Business

  • Blue Hill Chamber membership up

    Blue Hill Chamber membership up

    BLUE HILL — Membership in the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is growing. That was the news from the chamber’s annual meeting Saturday at Mainescape Garden Center on South Street. The chamber membership increased by 49 businesses in the past year for a total of 187 members, Executive Director Lori Sitzabee said. Sitzabee attributed

  • New restaurants opening in Blue Hill

    BLUE HILL — Patrons of Blue Hill dining establishments will have new offerings starting in May. A Thai restaurant is opening in May in the former Pie in the Sky location at 8 Mill St. Bangkok native Vee Napapornpipat is opening Siam Sky with her husband, Chalee Chaikaew. Siam Sky will feature a variety of

  • Jack the Barber, battling cancer, hangs up his shears

    Jack the Barber, battling cancer, hangs up his shears

    ELLSWORTH — Jack Forni, the former owner of Jack’s Barber Shop on Water Street, may not know all of his customers by name, but he knows them by clipper number. “You know their face and their haircut,” Forni said. “‘Oh, he gets a No. 2’.” On a recent mild afternoon in early April, while his

  • Ellsworth Rite Aid closing

    Ellsworth Rite Aid closing

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Rite Aid is closing May 23, according to a company that manages relationships with the drugstore chain’s vendors. A local vendor received a letter from iControl, the Maryland-based company that deals with Rite Aid’s suppliers, advising that the store is closing and all supplies should be removed from the store at

  • Harlan joins Two Rivers Realty

    Harlan joins Two Rivers Realty

    Two Rivers Realty in Bucksport has announced that Crystal Harlan has joined the agency as a sales agent. Harlan is a graduate of Bucksport High School and has run her own business as a licensed cosmetologist. She and her husband, Dan, a Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy, have three sons and live in Bucksport. To contact

  • New seasonal carrier recommended for Trenton airport

    New seasonal carrier recommended for Trenton airport

    TRENTON — Silver and gold pair nicely but silver also goes with blue — especially air carrier JetBlue. Both the Airport Advisory Committee and the Hancock County Commissioners have recommended Silver Airways to be the seasonal carrier at the Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport this summer. Silver’s code-sharing agreement with JetBlue, is part of the

  • Bar Harbor Bankshares announces promotions

    Bar Harbor Bankshares announces promotions

    Bar Harbor Bankshares has announced the promotion of four employees to the title of senior vice president: Kimberly Nason, Lara Horner, Lorraine Ivers and John Williams. Nason, senior vice president and retail lending support manager, started at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in 2014 as assistant vice president for staff development and training. She has

  • Expect to shell out a lot more for eggs

    Expect to shell out a lot more for eggs

    ELLSWORTH — Egg prices continue to rise, however one analyst says that’s due to nothing more than seasonal demand, which peaks around Easter. The average cost of a dozen, house brand large white eggs last week was $2.42. The American’s Market Basket report records the prices of grocery staples every quarter at the Ellsworth Hannaford,

  • Sorrento fitness accessory goes global

    Sorrento fitness accessory goes global

    SORRENTO — The biceps, shoulders and quadriceps on Mamdouh Elssbiays — really all of his muscles — expand to what looks like at least twice the size of his actual frame. The Kuwaiti professional bodybuilder adorns the cover of March’s Flex magazine, a bodybuilding publication. He poses inside a gym, muscles glistening. Clear in the

  • Investors could receive significant tax breaks if city is chosen as Opportunity Zone

    Investors could receive significant tax breaks if city is chosen as Opportunity Zone

    ELLSWORTH — Several municipalities in Hancock County, including Ellsworth, are up for consideration as Opportunity Zones, designated areas eligible for significant tax breaks under the recently-passed federal tax overhaul. The designation is intended to encourage investment in low-income areas. Maine has 128 eligible tracts of land, up to 31 of which can be chosen under