Business

  • Rental cars sit unused

    Rental cars sit unused

    ELLSWORTH — Have you noticed an excess of vehicles parked at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Route 3? There were over 60 vehicles, most displaying out-of-state registrations, parked at the business last week. The vehicles are clustered behind the rental office building as well and spilled over into the neighboring Super Shoes parking lot. While the

  • Pandemic postpones launch of retail marijuana sales

    Pandemic postpones launch of retail marijuana sales

    ELLSWORTH — The launch of retail marijuana sales in Maine has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy announced the postponement on Friday. “Several communities preparing for local authorization and to opt-in for adult use — most notably those that serve as hosts to our prospective marijuana testing facilities —

  • Some shelves may be empty, but grocery supply chains still strong

    Some shelves may be empty, but grocery supply chains still strong

    ELLSWORTH — The toilet paper and hand sanitizer went first. Then it was anything canned, or dried: beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, pasta. Then the shelf-stable milk, then flour and yeast. “Everybody’s over-buying, stocking up and planning for a worst-case scenario,” said Chuck Lawrence, owner of Tradewinds Markets in Blue Hill. While the flour shelves might

  • Grocery stores take precautions against the spread of coronavirus

    Grocery stores take precautions against the spread of coronavirus

    BLUE HILL — If you’ve been inside your local grocery store over the past several days, chances are you’ve noticed a number of changes. Perhaps you’ve noticed sneeze guards protecting cashiers at registers; signs explaining reduced capacity limitations; lines of tape indicating 6 feet of space between customers, many of whom are wearing cloth masks

  • What’s considered essential business?

    ELLSWORTH — It has been nearly a month since Governor Janet Mills declared a state of emergency in Maine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In subsequent weeks, dine-in restaurant service and gatherings of more than 10 people have been banned, nonessential businesses have closed their public-facing property and, as of April 2, a stay-at-home

  • State police urge Mainers to stay home

    State police urge Mainers to stay home

    ELLSWORTH — State police are asking residents to comply with Governor Janet Mills’ executive order to stay home unless they have an essential need to go out. The order, issued to halt spread of the coronavirus, is in effect until April 30. “There are several allowable reasons to leave your home such as: going to

  • Struggling businesses  seek resource help

    Struggling businesses seek resource help

    ELLSWORTH — How do I handle hiring? Should I lay off or furlough employees? What relief programs should I apply for and when? Will there be a season at all? Several dozen local business owners, employers and sole proprietors gathered via Zoom videoconferencing on Friday. It was the second in a series of weekly meetings

  • Relief checks on the way as Congress passes CARES Act

    Relief checks on the way as Congress passes CARES Act

    ELLSWORTH — Amidst challenging and uncertain times, folks in Maine and elsewhere across the country have a bit of help on the way. Individuals and businesses are set to benefit from a stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed Friday by President Donald Trump. The bill, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security

  • Crisis sparks surge in first-time gun buyers

    Crisis sparks surge in first-time gun buyers

    ELLSWORTH — It’s not quite as busy as the period surrounding the 2016 election, but local gun stores have seen a surge in first-time buyers, many motivated by fears that law and order will break down in the face of coronavirus. “Last week was just a phenomenal week,” said Jason York, manager at Willey’s Sport

  • Income dries up as virus spreads

    Income dries up as virus spreads

    ELLSWORTH — For the 2020 selling season, artisan Claire Weinberg had big plans. Weinberg and her daughter, Carly, co-owners of skincare company Dulse & Rugosa, were set to run workshops, host open houses and participate in shows to market their handcrafted soaps, lotions, scrubs and oils from their new property on Route 1 in Gouldsboro.

  • Nonessential businesses ordered to close to public

    Nonessential businesses ordered to close to public

    AUGUSTA — Governor Janet Mills announced new restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, ordering nonessential businesses to close their public-accessible physical locations and sites where workers cannot be safely distanced from one other. The order effectively mandates what had previously been a recommendation. “Do not go to the store because it feels like