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Michael Kors joins upscale newcomers to Portland

Lori Valigra |

Michael Kors, designer fashions. Microsoft Store, software and games. Hyatt Place and Courtyard Marriott, hotels. Munjoy Heights and 118 on Munjoy Hill, upscale condominiums. Maine...

Snafu doesn't allow restaurants in downtown Bangor

Bangor city councilors are scrambling to rectify a land use technicality in which restaurants aren’t listed among the permitted uses in the Downtown Development District under the...

Chocolate maker Bixby & Co. wins $30K startup prize

Lori Valigra |

Bixby & Co., an organic chocolate and nutrition bar maker, beat four other finalists to win the $30,000 LaunchPad Competition last night in a packed auditorium at the University...

For textbooks, SMCC entrepreneur aims to buck 'the book racket'

TINA FISCHER | allows students to buy and sell used books to each other, with no service charge, at better prices than other retailers...

After dropping anchor in Portland, Iceland's Eimskip looks to hunker down, expand

Lori Valigra |

In the year since Eimskip, the 100-year-old, Reykjavik-based shipping company, moved its U.S. port of call for its own vessels to Portland from Norfolk, Va., the company already is...

Verizon Wireless to add retail and sales jobs in Maine

Verizon Wireless said Monday it will add 42 full-time employees in Maine as it opens 330 new positions in New England. The company...

CashStar: Digital gifting nearly doubled in 2013

Darren Fishell |

The Portland-based digital gifting company CashStar reported merchants in 2013 sold more than $500 million in digital gift cards using the company’s software, an increase of...

Restaurant manager gets 14 months for illegal hiring

A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday sentenced the former manager of a Chinese buffet restaurant in Lewiston to 14 months in federal prison on conspiracy charges related to the...

Lewiston distillery to take on top-selling Allen's

The New Orleans-based Sazerac Co. plans to take on Maine’s top-selling liquor, Allen’s Coffee Brandy, by making its Mr. Boston Coffee Brandy in Lewiston.

Camden National Bank to open N.H. loan office

Camden National Bank has hired a former TD Bank senior vice president to head up a new commercial lending office in Manchester, N.H., its first step beyond Maine’s borders.