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Sea Bags opens 10th and largest store in Portsmouth

Sea Bags, the Portland-based company that makes nautical-themed totes from reclaimed sailcloth, opened its 10th and largest store along the Portsmouth, N.H., waterfront.

Maine's restaurant and lodging industry tops $3.6 billion

Restaurant and lodging sales in Maine reached another record high last year. The Maine Restaurant Association and the Maine Innkeepers Association said combined sales exceeded $3.6 billion in 2016, a...

Maine Brew Bus acquires Maine Beer Tours

The Maine Brew Bus LLC has acquired Maine Beer Tours LLC, a similar company providing all-inclusive tours to breweries, wineries and distilleries in Greater Portland.

Wiscasset restaurant calls it quits after four decades

Le Garage Restaurant, which has served ice cream and chowder in Wiscasset since 1974, will close April 30.

Amazon to tax Maine customers starting April 1

Amazon will start collecting a 5.5% sales tax from Maine customers beginning April 1.

Mainers' thirst for craft beer continues as brewers pour $228M into economy

Lori Valigra |

There's no sign of Maine's craft brew business tapping out any time soon, with brewers continuing their upward momentum, having made a $227.95 million economic impact to Maine in 2016 and employing a...

J.C. Penney closing one Maine store

Maine did not escape unscathed from the widespread J.C. Penney store closings nationwide.

L.L.Bean announces bonuses for workers

L.L.Bean's board of directors have approved a 3% cash performance bonus for the company's 6,000 workers.

CashStar co-founder starts digital platform for local foods

Lori Valigra |

David Stone's sixth startup, Forager, aims to bring farmers and local grocers into the digital age by tracking everything from procurement to payment online, adding efficiency to a person-to-person...

Wicked success: Bob and Carmen Garver build their organic coffee business into a commercial hit

Renee Cordes |

Bob and Carmen Garver, the husband-and-wife team behind Wicked Joe Coffee and Bard Coffee in Portland, are the 2017 Mainebiz Business Leaders of the Year in the small-business category.

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