• Mainely Delights reopens

    Mainely Delights reopens

    TREMONT — In 2015, after 36 years of serving fish chowder, fried haddock, lobster rolls, doughboys and other such fare at their seaside eatery overlooking the ferry terminal in Bass Harbor, Karen Godbot and her partner Jan Beal decided it was time to retire. When Mainely Delights did not open the following Memorial Day, it

  • Islander has a buyer: Reade Brower

    Islander has a buyer: Reade Brower

    ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Islander is set to embark on the next chapter of its history under new ownership. Alan Baker, owner of the Islander and its sister paper, The Ellsworth American, announced Wednesday that he has entered into a purchase and sale agreement for the two newspapers with Maine media entrepreneur Reade Brower

  • Hammond Lumber purchases EBS

    Hammond Lumber purchases EBS

    ELLSWORTH — Hammond Lumber Co. announced Wednesday that it had purchased EBS Building Supplies, which employs more than 300 people across its 10 locations in Hancock, Washington and Knox counties. The announcement was made at the Ellsworth store. EBS also has locations in Bar Harbor, Belfast, Blue Hill, Bucksport, Calais, Camden, Cherryfield, Machias and Rockland.

  • Marijuana debates resume

    Marijuana debates resume

    BAR HARBOR — By taking no action to “opt in” under a new state law, the Town Council prohibited marijuana cultivation, retail stores, marijuana product manufacturing operations and testing facilities here on Tuesday. This action followed the general consensus of councilors that the town should wait for a state framework. The plan is to move

  • Bay Ferries to propose Bar Harbor return

    Bay Ferries to propose Bar Harbor return

    BAR HARBOR – Following last week’s vote approving a town purchase of the former ferry terminal on Eden Street, the company currently operating ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia has reaffirmed its interest in returning international ferry service here. Town officials received a letter of intent from Bay Ferries chairman Mark MacDonald on Tuesday

  • Record tourist influx boosts retail sales

    Record tourist influx boosts retail sales

    ELLSWORTH — Retail sales boomed for the second year in a row on Mount Desert Island and merchants are attributing this in part to changes in travel patterns. Bar Harbor restaurateur Michael Boland owns Havana Restaurant, Choco-Latte Café, Acadia Coffee Co. and co-owns the Islesford Dock Restaurant & Gallery on Little Cranberry Island. “Fear of

  • West End Drug has greeting cards and gifts, too

    West End Drug has greeting cards and gifts, too

    BAR HARBOR —West End Drug is a lot of things. It’s a soda fountain, a restaurant, a pharmacy and a medical supply store. Considering some of the antiques displayed on the wall, it could even be a museum. A drugstore also needs to carry emergency essentials and last-minute gifts. This is a role that Deborah

  • Coast Guard veteran becomes entrepreneur

    Coast Guard veteran becomes entrepreneur

    MOUNT DESERT — For George Grohs, military service turned out to be ideal preparation for starting and growing his own business. He is the owner of Coastal Computers in Somesville, which provides a wide range of services, from repairing home computers to designing, installing and providing support for large IT systems. Growing up in a

  • Wound healing research backed

    Wound healing research backed

    BAR HARBOR — Vicki P. Losick of the MDI Biological Laboratory has been recognized as an “outstanding investigator” by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for her research on wound healing. The designation carries a grant award in the amount of about $348,000 per year for five years, or a total of about $1.7

  • COA pair competes for $100,000

    COA pair competes for $100,000

    BAR HARBOR — Two College of the Atlantic students are semifinalists for a $100,000 prize as part of a televised business startup competition airing this fall. Grace Burchard ’17 and Anita van Dam ‘19 comprise the sustainability-focused [Re]Produce, one of 26 teams competing on Season 3 of the weekly TV entrepreneurial pitch contest “Greenlight Maine.”