We created Our Maine Street Magazine during the economic downturn in 2008 but it wasn’t because we thought it was the best time for a business opportunity. We wanted to show that despite the times, Aroostook was still a great place to be. This project would be our love letter to The County.
-Our Maine Street
Our Maine Street’s Aroostook Magazine showcases the inspiring beauty and local stories of Aroostook County, Maine. Often referred to simply as The County, Aroostook resides at the crown of Maine with breathtaking landscapes, distinctive cultures and friendly hard-working people creating this place we call home. All of our content comes from the people and organizations who live and work here – their stories and photographs speak volumes. Having no full-time staff, we work with local writers and photographers to tell our story.
Our goal has always been to create a final product that is high-quality while still being accessable to as many people as possible. That’s why we have used the highest-quality sustainably sourced papers and environmentally friendly soy-based inks. When possible, our print shops have sourced their electrical power from wind-based providers.
We’re not backed by a large media group, but have always set our cover price low to ensure that our piece of Aroostook is accessable to as many people as we can. Many times, the cover price just covers the cost of production of each copy.
We have been blessed by the support of many local businesses and organizations whose funding pays for the equipment, software, permits and other needs to keep us up and running.
More and more of our readers are choosing the digital copy every issue, including new readers joining us each quarter. While this is great as the number of overall readers is increasing, it also means that demand for the printed copy has lessened. We have reached the point where this is no longer sustainable.
This will be the last issue printed in its current form. We are working with a national online retailer to produce a new, quality, print-on-demand version of this publication going forward and hope to announce details very soon. If you are a current subscriber don’t panic, we’ll be in touch to make sure we are square on the balance of any remaining issues on your subscription. You’ll also be hearing from us by mail on how you can get the new print version in the future. [ A new premium version, with a more durable gloss cover is now available at Amazon. ]
The digital version of the magazine will remain free. You’ll still be able to share with friends and family all over the world, now with no delay after the release date. This is a labor of love for us and is meant to promote the people and places of Aroostook County; that won’t be changing.
We know we haven’t been perfect, and have appreciated the kind words of support from people all over the county, state and country. You all keep us going, and we look forward to continuing this journey with you.