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.
Founders of Casco Bay Butter Co. Alicia Menard and Jennell Carter, from left to right, pose with their resident cow Moonique in their new Pine Point headquarters.

Scarborough duo proves butter is back and better than ever

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 30, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
Inside an industrial space, steps from the pounding surf, a mountain of just-churned butter is going gourmet. Alicia Menard scoops handfuls of the bright yellow clouds into a giant mixer. Sea salt is added into what looks like cake batter, and a new batch of Casco Bay …
South Portland artist Jac Ouellette built a kinetic coffee cup sculpture, now installed atop Coffee By Design on Diamond Street.

Locally roasted art: Coffee cup lands on Portland cafe roof

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 26, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
For further proof of Portland’s growing coffee dominance, look up. Atop Coffee By Design’s East Bayside headquarters, a giant, red coffee cup circles like a weathervane, with coffee beans and cherries trailing in its wake. The handiwork of South Portland sculptor Jac Ouellette is a 1,000-pound statement …

Coffee Cup sculpture atop Portland cafe

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 26, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.
South Portland sculptor Jac Ouellette spent the last year building this kinetic coffee cup sculpture. The aluminum and steel piece was installed on the roof of Coffee By Design’s East Bayside HQ last week.
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Wake up call: Best breakfasts of 2014

on Dec. 26, 2014, at 1:08 a.m.
  Breakfast is the key to surviving winter in Maine. After all, why force yourself from a cocoon of warmth in the a.m. if a sad bowl of mush and a cup of mud is all that awaits? Thankfully 2014 was the year the morning meal in Greater Portland received …
The hottest holiday gift this year was invented in Maine 102 years ago. About 100,000 of these kicks, made in Brunswick and Lewiston, are on back order.

Want a new pair of Bean Boots? You may have to wait until March.

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 23, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
FREEPORT | Matt Lauer held up a pair on the “Today” show Tuesday. Carson Daly fondled one, cooing, “Wow, they are cool.” The hottest gift this holiday season is not an iPhone 6 or a personal robot, but iconic Bean Boots made in Maine by L.L. Bean. These coveted …
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company in Tophsam and Penobscot McCrum in Belfast have developed the lobster stuffed potato. Two Maine classics in one delicious bite.

Lobster, meet potato: Two Maine food companies unite for culinary combo

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 22, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
TOPSHAM | Just when you thought lobster had enough dance partners. Along comes another Maine classic, the potato, to waltz the celeb shellfish back into the spotlight. The lobster stuffed potato is the latest invention from Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. in Topsham. This fall, crustacean queen Cal Hancock teamed …

Battle of the bulge: Before you reach for the nog, use your noggin

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 22, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
Cheeseballs, sugar cookies, eggnog. A sleighful of temptations reside at the holiday food table and if you’re slimming, navigating the seasonal spread can be tough. But if you think ahead and approach Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties with a strategy, you can make it to 2015 without tipping the …
When The Reids moved to Sophia Road in Saco four years ago, they were delighted to find a neighborhood that keeps seasons bright. They pose on their porch this week. Jennifer (from left) and Doug, and in front Jacob and Brendan. Their dog, Whoopie, also gets in on the act.

‘A fun holiday spectator sport’: Maine homes get into Christmas spirit with festive lights, displays

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
ROCKPORT | Headed north on Route 1 between Camden and Rockland, an oasis of playful lights, including an inflated shivering snowman, shines through the darkness. Although his electric bill jumps every winter, Rockport innkeeper Dana Burton says the extra $50 is worth it for the smiles he elicits. “Decorations …
BDN writer Kathleen Pierce's corner office for 24 hours.

Inside L.L. Bean’s Freeport flagship store, an around-the-clock look

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
Like New York City, L.L. Bean in Freeport never sleeps. But even Gotham doesn’t lay out the welcome mat like the Maine icon synonymous with boots, flannels and fly rods does 24 hours a day. This has always intrigued me. What happens during the wee hours at …
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Timberrr! The lumbersexual lands in Maine

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 1:16 p.m.
The metrosexual has been kicked to the curb by hairy men in plaid with axes. Goodbye smooth urbanite; hello rough and woodsy lumbersexual. You know you are dating a lumbersexual, says Cosmo Magazine because “his beard looks long, bushy, and unkempt because he hasn’t looked in a mirror in months. You know why? …
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24 Hours in L.L. Bean; over and out

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
I am not going into a war zone, although holiday shopping can be a full-impact sport. For the next 24 hours I will be embedded in Bean: Your eyes and ears in L.L. Bean’s Freeport flagship. Why am I doing this? Because it’s there. The Mount Everest of Maine retail …
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What is it like to spend 24 hours in Freeport’s L.L. Bean?

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
  Even the Mall of America closes its doors each evening. But in Freeport, the mighty, iconic L.L. Bean has no locks. In fact since 1951 there have only been three instances when the sports retailer closed its doors: when JFK was shot, store founder Leon Lenwood Bean died and …

What is it like to spend 24 hours in Freeport’s L.L. Bean?

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 10, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
Even the Mall of America closes its doors each evening. But in Freeport, the mighty, iconic L.L. Bean has no locks. In fact since 1951 there have only been three instances when the sports retailer closed its doors: when JFK was shot, store founder Leon Lenwood Bean died and when …
Stacy Cooper opens Biscuits and Co. in Biddeford on Friday.

‘Everyone has a connection with biscuits’: Biscuit bistro to open in Biddeford

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 10, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
Inside the soon-to-open Biscuits and Company, the Southern staple is getting a northern update. “I grew up in Canada, and we were always throwing together a batch of biscuits,” said Stacy Cooper, who makes good on a dream Friday when her biscuit bistro opens in downtown Biddeford. …
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Two Fat Cats Bakery buys Maine Pie Line

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
Fear not pie lovers, those savory hand pies you devoured from Kennebunkport to Castine are coming back. On Tuesday the owner of Portland’s Two Fat Cats Bakery, Stacy Begin purchased Maine Pie Line from Briana Warner. The successful East Bayside pie company that closed last month after a brilliant year-long run …
Guests linger in the inviting atmosphere at Dobra Tea on Exchange Street.

Food trends for 2015 already making appearances in Maine

By Kathleen Pierce and Sarah Walker Caron on Dec. 09, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
Will next year be all about the cricket cupcake? Or perhaps seaweed granola? The Specialty Food Association has released its list of top food trends for 2015, and it seems Maine’s food artisans and entrepreneurs are right in step with the New York City organization’s food forecast. Tea is the …
Biddeford— Cream, red, black, champagne and charcoal gray are the colors of holiday 2014. Staffers model updated party looks at Suger.

Sparkle, layer, repeat: Stay warm and stylish through the holidays — here’s how

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 04, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
BIDDEFORD | Inside Suger, the stylish Biddeford boutique, Wendy Fanjoy is having a Donna Reed moment. “This dress reminds me of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’” said the employee, twirling around in a crimson Audrey dress. “I absolutely adore this for the season.” Made of sustainable fabrics like bamboo and …
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Do beer and yoga mix? Om, yes indeed

on Dec. 03, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
It was a chilly Tuesday night as I trudged through the doors of the Pepperell Mill en route to Banded Horn Brewing Co. in Biddeford. Not here for a dunkel, but a downward dog, I joined the latest tasting room craze — Brewasanna. “I’m kind of intimidated,” a 20-something business owner …
A farmer works on a November morning on a Maine farm in this image seen in "New Growth."

‘It was a passion’: New book by Boothbay photographer sheds light on organic farming in Maine

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 02, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
Foodies rejoice! A glowing paean of local food just hit the market, and it is a feast for the eyes. “New Growth,” a luxurious 146-page book by Boothbay photographer Peter Felsenthal, is a detailed, glowing portrait of six Maine organic farms and their stewards. From a creamery …
Ron Botting performs a scene as Ebenezer Scrooge at Portland Stage on Monday. Botting will take up the role for the first time this year in Portland Stage Company's nearly yearly production of "A Christmas Carol."

Director, Scrooge actor dish on upcoming ‘A Christmas Carol’ play in Portland, tale’s timeless message

By Kathleen Pierce on Nov. 28, 2014, at 6:15 a.m.
Bah humbug! The familiar rebuke of Christmas rings through Portland Stage Company. Dressed in a white nightgown and winter’s cap, Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Ron Botting, takes a break from rehearsals this week to muse on what the miser, one of Charles Dickens most lasting characters, can …
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