Jan and Mike come from diverse, eclectic backgrounds, preparing them perfectly to be your hosts. Both have warm, friendly personalities, making you feel like old friends.
Mike's role within the inn is maintenance, groundskeeping, and improvements, in addition to maintaining his own full time small business, "Ware Street Restoration." His experience includes building contracting, restoring classic automobiles, diving, commercial fishing, and fire fighting. He is also an avid road and mountain bicyclist, plays hockey, swims and is quite the sports enthusiast.
Jan acts as full time innkeeper and host. She comes from a background in politics. 18 years with the United States Senate and additional years as a consultant and lobbyist at the State House in Augusta, Maine has prepared her diplomatically and as a people oriented problem-solver. She is an award-winning cook and her skills in the kitchen are a delightful plus!
Jan is currently actively involved in committee work for the local Chamber of Commerce and is past Chair of their Board of Directors; is past President of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club, has been very active in Rotary International's District 7790; is a member of Maine Congressman Mike Michaud's Small Business Advisory Team, a member of the Maine Innkeepers Association, is active in the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, founding past-President of the Inns of Central Maine, is a former member of the Board of Directors of Southern Maine Technical College's Hospitality Education Program, served on the Board of the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, is past secretary of the board of the Franco-American Heritage Center, and has been an active member of USM/LA College Corporate Partners, as well as the Lewiston Public Library Planning Committee.
Maxwell and Sadie--the Inn's welcoming committee! Maxwell and Sadie are both Shih Tzus weighing under 20 pounds.
Maxwell is the Inn's "Official Greeter"! This little guy is the first one to make it to the door when you arrive. If anyone can make you feel welcome, Maxwell can. He came home with Jan and Mike at 11 weeks old in early 2000 and has grown up greeting guests and basking in the attention he gets as their surrogate pet.
Jan and Mike brought Sadie home at 11 weeks old in July of 2001. She's Maxwell's half sister (they share the same dad) and has become his constant companion. Sadie is competing with Maxwell to be the Inn's front line Greeter! She's a little love bug and enjoys the attention of our guests as much as he does. Sadie is a wonderful member of the Inn's family!
At the Ware Street Inn you will find yourself at a home away from home.