Business

  • Quimby makes plans to revive Ocean Wood Campground

    Quimby makes plans to revive Ocean Wood Campground

    GOULDSBORO — Burt’s Bees’ founder Roxanne Quimby sees the future of the former 113-acre Ocean Wood Campground in Birch Harbor as her last, major project as a conservationist. And she intends to get it right. Quimby bought the property in September 2016 just before it went up for auction. She and her construction manager, Heath

  • Hancock antique shop under new ownership

    Hancock antique shop under new ownership

    HANCOCK — It all started when Mary Flaum’s brother asked her if she wanted to look at property for sale. “We looked at everything and then he said do you want to run an antique store?” said Flaum, a Winter Harbor resident who now co-owns Orchid Bay Treasures with her sister, Susan Webber of Gouldsboro.

  • USDA denies application for aid for blueberry growers

    USDA denies application for aid for blueberry growers

    CHERRYFIELD — Maine agriculture officials say they are disappointed in a federal decision to exclude wild blueberries from a program that would provide direct payments to struggling growers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture denied an application from the Maine Department of Agriculture and Forestry to include wild blueberries in the Market Facilitation Program which, according

  • Co-op opens the doors on its new expanded space

    Co-op opens the doors on its new expanded space

    ELLSWORTH — The Blue Hill Co-op has specialized in organic, local and natural products for 45 years. And now, it’s offering those goods in a shiny new, energy-efficient space. The new store, at 70 South St., opened July 27. There is triple the square footage for retail space compared to the old store at 4

  • Fogtown installs solar array

    Fogtown installs solar array

    ELLSWORTH — The sunny, (very) warm weather may have resulted in a few hot and cranky residents, but it’s been great for one thing: testing solar panels on the roof of Fogtown Brewing Co. that were installed last week. The panels, installed by Sundog Solar, are expected to provide roughly 73 percent of the brewery’s

  • Ellsworth American plans renovation project

    Ellsworth American plans renovation project

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth American is gearing up for a planned renovation and expansion of its Printing House Square building located off Water Street. The modernized facility will consolidate the newspaper’s operations under one roof. In anticipation of the move, The American’s other downtown location, a stately, three-story, brick building at 30 Water St., has

  • Bar Harbor Bank buys eight central Maine branches

    BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of Bar Harbor Bankshares, has signed an agreement to buy eight People’s United Bank branches in central Maine. The branches had approximately $287 million in deposits, $111 million in loans and $284 million of assets under management as of March 31. “Both banks will be

  • Iconic Machias building, store under new ownership

    Iconic Machias building, store under new ownership

    MACHIAS — For two area couples, a historic building in Machias came with a bonus. “We bought the building and the store just kind of came with it,” said Isaiah Roberts, one of four people to purchase the iconic white building at 25 Main Street, from which former owner Michael Hoyt’s family had operated Machias

  • 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