Business

  • The Mex celebrates 40 years

    The Mex celebrates 40 years

    ELLSWORTH — The restaurant business is a notoriously difficult one, with thin profit margins and high start-up costs. So sticking around for 40 years is a feat, and staff at The Mex plan to celebrate their accomplishment for a good long time: “40 days for 40 years,” said General Manager Aziza Daigle. “We’ll be having

  • Hancock County Habitat for Humanity relocating office to Orland

    Hancock County Habitat for Humanity relocating office to Orland

    ORLAND — Hancock County Habitat for Humanity will be relocating its administrative offices to the Orland Community Center by September. The nonprofit’s board of directors announced earlier this year that it would close its Ellsworth ReStore location effective mid-August. Executive Director Kelley Ellsworth said the decision will allow the organization to better focus on its

  • Chummies shuts its doors

    Chummies shuts its doors

    ELLSWORTH — Chummies Bar, a neighborhood watering hole on Franklin Street known for its open mic and karaoke, closed its doors on May 31. “After some careful consideration and introspection, I have decided to step away from the bar business,” owner Gabe Wood wrote in a Facebook post in April. “I will be entertaining serious

  • Hannaford wraps up remodel; festivities planned

    ELLSWORTH — Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy will hold festivities Fridays through Sundays from June 7 through 28 to celebrate its recent $3.9-million makeover. The renovations, including an updated pharmacy and expansion of fresh food options, began last August. Bangor-based architecture firm WBRC oversaw the project. “We are very happy to be able to offer such

  • Gas is back in Brooklin

    Gas is back in Brooklin

    BROOKLIN — Good news for drivers in Brooklin and its surrounding environs: the gas pumps at the Brooklin General Store are once again dispensing fuel. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on May 28 granted the store a three-month extension for its existing single-wall fuel tanks. The underground fuel storage tanks, which belong to R.L.

  • First National opens new Beechland location

    ELLSWORTH — First National Bank officially opened its location on the Beechland Road on May 20, moving from its High Street location after more than 40 years. The two-story branch stands on the site of the former Weymouth Chiropractic building, which the bank bought earlier this year and razed. The Beechland Road location will be

  • New holistic health center opens on Store Street

    New holistic health center opens on Store Street

    ELLSWORTH — Call it mind-body, complementary, holistic or alternative, Ellsworth added to its growing reputation as a hub for such medicinal practices this month with the addition of Downeast Wellness Holistic Health Services at 9 Store St., across from City Hall. Ruth Moore, who inspired a federal bill to help sexual assault victims, has turned

  • Mexican restaurant to open in former Bangkok Restaurant space

    Mexican restaurant to open in former Bangkok Restaurant space

    ELLSWORTH — A Mexican restaurant plans to open in the former Bangkok Restaurant building on the Downeast Highway. Mi Sombrero Mexican Restaurant and Bar will offer burritos and tacos along with other traditional Mexican dishes, said owner Zunilda Ayala Escalante. The menu will draw from cuisines around the Caribbean and Central America, but mainly focus

  • Ellsworth Family Dollar to close by July

    Ellsworth Family Dollar to close by July

    ELLSWORTH — Family Dollar, located in the Ellsworth Shopping Center near Renys and Shaw’s, will close its doors by July 13, said Assistant Manager Chandler Levesque. “I hate to see it go,” said Levesque, who said the store’s five employees all have other work lined up. “It’s almost like a cult following.” Levesque said the

  • ReStore to close in August

    ReStore to close in August

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Habitat for Humanity ReStore will close its doors in August after a decade in the city. “Despite significant effort, it has proven a challenge to make the Ellsworth Habitat ReStore location successful,” said Executive Director Kelley Ellsworth in a press release. “Not being immune to the challenges which other small

  • Eastport shop relocated to Bucksport

    Eastport shop relocated to Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — Meg and Darrell Keay have relocated their retail shop, Port O’ Call, from Eastport to the former Rosen’s Department Store building at 72 Main St. The shop opened May 8. Port O’ Call is best known for its Alpaca clothing, Baggalini brand handbags and socks, said Meg Keay (pronounced K, like the letter.)

  • New business recycling old building in Harrington

    New business recycling old building in Harrington

    HARRINGTON — For the past several years, the Cole Creek Plumbing & Heating building on Route 1 has held old things. It still does. But now the things are prettier. Instead of serving as storage space, the building is the new home of Mill River Vintages, which features antiques and collectibles such as china and