Business

  • Ellsworth firm selected to build veterans plaza

    Ellsworth firm selected to build veterans plaza

    ELLSWORTH — The town of Brunswick has selected award-winning Atlantic Landscape Construction of Ellsworth to be the general contractor for the town’s new Veterans Plaza. Construction will commence after a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Aug. 17, and is expected to be complete by Oct. 31. Specialty concrete work will be carried out by Day’s Concrete

  • Pandemic devastates wedding industry

    Pandemic devastates wedding industry

    ELLSWORTH — Weddings are big business in Maine, generating $206 million in direct spending and nearly five times that much in other economic activity, according to a University of Southern Maine study commissioned by two business owners and published last year. But a physically distant wedding is not only tough to pull off when your

  • Local restaurants reopening, but will diners come?

    Local restaurants reopening, but will diners come?

    ELLSWORTH — Days ahead of its return to dine-in services, the inside of Sylvia’s Café looked a bit different. Late Monday morning, owners Taylor and Codie Montigny were busy putting the finishing touches on their Mill Mall restaurant. Between tables carefully spaced at least 6 feet apart, a large curtain hung to separate employees from

  • Businesses anticipate massive 2020 losses

    Businesses anticipate massive 2020 losses

    ELLSWORTH — Can Maine’s businesses, particularly those that cater to tourists, bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to stop the virus’s spread? For some, the answer is barely or maybe not at all, according to a survey of 1,467 businesses by the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Of those surveyed in

  • Down East Family YMCA prepping to reopen in June

    Down East Family YMCA prepping to reopen in June

    ELLSWORTH — Like many organizations, the Down East Family YMCA has had a challenging spring due to the novel coronavirus. Fortunately for one of Hancock County’s largest institutions, a restart is on the horizon. After the unveiling of Governor Janet Mills’ reopening plan last Tuesday, the YMCA is set to resume operations June 1. It

  • Scissors and shields: Barbers and stylists navigate reopening

    Scissors and shields: Barbers and stylists navigate reopening

    ELLSWORTH — The state-issued checklist for reopening salons and barbershops amid the COVID-19 pandemic is long, but not as lengthy as the list of men awaiting haircuts at High Street Barber Shop last Friday. “Am I the only one open?” barber Stacey Warren asked as she trimmed a client’s hair and greeted others as they

  • Husband and wife retire from newspaper biz

    Husband and wife retire from newspaper biz

    ELLSWORTH — It’s not every couple who can work together harmoniously in a newspaper’s fast-paced production building when the printing press is rolling. Like a well-oiled machine, the tiny crew numbering a dozen handles, assembles and straps thousands of copies of the weekly issue in a matter of 2.5 hours while delivery vehicles wait outside.

  • Bucks’ Bucks to support community

    BUCKSPORT — Local groups have collaborated on a program to help lift up the community and its businesses as they struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new fund, established with support from Main Street Bucksport, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and Bucksport Heart & Soul, is called Bucks’ Bucks. The

  • Local banks flooded with PPP loan applications

    Local banks flooded with PPP loan applications

    ELLSWORTH — As a new week began, Tony McKim and other bank employees found one of the biggest hours of the year upon them. Three days after Congress passed a bill providing $320 billion in added funding to the Paycheck Protection Program, American banks were eligible to process a new round of loans. The moment