On Saturday, June 29 Mayor Linda C. Cohen on behalf of the city of South Portland participated in grand opening/ribbon cutting celebrations at three South Portland businesses. At 9:30 a.m. Cohen cut the ribbon at Rwanda Bean Coffee and Cape Whoopies, at 185 Cottage Road. The event included Rwandan dancers, a poem reading and samples. Cohen congratulated the businesses on their collaboration in the freshly renovated shared space and noted her understanding of the challenges that both of these businesses had in getting to this day. From left, William Mann, economic development director, city of South Portland, Ross Little, chairman of South Portland Economic Development Committee, Francis Bukuzagara, Counsel Embassy of The Republic of Rwanda (who travelled from Washington, D.C., for the event), Scotlyn Marlow, Ambrose Marlow, Mike Mwenedata (founder of Rwanda Bean Coffee), Cohen, Marcia Wiggins (founder, Cape Whoopies) and Ben Graffius, partner in Rwanda Bean Coffe. See more about business openings on page 7. (Courtesy photo) 7p1.jpg