• Company looks to bring “glamping” to Surry

    Company looks to bring “glamping” to Surry

    SURRY — A company that has been creating “glamping experiences” near major national parks in the Western United States has set its sights on the Northeast, specifically Surry. Glamping, for the uninitiated, is “glamorous camping,” according to the Montana-based Under Canvas. A spokeswoman for Under Canvas, Rachel Zembraski of the San Diego-based J Public Relations,

  • MXA Fitness opens at Maine Coast Mall

    MXA Fitness opens at Maine Coast Mall

    ELLSWORTH — Area residents have one fewer excuse to pack on the pounds this holiday season, since the former owner of Tag’s Sports Bar John Morse has a new venture: fitness. “There was a need for it,” said Morse, a Maine Army National Guard veteran who recently opened MXA Fitness at 225 High St., next

  • Bucksport Chamber of Commerce director stepping down

    BUCKSPORT — Leslie Wombacher, executive director of the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, will step down Dec. 20. While she “will be moving on to spend more time with her family, she will still be active in our Chamber,” according to a statement the Chamber released Oct. 30. “I am proud that I have

  • Tan Turtle to close

    Tan Turtle to close

    ELLSWORTH — After a little more than a year in business, The Tan Turtle will close its doors on Oct. 20, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The affiliated Tan Turtle Tavern in Northeast Harbor will also close. “The Turtles, as you know them, will be closing their doors at both locations,”

  • Ellsworth Olympia Sports will stay open

    Ellsworth Olympia Sports will stay open

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Olympia Sports store will stay open, said Joanne Kenny, the company’s corporate communications director, despite the planned closing of roughly half of Olympia’s locations after its acquisition by national retailer JackRabbit. JackRabbit, a retailer that specializes in running and active lifestyle brands, announced this week that it had acquired Olympia Sports,

  • Whole Oceans hatchery manager named

    Whole Oceans hatchery manager named

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans announced in a press release Tuesday that Orfa Cabrera has joined the company as the hatchery manager. Cabrera comes to Whole Oceans with over three decades of experience in the salmon industry, including more than 20 years of progressive responsibility at hatcheries in her native Chile, with responsibilities for planning, budgeting,

  • Portland developer plans 51-unit apartment complex in Ellsworth

    Portland developer plans 51-unit apartment complex in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — The Portland-based developer that constructed the Oriole Way Apartments off Washington Street behind Renys will bring plans for another 51-unit complex on nearby Foster Street, behind Shaw’s, in front of the Planning Board at the end of the month. Developers Collaborative recently submitted sketch plans for the apartments, which will include market rate

  • Blue Hill, Bucksport Rite Aids now Walgreens

    BLUE HILL — The Rite Aid stores here and in Bucksport changed over to Walgreens stores last month. Walgreens purchased all of the Rite Aid stores in Maine last year. Some Rite Aid stores, such as the Ellsworth location, closed because there was an existing Walgreens nearby. Others have been switched over to Walgreens. If

  • Mike’s Country Store up for sale

    Mike’s Country Store up for sale

    ELLSWORTH — Mike’s Country Store on Water Street, which has been in business for 122 years, is up for sale again for the second time since 1897. Jeff Clark, who bought the property from proprietor Jody Colson in 2014, declined to answer questions about the sale, deferring to the listing with Better Homes & Gardens

  • Airbnb rentals  generate $11.5M

    Airbnb rentals generate $11.5M

    ELLSWORTH — The number of rental properties in Bar Harbor and Ellsworth listed on home sharing site Airbnb grew this year compared to last, according to data obtained this week by The Ellsworth American. But while there were more properties for renters to choose from, the overall number of visitors either fell (as in Ellsworth)

  • Clinic to be built on site of former bank branch

    Clinic to be built on site of former bank branch

    ELLSWORTH — Demolition began on the former home of First National Bank’s Ellsworth branch this week. The bank moved to a brand new building on Beechland Road this spring after spending decades on High Street. Mall spokesman Dan MacIntyre said Convenient MD, a stand-alone urgent care clinic that has locations from Rhode Island to Maine,

  • 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