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Camden inns clash over proposed rule change

If three Camden inns were able to serve dinner to guests after previously not being able to, would it create unfair competition for other inns?

The Melting Pot seeks Portland expansion

The Melting Pot, a Tampa, Fla.-based fondue and casual dining franchise, is seeking to expand its more than 130 restaurants across North America with one in Portland.

Owner of historic Maine canoe maker explains difficult decision to move out of state

Dylan Martin |

Lincoln Canoe and Kayak, one of the oldest canoe and kayak makers in the state, is moving out of its Freeport retail location by the end of the month and opening up shop in...

Restaurateurs get prison time for illegal hirings

Two brothers who ran three Mexican restaurants in Maine have been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty in June to hiring undocumented workers.

Brunswick loses businesses to neighbor

Brunswick is losing two retail stores that are moving across the Androscoggin River to the Topsham Fair Mall, where they say more foot traffic from customers is expected.

Presque Isle to lose 63 jobs after Sears closes

More than 60 people will lose their jobs in Presque Isle after the Sears retail and auto center, one of the largest tenants of the Aroostook Centre Mall, closes next year.

DiMillo's buys New Meadows Lobster Co.

The family-owned DiMillo’s On the Water restaurant in Portland has purchased its neighbor, New Meadows Lobster Co. — a move that could help expand the lobster processing...

L.L.Bean to open third out-of-state store this year

L.L. Bean is planning to open a new store in Denver, Colo. in November, making it the Freeport-based retailer’s third out-of-state retail expansion this year.

Nationally recognized Brunswick chef prepares her next course

Maddy Butcher Gray |

Despite spending time in California, Massachusetts, France and China, restaurateur and chef Cara Stadler, 26, has called Maine home for years. The family summered in...

The week in review

The good: Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. has completed a demonstration project testing...