Kathleen Pierce

Senior Features Reporter

Kathleen Pierce is a Portland-based features writer in search of dynamic stories in Southern, Maine. Emphasis on arts, culture and food trends. Follow her on twitter @piercenews.
With more room to cook, former Small Axe food truck owners Karl Deuben (left) and Bill Leavy say opening the East Ender two years ago was the right move.

Maine food trucks are upgrading to restaurants

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:11 a.m.
“Food trucks are a great incubator. You can perfect your cuisine and see who your customer is.”

Portland company creates Tom Brady bag

on Jan. 13, 2017, at 2:58 p.m.

This Portland coffee shop’s lattes come with unicorns and bears

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 2:40 p.m.
Latte art has been part of the coffee circuit for years. But most baristas don’t freestyle like this on a daily basis.

A restaurant that opened with fanfare is closing after only 15 months

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
What went wrong?
Three men watch firefighters battle a Munjoy Hill apartment building fire Jan. 2 in Portland.

Portlanders raise more than $10,000 for fire victims

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 09, 2017, at 5:54 p.m.
Less than a week after a fire raged through Munjoy Hill, affecting more than 40 people, Portlanders raised thousands to help the victims get back on their feet.
Organizers for Maine March, the local effort to get people to the Women's March on Washington, are from left Sarah Gaba, Cara Paulak, Genevieve Morgan and Sally Struever with son Jasper Eiermann.

Portland writer helping Maine women march on Washington

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 06, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
Genevieve Morgan said that “this isn’t an anti-Trump march. It’s about the principles that many, many people across the country think are being threatened.”
 Howie Chadbourne laughs with a customer on Tuesday night at Howie's Pub on Washington Avenue in Portland. Chadbourne is selling his pub and getting out of the business after tending local bars for more than 40 years.

After 42 years, this Portland bartender is leaving the business — maybe for Uber

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 04, 2017, at 5:14 p.m.
The 62-year-old owner of Howie’s Pub is in the process of selling his pub and expects to pour his last pint by Jan. 31.

After 18 years, the Public Market House’s cheese shop is closing

on Jan. 03, 2017, at 2 p.m.
The owner of K. Horton Specialty Foods in the Public Market House announced on New Year’s Day she is closing shop.

A peek at Portland’s first restaurant opening of 2017

on Dec. 30, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
Portlanders hungry for authentic Chinese cuisine, inflected with chili peppers, cinnamon and anise, have been knocking on Sichuan Kitchen’s door for months.

Here’s what’s going on around Portland on New Year’s Eve

on Dec. 29, 2016, at 5:35 p.m.
If you’ve just realized that Saturday is New Year’s Eve, we’ve got your back.

$60K coffee cup sculpture, pride of a Portland cafe, damaged badly

on Dec. 29, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
“To deface a piece of artwork is really hurtful. It’s not replaceable. You really hurt a group of us.”

A modern general store opens in Portland

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
“We are interested in supporting a community that supports us.”
Mainers planning to cash in on pot’s legalization by infusing food with cannabis fret that their dreams may go up in smoke. But even as they fret, they are pushing toward production of made-in-Maine pot goodies.

Visions of legal made-in-Maine pot brownies dance in their heads

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 26, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
Mainers planning to cash in on pot’s legalization by infusing food with cannabis fret that their dreams may go up in smoke. But even as they fret, they are pushing toward production of made-in-Maine pot goodies.

Portland bakery declared one of the best in the U.S.

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
Book about this elusive Maine hermit comes out in March by Penguin Random House.

The only journalist to interview the North Pond Hermit is coming out with a book

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 21, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The book comes out March 7, when Finkel will be in Portland giving a reading at Space Gallery.
David Wolfe, from left, and Charlie Hewitt stand in front of the posters they are making at StealThisPrint.com.

How Maine artists are using provocative art to respond to the era of Trump

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 16, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
Steal This Print hopes to use digital images to augment a growing progressive protest.

Portland roastery and distillery team up on a coffee that tastes like whiskey

on Dec. 15, 2016, at 12:42 p.m.
(It doesn’t have any alcohol in it.)
Lauren Pignatello stands in front of the truck she drove to Standing Rock, where she assisted the wounded for three weeks, in Portland in this undated photo.

Armed with herbs and yogurt, a Maine healer treated hundreds of people at Standing Rock

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 12, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
“I worked washing people’s eyes out with milk of magnesia, put arnica on bruises and saw lots and lots of concussions.”

A Portland restaurant is planning to open a Fenway location

on Dec. 12, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
The owners of Eventide Oyster Co. plan to open a new spot near Fenway Park in Boston.

Portland’s top bartenders share their favorite holiday cocktail recipes

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 11:21 a.m.
Enjoy out on the town, or mix these up at home with a little Bing Crosby.