Business

  • Naturalist’s Notebook shop closed for good

    Naturalist’s Notebook shop closed for good

    MOUNT DESERT — The Naturalist’s Notebook, the “exploratorium–shop” in Seal Harbor that for the past 10 seasons has celebrated science and nature, will not reopen, owner Craig Neff announced last week.  He said in an email to friends and “encouragers” that it is time to leave the place “that came alive each summer with nature, science, fun, interactive installations, learning,

  • Business and nonprofit loan programs reopened 

    Business and nonprofit loan programs reopened 

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened theEconomic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.  EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic

  • Eat in Eden 

    Eat in Eden 

    BAR HARBOR—Local artist Russell D’Alessio created this “Eat in Eden” poster and is offering it free of charge to businesses in Bar Harbor. The poster is 18×12 inches.    D’Alessio said, “We are hoping to help our small town and its small businesses in its recovery this summer, encouraging folks to eat out and shop safely.”   Any business wishing to display the poster

  • New digs for cheesecake co. 

    New digs for cheesecake co. 

    BAR HARBOR — The restaurant building at the corner of Main Street and Stanwood Place, the former Poor Boy’s Gourmet, is the new home of the Bar Harbor Cheesecake Company, a business specializing in cheesecakes, chocolate truffles and wine.  Two of the group that run the company, Eric and Lisa Piersimoni, opened Testimonies Bakery & Café in Avilla,

  • SRA grant recipients grateful for support

    SRA grant recipients grateful for support

    MOUNT DESERT — Terry Renault, owner of McGrath’s in Northeast Harbor, wasn’t at all surprised that the Summer Residents Association was able to raise more than $800,000 in just a few weeks to help local businesses that have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.  “This community, both summer and year-round people, are just very, very

  • Visitor testing plan draws opposition

    Visitor testing plan draws opposition

    BAR HARBOR — Tuesday was a big day for cancellations at local lodging businesses after Governor Janet Mills announced Monday that, effective July 1, most out-of-state visitors must either receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Maine or observe the 14-day quarantine.  At the Harborside Hotel, the front desk staff had cleared the voice messages when they left for a

  • Quiet Memorial Day a chilling sign for seasonal businesses

    Quiet Memorial Day a chilling sign for seasonal businesses

    BAR HARBOR — Galyn’s Galley, a restaurant near the water on Main Street, lost about half its seating when the staff moved tables farther apart to comply with social distancing rules.  “But there’s no need, right now, for half of our seating,” said owner Gail Leiser. There wouldn’t have been customers to fill the seats anyway.  Sunday evening, the

  • New lobster pound opens

    New lobster pound opens

    MOUNT DESERT — The Nor’Easter, a new lobster pound and market, opened last week at the Kimball Terrace Inn in Northeast Harbor.  “For the time being, we are just doing takeout, starting at 5 p.m.,” said co-owner Ronnie Musetti. “Soon we will have dine–in with COVID-19 precautions and be open for three meals a day.” 

  • Daily life: Convenience stores stay stocked and sanitized

    Daily life: Convenience stores stay stocked and sanitized

    BASS HARBOR—Gas sales are down and alcohol sales are up, noted Tiffany Surette of Hansen’s Outpost, a gas station and convenience store in Bass Harbor.  While business in general has “definitely been a lot slower,” Surette said, “Cigarettes, beer and liquor sales have increased. People are stuck at home.” Owner Norman Hansen added, “We’re still doing a lot of food. Lunchtime is busy. Regulars still come in.”  Yet layoffs due

  • Business owners brace for uncertain summer

    Business owners brace for uncertain summer

    BAR HARBOR —  “You don’t survive 20 years in this industry by being a quitter,” West Street Cafe owner Kevin DesVeaux said earlier this week as he, wife and co-owner, Jessica, and their general manager worked to rearrange the restaurant to prepare for a Memorial Day weekend opening.   Typically, at this time of year, businesses are preparing to open for