Business

  • Cannabis business proposed in Hancock

    Cannabis business proposed in Hancock

    HANCOCK — With the status of laws and regulations regarding commercial cannabis products still uncertain in Maine, many local towns are in the process of bringing some clarity to the situation with their own regulations. Hancock is among them. The town’s planning board is reviewing an application for a wholesale producer of cannabidiol, or CBD.

  • New Dairy Queen opens in Ellsworth

    New Dairy Queen opens in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — Exciting news abounds for local burger lovers starved for a new fast-food option. Friday marked the official grand opening for the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, located in the Maine Coast Mall complex on High Street. “It’s been a great opening week, we’ve been slammed with customers beyond expectation,” said owner Chris Thorne.

  • American announces leadership transitions

    American announces leadership transitions

    ELLSWORTH — City native Cyndi Wood and Kathy Cook, formerly of Old Town, are assuming top management positions at The Ellsworth American. Wood, 33, will succeed Stephen Fay as managing editor of the newspaper. Cook, 43, will assume the post of general manager of The American and its sister paper, the Mount Desert Islander. That

  • ‘Our Town’ returns

    ELLSWORTH — Starting with the Jan. 3 editions, The Ellsworth American and its sister paper, the Mount Desert Islander, will publish richly illustrated, data-laced profiles of Hancock County’s municipalities as well as the county itself. Freelance writer Brian Swartz has been at work for the past several months traveling the length and breadth of Hancock

  • Minimum wage goes up to $11

    Minimum wage goes up to $11

    ELLSWORTH — Come Jan. 1, Mainers working for minimum wage will be seeing a little more cash going into their pockets each hour. Across the state, the minimum wage will be increased to $11 per hour, up from $10 in 2018. The minimum wage will increase again in 2020 to $12 per hour, at which

  • Frost honored with Communication Award

    Frost honored with Communication Award

    At Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s recent annual meeting, Jack Frost of Ellsworth received the Communication Award, recognizing him, according to the award citation “for his patience and understanding when partnering with people across the company and in the communities we serve. He goes above and beyond to form meaningful relationships with others, getting to

  • Glass and vape shop open on High Street

    Glass and vape shop open on High Street

    ELLSWORTH − It’s a small, unassuming shop with large picture windows and a white storefront. But Ellsworth’s newest glass and vape shop is riding a multi-billion wave that isn’t expected to crest anytime soon. “It’s been pretty good,” said Tim Robison, co-owner of Smoke & Vape, which opened two months ago at 27 High St.,

  • Home prices fall, but still unaffordable for many

    Home prices fall, but still unaffordable for many

    ELLSWORTH — Home prices were down this quarter but are still out of reach for many potential homebuyers. The price of a single-family home in Hancock County fell 3 percent in the third quarter of this year compared to last, to $223,590. “Supply is not meeting demand at certain price points, especially homes for downsizing

  • Bustling builder Bates a man of many hats

    Bustling builder Bates a man of many hats

    ELLSWORTH — If it feels like Jonathan Bates is everywhere these days, that’s because in a way, he is. Bates is office manager, developer, landlord and just about everything else behind Stone Park Properties LLC. “I often struggle with delegating,” Bates admitted. But so far the long hours have been worth it. “This is my