An agnostic’s prayer: Much love on a day of tragic losses in Portland and Sacopee Valley


Yesterday morning on Noyes Street in Portland a home to many was ravaged by fire. We know that 5 people lost their lives and one person was badly burned. It was the city’s deadliest fire in 30 years. Here in the Sacopee Valley, almost exactly one year after the tragic death of a young high […]

20 Instagram photos that capture Halloween 2014 in Maine


Yesterday was one of the Halloweeniest All Hallows’ Eves I have experienced in a long time. Not long after dark, my wife, friends and I sat at Mi Sen in Portland, ate noodles, and watched people—the vast majority creatively adorned—walk by on Congress Street. There was a particular energy in the air, which I later […]

Infographic: For Whom Would Your Favorite Horror Movie Vote?


To celebrate the intersection of Halloween and Election Season, we at Knack Factory teamed up with Portland, Oregon based and author Sarah Marshall to visualize the implied political orientation of our favorite horror movies. You can click the image above (or right here) to have a closer look at what we came up with. We […]

Moriah Cowles makes knives


  Moriah Cowles is the proprietor or Orchard Steel, which is based in Brooklyn and where she crafts and sells beautiful handmade knives. My business partner Zack Bowen and I reached out to her because our friends and clients at Hugo’s, particularly Chef and Co-owner Andrew Taylor, so emphatically sang the praises of her products. […]