Are you an entrepreneur who dreams of owning your own retail business? Are you looking for a welcoming environment and support in realizing that dream?


Welcome to Fikiria!

A creative marketplace offering affordable commercial space and professional support to help launch and grow new, retail-based businesses, Fikiria will help you get your business up and running with:

  • Low operating costs with commercial space starting at $325/month, well below market rate

  • Business counseling, including assistance with marketing, signage, customer relations, product display and point of sale processes

  • Staff coverage for retail sales seven days a week

  • Use of fixtures such as clothing racks, countertops, secured glass display cases or mannequins will be made available according to your business needs

  • Deals on bulk materials that could be used to create upcycled products

All in a convenient, well-maintained location with ample free parking at 1041 Brighton Avenue!

Housed within Catholic Charities Maine’s Threads of Hope Thrift Store at 1041 Brighton Avenue in Portland, Fikiria vendors benefit by being associated with a larger, established business. A thrift retail store selling donated clothing, furniture, home goods, movies, toys, and more, Threads of Hope had 130,000 visitors in 2018 — just imagine your business getting that kind of exposure!

The ideal candidates for Fikiria are retail businesses that compliment Threads of Hope and feature hand-made or unique items that fill a void in the marketplace.


Think your business would be a good fit?

Contact Tae Chong to Apply:
Tae Chong, Manager of Social Enterprise and Workforce Development
Catholic Charities Maine
Phone: 207-653-1864