• COA venture wins business challenge

    COA venture wins business challenge

    ORONO — [Re]Produce, a farm-surplus startup venture pioneered by College of the Atlantic students Anita van Dam ’19 and Grace Burchard ’17, won the sixth annual University of Maine Business Challenge. The win comes with a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of Business Lending Solutions, who also will provide the winners with an additional $5,000 of

  • Abel’s to reopen next summer

    Abel’s to reopen next summer

    MOUNT DESERT — Abel’s Lobster Pound on Somes Sound will open next June under new management, according to the property manager for the Henry R. Abel & Co. Yacht Yard, where the restaurant is located. Frank Gott told the Planning Board on Aug. 9 that he expects a lease to be signed with one of

  • New businesses embrace season

    New businesses embrace season

    BAR HARBOR — Several new businesses are getting in on the action for the peak tourist month of August. There are a few finishing touches still coming for the new West Street Café at the corner of West and Rodick streets, owner Kevin DesVeaux said, but the restaurant opened in its new building Friday, July

  • Biomedical bootcamp set

    BAR HARBOR — The MDI Biological Laboratory will offer a new course to prepare high school students entering their junior or senior years and those who graduated in 2017 for biomedical careers. Biomedical Bootcamp: Techniques for 21st-Century Careers will run from Sunday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 18. Career opportunities in biomedical science now extend

  • Townhouse project goes under review

    Townhouse project goes under review

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A developer is proposing to construct 14 townhouses on a 2.83-acre parcel at 291 Main St. The Planning Board got its first look at the project proposed by William Patten and 291 Main Street LLC last week, voting unanimously at their July 20 meeting to accept the pre-application sketch plan for the

  • Hannaford hires lot enforcement

    Hannaford hires lot enforcement

    BAR HARBOR — In another sign of the tight supply of parking in the downtown area in summer, Hannaford Supermarket on Cottage Street last week took a step to enforce customer-only parking in the lot in front of the store. An attendant is stationed in the lot on the store’s busiest days, store manager Nick

  • H-2B visas available

    H-2B visas available

    BAR HARBOR — An announcement Monday that the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Labor will issue additional visas this year for temporary foreign workers under the H-2B program was welcomed by some seasonal businesses, but for others it was too little, too late. Hotel company Ocean Properties may be able to bring more workers

  • Illegal signs

    Illegal signs

    BAR HARBOR — Business signs at two downtown properties owned by Adler’s Inc. do not have approval or permits, according to town Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain. She sent the owners an official notice of violation May 25 and a second notice June 27. According to the notice, My Darling Maine Island Boutique at 19

  • Businesses continue to sprout

    Businesses continue to sprout

    BAR HARBOR — More new businesses are joining the ranks of those serving visitors and residents here as the town enters peak tourist season. Atlantic Brewing Midtown and Midtown Burgers opened its doors in the new building at 52 Cottage St. last week. On tap at the bar are experimental “pilot” brews from the local