Family-owned businesses are becoming a thing of the past.

But those that survive, not only survive but thrive!

There's just something about using or visiting a family-owned business, especially in Maine.

Some have been around for a few years, and some are going on their 12th generation! You'll notice that a lot of these businesses are around food - cafes, restaurants, pizza places... but not all.

That's what makes Maine such a unique and special place - the people! These Mainers truly make their places shine like no other. It's what makes regulars return again and again, and those trying places for the first time want to come back again and again.

We're talking about places like the Red Barn in Augusta, which has been around since 1977 and a popular hotspot to this day, or Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook, which has been in the family for many generations.

Did you know there is even a Maine Family Business Awards? It celebrates family businesses that "go the extra mile," according to It's great to see places like that get recognition.

And we all have our favorites, too. Do you?

Below is a list of a handful of some of the most popular and loved family-owned and operated businesses in Maine.

Is your favorite family-owned business mentioned?

24 of the Best Maine Family-Owned Businesses

We know there's definitely more than what's on this list, so be sure to let us know of other family-owned businesses that deserve the spotlight. We want to hear from you.

50 Maine Restaurants to Try in 2023

Thanks to our great listeners we were able to compile a list of many of Maine's great restaurants that Mainers want to try in 2023.

These great spots can be found across the state and waiting for you to give them a try.

How many have you been to? How many would you like to try for the first time?

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