Carla Essenberg’s Famous List of Lewiston-Auburn Service Providers

Carla Essenberg (new fac alumna) maintains and updates a list of recommendations from FORSALE – the campus email list of things for sale and recommendations.  Here is the version she gave to us for 2017-18.

 

Lewiston-Auburn Recommendations

Last up-dated: 21 August 2017

This is a collection of stores, services, and professionals in the Lewiston-Auburn area who were recommended by people at Bates in 2015-2017.  (Mostly, the recommendations were made to Carla Essenberg by people on the For Sale list.)  In a few cases, the recommendations came from friends or family members of the person recommended, rather than customers/clients; I have made a note in those cases.

 

Health care

Dentists (2015)

  • Center Street Dental, 784-2212 (2 people recommended them)
  • Peter Drews, 471 Sabattus Street, 782-5308
  • Mount Auburn Dental
  • Barbarick and Barbarick, Main St., Lewiston, walking distance from campus
  • Kevin Connelly, on Lisbon
  • Dr. Hebert, on Strawberry Ave, 5 minutes from campus
  • Taylor Brook Dental
  • Auburn Plaza Family Dental, Center St.

Eye doctors (2015)

  • Androscoggin Eye Associates, beyond the track and soccer field. Two MD’s and a DO (2 people recommended them)
  • Dr. DeRosa & Chamberland (about a mile from campus)
  • Maine Eye Center in Portland (good especially if you have complications, like diabetes)
  • Dr. Cote on Main St
  • Dr. Metayer is Auburn is very good, but I would check to be sure they take the insurance
  • Maine Optometry at 585 Main St. in Lewiston

 

Auto Repair

Mechanics (2015)

  • Specialty Automotive Service, 45 N River Rd, Auburn (2 people recommended them)
  • Clavet Import Auto Sales and Service, http://www.clavetimportauto.com/, (207)782-2425 (3 people recommended them)
  • Center Street Auto Service, 1100 Center Street, Auburn, ME 04210, (207) 784-2559 (3 people recommended them)
  • Mike Morin’s Auto Center, http://www.autorepairsauburnmaine.com/, 1122 Center Street, Auburn, ME,  (207) 753-0433 (2 people recommended them)
  • John’s, in Auburn, 32 Riverside Dr, Auburn, ME 04210, (207) 786-7252
  • Grimmel’s on Lisbon St.
  • KC Auto
  • Berube’s on East Ave

Tire shops (2015)

  • Town Fair Tire (in Auburn) (recommended by many people)
  • Tire Warehouse (on Lisbon St.) (recommended by many people)
  • Sullivan Tire, at East and Lisbon

 

Yard Care

Lawn Care (2015)

  • Todd Duval, t.d.duval@gmail.com (recommended by many people)
  • Alan Thomas, 207-375-8362, alsirrco@aol.com
  • Tom’s Lawn Care, 380-9724 (run by the brother of a Bates employee, Sue Dunn)
  • Derek Schmoll, 207-576-5700 (husband of a Bates employee, Claire Schmoll)

Snow Removal (2015)

  • Clay Beach, 754-0262 (brother of a Bates employee, Pete Beach; also recommended by a customer)

Landscapers (2017)

  • Goodall Landscaping, 207-721-3042
  • Seth Goodwin, 207-713-2985
  • Chris Fuller, 207-212-6451

Tree removal (2017)

  • Webster Tree Service, Auburn, 784-9421 (recommended by 9 people)
  • Welltree, Brunswick, http://welltreeinc.com/, 721-9210
  • Fagan’s Tree Service, Brunswick, http://fagantree.com/, 615-4254
  • Limb-It, Auburn, http://www.limb-it.com/, 754-9428 or 754-7104
  • Greg Chenard, 946-5876
  • S.M.K. Corp, 576-6842 (Moe) and 576-5284 (Kyle) (neighbors of a Bates employee)
  • Dave Spicer, Augusta (known in another context by a Bates employee)

 

Home Decor

People who install window coverings (2016)

  • Gamache & Lessard, (207) 782-0052, in Auburn (4 people recommended them)
  • Mona Karole, 207-212-3705 

Rug stores (2016)

  • Floor Systems on Lisbon St., in Lisbon
  • Mardens (rugs are often from salvage, so they need to be checked carefully for flaws)
  • In Maine Mall, Portland: Pottery Barn, Macy’s, Pier 1 Imports
  • HomeGoods (Scarborough)
  • Mougalians in Scarborough off Payne Rd
  • Bradford’s Rug Gallery on Forest Avenue in Portland, www.bradfordsruggallery.com/
  • Company C on Commercial St. in Old Port, http://www.flor.com/

 

Pest Control

Carpenter ant removal (2017)

 

Home Maintenance and Renovation

People who do a wide variety of home maintenance work (2016)

  • Mike Barrett, Ware St. Restoration, 207-576-2947
  • Bert Pelletier, 207-576-7390 (wide variety of work and willing to do small jobs)
  • Clay Beach, 207-754-0262 (brother of a Bates employee, Pete Beach; also recommended by a customer)
  • Vinny Marotta, 207-877-5323 (carpentry, landscaping, specialty tile, etc.) (married to a Bates employee, Kelsy Ross)

Home renovation professionals (2016)

  • Pam Wichroski, who is the Bates staff architect and interior design person
  • Harold Brooks Construction, has done work for the college (recommended by 2 people)
  • LaJoie Brothers in Augusta
  • Mike O’Connor, who lives in Hebron, 212-0636
  • Jason Simard, who lives in Minot, 354-9610
  • Marc Morin, 784-7271
  • Ware St Renovation, Mike Barrett, 576-2947

Home insulation professionals (2016)

Locksmiths (2016)

  • Fortier’s Security Center, Lewiston, 784-5085, www.fortierslocksmithandsafes.com (recommended by 5 people)

Radon mitigation professionals (2016)

Electricians (2016-2017)

  • Mark Levesque, 375-8348
  • Jeff Meade, Affordable Electric, 754-0103
  • Bill Hicks, 207-740-4218 (related to a Bates employee)

Garage door installation/repair (2016)

  • International Door, 866-453-7874, http://www.intdoorsys.com (recommended by 2 people)
  • Bob’s Overhead Doors, 207-212-9931 (husband of a Bates staff member; also recommended by a customer)
  • A To Z Affordable Overhead Door Company (Litchfield), 207-268-3909

Roofers (2015-2017)

    • Straight Line Roofing and Siding, Inc., Lewiston, 466-0145, http://www.straightlineroof.com/ (recommended by 4 people)
    • Andy Williams, 751-0279 or 375-8769
    • Curtis Roofing, Freeport, 632-2616

 

  • Scott Lacasse, B & L Carpentry, 577-2269
  • Joe Theriault, Maida Construction & Roofing, Minot, 966-2614
  • Bill Gladu, Gladu Roofing Company, 782-7081
  • Dave St. Hilaire, http://www.sthilaireroofing.com/, 784-1819
  • The Roofer, Westbrook
  • Casco Bay Roofing

 

Boiler repair (2016)

Plumbers (2016 and 2017)

  • Bert Tardif, Lewiston, 207-783-0752 (2 people recommended him)
  • Mike Adler, Auburn, 783-7114
  • Lou Clavet, Lewiston, 783-3416
  • Dean at Cozy Home Heating, Greene, 946-2699
  • Duane Walker, 449-7448

 

 

 

Real estate

Realtors (2016)

  • Barbara Trafton (5 people recommended her)
  • Barbara Mitchell (4 people recommended her)
  • Tony Poulin
  • Gina Letourneau (2 people recommended her) (specializes in mid-level and starter homes)
  • Jane Cyr (apparently does pricier homes)
  • Don White
  • Steven Chicoine
  • Colette Couter
  • Brenda Fontaine
  • Elyssa Hackett
  • Shawn Losier
  • Sue Dube
  • Shawn Losier
  • Marni and Brian Dubois
  • Helga Thurston

Real estate lawyers (2016)

  • Ron Bisonnette, Isaac and Raymondson, in downtown Lewiston (4 people recommended him)
  • Dick Trafton, Trafton and Matzin, in Auburn (3 people recommended him)
  • Kim Visbaris, in Auburn (2 people recommended her)
  • John W. Geismar, Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, LLC, 100 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, 207-777-5200

Movers (for short moves) (2016)

  • Blanchette Moving and Storage, Lewiston, http://www.blanchettemoving.com/, 207-782-7429 (recommended by 4 people)
  • Gordon’s Moving, Lewiston, 207-795-8874
  • Southern Maine Movers, Lisbon Falls, 207-891-8586
  • Local Muscle, Portland, http://localmusclemovers.com/, 207-370-9090, ($400-500 for a houseful of stuff)
  • Red’s, 207-784-8766 (recommended by 2 people, but 1 person had a bad experience with them)