Business

  • 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

  • Brooklin Inn sold

    BROOKLIN — Chip and Gail Angell have sold the Brooklin Inn at 22 Reach Road to Peter Collier and his wife, Pi Piraeus, and John and Jenny Lewandowski. The closing was held March 15. Angell said the rule of thumb for inn ownership is “you should plan to sell it before you have to paint

  • Winter Harbor spa offers massage, connections

    Winter Harbor spa offers massage, connections

    WINTER HARBOR — For Brandi Schunk, life is all about connections. Her business, Schoodic Therapeutics Day Spa and Therapy Center, seeks connections with people by buying supplies locally and promoting other businesses. A print from a nearby gallery, which is for sale, decorates one wall in the spa. Eventually she hopes to fill a display

  • New furniture store opens in Gouldsboro

    New furniture store opens in Gouldsboro

    GOULDSBORO — Don’t be surprised if you manage to walk away from Maine’s Choice Wholesale one day with a piece of furniture for as little as 10 cents. While it certainly won’t happen every day, what co-owner Chris Crawley dubs “crazy sales” will be part of the marketing plan for the store, which opened in

  • Jackson Lab to hire 300 new employees

    Jackson Lab to hire 300 new employees

    ELLSWORTH — The Jackson Laboratory has increased its minimum wage to $15.75 an hour and will hire 300 new employees over the next year, according to a press release from Senior Public Relations Manager Sarah Laskowski on Tuesday. The move comes as the Bar Harbor-based organization, which made $400 million before expenses in 2017, continues

  • Walmart asks for millions in tax abatements

    Walmart asks for millions in tax abatements

    ELLSWORTH — Walmart is making a push in communities around the state, including Ellsworth and Bangor, to lower the property valuation of its stores by millions of dollars. The requests, if granted, could cost host communities hundreds of thousands in one-time retroactive reimbursements and future tax revenue. In many towns, Walmart is arguing that, despite