Apple Stores: New Maine Mall location opens; sessions with The Big Draw continue through October

Apple’s only retail store in Maine reopened today in a significantly larger and more modern space at The Maine Mall. South Portland customers lined up this morning to explore the location’s first redesign since opening more than 11 years ago.

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Nestled between Olympia Sports and Aldo near the middle of the shopping center, the new Apple Maine Mall adopts Apple’s latest design as expected, with pivot doors and a Forum with a video wall. The outgoing space closed for the last time on Friday night.

The new store arrives after the launch of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, but in time for a busy holiday shopping season. Updated Apple Arcade merchandising joins the rest of Apple’s new product displays refreshed at the end of September.

Photos courtesy of Mike Popovic. Lead image courtesy of Erik Franzen.

Maine Mall’s new video wall will also be put to use for Today at Apple sessions hosted in celebration of The Big Draw Festival through the end of October. Alongside the release of Adobe Fresco in September, a month full of special sessions were announced to help customers learn how to illustrate on iPad with the brand new tool.

Earlier, we detailed the select flagship Apple Stores hosting specially curated sessions with notable artists and designers. As the second half of October approaches, many of the remaining exclusive sessions on the calendar have been announced. Below, we’ve listed some upcoming highlights in the U.S. and our favorite illustrations posted by session participants so far this month.

Apple Williamsburg, October 18

Art Lab: Playful Animations with Jon Burgerman

Learn how to animate your own simple illustrations through experimentation.

Apple Fifth Avenue, October 22

Art Lab: Mapping Your New York with Sophia Chang

Pick a New York City borough and sketch your favorite restaurants and places.

Apple Carnegie Library, October 18

Art Lab: Inspired by Screen-Printing with Tracie Ching

Explore the technique of crosshatching to create a portrait in Adobe Fresco.

Apple Michigan Avenue, October 27

Art Lab: Design a Positive Quote with Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn

Create a custom illustrated quote focused on well-being.

Apple Aventura, October 27

Art Walk: Inspired by Symmetry in Nature with Sara Kaplan

Explore the Apple Aventura garden by creating a pattern inspired by nature.

Apple Union Square, October 17

Design Lab: Illustrate Your Life with Brandon Land

Brainstorm drawings inspired by your daily life through illustration prompts.

Apple Third Street Promenade, October 26

Art Lab: Lettering with Alfonso Garcia

Learn about lettering styles and create custom letters for your name.

If you attend a store opening, spot something interesting, or attend a great Today at Apple session, we’d love to see and share your photos. Follow our retail guide for in-depth coverage of the latest Apple Store news.

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