Business

  • Valentine’s Day scramble on

    Valentine’s Day scramble on

    BAR HARBOR — Frantic is the word that area florists use to describe the run up to Valentine’s Day. Thousands of ruby-red roses, fragrant lilies of all colors and exotic orchids by the score are passing through area shops, as lovers, family members and friends prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day. And, of course, there is

  • Cruise revenue hits $700K

    BAR HARBOR — Municipal revenue from cruise tourism grew to an estimated $700,000 in 2013, marking a 14 percent year-to-year climb. A record 131 ships brought 140,726 passengers to port here. Cruise income continued to fund a number of capital projects. The town spent nearly $100,000 in cruise funds on town pier renovations, with another

  • Town rated AAA

    BAR HARBOR — The town’s credit rating has been upgraded by Standard and Poors to AAA, making Bar Harbor a better bet for investors than the federal government. The town jumped two notches, from AA to AAA. The federal government, meanwhile is rated AA+ by Standard and Poors. “If you’re triple A, your going to

  • Downsized subdivision is planned

    BAR HARBOR — A large chunk of undeveloped land just outside of downtown will be divided into residential building lots, according to its new owners. The 35-acre piece of Hamilton Hill, bordering Kebo Street, Cromwell Harbor Road and Kebo Valley Golf Club, was once eyed for what would have been the largest subdivision in Bar

  • Downsized subdivision is planned

    BAR HARBOR — A large chunk of undeveloped land just outside of downtown will be divided into residential building lots, according to its new owners. The 35-acre piece of Hamilton Hill, bordering Kebo Street, Cromwell Harbor Road and Kebo Valley Golf Club, was once eyed for what would have been the largest subdivision in Bar

  • Rainwise makes a move

    TRENTON — Longtime Bar Harbor weather station maker Rainwise has moved to the old Display Concepts building on Route 3 here. A combination of factors led to the move, company vice president Lonnie White said Monday. While being in Bar Harbor offered convenient access to restaurants and shops, running a production business out of downtown

  • Rainwise makes a move

    TRENTON — Longtime Bar Harbor weather station maker Rainwise has moved to the old Display Concepts building on Route 3 here. A combination of factors led to the move, company vice president Lonnie White said Monday. While being in Bar Harbor offered convenient access to restaurants and shops, running a production business out of downtown

  • Jax West growth aids bottom line in Maine

    BAR HARBOR — The Jackson Laboratory’s specialized mouse production business is seeing steady growth in California, but not at the expense of the business here in Maine, lab officials said this week. While the West Coast continues to represent a largely-untapped, growing market for mice, the growth in business at the Jax West facility in

  • Swan’s insurance changing hands

    BAR HARBOR — The formerly-independent Swan Agency insurance company is now part of the Cross Insurance Agency of Bangor. Swan Agency president Chris Swan said that Cross executives bought his company in September of this year. Other than the fact that there is a new owner, however, customers should expect no significant changes. “They are

  • Shop has eclectic mix

    Shop has eclectic mix

    BAR HARBOR — Hulls Cove’s funky Wind and Wine By-The-Sea has a little something for picnic fans, wine lovers, jewelry aficionados and souvenir shoppers. The small shop, next to the Hulls Cove store at the foot of Breakneck Road, has a unique selection of wines, fancy European cheeses and other edibles that make it the