins posted on his website.

New bake shop

Kaler's Corner has added an in-house bakery within the confines of Fashionista's consignments.

Joyce Hill, owner/operator of Fashionista, partnered with Lisa Fessenden, owner/operator of The Kitchen Cupboard, to create Sweet Dreams bake shop.

Hill came up with the idea last year when she made and decorated a cake for her daughter's wedding.

"I love designing things," said Hill.

The pair cooks up anything from breads to doughnuts to cookies, cakes, and pies. Special orders are welcome as well.

The fresh baked goods are available in one of the tents located at 230 Kaler's Corner.

Fashionista has several tents filled with gently used items from 72 consignors. Also on site Hill offers her handmade soaps and candles and painted glass items from a previous business venture.

"I don't mind change. If one thing doesn't work, try another," said Hill.

Changing things up

What used to be the Lower Deck is under construction and is set to open soon as Broad Bay Bistro.

The restaurant, located at 9 Friendship St., will offer a new menu, new chef, and expanded indoor and outdoor seating.

Co-owners Josh Howell and Jeff Hurd have not returned a phone call seeking more information.

Family Dollar coming soon

The vacant lot across from Harold C. Ralph Chevrolet on Route 1 is slated to become Family Dollar discount store.

According to Town Assessor Darryl McKenney, the approved size was 8,320 square feet.

A return phone call from Project Manager Douglas Reynolds of Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers, Inc of Gray was not received prior to deadline.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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