Business

  • 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

  • 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