PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Buy Local celebrated the opening of its new office space on Congress Street Wednesday.
The non-profit formed in 2006 when a few business owners noticed the high number of local businesses that were shutting down.
Eight years later, Portland Buy Local has more than 450 members.
"If you even just buy one gift locally that you didn't before, that makes a huge difference to our local economy," Coffee By Design Owner Mary Allen Lindemann said. "So we've noticed businesses that are locally owned are having record-breaking seasons because of Buy Local Portland."
Portland Buy Local hopes to reach 500 members this year.