• 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

  • College of the Atlantic, hotels whipsawed by visa changes

    College of the Atlantic, hotels whipsawed by visa changes

    BAR HARBOR — With ever-changing rules and restrictions on travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, international students and workers here have faced a lot of uncertainty.  At College of the Atlantic, where about a quarter of the 350 or so students hail from other countries, both the immediate shift to remote instruction in the spring and the planning for the fall have been complicated by

  • Talking tariffs 

    Talking tariffs 

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Angus King is pressing the Trump administration to increase aid to lobstermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs from China.  Last month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to provide financial assistance to members of the lobster industry — about 80 percent of which is based in Maine — who “continue to be harmed by China’s

  • Stanley Subaru acquires Belfast dealership  

    BELFAST—Stanley Subaru is expanding the services and vehicles available to their guests with the acquisition of Dutch Chevrolet Buick in Belfast. Greg Dutch reached out to Mark Politte of Stanley Subaru in 2019. He knew he wanted to ensure his dealership would be led by someone who understood, respected and honored the Dutch family’s 94-year legacy. Under Mark Politte’s leadership, Stanley

  • Trenton Marketplace sells: New supermarket opens Friday

    Trenton Marketplace sells: New supermarket opens Friday

    TRENTON—A popular stop along the Bar Harbor Road (Route 3), the Trenton Marketplace and IGA, sold on Monday.   Former owner Kimberly Murphy made the decision to sell after a 32-year history with the business. In an interview with the Islander, Murphy said she started working at the supermarket in 1988, four years after it opened. She was

  • Hansen’s looking to add ice cream

    Hansen’s looking to add ice cream

    TREMONT—Hansen’s Outpost is looking to add a dairy bar and take out in a building across the parking lot from the store, but proper Planning Board procedure may prevent it from opening this season.  Hansen went before the town’s Planning Board on Tuesday night to see if there needed to be a site plan review of the 800-square-foot building

  • Day spa, salon announce merger 

    BAR HARBOR — Salon NaturELLES and Tree of Life Day Spa announced a plan to merge. The salon and day spa already often refer clients back and forth, and are now developing service packages that include both businesses, according to a news release.  “We both focus on quality service and we both use organic, sustainable, cruelty-free products that help protect the health of the planet

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