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Best Editors' picks 2007: Shopping

Strange Maine, and Old Port Wine Merchants

Strange Maine

Best Place to Buy Stocking Stuffers for Uncle Fester: Strange Maine
STRANGE MAINE is the kind of Portland institution that gives the town something to call its own. The elven race responsible for this magical wonderland of used books, records, and ephemera also has great taste in music, providing quality experimental and folk concerts most weeks of the year. How about a treasure hunt? Visit the Congress Street store and see if you can find these daily household items:

a He-Man mask
Pac-Man Atari cartridge
a Tim Hofmann original poster
Meet the Deedles on VHS
pink Robo-Cop action figure
Mike Connor’s Coela Canthus zine
Cursillistas’ LesBiches 3” CD-R (rare! out of print!)
Shogun Warriors 1979 Marvel comic
Star Trek Voyager paperback #6 The Murdered Sun

Happy hunting!

Strange Maine | 578 Congress St, Portland | 207.771.9997 |

Old Port Wine Mechants

Best Second Career: Being the Old Port’s Wine Merchant
Jacques de Villier must be the happiest guy in town. He gets to drink on the job, and even lets people try wines on their lunch breaks. DeVillier gathers hundreds of bottles of wine — even getting deals with small vineyards to do things like buy their entire season’s production — just to bring it here to Maine and sell it to the oenophiles wending their way through the beer-quaffing masses on Fore Street. His collection includes hard-to-find Hawke’s Bay reds from New Zealand (at $20, they cost about the same in NZ as here), some reasonably obscure German wines, and no overlap with what you’d find in grocery-store aisles.
We’re not sure if he’s using connections from his decade of intelligence and signals work for the US military to boost his wine-finding ability, but if he is, that’s an application of military force we wholeheartedly approve. (Also note the various wine-related books, and a few about baseball — though surprisingly little about corked bats.) Tell deVillier what you like and let him find your next favorite wine.

Old Port Wine Merchants | 432 Fore St, Portland | 207.772.9463

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