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CNN Travel
This bar got famous not serving alcohol
Portland, Maine (CNN) — It all came to Johanna Corman after four nights of tossing and turning.

Her husband of nearly 17 years, Steve, had just been laid off from his teaching job of 19 years right during April school break in 2013, and they had two children in high school.

After 19 years of teaching, he asked her what he should do next.

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Lonely Planet
This New England bar is making headlines for not serving alcohol
As the trend for alcohol-free drinks grows worldwide, one New England bar is playing its part in making mocktails mainstream. Johanna and Steve Corman own Vena’s Fizz House in Portland, Maine, and when it first opened, it had an inviting, copper-topped bar, plenty of proper, vintage glassware, and a range of bitters and infusions that would earn the approval of any mixologist. What it didn’t have, though, was a drop of alcohol. Johanna was inspired to launch the alcohol-free bar when her husband, a 19-year veteran public school teacher, got laid off from his job due to budget cuts. As the couple wondered what to do next, an idea came to her.

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Wall Street Journal
A Seafood Lover’s Road Trip in Coastal Maine
I WOKE UP hungry. Fortunately, I was in a town that can satiate a big appetite. My husband, Paul, and I had flown to Portland, Maine from New York late the previous night for a five-day road trip up the coast. We went to savor the state’s spring beauty, hike along some seaside trails, dip our toes in the still-icy Atlantic. But mostly we went to eat. I had lobster rolls—that quintessential summer food—on the brain and after a long, tediously frigid winter, I was only too ready to usher in the season.

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Food & Wine
Meadow Mocktails
Johanna Corman makes this refreshing lavender-and-grapefruit spritzer in large batches for easy summer entertaining. To turn it into a cocktail, swap gin or vodka for some of the sparkling water.

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New York Times
36 Hours in Portland, Me.
With its cobblestone lanes and photogenic harbor, Portland’s Old Port district has long been a draw for travelers seeking a quick dose of urban New England charm before moving on to Maine’s more bucolic pleasures.

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Imbibe
VENA’S FIZZ HOUSE MAINE HOT FIRE COCKTAIL
Whiskey, maple, cider and spice all come together in this winter warmer from Vena’s Fizz House in Portland, Maine. Read more about Vena’s in our feature from the Nov/Dec 2015 issue, and remember to be careful when handling ghost peppers, as they’re one of the hottest on the Scoville scale.

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Downeast Magazine
VENA’S FIZZ HOUSE
When Steve Corman first started creating drinks in 2013, his lack of knowledge about mixology was offset by problem-solving skills he’d honed as a math teacher. Unfettered by the formulas that veteran bartenders live by, Corman approached his task analytically: Who says liquor must serve as the foundation for a cocktail? Why not start with something more complex, like bitters, and build from there?

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Old Port Magazine
Interview: Vena’s Fizz House
In 2013, Steve Corman was let go from his position as a middle school math teacher. He had been a teacher for 19 years—he was just one year away from being able to qualify for retirement—so the news came as a shock. But instead of letting him wallow, his wife, Johanna, urged him to hurry to the bank. “I knew it would be easier for him to get a loan if he was still employed, and technically, he was still employed,” she explains.

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Zest Magazine
Knockout Punch from Vena's Fizz House
British sailors created it, frat boys and
church ladies perfected it. Nothing says holiday
entertaining like a bowl of punch.
It doesn’t have to pack a high-octane wallop,
although that could be fun. Maybe it’s a
playful pinch or a warm hug.
—Kathryn Williams

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Mainebiz
Seven Maine food companies selected for 'Cultivator' accelerator program
The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and its sponsor FocusMaine selected seven Maine companies to participate in the 2018-19 Cultivator Food, Beverage and Agriculture Accelerator program.

Selected companies are:

Vena's Fizz House, a bar and mixology shop in Portland specializing in old-fashioned, all-natural fizz sodas, "mocktails" and custom cocktails.

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