For Immediate Release October 30, 2020 — Emerald River Maine is pleased to announce the selection of Matthew Carter of CES, Inc., for architecture design for a proposed adult use cannabis store to be located at 1240 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, Maine. Emerald River of Maine and CES, Inc. signed a contract for Mr. Carter’s architectural services from concept and design through to building completion, on October 1, 2020. 

Emerald River Maine previously utilized CES, Inc. for an environmental evaluation of the Lewiston property prior to closing. In addition, the company is currently contracted with CES, Inc, for site design/engineering services under project manager Jon Whitten, Jr., PE. 

Mr. Carter brings more than twenty-five years of architecture experience to the project. In addition to his role as Senior Architect at CES, Inc, headquartered in Bangor, he also is the principal of his own architecture design and consultancy firm, Carter Architectural Design LLC.

“We selected Matthew because of his knowledge of brand development as it relates to architecture,” said Matt Taggart, President of Emerald River Maine. “We want to construct a cannabis retail store and shopping experience which is on-brand for Emerald River Maine. In my initial conversations with Matthew, it was clear he understands brand, and how to bring brand to life via architecture. We have full confidence that he will transform our brand vision into a building that will feel warm and welcoming to the greater Lewiston community. And it’s a bonus that Matthew and the CES team have a Lewiston office, are headquartered in Maine, and understand Mainers.” 

Emerald River Maine proposes to build and operate an adult-use cannabis retail store, of approximately 2700 square feet in size, at the site. Emerald River Maine filed a marijuana store permit application with the City of Lewiston on August 28, 2020. Emerald River Maine and CES look forward to continuing to work with City Hall, especially the Planning and Code Enforcement office, to ensure that all of the proper permits are obtained. These permits include a Building Development permit, along with electrical, plumbing, and signage permits. 

Emerald River of Maine LLC was granted adult-use cannabis retailer Conditional License AMS398, by the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP), on August 28, 2020. 

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About CES, Inc.

CES, Inc is a fully integrated consulting firm of engineers, environmental scientists, and surveyors. The firm offers a wide range of services to assist clients from project conception through final construction and beyond. The CES team consists of more than 115 highly qualified personnel including registered professional engineers, certified geologists, professional land surveyors, environmental scientists and technicians, GIS analysts, professional foresters, and CAD technicians. CES’ combined talent provides a comprehensive range of technical services and expertise to municipal, industrial, commercial, and institutional clients located throughout Maine and New England.

About Emerald River

Emerald River Maine is a joint venture of Matthew Taggart, Morriss Partee, and Matthew Moriarty. Emerald River Maine’s first adult-use cannabis store will be located in Lewiston. Additional store sites are under consideration. 

Matthew Taggart, a resident of Shapleigh, is Emerald River of Maine’s president. Matt graduated from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Matt is also the COO/Product Engineer and Partner in, where he has designed several online products for the credit union industry. These products have helped many thousands of credit union members across the country learn how to better their financial situation. Matt has helped credit union executives develop their brand strategy, and has delivered brand experience training for credit union employees in numerous states. Matt was a key leader of EverythingCU’s two national Branding Events, held in Portland, OR, and Baltimore, MD. Matt is also an award-winning and published author. Matt has lived in Shapleigh for five years with his wife, Megan, and son, Gavin.

Morriss Partee is the founder of Emerald River of Maine LLC as well as Emerald River LLC, a Massachusetts-based company which has applied for several adult-use cannabis licenses. Coming from a design and marketing background, in 1999, Morriss launched, a web site connecting thousands of credit union professionals. Notable innovations that Morriss pioneered at include web seminars, online switch kits, and national branding events. His entrepreneurial experience and acquired knowledge of the cannabis industry sets the table for the launch of a world-class cannabis retail store for the residents of Maine and eventually Massachusetts. He is leading the Emerald River team, and navigating the application and permitting processes to ensure compliance at all times. 

Matthew Moriarty is an entrepreneur with experience in purchasing, revitalizing, selling, and renting properties. As a lifelong resident of Holyoke, Mass., Mr. Moriarty owns several rental properties in the area, managing their day-to-day operation. Prior to that, he was employed by Valley Communications in the Security/Computer Networking department. Matt looks forward to using his technical and financial skills to help Emerald River become a premier cannabis retailer in Massachusetts and Maine, and will be assisting in the retail store build-out.

For further information, contact Matt Taggart, President, Emerald River Maine via email at