A Month @ MOB: October Issue

In by Rebecka Dykstra

Welcome back to the third edition of “A Month @ MOB!” Here’s a look at the latest news from Maine’s outdoor industry:

Portland Gear Hub launches “HERE TO STAY” campaign

We’re thrilled to celebrate the recent success of Portland Gear Hub at their Community Celebration. They’re on a mission to secure their future as a community nonprofit outdoor gear and bike shop in Portland, and together with Ketcha Outdoors have already raised over 70% of the funds needed to purchase their building and lot. Help them reach their goal!

Mainbiz 40 Under 40 honors MOB members

Mainebiz is celebrating 40 leaders making their mark in Maine’s business landscape, including MOB’s own Jenny Kordick along with a few other MOB members, including MOB board member Sokunthy Yean (VP of operations, Sea Bags), Amber Boutiette & Patrick Breeding (founders, Marin Skincare), and Ray Ruby (Executive director, Maine Cancer Foundation).

Grain Surfboards launches surfboard bags and retail display with Outerknown 

Grain has collaborated with Outerknown’s Project Vermont team to construct custom surfboard bags made from upcycled Outerknown clothing scraps. These exclusive bags can be purchased online, at Grain’s showroom in York, ME, or at Outerknown’s new Boston location, where a section of the shop is carved out for a beautiful display of Grain’s wooden boards.

Maine GearShare and Toad Again announce Gear Again Festival 

Maine GearShare and Toad Again have teamed up to host a fall festival on October 28th, 11:00 – 3:00 focused on the outdoor gear and apparel lifecycle. The goal is to show the many opportunities for repair, upcycling, and recycling that are out there for outdoor gear and apparel at all stages of the gear’s life, with a focus on zero-waste and landfill diversion. Bring your loved gear to be repaired, recycled, consigned, or donated!

Governor Baxter launches reversible vest in collaboration with Filson 

Cafted from Filson’s waterproof waxed canvas on one side and White’s signature World War II–era military blankets on the other, the design is both warm and rich in history.

Brant & Cochran launches collaboration with Solo Stove 

The exclusive collaboration, sparked at Outdoor Retailer, paired Brant & Cochran’s heirloom-worthy special edition Allagash Cruiser Axe with Solo Stove’s timeless fireside essentials.

MOB featured at the Outdoor Economy Summit in North Carolina 

The State Outdoor Business Alliance Network, made up of nearly 20 outdoor business alliances met with the Confluence of States, which is comprised of 16 State Office of Outdoor Recreation Directors. MOB’s Jenny Kordick and The Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation’s Carolann Ouellette spoke about our partnership to strengthen and elevate Maine’s outdoor recreation economy.

Toad & Co. defies the odds with “Toad Again” resale effort 

The vast majority of their new 9,000 square foot Portland location is being used to process incoming used items and fulfill resale orders.

Marin rebrand launches on National Lobster Day

After years of work, Marin has launched their new look, inspired by their roots — Maine, the ocean, lobster, discovery, and novelty.

Old Town launches new ePDL+ technology 

Old Town launches electric pedal assist technology with the Bigwater ePDL+ 132, which transitions between manual and motorized propulsion. This game-changing advancement promises increased speed, ease of use, and environmental benefits, potentially replacing many gasoline-powered skiffs, utility boats, and fishing rigs.