Business

  • Mills orders businesses to enforce face covering requirement

    Mills orders businesses to enforce face covering requirement

    ELLSWORTH — Some businesses in Hancock County and other coastal counties, including retail stores with more than 50,000 square feet of shopping space, restaurants, outdoor bars or tasting rooms and lodging establishments, will be required to enforce the Governor’s face covering requirement or face possible licensing violations. Governor Janet Mills on Wednesday issued an executive

  • Traffic down over the July 4 weekend

    Traffic down over the July 4 weekend

    ELLSWORTH – Neither business nor the traditional public fireworks displays were booming this Fourth of July. While traffic to the area did pick up and plenty of out-of-state plates were spotted, the holiday weekend was subdued compared to years past, says Gretchen Wilson, executive director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. Locals were “kind

  • New gallery opens in Castine

    New gallery opens in Castine

    CASTINE — Susan Parish Adam and Josh Adam of Adam Gallery, along with their sister-in-law, Julia Parish of Julia Parish Jewelry, have joined forces and announce the grand opening of their new “side-by-side” gallery at 7 Main St. in downtown Castine. For the past 17 years, Susan and Josh Adam have successfully owned and operated

  • New Ellsworth tattoo shop flourishing as work resumes

    New Ellsworth tattoo shop flourishing as work resumes

    ELLSWORTH — In his brief time as a business owner, Rob Sibley has already had a wild ride. It’s been just over five months since Sibley, owner of Disconnected Tattoo and Art Co., first opened his business on Ellsworth’s Main Street. Since then, he’s relocated and been forced to cease operations as a result of

  • Greenhead Lobster shop to open

    STONINGTON — Greenhead Lobster has announced the opening of its new retail lobster shop on the wharf at its 38 Ocean St. headquarters in Stonington. The shop will hold its official grand opening Monday, June 29, welcoming customers to stop by and hand-select sustainably wild-caught live lobster from the shop’s tanks. Orders will also be

  • Bliss opens in former Ruth Foster’s, pandemic aside

    Bliss opens in former Ruth Foster’s, pandemic aside

    ELLSWORTH — Husband and wife team Scott Mayer and Susan Nordman are no strangers to opening a business. They’ve owned stores in New Jersey and Bar Harbor before opening in Ellsworth. But opening a business during a pandemic is a different story. “How do you keep your customers safe, how do you keep yourself and

  • Restaurateur launches meat business

    BLUE HILL — A local restaurateur with businesses from Bar Harbor to Biddeford has started a meat subscription service, Blaze Meat Company, to shore up revenue lost due to COVID-19. “The amount of revenue that we’ve lost is just massive,” said Matt Haskell, who owns the Blaze restaurants. “No one can tell us when it’s

  • Special meeting set on Surry “glampground”

    Special meeting set on Surry “glampground”

    SURRY — The Surry Planning Board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, to deliberate on the Surry Road luxury campground proposed by Under Canvas. The last time the board took up the “glampground,” which would be created on Patten Bay, was March 11. That meeting was adjourned due to

  • Testing proposed as quarantine alternative

    BAR HARBOR — The details differ, but both the state and a local task force have drafted plans to use increased testing for the new coronavirus as a way to move toward easing restrictions on travel, business and other activities. The local plan, developed by the Downeast COVID-19 task force, includes funding for symptomatic testing

  • Bucksport Chamber closing May 30

    Bucksport Chamber closing May 30

    BUCKSPORT — Citing financial issues, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is closing effective Saturday, May 30, according to a press release issued Friday. “The chamber is unable to fiscally survive on memberships alone and the current pandemic of COVID-19 has limited our ability to hold fundraising events,” the release stated. “All employees have

  • Ellsworth firm selected to build veterans plaza

    Ellsworth firm selected to build veterans plaza

    ELLSWORTH — The town of Brunswick has selected award-winning Atlantic Landscape Construction of Ellsworth to be the general contractor for the town’s new Veterans Plaza. Construction will commence after a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Aug. 17, and is expected to be complete by Oct. 31. Specialty concrete work will be carried out by Day’s Concrete