Business

  • Foreign workers are in a holding pattern

    Foreign workers are in a holding pattern

    BAR HARBOR — Some local businesses that usually apply for visa programs to bring temporary foreign workers here for the tourist season have withdrawn those requests this year, in light of travel restrictions and uncertainty about what this summer season will bring.  Others have workers who are already here, many of whom worked the winter

  • Some eateries, businesses remain open on MDI

    Some eateries, businesses remain open on MDI

    BAR HARBOR — On March 18 Governor Janet Mills first issued an executive order mandating all restaurants, bars and non-essential businesses statewide close to the public. The order was extended on March 31 pushing the closed date until April 30 and further restricting the guidelines for those that remain open.  While eateries are still allowed

  • Relief checks on the way

    Relief checks on the way

    BAR HARBOR — 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

  • Hamilton Marine closed

    Hamilton Marine closed

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Hamilton Marine closed its doors in an effort to protect its employees and customers at the end of business on Saturday.   This is the time of year when boaters begin gearing up for the summer season on the water and an open house sales flyer had just gone out to customers.   Owners of the Maine-based company

  • Economic Impact Disaster Loans    Available for small businesses

    Economic Impact Disaster Loans Available for small businesses

    AUGUSTA — Maine small businesses can now access and apply for Economic Impact Disaster Loans at www.sba.gov/disaster. The loans are meant to help Maine businesses overcome any temporary loss of revenue due to the novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Tuesday approved Governor Mills’ application for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help

  • End of an era for Jekyll and Hyde

    End of an era for Jekyll and Hyde

    BAR HARBOR — After more than a generation selling jewelry, clothing, knives and other items with counterculture flair, the Jekyll and Hyde Shop at 70 Main Street is being emptied out this week. Owner Britt Hulbert, who bought the business from her parents Steve and Marilyn Hulbert in 2003, announced on Facebook Tuesday that the

  • Lobster company wants to serve food

    Lobster company wants to serve food

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Plans to add a 135-seat take-out restaurant to MDI Lobster Company were tabled by the Planning Board last Thursday until the owners can provide a clear idea of what they are adding to the existing business. Four members of the board were present at the Feb. 27 meeting where John Williams filled

  • Aquaculture coaching

    Aquaculture coaching

    ROCKLAND — The Island Institute is now accepting applications for its 2020 Aquaculture Business Development (ABD) program for coastal and island residents who are interested in starting shellfish or seaweed aquaculture businesses within the next two years. Applications are due March 13. Group and individual meetings in April will begin, followed by a two- to

  • Pair plans lobster pound at Kimball Terrace Inn

    Pair plans lobster pound at Kimball Terrace Inn

    MOUNT DESERT — Two Mount Desert natives and friends since childhood plan to open The Nor’Easter, a lobster pound and market, in the restaurant space at the Kimball Terrace Inn in Northeast Harbor this spring. Adam Fraley and Ronnie Musetti said in a written description of the restaurant that it will be open for lunch