The local legacy of the 2010s: a lot more businesses with ‘Mainely’ in the name

Certainly you’ve seen a Maine business called Mainely such-and-such. If you’ve ever wondered how many enterprises so named exist in the state, let your curiosity stew upon this figure: 248. Another 355 “Mainely” listings on file with the Secretary of State’s office are inactive, dating back to the 1970s.

The 2010s gave us nearly half those businesses.

Just ponder that for a moment: In the decade that began Jan. 1, 2010, there had only been 329 “Mainely” businesses; by the end of the teens, there would be 603 on the books.

While the past decade brought a number of notable marketing events — Gwyneth became a modern lifestyle brand, for instance — I’ll remember it for the 2010 rise and 2019 fall of Mainelyoldstuff, and the arrival of Mainely Nuggets. Consider the foresight of the Maine Country Store of Wiscasset, which on April 6, 1973, filed to incorporate as the Mainely Pine Country Store Inc.

The last of the decade’s pun-mad registrants filed on Dec. 19, 2019, as Mainely Solar. That was just one of four Mainely businesses to file shortly before the end of the year.

The complete list of Mainely businesses is fairly dizzying. Here are some quick highlights:

Explore all of the Mainely entities by year and status in the dashboard below, and share your favorite interactions with Mainely businesses in the comments section.