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Italian restaurant owner in Falmouth finds 'luck of the Irish' in purchase of the Kerrymen Pub

Laurie Schreiber |

Kerry Brothers Inc. sold Kerrymen Pub's real estate and business assets, located at 512 Main St. and 5 Horton Ave. in Saco, to TLS Properties One LLC for $1.05 million. The front of the property...

A look back: With Home Depot and Borders came a retail rebound

In the mid-1990s, Portland’s downtown was losing retailers and few were filling the vacancies. Then along came the wave of big-box stores. First Borders opened a...

Love is in the air for a busy Valentine's night and weekend at Maine restaurants

Renee Cordes |

As Portlanders woke up on Thursday to paper hearts posted around town by the mysterious Valentine’s Day bandit every Feb. 14, restaurant owners statewide were gearing up for a busy dinner...

New spud that's no dud to be featured during high school hoops week

James McCarthy |

The Maine Potato Board is partnering with two Bangor restaurants during the high school basketball tournament week to market the Caribou Russet, a new potato variety developed at the University of...

Legislature revisits bill that would require employers to provide sick leave

James McCarthy |

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-Senate District 29, would require employers with more than five employees to implement a paid sick leave policy, in which employees would earn at...

Coffee shop opens in long-vacant downtown Augusta space


Dutch-style Huiskamer Coffee House, in the Macomber Block, 216 Water St., is downtown's only coffee shop.

Tenants of future Waterville arts center building find new homes

Maureen Milliken |

Businesses, organizations and even the City Council Chamber have found new space in the region as plans by Waterville Creates! and Colby College for an arts center at 93 Main St. move forward.

Rockland bookstore a finalist for Publishers Weekly honor

Maureen Milliken |

Publishers Weekly has named hello hello books in Rockland one of five finalists for 2019 Bookstore of the Year. The weekly trade magazine, which has been in publication since 1872, as well as its...

Amid Cook's Corner Mall changes, one retailer moves to Topsham Fair Mall

Maureen Milliken |

Kim's Hallmark, a long-time Cooks Corner tenant, is moving to Topsham ahead of changes at the Brunswick shopping center spurred by a Hannaford supermarket moving in.

Threshers Brewing expansion planned in Thomaston

Threshers Brewing Co. in Searsmont got started in 2016 and is already expanding, with plans to add a tasting room and restaurant in Thomaston.