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Former police barracks in Orono will get a new life as car lot

The Bangor-based car dealership Van Syckle Inc. has been granted the go-ahead for its plans to convert the former Maine State Police barracks on Main Street in Orono into a 10-vehicle used car lot.

Enfield will get Maine’s next Dollar General

Construction is underway for Maine’s sixth Dollar General Store, at a still-in-the-works, 9,100-square-foot building in the Penobscot County town of Enfield. It is expected to open in early...

New R.H. Foster store adds healthy twist to convenience stores

The new R.H. Foster gas station and convenience store in Ellsworth has more in common with Whole Foods Market than 7-Eleven, offering kale smoothies and pizza topped with fig and prosciutto.

QT’s Ice Cream finds new, quieter location in Wiscasset

QT’s Ice Cream Parlor, the Wiscasset homemade ice cream maker known for its roster of 26 flavors including one made from pureed lobster, has found a new home.

Owners of Central Provisions have pizza in mind for new Back Cove site

Laurie Schreiber |

PORTLAND — Paige and Chris Gould, the wife-and-husband owners of the popular eatery Central Provisions at 414 Fore St., have purchased 182 Ocean Ave. in Portland's Back Cove for $667,500.

Aquaponics greenhouse gets OK in Brunswick

The Brunswick Village Review Board approved the new design for the construction of a two-story greenhouse and mixed-use property behind the Asian-fusion restaurant Tao Yuan in Brunswick’s...

Blank Canvas Brewery trades one-way for two-way in move

The Brewer-based craft beer company, Blank Canvas Brewery, has found a new, larger home in the city — and its owners are hoping that the new location on a two-way street will give the business...

L.L.Bean recalls kids' water bottle over lead concerns

Staff |

The iconic Maine outdoors company gets an unwanted surprise when some children's insulated water bottles that it resells are recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Low gas prices, domestic tourism a win-win on midcoast

Boothbay Harbor-area business owners are celebrating a strong start to the summer vacation season as low gas prices and the rise in popularity of “staycations” are causing more domestic...

Beer, live music and local food — Sedgwick as night spot?

Summer nights at Strong Brewing Co. in Sedgwick are about to be a lot more festive. The Sedgwick Board of Selectmen issued a special amusement license that will allow the brewery to host live music,...