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  • Busy August, but still a rough year for tourism

    Busy August, but still a rough year for tourism

    BAR HARBOR — In early June, Town Council Chair Jeff Dobbs and Town Manager Cornell Knight wrote to Governor Janet Mills, urging her to lift restrictions on travelers from out of state.  “We have heard from many businesses that their revenues are down by 90 percent compared to last year and that is backed up

  • Celebrating all things Maine 

    BAR HARBOR — To support local business in the fall months, the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is launching a “Maine Made It” week, Sept. 7-13.  The weeklong celebration of Maine products, activities and food offerings will be promoted around the state of Maine and throughout the region.  Businesses in Bar Harbor and around Mount

  • With ‘all hands on deck,’ businesses ride out busy season

    With ‘all hands on deck,’ businesses ride out busy season

    shortMOUNT DESERT ISLAND—The season started slowly as state regulations to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 kept tourists away. Now that tourists are here, businesses struggle to accommodate as many customers as they can with limited staff.  Many business owners point to the lack of foreign workers as part of the reason they are short staffed this season. Others

  • SRA’s grants ‘put wind in our sails’: $1M raised for businesses

    SRA’s grants ‘put wind in our sails’: $1M raised for businesses

    MOUNT DESERT — Members of the Summer Residents Association (SRA), at their virtual meeting last Friday, celebrated their success in raising funds to help local businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic this summer.  In April, the SRA set a goal of collecting $500,000. When the campaign ended two months later, the organization had raised exactly $1,054,083.70 from 244 donors, including summer residents, year-round residents and

  • Bill seeks to keep to-go cocktails 

    Bill seeks to keep to-go cocktails 

    AUGUSTA –Sen. Louie Luchini, D-Ellsworth, has introduced a bill to support Maine’s small restaurants and bars to the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. The committee voted unanimously in favor of the bill, 9-0. LD 2174, “An Act to Extend the Ability of Restaurants and Bars to Serve Alcohol To Go,” will enable establishments to offer such service through April 2022.  “The hospitality industry

  • Masks offer two-way protection 

    Masks offer two-way protection 

    MOUNT DESERT— As part of an ongoing effort to keep area residents, employees and visitors as safe as possible, Mount Desert Island Hospital, in partnership with the Downeast COVID-19 Task Force, has procured a supply of medical-grade masks for distribution to Mount Desert Island region employers. These masks provide additional protection from the new coronavirus and

  • Maine tourism touts Bar Harbor in marketing campaign  

    Maine tourism touts Bar Harbor in marketing campaign  

    AUGUSTA— In July, the Maine Office of Tourism hosted a presentation where it unveiled its recent marketing efforts to promote tourism in Maine. The marketing program includes television, radio, digital, social media and streaming video targeted to residents of Maine and the five states currently allowed to visit Maine without travel restrictions (Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont).  The campaign will now shift gears to promoting Maine as

  • Maine tourism touts Bar Harbor in marketing campaign  

    AUGUSTA— In July, the Maine Office of Tourism hosted a presentation where it unveiled its recent marketing efforts to promote tourism in Maine. The marketing program includes television, radio, digital, social media and streaming video targeted to residents of Maine and the five states currently allowed to visit Maine without travel restrictions (Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont).  The campaign will now shift gears to promoting Maine as

  • Quietside Cafe to have a new home in 2021

    Quietside Cafe to have a new home in 2021

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Ralph and Frances Reed have served ice cream, blueberry pie, pizza, burgers and an assortment of seafood options from Quietside Cafe at 360 Main Street for the last 24 years. This is their last season in that space.  It wasn’t necessarily their choice. There is a new owner of the building they operate from who has new plans.   “Our new landlord gave

  • Compared to last year, business down for most

    Compared to last year, business down for most

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— After a quiet spring because of the pandemic and uncertainty around traveling, the phones at L.S. Robinson Real Estate and Vacation Rentals have been ringing off the hook lately.   “We couldn’t rent prior to July. Normally, we book in January, February and March,” said Joe Wright, who owns the company that manages about 300 rental properties

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